Queer Heartache (Trans Genre Press 2016)
Chicago Fringe Spirit of Fringe
Chicago Fringe Audience Choice
Chicago Fringe Artists Choice Award
San Fran Fringe Best of Fringe
San Fran Fringe Volunteer's Choice
Troubling the Line
Glitter and Grit
Asian American Literary Review
Flicker and Spark
Kit Yan (Playwright/Poet/Performer/Lyricist) is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii.
My work is a dreamspace where queer and transgender folx time travel in order to witness, remember, and heal our herstories. I hold writing as a spaceship into the borderless ancestral past, the puzzle pieces of an imagined queertureverse, and a lifeline back onto this earth. Here, we can ground, explore, and discover stories on our own terms—messy, ugly, and wholly beautiful. My dreams lead me to write about the fractures in my life and in this world, the times I fucked up, the times I was held accountable by my family and communities, the times of collective struggle on a path towards collective liberation. Above all else, I write about queer love smashing racism, patriarchy, and systemic oppressions.
I am a self-taught writer learning my craft by talking story with elders/family/friends, kanikapilas (backyard/beachside jam sessions,) collaborations, and by watching queer/trans/poc art in bars, lounges, poetry readings, subways, sidewalks, living rooms, and secret places where queer artistic magic & power exists.
INTERSTATE: a new musical with Melissa Li (Forthcoming Musical Theater Factory residency 2018 and New York Musical Theater Festival, terraNOVA Collective’s Groundworks Residency at the IRT, 29 Hour reading at Studio 353, Project Reach workshop, Dixon Place staged reading)
QUEER HEARTACHE: American Repertory Theater ID Festival, IRT Theater, Brick Theater Transgender Theater Festival, San Francisco Fringe, Chicago Fringe. AWARDS: Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice Awards at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival, and Best of Fringe, and Volunteer’s Choice awards at the 2016 San Fran Fringe Festival. Published by TransGenre Press (2016). 8 National College tours. Forthcoming 2018: American Repertory Theater’s Oberon Season.
T(ESTOSTERONE): 2016/2017 Civilians R&D residency, Playwright’s Realm fellowship Semi-finalists, Playspace table reading at the Lark
AFTEREARTH (film): 2017 Smithsonian Ae’ Kai commission; 2018 Smithsonian and Adobe Creative sponsored site specific immersive showcases during Sundance, forthcoming 2018: SXSW immersive screenings.
OTHER FORTHCOMING: NEXT STEP 2018 Village Theater At the Table residency; MR. TRANSMAN 2018 Trans Lab Fellowship supported by the Women’s Project and the Public Theater, BONUS HOLE 2018, ANCHOR BABY 2019
AFFILIATIONS: Dramatists Guild, 2017/2018 Trans Theater Festival curator, Musical Theater Factory POC Round table, Dixon Place 2017 teaching artist in residence, Commercial Theater Institute, Babson College c/o of 2006