Jingan Young 楊靜安 is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. She holds a BA (Hons) in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford.
She was the first playwright commissioned and produced in the English language by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for FILTH (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). The play text is available from Columbia University Press. Her training as a playwright includes The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme (2011), The Hampstead Theatre’s Heat & Light Company (2011) and the Soho Theatre Writers Lab (2015 – 2016).
In early 2016 she received the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award for Playwriting and in November 2016 she received the Michael Grandage Company’s Futures Grant to write a play on Chris Patten and Hong Kong. In December 2016 she was nominated by the Bread & Roses Theatre for OffWestEnd’s Adopt a Playwright Award and was later shortlisted amongst 6 for the 2017 award. She was also shortlisted (13 amongst 500) for the Papatango Resident Playwright Award 2017. She was recently long listed for the Old Vic 12 scheme. She is part of University Women in the Arts 2016-2017. Selected as a winner for the Women in the Arts and identified as a Next Generation Leader.
In 2016 she was a member of the BBC Writersroom invitation only group London Voices. She is currently working with a script editor on her darkly satirical drama series on the Chinese community in London. In 2017 she was acknowledged for her writing by the BBC and Idris Elba on the New Talent Hotlist 2017.
She is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© and regularly commissions new writing from East Asian writers in the UK and China.
She is currently reading for a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. Read more about her research here.