Catherine Yu is a writer of plays and librettos. Her plays include Le Jeté (2019 BAPF Semifinalist); The Day is Long to End (2018 University of Florida production); The Things You Tell Yourself and The Sun Experiment (FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting; Time Out NY’s Top Ten Nightlife and Music Events of the Week in August 2014). She has been a 2016 NYSCA/NYFA fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a Soho Rep W/D Lab writer and a New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist of Color. Her short plays have been commissioned by 52nd Street Project, Two Headed Rep and Planned Parenthood among others. Her one-act “A Sand Romance” was a 2016 Heidman Award finalist. Her arts writing has been published by Hyperallergic and her poetry in a Dutch Kills Press 2020 pandemic anthology. She has served as a grants panelist for NYSCA/NYFA, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Brooklyn Arts Council. As an educator, she has worked as a GED tutor for federal prison inmates, an ESL tutor in China and is a tutor to elementary school children. A New Yorker based in Chicago, she is currently a 2022-2025 resident playwright with Chicago Dramatists. BA: Stanford University. MFA: New York University.
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