Sim Yan Ying "YY" (she/her) is a theatre artist based in Singapore and New York. She directs, performs, and writes works that are intercultural and interdisciplinary, primarily integrating text, movement, multimedia, and sound. With her interest in live performance as a means of bridging perspectives, she works with artists of various backgrounds to create shows that draw upon a diversity of lived experiences and then presenting them in a shared physical space. YY seeks to create works that are both experimental and accessible, challenging existing forms and boundaries while providing multiple entry points for a range of audiences.
Her original works include: (un)becoming (T:>Works N.O.W. 2021), a digital production about the complex dynamics of mother-daughter relationships in Singapore today; Where Are You? (Mabou Mines & Wild Rice), a series of devised physical theatre productions about grief and death; Who's There? (New Ohio Theatre), an international digital collaboration delving into political events and racial controversies across Singapore, Malaysia, and the U.S.; I LOVE WHITE MEN (Caveat NYC, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place), a one-woman show interrogating white worship and post-colonial baggage; 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 has trained with The Necessary Stage, SITI Company, and Frantic Assembly. YY is currently a Directing Resident at Singapore Repertory Theatre and an artist in the Mabou Mines SUITE/Space program as well as Fault Line Theatre's Irons in the Fire series.
Photo by Sub/Urban Photography