Jessica Huang




About Me

I am a multiracial playwright, MacDowell Fellow and two-time Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow. My plays are highly theatrical, inventive and spectacular, telling stories of mixed-race Asian American women, non-native English speaking immigrants, beings of light, ancestral ghosts, and pieces of jade. Through heightened theatricality and a permeable reality, I tell stories of the political made personal. In my play The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, I explore xenophobia in America through the literal and figurative haunting of Harry Chin, a real person who immigrated during the era of Chinese Exclusion and built a life in Minnesota. In Purple Cloud, I give voice to a young hapa (mixed-race Asian) woman who searches for her true name as she is guided by four jade pieces on a mythical journey from Minnesota to China and back again. Zero-Infinity Flight Path takes audiences on a difficult journey up a strange mountain, rife with crises of doubt and questions of free will. Of Milk and Mirrors, an Atlantic Theater commissioned one-act, examines love by putting my real-life marriage on stage – and toys with truth by transforming the character of my husband into seven others (including writer Jorge Luis Borges and philosopher Alexius Meinong). Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying, a new commission I am working on with Mixed Blood Theatre, considers global warming through the lens of grief and tells an epic story that spans 300 million years.

I co-founded and co-direct Other Tiger Productions, a theatrical production company with a mission to pursue multidisciplinary collaborations, intentional inclusivity and a re-examination of traditional theater practices. My work has been developed and/or produced in the Twin Cities by Mu Performing Arts, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Museum of American Art; nationally by Timeline Theatre Company (Chicago), A-Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago), Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC), 2nd Generation (NYC), Leviathan Labs (NYC), the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (D.C.), the Source Festival (D.C.), and internationally by Yellow Earth's Typhoon Festival (London).

I am a recipient of a 2018 Macdowell Fellowship; 2017-18 Jerome Travel/Study grant; a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership grant; a 2014 MRAC/McKnight Next Step grant, a 2011-12 Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship, and back-to-back Jerome Fellowships (2016-17 & 2017-18). I am a member of the Dramatist Guild and an affiliated writer with The Playwrights’ Center.

I’m also a grant proposal writer and consultant with nearly 10 years of experience, including  individual donor development, event planning and fundraising. I’m very familiar with private and public sector grants, and especially love to secure funding for the arts/artists.

Read my plays on the National New Play Exchange.