Sam Chanse’s plays and theater work include The Opportunities of Extinction (2017 Kilroys List, Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, Ars Nova Out Loud), The Other Instinct (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Lark Playwrights Week, O’Neill Semifinalist, 2017 & 2016 Kilroys List Honorable Mention, StageLeft Leapfest), What You Are Now (EST/Sloan commission), Fruiting Bodies (2015 Kilroys List, Lark Studio Retreat, the Claque, Ma-Yi Labfest), Lydia’s Funeral Video (Kaya Press), gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer/collaborator Bob Kelly; Yale Institute of Musical Theatre), about that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus (with director/collaborator Yasmine Gomez). She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova Play Group.
A former Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission.
She is an alumna of the Lark’s New York Stage & Film Vassar Retreat, Meeting of the Minds, and Playground, and of the Civilians R&D Group; her work has also been developed with The Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. MFA playwriting: Columbia University; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.
Before moving back to New York, she served for some years as artistic director of San Francisco-based multidisciplinary arts nonprofit Kearny Street Workshop and co-director of Locus Arts; during that time, she was also developing work as a standup comic, songwriter, and solo performer. She currently works as a writing consultant at Columbia University’s Writing Center, where she taught undergraduate writing; she’s also led playwriting and other workshops at assorted nonprofits, colleges, and high schools.
A former & proud member of bantercut, she is also a fan of the bicoastal salon sensation that is Laundry Party.