Gina Young (she/they) is an award-winning writer, director, performer and curator. Recent work includes STRAIGHT PLAY (a queer beach blanket musical), developed with Ammo Theater Writers Lab under Bernardo Cubria and workshopped with Los Angeles Performance Practice and Son of Semele; BUTCH BALLET, a movement-theatre piece for a cast of butch women, trans men and nonbinary performers; and ROOM TONE, which is making the film festival circuit starring A League of Their Own's Roberta Colindrez.
Born and raised in Washington DC just in time to be influenced by riot grrrl and third wave feminist activism, Gina currently lives in Los Angeles. Their work has been presented by The Hammer Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, 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, and worked closely with world-renowned creators such as Ryan Heffington, Joey Soloway, and Cassils.
In 2016, Gina founded SORORITY, a new works salon for women, trans and queer performing artists that has presented the work of hundreds of performers and become a hub for queer and feminist performance in LA. 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, Directors Lab West, and numerous universities nationwide.
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. Their primary interest is queering content and form.