David Yee

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David Yee is a Canadian actor and playwright. His play lady in the red dress was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English language drama at the 2010 Governor General's Awards. His play carried away on the crest of a wave won this award at the 2015 Governor General's Awards.

Early life[edit]

Yee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] He is of Chinese and Scottish ancestry.[2] He graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga theatre and drama studies program in 2000. Intending to pursue acting he focused instead on play writing.[3]

Career[edit]

His play lady in the red dress was a shortlisted nominee for the Governor General's Award for English language drama at the 2010 Governor General's Awards.[4]

In 2011, his play paper Series was shortlisted for the 2011 Carol Bolt Award.[5] He won the 2013 Carol Bolt Award for Best Work Premiered by a Playwrights Guild of Canada member for his play carried away on the crest of a wave.[6] The play debuted in 2013 at the Tarragon Theatre; its American premiere was later that year in Fairfax, Virginia.[3]

In 2015, Yee received a nomination for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Musical/Opera for Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots (Tapestry Opera).[7] His play carried away on the crest of a wave won the Governor General's Award for English language drama at the 2015 Governor General's Awards.[8]

His latest play, acquiesce, about a man plagued by the success of his first book and being haunted by his past, was performed at the Factory Theatre in November 2016.[9]

Yee is currently the artistic director of fu-Gen Theatre Company.[1] He is playwright-in-residence at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.[5]

His work has been published in the Asian-Canadian drama anthology Love & Relasianships (edited by Nina Lee Aquino) and the monologue book Refractions: Solo (edited by Yvette Nolan and Donna-Michelle St. Bernard).[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Yee". playwrightsguild.ca. Playwrights Guild of Canada. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Asian Heritage in Canada: David Yee". library.ryerson.ca. Ryerson University. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "David Yee: Playwright and Actor". utm.utoronto.ca. University of Toronto Mississauga. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Complete list: The 2010 Governor General's Literary Awards". The Globe and Mail, October 13, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Taragon Theatre: David Yee". tarragontheatre.com. Tarragon Theatre. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "PGC Announces Winners of 2013 Tom Hendry Awards". playwrightsguild.ca. Playwrights Guild of Canada. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "PGC Members Nominated for 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards". playwrightsguild.ca. Playwrights Guild of Canada. Archived from the original on November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "Guy Vanderhaeghe wins the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award for fiction". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, October 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "acquiesce By David Yee". factorytheatre.ca. Factory Theatre. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  10. ^ Corkum, Trevor. "The Chat, With GGs Drama Award Winner David Yee". 49thshelf.com. Association of Canadian Publishers/ Canadian Publishers’ Council. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016.