TitlesAssociate Professor of Theater
Elizabeth Wong joined the Conservatory in 2020 and is an award-winning Chinese-American playwright and a television screenwriter specializing in Asian American issues. Her plays include the Playwright's Forum Award-winning play Letters to a Student Revolutionary (1991), which premiered off-Broadway and has been produced both abroad and in numerous U.S. cities. Her play Kimchee & Chitlins: (A Serious Comedy About Getting Along) premiered at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago and her award-winning Letters to a Student Revolutionary premiered off-Broadway, New York City. Other plays include Badass of the RIP Eternal, Punk Girls, and China Doll. She has just been commissioned by Honolulu Theatre for Youth to write Ibong Adarna, a play with songs, and by Denver Center Theatre to write an adaptation of Goloshes of Fortune to commemorate the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. Other commissions include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Center Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum, among others. She is the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment of the Arts, Yaddo Colony, and A.S.K. Nautilus Music-Theatre Projects.
Wong was a staff writer for the ABC sitcom All-American Girl, the first network series to feature an Asian American woman as its central character. Her plays have been published by the Dramatic Publishing Company, and are included in anthologies such as Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, Women on the Verge: Seven Avant-Garde Playwrights, and Unbroken Thread: Six Asian-American Playwrights. She’s been a visiting artist-in-residence at Harvard University, Texas A&M, Bowdoin College, and Illinois State University. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and New York University. She teaches Script Analysis for the Performer and Asian American Plays.