Bessie Cheng

Bessie Cheng is a Chinese-Canadian playwright and performer. She graduated from the Playwriting and Devised Theatre program at York University, and was an AMY participant in 2015. Bessie has worked with companies including Soulpepper, Tarragon, Factory, Cahoots, fu-GEN, Theatre Direct, and Studio 180. In 2017, Bessie was invited into the Foundry, a playwriting unit facilitated by Nina Lee Aquino at Factory Theatre where her play, Dirt, had its first stage reading. Since then, Dirt was prized the Ellen Ross Stuart Award from the Ontario Arts Foundation and was nominated for the RBC Emerging Playwright Award from the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Bessie is also a co-founder of Silk Bath Collective, creating the Fringe hit, Silk Bath. Silk Bath Collective’s newest play, Yellow Rabbit, had a sold out world premiere at Soulpepper Theatre this past fall. In 2016, Bessie was selected by Cahoots Theatre as one of their 30 theatre-makers who will shape the next 30 years in Canadian theatre.