Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Jesse Jae Hoon

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Astoria, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Jesse Jae Hoon is a playwright, organizer, and actor. His plays include Somebody Is Looking Back at Me, I've Got A Sinking Feeling in The Pit of My Stomach, Dong Xuan Center, Emergency Wine & Cheese Fundraiser of The Amagansett Democrats' Association, and On the Clock.

Jae Hoon is the current CRNY resident artist at Ma-Yi Theater Company, was a 2022-23 writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, a 2023 Radio Roots Fellow at The Parsnip Ship, and a member of the Orchard Project's Adaptation Lab. He is a recipient of the Ollie New Play Award, and is a 2023-25 member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group. He holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from CUNY Hunter College, where he also taught undergraduate playwriting.

At MacDowell, he rewrote two plays: Benedict Cumberbatch, Am I Irredeemable? – a Lehrstück (or Learning Play) and a riff on Bertolt Brecht's Der Jasager and Der Neinsager; and On the Clock – a stage adaptation of the nonfiction book by journalist Emily Guendelsberger, about the psychological torture of working-class people by large mega-corporations.



Jesse Jae Hoon worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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