Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen

Don Nguyen
Don Nguyen

Neighborhood: Astoria
Website: thenuge.com and sadplaywright.com

Don Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and currently resides in Astoria, Queens. Don studied theatre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he served as the Artistic Director of the Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha from 1999-2003.

As a writer, Don’s full-length plays include Red Flamboyant (Ojai Playwrights Conference 2011,  Cherry Lane Mentors Project nominee, nomination – L. Arnold Weissberger Award 2011, finalist O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and Bay Area Playwrights Festival), The Man From Saigon (Naked Angels 1st Mondays Reading, NYSAF Founders Award), Three To Beam Up (The Shelterbelt Theatre, Nebraska Arts Grant recipient). His one-act play The Harlequin Maneuvre was a finalist in the Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival (2004) and was published in The Best of The Strawberry One-Act Festival, Volume 1. It has subsequently been produced in New York, Nebraska, and Canada.

Other one act plays include Fat Ugly Vampire (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY), The Imaginary Association of Flight Attendants (Nuyorican Poets Cafe, NY),Love 160 (The Pack Lounge Series 3, Robert Moss Theater, NY),The Dragon Lord and the Fairy Queen (commissioned by The Lincoln Community Playhouse), A Decision of Extraordinary Magnitude, and a collection of eight Halloween plays: Bloodsucker, The Woman in the Blue Dress, Iron Chef: Battle of the Global Cuisine, Cooking with Julia, Soulmates, Torture, Survivor Down Under, and The Deadly Seduction, which were all produced by The Shelterbelt Theatre.

Other short plays and monologues include The Rocket Boys (52nd Street Project), Sexual Chocolate (The Secret Theatre, Long Island City), Girl Reflected and Look, A Lion (Emerging Writers Retreat, Public Theater).

Other writing credits include The Living Newspaper Workshop where he wrote several one acts and a webisode.  In July 2011, The Living Newspaper was invited by Liz Engelman and the Jerome Foundation to spend a weeklong residency at Tofte Lake Center in Minnesota to develop a play about overpopulation.

Don spent a week at a writers retreat at the Vineyard Arts Project in the summer of 2010, where he developed The Imaginary Association of Flight Attendants and The Man from Saigon.

Don is a member of the New York Public Theater’s 2008 Inaugural Emerging Writers GroupThe Civilians R & D Group and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.  He frequently volunteers at The 52nd Street Project.  Don is also the creator of sadplaywright.com, an online photo gallery of his sad playwright friends.

Training/Education

Master Classes

ADRIENNE KENNEDY
Private mentoring
New York

OSKAR EUSTIS
Public Theater, NY

DAVID HENRY HWANG & LEIGH SILVERMAN
Public Theater, NY

DIANA SON
Public Theater, NY

LISA KRON
Public Theater, NY

RICHARD NELSON
Public Theater, NY

HAL PRINCE
Cherry Lane Theatre, NY

DAVID HENRY HWANG
Cherry Lane Theatre, NY

TERRENCE MCNALLY
Cherry Lane Theatre, NY

DAVID LINDSAY-ABBAIRE
Cherry Lane Theatre, NY

KATHY FLETCHER
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Click here to view my list of plays.

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