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 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 also a recipient of the HKADC Emerging Artists Scheme.
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 currently part of the BAME Script Editing programme with BBC Writersroom.
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. 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.
In 2015 she undertook a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. This year she entered into writing up status for submission in 2019. You can read more about her research on London’s Soho in British post-war cinema at her blog Soho on Screen.