Jingan Young 楊靜安 is an award-winning playwright. 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 is currently reading for a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. She is one amongst 14 mentees of the University Women in the Arts and was selected from a nationwide search of female arts students at university level.
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. She was shortlisted for OffWestEnd’s Adopt a Playwright Award and for Papatango Theatre Company’s Resident Playwright scheme in 2017.
In 2016, she was a member of the BBC Writersroom invitation only group London Voices. She was acknowledged for her screenwriting by the BBC and Idris Elba on the New Talent Hotlist 2017.
She is the curator and editor of ‘Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing from British East Asian Artists’, a seminal collection of 8 British Chinese and Hong Kong plays published by Oberon Books on January 19, 2018. The collection features a foreword by David Henry Hwang and Jingan’s play “I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce.”
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.
In 2018, she was asked to contribute a section on her work as a producer and champion of new writing by BEA artists in the collection “Scenes from a Revolution: Making Political Theatre 1968 – 2018” published by Pluto Press/Edge Hill University Press edited by Kim Wiltshire (Publication Date: September 2018).
In the same year, she was asked to co-edit a new book on abuse, bullying and harassment in the arts as a result of the University Women in the Arts programme with fellow editors Titilola Dawudu and Uni Women in the Arts founder Jennifer Tuckett. Project partners include Gen Pol, the think tank on gender equality who recently published the first policy paper on how sexual education can prevent abuse, and the project will be advised by Professor Pamela Burnard, Professor of Arts, Creativities and Education at the University of Cambridge and one of the world’s leading experts on arts education.