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Lloyd Suh (Incumbent)

I am eager to continue serving on Council, and to continue lending my perspective to the Guild’s essential work in the field. As both a writer and an arts administrator, I have worked in support of hundreds of writers from across the country and around the world, representing a wide diversity of geographies, cultural and social identities, aesthetics, and career levels. I know there’s a big difference between the needs of established writers and the early-career or pre-professional, and that it’s the Guild’s job to advocate for both. I have direct personal experience with a wide range of developmental festivals and conferences, in production off and off-off Broadway, with both mainstream and culturally-specific grassroots theatres, regional theatres, universities, and amateur companies; as a self-producer; as a translator, and as a writer being translated. I am familiar with the opportunities and challenges that work in each of these contexts provides. As an administrator and advocate, I have overseen programs and projects expressly devoted to the empowerment and sustainability of individual playwrights’ voices, and these are the values I carry into Council. I take seriously the Guild’s unique position as a force of communal solidarity for playwrights. I believe the Council has an enormous responsibility to promote equity within the Guild’s membership and to advocate for greater equity for all playwrights within the entire field of the American theatre.

BIO: Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr…, American Hwangap, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Magic Theatre, EST, NAATCO, Children’s Theatre Co, PlayCo, Denver Center, East West Players and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, Dramatists Guild, and residencies including NYS&F and Ojai. His plays have been published by Sam French, DPS, Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press and American Theatre magazine. He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab. From 2005-2010 he served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and was a Founding Member of the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists, serving on the

Executive Steering Committee that created the National Asian American Theatre Conference and Festival.  He has served since 2011 as the Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark, where he has supported the work of several hundred playwrights at various career stages, through a wide range of programs including the Venturous Playwright Fellowship, Van Lier New Voices Fellowship, The Apothetae and Lark Initiative, and Global Exchange programs that have connected writers from Mexico, China, Syria, Palestine, Russia, Romania and more with US-based playwrights. He has served on the Dramatists Guild Council since 2015.

COMMITTEES:  Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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