Sam Chanse is a writer and theater artist based in New York and California. A 2015 Sundance Ucross Playwright Fellow and member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, her work has also been supported by the Lark Play Development Center, Labyrinth Theater, Leviathan Lab, the Actor’s Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit, Second Generation, Ars Nova, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, Tofte Lake Center, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her plays, musicals, and theater work include Fruiting Bodies, Gilgamesh & the Mosquito (with composer Bob Kelly), Lobsters Live Forever (also with Bob Kelly), Marian Jean, About That Whole Dying Thing, Back to the Graveyard, and Lydia’s Funeral Video. She received her MFA in playwriting from Columbia University, and in musical theater writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. For some years in the aughts, she served as the artistic director of San Francisco-based arts nonprofit Kearny Street Workshop, and as co-director of Locus Arts. A former & proud member of bantercut, she is also a fan of the biocoastal salon sensation that is Laundry Party.
“Spiked with surreal celebrity trash-culture references, sardonic moral relativity, and Samantha Chanse’s biting wit, Lydia’s Funeral Video celebrates irreverent political incorrectness and the societal gray areas in all of us.” — Flavorpill San Francisco
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The Nervous Breakdown featured a self-interview with Sam Chanse, author of LYDIA’S FUNERAL VIDEO, in which she explores her resistance to social media, differentiates solo play and one-woman show, talks anxiety, and more. If you haven’t read her book yet, get to it! You can get a head start by reading an excerpt on the Nervous Breakdown […]
Come to our fundraiser in NYC on June 11 and enjoy a performance from Kaya’s theater artist and playwright SAM CHANSE, author of LYDIA’S FUNERAL VIDEO. Sam’s humor is definitely going to be a fun highlight of the event! Here’s what she has to say about us: “Kaya is a Mighty & Beneficent Force for sharing […]
Sam Chanse was in New York one weekend last month for GHOST STORIES, a reading of short musicals inspired by Asian ghost stories and directed by BD Wong! The event was the inaugural project for Leviathan Lab‘s New Musicals Initiative. Chanse’s piece at Ghost Stories was LOBSTERS LIVE FOREVER, a collaboration with composer Bob Kelly. Check out […]
Last week, Sundance announced the artists participating in their next Playwrights & Composers Retreat at Ucross Foundation—among them is Kaya author Sam Chanse. A big congrats to Sam and the six other artists! These artists will get to spend three weeks in February 2015 at Ucross Foundation, a residency program in Wyoming where artists will “both contribute to […]