OFF MY CHEST: Happy Birthday Mr. Abernathy,
Lloyd Suh is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana. His play American Hwangap was supported by the Lark Play Development Center and the Andrew P. Mellon Foundation through its “Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire” Initiative, and produced at Magic Theatre in San Francisco, Ma-Yi/The Play Company in New York, and with Tanghalang Pilipino in Manila, Philippines. Great Wall Story was developed in the Denver Center New Play Summit and subsequently produced on their mainstage in 2011. His play Jesus in India premiered at Magic Theatre in San Francisco and will be seen in 2013 at Ma-Yi Theatre Company in New York. Other plays include The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi), Happy End of the World (NEA Arena Stage New Play Development Grant, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis), Masha No Home (Ensemble Studio Theatre, West Coast premiere at East West Players), and several shorter plays including Happy Birthday William Abernathy, Not All Korean Girls Can Fly and With a Hammer & A Nail (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He has received additional grants, awards and fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Jerome Foundation, the Lark Play Development Center, Second Generation, Pan Asian Repertory and the National Asian American Theatre Company. Additionally, he served on the National Steering Committee in creating the first National Asian American Theatre Conference and the first National Asian American Theatre Festival. He served as an official artist delegate to the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya and the inaugural US Social Forum in Atlanta. Named one of “50 to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild, he is currently serving as Resident Artist for Second Generation and Director of Onsite Programs at the Lark Play Development Center. Formerly, Lloyd served as Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian American playwrights ever assembled. He is a former member of Youngblood and the Lark Playwrights Workshop, and a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Actors Studio. BA, Indiana University; MFA, New School for Social Research.