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Mike Lew

Mike Lew’s plays include Bike America (co-production between Ma-Yi Theater and EST in New York; Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, Lark and Kennedy Center workshops; microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (Ensemble Studio Theatre workshop, NYC); People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago); Yit, Ngay (published in Plays and Playwrights 2006); Neanderthal Love (Sloan commission); Bury the Iron Horse; and Paper Gods. His shorts include Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway); Roanoke (Humana Festival, Louisville); In Paris You Will Find Many Baguettes but Only One True Love (Humana Festival, Louisville; InspiraTO Festival Winner, Toronto); Moustache Guys (Second Generation, NYC); Virtual Congress (Keen Company commission); The Roosevelt Cousins, Thoroughly Sauced (Sam French Festival winner); and Magician Ben Vs. The Wizard Merlin (published by Smith & Kraus). Several of his short plays are published by Playscripts. Mike is the winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Heideman Award, and the Battle of the Bards. He is a resident writer for Blue Man Group and a staff writer for PBS Kids’ PEG + CAT. Along with his wife Rehana Lew Mirza, he is co-director of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, the largest collective of Asian-American playwrights in the country. Other residencies include Ensemble Studio Theatre, Old Vic New Voices, At Play Productions, Youngblood (alum), and TCG Young Leaders of Color. Training: Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003).

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