Yilong is a New York-based bilingual playwright, originally from Chongqing, China. Currently, he is a resident playwright at The Flea Theatre and a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood.
Awards include Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (The Book of Mountains and Seas), Paula Vogel Playwriting Award (June is The First Fall, 2nd place), National Partners of the American Theatre Award for Playwriting (Joker), and Po’okela Award for Best New Play (Joker). He is a EST/Sloan New Play Commission recipient, a SPACE on Ryder Farm resident, and the Asian Pacific American Friends of The Theatre Playwright Scholarship recipient.
His work has been produced or developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, East West Players, Queens Theatre, FringeNYC, Union Theatre (London), CAATA, New Ohio Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Living Room Theatre, and others. When he’s not writing, he’s usually Netflixing, people watching, or compulsively liking cat pics on Instagram.
BA: BNU. MFA: UHM.
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Yilong has been selected as one of the 2018/2019 DVRF Round Table playwrights.
Yilong will join director Michael Leibenluft for a workshop in China for Liang Shang Project, a bilingual musical.
Yilong has just received an EST/Sloan Project Commission to write a new play, currently titled Curb.
Yilong was recently featured in ArtsBoston: 10 CONTEMPORARY ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN PLAYWRIGHTS YOU SHOULD KNOW.
Yilong has been selected as a playwright for the SERIALS Writers Room at The Flea Theatre
Yilong will be a guest dramaturg for Kennedy Center's Undergrad Playwrights Workshop this year.
Yilong receives a Greenhouse Playwriting Mentorship Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm as part of the 2018 season.
Yilong has been awarded The WildWind Performance Lab Playwriting Fellowship in Lubbock, Texas.
The Book of Mountains and Seas is the winner of Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award.
The Book of Mountains and Seas is a semifinalist for O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and a finalist for The New Harmony Project.
June is The First Fall, Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu, Nov. 8 - Dec.9, 2018
June is The First Fall, New Ohio Theatre/Yangtze Rep, Mar.25 - Apr.21, 2019
Joker, World Pride Criminal Queerness Festival, IRT Theater, NQT, June 2019
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The Book of Mountains and Seas, reading, Urban Stages, July 26th, 2018
Touch Me If You Can, SERIALS, The Flea Theatre, July 26-28 2018
And Then There Were None, Union Theatre (London), July 2018
The Book of Mountains and Seas, reading, CAATA, Chicago, August 2018
Flood in The Valley - A Bilingual Folk Musical, Tianqiao Performing Arts Center, Beijing, September 2018
SPACE on Ryder Farm, Residency, October 2018