Mike Lew is the recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, Helen Merrill Award, Kendeda and AracaWorks Grad Playwriting Awards, Heideman Award, and a NYFA Fellowship. His plays include Tiger Style! (O'Neill, Juilliard, and InterAct readings), Bike America (Ma-Yi, NYC; Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, Lark, Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Foundation workshops); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops); People's Park (Victory Gardens workshop, Chicago); Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettes... (Humana); Roanoke (Humana); and Moustache Guys. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild Council, Ensemble Studio Theater, Youngblood (alum), and TCG Young Leaders of Color. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers' Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country, and a former staff writer for Blue Man Group. Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003). mikelew.com.
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Ralph Peña, Producing Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City and playwrights-in-residence Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program .
I’ll Disband My Roving Gang of Thirty Asian Playwrights When You Stop Doing Asian Plays in Yellow Face* (*Exception: David Henry Hwang’s play Yellow Face)In this installment, Mike Lew discusses the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the fraught practice of yellow face, and what equity for people of color actually looks like.
#RightsWeek post: While I think the databases may be useful for schools and small companies, at the highest level I question whether access to plays is really the rate-limiter behind getting more plays to production. Rather I think the dialogue between producers and playwrights is limited and opaque and inauthentic, leading to misspent efforts all around.