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Mike Lew

Playwright. Parent. Tony voter.

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.

Playwright-Parents, Part One
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Playwright-Parents, Part One

9 August 2017

Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew document their first year as parents and Playwrights-in-Residence at Ma-Yi. 

Playwright Residency
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Playwright Residency

Why Rehana Lew Mirza and Mike Lew? Why Ma-Yi Theater Company?

30 July 2016

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
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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)

6 October 2014

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.

Going Digital
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Going Digital

How Should We Publish & License New Plays In An Online World?

17 July 2014

#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.