David Henry Hwang

Librettist Lyricist Playwright

David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer, and librettist, whose stage works includes the plays M. ButterflyYellow FaceChinglish, Golden ChildThe Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida, Flower Drum Song and Disney’s Tarzan. Hwang was a Spotlight Playwright at Signature Theatre, which produced a season of his plays, and M. Butterfly was revived on Broadway in 2017. His newest musical, Soft Power, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, received four Outer Critics Honors, a 2021 Grammy Nomination, and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Yellow Face will receive its Broadway premiere in Fall 2024 at Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Daniel Dae Kim.

Hwang has written fourteen opera libretti; Opera News called him America’s most-produced living opera librettist. Recent premieres include Circus Days and Nights (with Philip Glass, Malmö Opera, 2021), The Rift (with Huang Ruo, Washington National Opera, 2022), and M. Butterfly (with Huang, Santa Fe Opera, 2022). An American Soldier (with Huang Ruo) will receive its New York premiere in spring 2024 at the Perelman Performing Arts Center and Ainadamar (with Osvaldo Golijov) will be seen at the Metropolitan Opera in fall 2024. He also co-wrote the Gold Record Solo in 1994 with the late pop star Prince.

From 2015-2019, Hwang was a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. His screenplays include PossessionM. Butterfly, and Golden Gate. He is penning an Anna May Wong biopic for Working Title Films to star actress Gemma Chan and a musical feature film for Paramount Pictures. Hwang is also creating and show running a new TV series based on the NY Times Bestseller Billion Dollar Whale.

Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, a Grammy winner and two-time nominee, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.  Recent honors include his 2022 induction onto the Lucille Lortel Playwrights Sidewalk, an Honorary Doctorate (his seventh) from California State University in 2022, his 2021 election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and his 2018 induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Hwang serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and is a Trustee of the American Theatre Wing, which he Chaired from 2016-2021.