Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is an internationally produced playwright whose work has been staged in the United Kingdom at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hampstead Theatre, the National Theatre, Trafalgar Studios 2 (West End), and the Unicorn Theatre. In the United States her work has been staged at venues that include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, Classic Stage Company and the Goodman Theatre. She trained at the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, Brown University, and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Frances was formerly an Associate Professor of Drama at UC Santa Barbara, where she had the pleasure of mentoring undergraduate playwrights and directing the New Works Lab. She is currently visiting faculty at Bennington College. Her first audio play, “Last Words of Uncle Dirt,” a collaboration with composer Michael Roth and Dutch actor Kok-Hwa Lie, will be available for free global streaming through Playwright’s Horizons Soundstage Series this summer. Her first collection of plays, “Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s China Trilogy: Three Parables of Global Capital” was recently published by Methuen Drama.