gina young (she/they) is an award-winning writer, director, songwriter and performer whose work blurs genres and forms. her plays, musicals, videos, and curated events have been presented everywhere from The Hammer Museum and REDCAT to punk clubs and gay bars across the US and Europe.
interlacing music, movement and text in increasingly new ways, gina queers content and form, bringing audiences together for intimate and transcendent experiences. she is the creator of SORORITY and Feminist Acting Class.
I WRITE AND DIRECT
I've been writing and directing experimental plays and musicals since dropping out of Tisch circa Y2K. I am a winner of the Humanitas/PLA LA Prize, The Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting and a two-time Finalist for Center Theatre Group's Dorothy and Richard E. Sherwood Award for boundary-pushing theatre artists. My focus is on generative work, but I also take on freelance writing and directing projects that feel vital and exciting.
I love facilitating paradigm shifts and imagining a world without bias in actor training. I founded Feminist Acting Class in 2016 as a way to radically reimagine the way that actors are trained, focusing on institutionalized sexism and envisioning how we might expand the possibilities for women, trans and nonbinary actors on stage and screen. Next class is Oct 16-18 2020 on Zoom!
I CURATE PERFORMANCE
Concerts, cabarets, plays, salons, club nights... Active in the lesbian + queer scene for over 20 years, I've produced events everywhere from punk clubs and gay bars to some of the most esteemed stages, and consider creating queer community central to my life's work. I currently curate live digital salons under the name SORORITY, a Los Angeles institution at venues including the Hammer Museum and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
and this one's just for fun-- although i no longer tour as a singer/songwriter, a lot of people ask. so here's a collection of songs that i wrote and performed between 2001-2010. many of these songs were part of my early musicals, including she cuts herself/she likes to write and phone|sex|cancer. the song So-Called Str8 Grrrl appeared on Dawson's Creek (Season 6 Episode 8, "Spiderwebs."), lol. you can download or stream them anywhere music is sold, and if you're looking for my subsequent project, Team Gina, CDs are available via the web store on this site.