Young Jean Lee is a playwright based in Brooklyn; she received her grant from FCA in 2005 at age 32. She is the Artistic Director of her eponymous experimental theater company, which she founded in 2003. In order to move out of a shared—and inhospitable—loft, Lee used her FCA grant as a down payment on her own apartment in Brooklyn, which gave her a quieter place to write and make work.
Shortly after receiving her FCA grant, Lee premiered her plays Pullman, WA at PS 122 and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven at HERE Arts Center in New York City. Since that time her work has been presented nationally at acclaimed venues such as The Kitchen, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the New Museum, On the Boards in Seattle, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The Public Theater, Soho Rep and the Walker Art Center. Internationally, her work has toured to Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Oslo, Sydney, Vienna and Zurich among other cities. Since 2005, Lee had received numerous grants from Creative Capital, Ford Foundation, Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts, among others. Lee was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and the recipient of a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. In 2012, her play We’re Gonna Die received an Obie award and was performed at Lincoln Center. Lee is currently working on commissions from Plan B Entertainment/Paramount Pictures, Lincoln Center Theater, Playwrights Horizons and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.