Sim Yan Ying "YY" is a theatre artist from Singapore currently based in New York. She directs, performs, and writes works that are intercultural, and is driven by her desire to build bridges across communities. YY is currently an artist in the Mabou Mines SUITE/Space program as well as the WILD RICE Directing Residency.
Her original works include: I LOVE WHITE MEN, a one-woman show interrogating white worship performed at Caveat NYC, Ars Nova ANT Fest & Dixon Place; Where Are You?, a devised physical theatre production about grief and death presented at the Tisch Abe Burrows Theatre (up next at Mabou Mines); 06:58, an interdisciplinary production deconstructing the morning routine presented at The Substation in Singapore; and Without Reason, a play about an interracial relationship which received its premiere at Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. Selected performance credits: The Optic Trilogy (Alchemical Studios), Strong Women Love Trump - a satire (The Civilians/ Joe’s Pub), Mammelephant (Superhero Clubhouse/ HERE Arts Center), She's A Witch! (The Tank), Mr. Marmalade and Never Swim Alone (Playwrights Downtown). Assistant Directing: Looking at You (HERE Arts Center), directed by Kristin Marting.
YY graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Theatre at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and a BA in Psychology. She was previously an Apprentice at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival and trained at the 2017 SITI Company Summer Intensive. Other companies she has worked with include New Ohio Theatre, The Syndicate, and InVersion Theatre in NYC; as well as The Necessary Stage, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore Dance Theatre, Wild Rice, Nine Years Theatre, Buds Theatre, and Asylum Theatre in Singapore.
YY seeks to create art that asks deep and difficult questions, and which challenge existing forms and boundaries. Beyond theatre, she enjoys excessive Facebooking, befriending strangers on the streets, and throwing social conventions to the wind.