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.
Her original works include: I LOVE WHITE MEN, a one-woman show interrogating white worship performed at Ars Nova & Dixon Place in NYC; Where Are You?, a devised dance-theatre production examining grief and death presented at the Tisch Abe Burrows Theatre (up next at Mabou Mines in June 2020); 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.
Her recent performance credits include: The Optic Trilogy (Alchemical Studios), Strong Women Love Trump (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.
Yan Ying graduated with a BFA in Theatre at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and a BA in Psychology. She is currently an artist in the Mabou Mines SUITE/Space 2020 program, was an Apprentice at the 2018 Williamstown Theatre Festival, and trained at the 2017 SITI Company Summer Intensive. Other companies she has worked with include The Syndicate, InVersion Theatre, and A.R.T./New York 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.
Yan Ying 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.