Jingan Young

Jingan Young

Writer

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

For playwriting, she trained at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Hampstead Theatre. In 2014, she was the first playwright commissioned and produced in the English language by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for FILTH (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). The play was produced during the 42nd HK Arts Festival. She is the curator and editor of ‘Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing from British East Asian Artists’, published by Oberon Books. It includes her own play I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce and a foreword by David Henry Hwang. It is the first British East Asian collection published in the UK.

She was acknowledged for her screenwriting by the BBC and Idris Elba on the New Talent Hotlist 2017. She has several television projects in development and was shortlisted for the BBC’s Felix Dexter Bursary for BAME comedy screenwriters. In both 2018 and 2019 she was shortlisted for the Adopt a Playwright Award from Off West End. She has also been long-listed for the Old Vic 12 in 2015 – 2019. She is a recipient of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Grant and the inaugural Michael Grandage Company Futures Grant.

In October 2019, she was endorsed by Arts Council England for the highly competitive Exceptional Talent Tier 1 UK Visa (approved in December), and was supported by Papatango Theatre Company, the Michael Grandage Company and Oberon Books. She is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post, Guardian, Exeunt Magazine, Coconuts HK, Soho Clarion, The London Review of Books, Spiked and Hong Kong Free Press.

She is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS θ–„ζ‰Άζž—ι“© and for over five years produced new writing from East Asian writers in the UK and China. She runs monthly writing workshops for students at King’s College London with King’s Careers, Oxford University, and the Global Origins Theatre Company.

Her next play LIFE AND DEATH OF A JOURNALIST ran at the VAULT Festival 2020. The Guardian called it 'an intensely smart play...prickles with intelligence and anger'. 

Education

Creative Writing - Master of Studies - Oxford University

Oct 2012 - Aug 2014

English with Film Studies - BA - Kings College London

Sep 2009 - Jul 2012

Skills

  • Copy Writing
  • Music Composition
  • Playwriting
  • Script and Screenwriting
  • Sound and Video
  • Television

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