( 1958- )
Elizabeth Wong grew up in Chinatown, Los Angeles, and received her BA from the University of Southern California in 1980. She received her MFA in 1991 from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. For ten years she worked as a journalist before she decided in 1988 to pursue a career as a playwright. Wong now teaches playwriting at the Henry David Hwang Playwriting Institute in Los Angeles, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and at the University of Southern California.
Elizabeth Wong was awarded a 1991 residency at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, Florida, and a 1992 residency from the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming. During 1992 and 1993, she was a Disney Fellow in the Touchstone Television Division, and in 1994 she did dramaturgical work for the Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a staff writer for the American Broadcast Company's sitcom "All American Girl." Wong's extensive nondramatic works are published in American Theatre, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous college texts.
Wong is a member of the Mark Taper Forum Mentor Program, the Circle Repertory Theatre Playwrights' Project, the West Coast Ensemble Playwrights' Group, and the Women's Project. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Asian Pacific Alliance for Creative Equality, and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She lives in Los Angeles with the memory of her black cat, Crusher. In the fall of 1996, Wong was Playwright in Residence at Bowdoin College, Maine.