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I am a transnational Korean playwright/physical theater artist, currently based in the US. My work expresses the joys and agonies of the human condition through the breathing, moving body. I am currently the 2019-20 Playwriting Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.

My play 'The Seekers' is the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, semifinalist for 2019 O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference, was presented at the 2018-19 Bushwick Starr Reading Series and was developed at Fresh Ground Pepper's BRB Artist Retreat. 'Dahlia' received a staged reading at Dell'Arte International and was the finalist for the 2018 Lark's New Voices Fellowship. I was 2013 Works-In-Progress Artist at Red Eye Theater in Minnesota to create 'Cecilies', which was also produced at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. My currently in-progress play ‘Lost Coast’ is about a demimonde facing change and wildfires in Northern California.

With my theater collective Creative Traffic Flow, as the Artists In Residence at the Performance Project at the University Settlement, we created 'Duets of Difference.' We also presented it at Women Center Stage Festival (Culture Project). Commissioned by Clean Valley Council and supported by Works On Water’s Governors Island Artist Residency, we made ‘Voices from the Roanoke River.’ It was presented at Governors Island and Earth Summit 2018.

As a director, I directed Spaceheater's 'Saint Ex' for the 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival and MR DONDICKREALIS & Munroe Lilly’s ‘Let’s Pretend We’re Married’ for 2018 New York Burlesque Festival and Beef Show at BIZARRE Bushwick. I was chosen as 2017 Pangea World Theatre and Art2Action's Emerging Artist for National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation. From 2014 to 2017, I have created 11 new, original works at Dell’Arte International through an ensemble-based devising process.

I am the co-creator of Three Ring Trio, a vaudevillian gender-bending trio, and we have performed at brASS: Brown RadicalAss Burlesque's Compost Bin Cabaret and Arcata Playhouse in California. I also co-created 'Becky & Leroy’s Excellent Reading Adventure', which was performed at the Eureka Library, Eureka Boys & Girls Club, Sequoia Park Zoo and more.

BA English (Creative Writing), Macalester College; MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre.