Amy Ng

Amy was born in Australia, grew up in Hong Kong, and is a graduate of Yale University and Balliol College, Oxford, where she did a Ph.D. in History and dabbled in drama. She started taking herself seriously as a playwright after being selected for the Royal Court Theatre’s Critical Mass writers’ programme.  Her play Shangri-La, a satire on western travellers seeking thrills, authenticity and enlightenment in Tibet, was developed at the Tricycle Theatre, long-listed for the Bruntwood Prize 2015, and will have a full production at the Finborough Theatre in July 2016.   

Acceptance, an Oleanna meets 12 Angry Men drama about a university admissions committee judging an applicant who is an alleged rape victim, received a sold-out staged reading at the Finborough Theatre on 9 November 2015. Beyond Cathay, a play about Marco Polo’s return to a Venice which is no longer home, was selected for the Semifinals of Reverie Productions Next Generation Playwriting Competition, New York City.   

Amy is also a historian with research interests in multinational empires, nationality conflict, and the memory of historical traumas, and is the author of Nationalism and Political Liberty (Oxford University Press).

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