( 1962- )
Eugenie Chan, who was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a fifth-generation Chinese American. In 1984 she received her BA in literature from Yale University. Her MFA, awarded in 1993, is from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she won the Graduate Achievement Award in Playwriting and Screenwriting.
Before turning to dramatic writing, Chan worked as a dramaturg at various regional theatres, including Berkeley Repertory and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, where she also served as literary manager from 1988 to 1991. She taught writing and English literature at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow, and at Skyline Community College in the Bay Area.
In addition to her dramatic works, Eugenie Chan works as a screenwriter. Her screenplay Paradise Plains was filmed in 1993, and Street X, a street soap opera which she coauthored, was filmed in 1992. Willie Gee! was a finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship. Other screenplays include Athena Adrift, Communion, and Winnie's World.
Eugenie Chan has stated that she "seek[s] to explore different aspects of Chinese American experience in the hopes of uncovering some kind of personal myth or logic that will make sense of it." This process of uncovering began with her choreopoem The Fan, which is a parody of a "fan dance." In a dance using Chinese and Japanese movement and fans, three Asian women assume caricatures of Asian women through time to play out their rage and desire. Tour