Byron Au Yong

Performing Arts, 2009

Born to Chinese immigrants in Pittsburgh and raised in the Pacific Northwest, composer Byron Au Yong creates work where the American Dream and sustainability play vital roles. Au Yong collaborates across cultures and disciplines paying attention to the ways people connect with the places they call home. Examples include Mò Shēng 墨声 Ink Sound (Frye Art Museum) and Stuck Elevator (American Conservatory Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas). Multimedia installations such as Piano Concerto–Houston (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston) and YIJU 移居 (Jack Straw New Media Gallery) combine local and global currents as well. Site-responsive projects include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas (4Culture Site-Specific Arts), Occupy Orchestra 無量園 Infinity Garden (Chicago Composers Orchestra), Salt Lips Touching (Jeonju Sanjo Festival), and TURBINE (Leah Stein Dance Company/Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia).

Awards and Accomplishments

2017: (Be)longing, a Choral/Hip-Hop Theater Forum about coming of age in an age of guns, premieres at Virginia Tech, March 17-18, 2017

2016: Building Demand for the Arts Award to American Conservatory Theater and Byron Au Yong from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

2016: Byron Au Yong receives a 2016 Artist Trust Fellowship in Music


Stuck Elevator developed by New York Theatre Workshop, presented by Dartmouth Department of Theater and the Hopkins Center, August 3-23


Au Yong and Jafferis are artists-in-residence at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT


Aaron Jafferis and Byron Au Yong are artists-in-residence at the Sundance Institute at MASS MoCA in December


Au Yong and Jafferis receive a Time Warner Foundation Fellowship for Stuck Elevator


Au Yong and Jafferis receive 2012 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award for Stuck Elevator

2011: Au Yong and Jafferis are chosen for a three-week developmental retreat as part of the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab for _Stuck Elevator_

2010: Au Yong and Jafferis receive development residency from the Yale Institute for Musical Theatre for _Stuck Elevator_

2009: Au Yong and Jafferis are Asian/Pacific/American Institute Artists-in-Residence at New York University