Young Jean Lee is a writer, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times
and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York
. She has written and directed ten shows in New York with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. She has written a screenplay commission for Plan B/Paramount Pictures, and has presented her short films at the Sundance Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest. Lee is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, a United States Artists Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. She has also received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Creative Capital, the Greenwall Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her play Straight White Men
will have its Broadway debut at Second Stage in 2018. She is currently working on her new play Safety Net
, a commission from Second Stage that will have its Broadway premiere in 2019. She teaches at Stanford and Yale.