Jingan Young 楊靜安 is a Hong Kong born award-winning playwright, journalist, academic and producer.
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 (Kellogg College). In 2015, she started her PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. Her thesis “Soho on Screen” explores representations of London’s Soho in post-war British Cinema. She runs a podcast about her research which is available from iTunes. In 2018, she entered into the writing-up stage of her PhD, her expected completion date is summer, 2019.
For playwriting she trained at the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. In 2015, 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. The playtext is available from Columbia University Press. She is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant and the inaugural Michael Grandage Company Futures Grant. She has participated in the Park Theatre’s Script Accelerator programme, Etch’s Scratch Night at the Pleasance, and 1989 Productions’ Amnesty International writing showcase. 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 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 is currently running a series of writing workshops for UG students at King’s College London.
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. For this work, she was recognised by being shortlisted (1 out of 5 finalists) for the Women of the Future Awards 2018 in the Arts & Culture Category. She was the only nominee highly commended by the judges during the ceremony on November 14, 2018 at the Hilton Park Lane.
On December 1, 2019 she was announced as the winner in the poetry category at The Bi’an Awards 2019. Her poem ‘Plum Nest’ will be published in the June 2019 issue of Stand Magazine. She also won a place on the Arvon Writing Course in April 2019.
She hosts regular events for the Department of Arts & Humanities at King’s. In 2019, she hosted a discussion with journalist Helier Cheung (BBC) and documentary filmmaker Georgina Cammelleri and a discussion with the founder of Talking Pictures TV, Sarah-Cronin Stanley.