Women Playwrights of Diversity: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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CHIORI MIYAGAWA
(1961- )

BIOGRAPHY

Chiori Miyagawa is a playwright, dramaturg, poet, and fiction writer. She was dramaturg at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, artistic associate at New York's Public Theatre under JoAnne Akalaitis, literary manager at the Arena Stage, Washington, D.C., and assistant literary manager at Actors Theater of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. She has also worked with New York University Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Program, the American Conservatory Theater, and the Young Playwrights Festival. She designed and led the Asian American Playwrights Lab at the Public Theatre and curated and coproduced "Out of the Shadows," a festival of plays and performances that opened the Dance Theater Workshop's thirtieth anniversary season. In the fall of 1996, she curated "Out of the Shadows II: A Celebration of Women" for Dance Theater Workshop.

She is currently artistic associate of the New York Theatre Workshop where she served as dramaturg for Joanne Akalaitis's adaptation and the New York Theatre Workshop production of Jean Genet Prisoner of Love. Under the auspices of the New York Theatre Workshop, she runs a playwriting fellowship for emerging playwrights of color. A short fiction version of Nothing Forever was published in 1995. Her chapter on Asian American women playwrights appears in this volume. Miyagawa teaches playwriting at New York University and at The Writers' Voice in New York.


PLAY DESCRIPTIONS

Miyagawa's plays are imagistic, nonlinear explorations of character which combine text and music. Nothing Forever is a poetic collage of unresolved memories, alienation, and uncertain hope. A Japanese woman struggles to come

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