Julia Cho

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Julia Cho
Born 1975 (age 42–43)[1][2]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Amherst College (1996)
UC Berkeley
New York University
Juilliard School
Occupation playwright, television writer

Julia Cho (born 1975)[1][2] is an American playwright and television writer who has won national awards for her work.

Early life and education[edit]

Cho was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of Korean immigrants. Her mother is a nurse and her father worked for an aerospace company where his job relocation led the family to move to Arizona.[1][2][3] The Arizona desert is used as the setting for several of her plays.

She graduated from Amherst College in 1996[4] with a degree in English, the University of California, Berkeley where she earned a masters degree in English literature, New York University's dramatic writing program (MFA), and the Juilliard School where she was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow.[1][5][6]


She has had five plays at South Coast Repertory.[2]

As a screenwriter, Cho has written for the television series Big Love[2] and Fringe.


  • 99 Histories, Pacific Playwrights Festival, South Coast Repertory, 2002
  • BFE, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 2003
  • The Architecture of Loss, Ny Theatre Workshop, 2004
  • How To Be A Good Son, Kobe City University Of Foreign Studies (Kobe, Hyogo, Japan), 2004
  • Bay and The Spectacles of Doom, La Jolla Theater's POP Tour (La Jolla, CA, United States), 2005
  • Durango, Public Theater, NY, 2006
  • 100 Most Beautiful Names of Todd, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY, 2006
  • The Winchester House, Boston Court, 2006
  • First Tree in Antarctica, Ensemble Studio Theatre, NY, 2007
  • The Piano Teacher, South Coast Repertory, CA, 2007
  • Post It, Thumping Claw (festival of one-acts, Actor's Playpen, Hollywood, CA), 2008
  • Round And Round, Milagro Theater, NY, 2008
  • The Language Archive, South Coast Repertory, 2009


  • 2004 L. Arnold Weissberger Award, for BFE (award administered by Williamstown Theatre Festival)[7]
  • 2005 Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award (National Theatre Conference) for Durango[8][9]
  • 2005 Claire Tow Award for Emerging Artists
  • 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Language Archive.[10][11]


Love is a loony business in Julia Cho’s wryly beguiling new play, The Language Archive, making its world premiere at South Coast Repertory. Commissioned by New York’s Roundabout Theatre Company, The Language Archive revolves around George, a professional linguist who’s a dud at communication—especially with his love-hungry wife, Mary, who’s set to leave him.[12]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2010, Cho and her husband live in West Los Angeles.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Gates, Anita (September 23, 2006). "An Asian-American Playwright Turns a New Page". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Wada, Karen (April 2, 2010). "Julia Cho is at home at South Coast Repertory". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Davis, Eisa (May 2005). "Tea in the Desert with Julia Cho". Brooklyn Rail. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Lawrence (Fall 2010). "Wordplay: This fall, New York's Roundabout Theatre produced work by two of the hottest emerging playwrights in theater: Julia Cho '96 and Kim Rosenstock '02". Amherst Magazine. Amherst College. 
  5. ^ "Julia Cho". New Dramatists. 
  6. ^ "Full Script Of Julia Cho's 'BFE' and Interview with Bartlett Sher Headline September Issue of 'American Theatre'". Press Release. Theatre Communications Group. August 2005. 
  7. ^ Williamstown Theatre Festival webpage Archived 2010-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "2010 Winner: Julia Cho". Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Barry and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award". National Theatre Conference. Archived from the original on 2016-05-06. 
  10. ^ "Julia Cho wins top women's playwriting prize for show about to open at SCR". Los Angeles Times. March 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ Evans, Everett (March 3, 2010). "Julia Cho wins 2010 Blackburn Prize". Houston Chronicle. 
  12. ^ Littlefield, Kinney (April 12, 2010). "Wordplay: Julia Cho's 'The Language Archive'". Riviera magazine. 

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