Sam Chanse

Sam Chanse is a writer based in New York and California. Her work includes Fruiting Bodies (Ma-Yi Labfest, The Claque, The Lark, Labyrinth Theater Summer Intensive, 2015 Kilroys List), The Other Instinct (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, INK’D Festival, BAPF 2015 Finalist), gilgamesh & the mosquito (with Bob Kelly; Yale Institute of Music Theatre, NYU Collaborative Development and Production Series), Lobsters Live Forever (with Bob Kelly; Leviathan Lab, Overtures), about that whole dying thing (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Kearny Street Workshop, Bindlestiff Studio), Lydia’s Funeral Video (FringeNYC, The Marsh, the Dark Room, published by Kaya Press), and Asian American Jesus (with Yasmine Gomez; Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Disorient Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival). She was awarded residencies at Ucross, Macdowell, the Lark, Tofte Lake Center, and Djerassi; commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. She is a Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and 2015-16 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the Civilians R&D group. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, and in musical theater writing from NYU. Current works-in-progress include Delivery, through the Playwrights Realm Writing Fellows program, and an EST/Sloan commission. For some years in the aughts, when she was also in a band and did standup comedy, she served as artistic director of San Francisco-based arts nonprofit Kearny Street Workshop, and as co-director of Locus Arts. She is a fan of biocoastal artist salon series Laundry Party.