Kit Yan is a Yellow American New York based artist, born in Enping, China, and raised in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Kit is a 2021 Kleban Prize recipient for Libretto, a 2021 Sundance IDP Fellow and grantee, a Vivace Award recipient for big ideas in musical theater, a former Musical Theater Factory Makers Fellow, Playwright’s Center fellow, Company One/Pao Arts Fellow, Lincoln Center Writer in residence, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and MacDowell Fellow.
Their films have been shown at OUTfest, CAAMfest, The LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, and The Asian American International Film Festival among many others.
Kit’s works include INTERSTATE, which won "Best Lyrics" at the 2018 New York Musical Theater Festival, QUEER HEARTACHE which won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringe Festivals, and MISS STEP which received a first draft commission from 5th Avenue theater.
Kit’s forthcoming commissions include work with Playwrights Horizons Soundstage, OSF, Keen Company, and San Diego Repertory Theater.
Their work has been produced by the American Repertory Theater, the Smithsonian, NAMT, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, Mixed Blood, and Diversionary Theater.
Artistic statement: When I think about story telling, I think about people. How complicated, beautiful, messy, and strange we can be. How everything about us is a little sculpture made out of everyday moments in our lives. I am who I am because I am Asian, I am transgender, and I was raised poor in Hawaii. I love all of these things about me and my stories reflect the experiences I’ve had- the time I got a blood transfusion because I stopped taking T without consulting my doctor, the time I went on tour with my best friend who I was in love with, but who was in love with our drummer, the time in my life when I took step aerobics classes with older women who kicked my ass and made me feel free in my body. Without all these memories, I wouldn’t have stories. And without these stories I wouldn’t remember.
Their work has been produced by the Smithsonian, American Repertory Theater, Keen Company, Musical Theater Factory, the New York Musical Festival, Weston Playhouse, NY Rep, and Diversionary Theater. They are currently in development at Playwrights Horizons, The Village Theater, MCC, East West Players, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Their first musical, Interstate swept the New York Musical Festival with 5 awards. and Kits first play Queer Heartache won 5 awards at the Chicago and SF Fringe Festivals.
Interstate is an Asian-American pop-rock poetry musical that follows Dash, a transgender spoken word performer who becomes internet-famous along with his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. Fueled by the allure of fame and a desire to connect with their community, the band embarks on a road trip across America for their first national tour. Their fiercely political and deeply personal music touches Henry, a transgender teenage boy living in small-town middle America, and he finds solace in their art as he struggles with his own identity and family. After blogging about the band and documenting his own gender journey, he decides to set out on a quest to meet his heroes in person, hoping to find answers to his own struggles. Interstate is a touching story about how two transgender people at different stages of their journey navigate love, family, masculinity, and finding a community in the era of social media.