Alice Tuan is the author of a wide range of plays, including Last of the Suns (Ma-Yi Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater), Ikebana (East West Players), Some Asians (Perishable Theater, UMASS Amherst), The Roaring Girle (Foundry Theater), Manilova (New Georges) and Iggy Woo (Brown Playwrights Repertory Theater). During her graduate work at Brown University (MFA Creative Writing, 1997), she created Coastline, a work of Virtual Hypertext Theater, which she directed as her thesis production. It was performed by the Northampton, MA performance troupe Serious Play! at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005.
Ajax (por nobody) was produced at New York’s Flea Theater, and ran for a year before traveling to the Melbourne Fringe Festival in September 2001. The play is archived in the Billy Rose Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and is anthologized in Play: A Journal of Plays (2004) as well as New Downtown Now (2006). BATCH: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle was commissioned by the Actors Theatre of Louisville and created with and performed by New Paradise Laboratories. It premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2007. Her play Last of the Suns is part of the 2011 anthology Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays, edited by Chay Yew.
In 2000, Ms. Tuan received emerging artist recognition from both the Richard E. Sherwood Award (through Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum) and The Colbert Award for Excellence (through New York’s Downtown Arts Project).
Ms. Tuan has been a visiting professor at the Michener Center for Writers and the California Institute of the Arts. For five summers, she worked with teen artists through Project 2050 at New World Theatre, a hip-hop-centric performance camp musing on the year 2050. She has also worked with teenage prison wards at the Fred C. Nelles School of the California Youth Authority in creating an original play with music. She was also a artist in ASK’s Playwright-in-the-Schools Program. In 2003, she represented the U.S. at the Women Playwrights International Conference in Manila, Philippines.
In December 2008, Tuan gave a talk at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, titled ‘The Contradiction of the Chinese American through the play Last of the Suns.’ She was invited to observe the 3rd European-Chinese Cultural Dialogue in October 2010 in Shanghai. Continuing on the intercultural front, she headed up an interdisciplinary, experimental performance/design project
with students from CalArts and Chung Ang University (of Seoul, S. Korea), called Lear/Layer in January 2011. http://pics.calarts.edu/ (Lear/Layer 1-28-2011).
Ms. Tuan has facilitated a 24-hour play process with international high school students—most recently in Shanghai, as well as the International School of Amsterdam. Tuan is part of an online installation called Love of Sun, where 4 Chinese artists look at California, and 4 Californian artists look at China (http://loveofsun.org/)
Her latest works concern Americans in Shanghai. Cocks Crow, about Americans trying to start up business with the Chinese government, was a part of the 2013 Ojai Playwrights Conference. Private Rivals, a riff on Noel Coward’s Private Lives (which was written in 4 days in Shanghai in 1930) is a commission of Yale Rep/Binger Center for New Theater.
Before becoming a playwright, Ms. Tuan taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in China and Los Angeles.