David Henry Hwang

David Henry Hwang's stage works includes the plays M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Chinglish, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney's Tarzan. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, a Grammy Award winner who has been twice nominated, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Opera News called him America's most-produced living opera librettist. He co-wrote the Gold Record “Solo” with the late pop icon Prince and was a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair from 2015-2019. Hwang is currently creating Empress, a TV series for Netflix; the live-action musical feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios; and a movie to star actress Gemma Chan. Hwang serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts and sits on the Board of the American Theatre Wing, where he recently completed his term as Chair. His newest work, Soft Power, a collaboration with composer Jeanine Tesori, premiered at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre, where it won six Ovation Awards. Its subsequent run at the Public Theatre in NYC received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album and was a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

In 2016, The David Henry Hwang Society was founded by William C. Boles (Rollins College), Martha Johnson (University of Minnesota), and Esther Kim Lee (University of Maryland). The DHH Society is devoted to the scholarly examination of plays by David Henry Hwang.

OPERA America/Opera.ca Grants Awarded
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New Works Forum Showcase 2016
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2014
The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2014
The Robert L.B. Tobin Director-Designer Showcase 2009
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2007
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2007
The Opera Fund: Audience Development 2005

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Pacific Opera VictoriaAinadamar2/21/2024 - 2/27/2024
Detroit OperaAinadamar4/8/2023 - 4/16/2023
Opéra de MontréalAinadamar3/18/2023 - 3/26/2023
San Francisco OperaDream of the Red Chamber6/14/2022 - 7/3/2022
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisAn American Soldier6/3/2018 - 6/22/2018
San Francisco OperaDream of the Red Chamber9/10/2016 - 9/29/2016
Opera PhiladelphiaAinadamar2/2/2014 - 2/16/2014
Opera ParallèleAinadamar2/15/2013 - 2/15/2013
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisAlice in Wonderland6/6/2012 - 6/23/2012
Cincinnati OperaAinadamar7/7/2009 - 7/11/2009
Los Angeles OperaThe Fly9/9/2008 - 9/27/2008
Curtis Institute of MusicAinadamar3/3/2008 - 3/16/2008
Opera PhiladelphiaAinadamar2/2/2008 - 2/16/2008
Opera BostonAinadamar10/10/2007 - 10/22/2007
Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe Sound of A Voice4/4/2007 - 4/28/2007
Long Beach OperaThe Sound of A Voice11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006
Long Beach OperaThe Sound of a Voice / Hotel of Dreams11/11/2006 - 11/18/2006
Santa Fe OperaAinadamar7/1/2005 - 8/1/2005
Metropolitan OperaThe Voyage3/3/1996 - 4/11/1996
Metropolitan OperaThe Voyage10/1/1992 - 10/30/1992

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