Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Jeesun Choi

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2023

Jeesun Choi is a transnational Korean playwright, librettist, and physical theatre artist. She is the recipient of the 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and in 2020, she was awarded Artist of Exceptional Merit by Asian American Arts Alliance. She is currently a librettist fellow at American Opera Project, a member of EST/Youngblood, and a usual suspect at New York Theatre Workshop.

Some of her plays include BUST (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, O'Neill NPC Finalist); Lost Coast (Playwrights Realm's Ink'd Festival, Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works); Manuka (EST/Youngblood Podcast); The Seekers (Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Bushwick Starr Reading Series); and Untitled/Diaspora (JACK Radical Acts Festival).

While at MacDowell, she revised To the Ends of the Earth / 땅끝까지 which will have a New York production at JACK in 2023. She also worked on the early drafts of an untitled revenge tragedy.

Portrait by Eric Johnston



Jeesun Choi worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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