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Playwright, Damon Chua

Damon is a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2014–15 and Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Writers Lab, and is the recipient of an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for Film Chinois, which made its Off-Broadway debut with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in 2015 and Incident at Hidden Temple in 2017. His TYA play, The Emperor’s Nightingale recently made its world premiere at Adventure Theatre MTC. A National Endowment for the Arts, Dramatists Guild Fund, UNESCO and Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon’s plays are published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Plays for Young Audiences, and the Proscenium Journal. He is also a published poet and short story writer. www.damonchua.com.

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Director, Chongren Fan

Chongren is a New York-based stage director who was born and raised in Shanghai. Directing credits: Romulus the Great by Friedrich Durrenmatt (Yangtze Rep), Stones in His Pockets by Marie Jones (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre), 410[GONE] by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (Yangtze Rep), Lost in Shanghai by Angel Lam (Pan Asian Rep), and The Final Kiss by Maurice Level (The Flea). He was a Resident Artist at Mabou Mines and Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club. He is the Artistic Director of Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America and Production Supervisor for China Arts and Entertainment Group’s ‘Image China’ Series. www.chongrenfan.com.