David yee

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David Yee, Playwright

David Yee is a Canadian actor and playwright, as well as the winner of the 2015 Governor General’s Award in literary excellence.

Life and Education

David Yee was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario to parents of Scottish and Chinese decent. [1] Mr. Yee graduated from U of T Mississauga’s Theatre and Drama studies program in 2000 in joint with Sheridan College’s Theatre and Drama Studies program . [2]


Beginning his career primarily as an actor with credits including Leon Aureus’ Banana Boys, as well as The Gladstone Variations and The Golden Dragon at the Taragon Theatre in 2011.
As for his playwriting prowess, Yee himself is quoted as saying that, displeased with the roles he was being cast in he, “started writing as a vehicle mainly for [himself], and that it was. “purely out of self interest” [3] Currently, Yee continues to write, with his new work, Acquience coming out in 2018.
He is the founder and director of the fu-GEN Asian-Canadian Theatre Company [4] as well as being an a playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre [5]


  • Acquience (2018)
  • Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (2014)
  • Paper SERIES (2012)"
  • Lady In the Red Dress (2010)



  • Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave - 2015 Governor General’s Award-Drama
  • Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave - 2013 Carol Bolt Award (Playwrights Guild of Canada)


  • Lady in the Red Dress - 2010 Governor General’s Literary Awards–Drama, English


  1. http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Yee%2C%20David
  2. https://www.sheridancollege.ca/alumni/news/david-lee-wins-governor-generals-award-for-drama.aspx
  3. https://ricepapermagazine.ca/2013/04/the-ripple-effect-a-profile-of-david-yee/
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20161129220102/http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/playwright/david-yee
  5. https://web.archive.org/web/20161129222542/https://library.ryerson.ca/asianheritage/authors/yee_david/