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Clarence Coo

Clarence Coo

Clarence Coo received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights, which was judged by John Guare, for Beautiful Province (Belle Province). The play was developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Inkwell. His other plays include People Sitting in Darkness, Bahala Na, Braids, Proof Through the Night, and Removing the Glove. His work has been produced or developed at Second Generation, the New York International Fringe Festival, Mu Performing Arts, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, East West Players, the Mark Taper Forum, the Young Playwrights Festival, and the Kennedy Center. His work has also been published by Temple University Press, the New Press, and Samuel French. Honors include an Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship, an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant, a Kennedy Center commission, and a Larry Neal Writers’ Award. He has been a dramaturg at Young Playwrights Inc., a visiting artist at Georgetown University, and a social media writer for the 2010 and 2011 Tony Awards. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University where he studied under Charles Mee. He is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a 2012-2013 Dramatists Guild fellow, and the program administrator of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.


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