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David Henry Hwang

Award Winning Playwright

David Henry Hwang’s works include the plays M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Chinglish, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB, as well as the Broadway musicals Aida (co-author), Flower Drum Song (2002 revival) and Disney’s Tarzan. His latest show, Soft Power, written with Jeanine Tesori, premiered at LA’s Ahmanson Theatre and NYC’s Public Theater, where it was named Best Musical of 2019 by the Wall Street Journal. He is America’s most-produced living opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards. Hwang wrote the Gold Record “Solo” with the late pop legend Prince, and worked for four seasons as a Writer/Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. He is currently penning the live-action musical feature film adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios, as well as a feature film to star Gemma Chan.


Hwang serves as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. He is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE Award winner, a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and has been inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.