Jingan Young 楊靜安 is a Hong Kong born and bred award-winning playwright, editor, journalist, academic, producer & entrepreneur.
She holds a BA in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She is in the final stages of her PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London pending the viva examination. Her thesis “Soho on Screen” explores representations of London’s Soho in post-war British Cinema. Her podcast SohoBites is available from iTunes and she is relaunching the podcast summer 2019 with a BBC producer.
For playwriting, she trained at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. In 2014, 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 was produced during the 42nd HK Arts Festival.
She was acknowledged for her screenwriting by the BBC and Idris Elba on the New Talent Hotlist 2017. She has several television projects in development and was shortlisted for the BBC’s Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME comedy screenwriters. In both 2018 and 2019 she was shortlisted for the Adopt a Playwright Award from Off West End. She is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant and the inaugural Michael Grandage Company Futures Grant.
She is curator and editor of ‘Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing from British East Asian Artists’, published by Oberon Books. It includes her own play I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce and a foreword by David Henry Hwang. It is the first British East Asian collection published in the UK. She has contributed chapters to several books on theatre (‘Scenes from a Revolution’, Pluto Press) and is contributing to several books on London in film.
She regularly contributes articles which discuss the arts, China, and Hong Kong to the South China Morning Post, Guardian, Exeunt Magazine, Coconuts HK, Soho Clarion, The London Review of Books, Spiked and Hong Kong Free Press.
She is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© and for over five years produced new writing from East Asian writers in the UK and China. She runs monthly writing workshops for students at King’s College London with King’s Careers and Oxford University.
In 2019, she launched her own fashion brand AIYA!
She is represented by Kara Fitzpatrick at Dalzell and Beresford Ltd.