Photo credit: Win Lubin

Photo credit: Win Lubin

Damon Chua is a New York-based playwright, poet, fiction writer and producer. Originally from Singapore, Damon now calls Jackson Heights his home.

Playwriting

Damon is a member of The Public Theater Emerging Writers Group 2014-15 and Ma-Yi Theater’s Writers Lab in New York. His stint at The Public Theater was supported by a Time Warner Foundation grant. He is the recipient of a 2015 Dramatists Guild Fund #writechange scholarship and a 2014 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Currently published by Samuel French, Smith & Kraus and the Proscenium Journal, Damon received an Ovation Award for Best New Play and has obtained support from UNESCO and the Durfee Foundation. Damon’s plays have been staged in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and presented in several states. They also have been seen in London, Singapore and Toronto.

In 2015, he made his Off-Broadway debut through Pan Asian Repertory Theatre with this full-length noir drama Film Chinois.

Poetry

Damon’s anthology Traveler’s Tale and Other Poems was published in 2011 by Ethos Books. His poems have also been seen in the following collections: Journeys: Words, Home and Nation – Anthology of Singapore Poetry, Memories & Desires: A Poetic History of Singapore, and & Words: Poems Singapore and Beyond. He has a poem in the anthology A Luxury We Cannot Afford published in 2015 by Math Paper Press.

Fiction

Damon's short story Mango was included in Silverfish Book's Twenty-Two: New Asian Short Stories, published in 2016. His story Saiful and the Pink Edward VII formed part of the Singapore Noir anthology, published by Brooklyn-based Akashic Books. Other stories have appeared in the Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Tall Tales Press, and the Straits Times. Damon is currently working on his first collection of short fiction.

Producing

Damon has produced several movies, one of which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. He has worked with several Asian directors, including Wong Kar-wai, who hired him as his Head of Business Development. Damon also helped to run Impact Pictures, a Los Angeles-based film production company that has produced several #1 movies at the North American box office. In addition, Damon was the Executive Director of Keen Company, an Off-Broadway theater company. 

Other

Damon has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a law degree from Oxford University. He designs jewelry in his free time.