Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew

Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew

Rehana Lew Mirza’s recent full-length plays include: Soldier X (2015 Kilroy selection; 2015 Ma-Yi Theater production; 2012 NYSCA Commission with the Lark); Lonely Leela (2014 LPAC production; readings: Magic Theatre, HERE, New Georges, 2G); Barriers (productions with Desipina and Asian American Theater Company); Particles of Pakistan (E.S.T. Sloan Commission) and If It's Sad I Don't Want to See It (readings: Queens Theater in the Park, 2G). Awards/Residencies include: a 2015 Rhinebeck residency and Orchard Project residency with collaborators Sam Willmott and Mike Lew for Bhangin' It, 2013 NNPN commission via InterAct Theater for Neighborhood Watch, 2013 Tofte Lake Emerging Artist residency, 2009/2010 Indo-American Arts Council playwright residency with The Lark, NBC Short Film Festival Audience Award, John Golden Award, and a LMCC artist grant. She is a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab (co-director from 2011-2013) and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. MFA: Columbia University; BFA: NYU Tisch.

Mike Lew’s plays include Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi at the Public, Artists Rep, and Perseverance productions; Public Studio, O’Neill, OSF workshops), Tiger Style! (Olney, Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, and Alliance productions; O’Neill and CTG workshops), Bike America (Ma-Yi and Alliance productions), microcrisis (Ma-Yi, InterAct, and Next Act productions), Moustache Guys, and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It (Jerome Robbins Project Springboard and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat “Triple R” workshops). He is a Tony voter and Dramatists Guild Council member. Honors include a Mellon National Playwrights Residency at Ma-Yi and La Jolla Playhouse Artist-in-Residence (both with Rehana Lew Mirza); Lark Venturous and NYFA fellowships; and the PEN Emerging Playwright, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards. He is co-director of Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Education: Juilliard, Yale. Website:

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Ma-Yi Theater Company is the country’s leading incubator of new plays by Asian American playwrights. Since its founding in 1989, it has distinguished itself as a leader in challenging popular prescriptions for what culturally specific theater should be, and as a staunch advocate for increasing the national visibility of Asian American Theater artists. Ma-Yi Theater encourages its artists to engage their communities in meaningful conversations even as they stretch themselves to stake new creative territories. The theater continues to be guided by knowing why and for whom it makes theater.

Today, Ma-Yi Theater Company is home to the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. With twenty-nine current active members, it is the largest peer-to-peer assembly of professional Asian American playwrights in the country.  In 2010, Ma-Yi Theater committed to only producing works generated by its Writers Lab.

Ma-Yi Theater Company is led by founding member and current Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña, and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.

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