Kitty Chen was born in Shanghai, China, and raised near Philadelphia. Chen came to New York City after receiving a BA in math from Brown University. Chen received a scholarship at the Martha Graham School in New York, where she studied modern dance. Her career as a dancer led Chen into acting and the theatre where she has performed on stage, screen, and television. The dearth of interesting parts for Asian women compelled her to write.
Kitty Chen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Women's Project and Productions Playwrights' Lab, and the Asian Pacific Alliance for Creative Equality.
Kitty Chen's work deals with serious issues in a humorous, often playful manner. Through witty dialogue and lively characters, she gives the audience entertaining and enlightening glimpses into family relationships and Chinese American culture. For example, in the domestic comedy Rosa Loses Her Face, a mother and daughter learn to accept and respect each other in new ways. Amy Loo, a poet in her thirties, goes home to visit her overbearing mother, Rosa. The single-minded Rosa is determined that Amy marry a wealthy Asian and has promised Larry Tanaka, her accountant, that Amy will marry him. Amy, on the other hand, is waiting for a call from Gregor, the Polish poet and locksmith to whom she has lost her heart. When Amy realizes her mother's scheme, she forces a confrontation that culminates in an exciting Peking Duck toss.
Family is again the focus in Eating Chicken Feet, Chen's bittersweet look at a daughter's coming to terms with her parents' separation and ultimate divorce. Betty Sung, a young woman of eighteen, is in a coma in the hospital after her