( 1963- )
Lucy Wang was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but moved with her family to Akron, Ohio, two years later. Her father was a Goodyear chemist and taught Chinese at the University of Akron. Her mother taught social studies, science, and math at an Akron junior high. As a young girl, Wang's first dream was to become an actress, so she took acting classes and participated in the high school drama club.
The paucity of roles available to Asian American women prompted her to pursue a more practical career, and she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors in Asian studies and economics. She then earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago. While completing her graduate studies, Wang worked as a research economist at the Chicago Board of Trade and then moved to Wall Street where she was a bond trader for three years with Kidder, Peabody. In 1989 she left the frenzy of the trading room and tried her hand in various part-time jobs, ultimately taking a staff position in Mayor Dinkins's administration.
It was during this post- Wall Street period that Lucy Wang returned to her earlier interest in the theatre, as a playwright, however, not as an actress. She is an active member of the Dramatists' Guild and received an honorable mention from the 1994 Home Box Office New Writers' Project. Wang has also published several short stories.
Lucy Wang is married to Thomas Halpern, who is currently attending Stanford Law School, and they make their home in California.
Lucy Wang feels an "obligation to tell compelling stories, and these stories contain characters of every stripe." While some plays are written for an all-