Jingan began writing plays in 2011 following her attendance on the Hampstead Theatre’s youth theatre programme Heat & Light where she was mentored by James Graham. Her short play Moira premiered in the Hampstead Downstairs space as part of a community project ROUTES. In the same year she was accepted onto the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, led by Leo Butler. She has also trained on the Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab and was a member of BBC Writersroom invitation only group London Voices.
In 2014 she was the first playwright commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival in the English Language for Filth (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). In 2016 she was awarded both the inaugural Michael Grandage Company Futures Award for playwriting and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award (Playwriting) and the HKADC Emerging Artists Grant. The same year she was shortlisted for the Papatango Resident Playwright Scheme and Off West End Playwright Award. In 2017 she was named as a writer to watch on the BBC & Idris Elba Talent Hotlist 2017.
Her plays have been produced by the Hong Kong Arts Festival (Filth) Papergang Theatre (I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce), 1989 Productions (This War is Familiar) Squint Theatre/Pleasance (Libor) Sketchy London/The Stour Space (Kennedy Town) (Selections). She was part of Park Theatre’s 2014 Script Accelerator Programme and produced a showcase of new plays for over two years of the KCL Arts & Humanities Festival (The T-Group, Colony) producing short plays by Vinay Patel and Thomas McMullan. Her play for radio Last Day of the Rest of Your Life was broadcast on Radio Roundhouse in 2015 produced by Catherine Brinkworth. Listen here.
She is curator and editor of Foreign Goods, the first play anthology published in the United Kingdom which features new work by writers of East Asian descent. It was published in January 2018 by Oberon Books. It includes Jingan’s play and the foreword is by David Henry Hwang. She was interviewed by BBC World News about the collection.
Since 2013, she has commissioned and produced new writing from writers of South/ East Asian descent with her non-profit, unfunded company Pokfulam Rd Productions.
She hosts regular workshops for university students on playwriting. Upcoming collaboration with guest Clarissa Widya, artistic director of Papergang Theatre (October 25) and a sold out, exclusive workshop on writing for screen at King’s College London (November 8).