Gina Young (she/they) is an award-winning writer, director and performer who weaves together movement, music, and queer feminist themes. Recent work includes STRAIGHT PLAY (a queer beach blanket musical), which is currently in development with Ammo Theater Writers Lab under Bernardo Cubria; BUTCH BALLET, a movement-theatre piece for a cast of butch women, trans men and nonbinary performers; and the pandemic play ROOM TONE that is making the film festival circuit starring Roberta Colindrez.
Born and raised in Washington DC at the tail end of the riot grrrl movement, Gina currently lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been presented by The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Highways, Los Angeles Performance Practice, USC’s Visions & Voices Series, The Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Feminist Center for Creative Work. They are a winner of the HUMANITAS/PLAY LA Prize, a two-time Finalist for Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award, a Directors Lab West selectee, and a winner of the Jane Chambers Award for Playwriting for Femmes: A Tragedy. Young has toured nationally and internationally with original performance work.
In 2016, Gina founded SORORITY, a new works salon for women, trans and queer performing artists that became the hub for queer and feminist performance in Los Angeles, producing hundreds of local artists. SORORITY is now moving to a digital format. Young is also the creator of Feminist Acting Class, a revolutionary experiment in actor training that has been presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, The Hammer Museum, WTFCon and Directors Lab West.
Gina studied Drama at NYU/Tisch. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ring of Keys and The Kilroys. Their writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Stranger. Up next? Gina created and stars in a new show on Serif called BASELINE. Her primary interest is queering content and form.