about // VITA



Marie Yan is a playwright, writer and dramaturge for dance and theatre.  She writes in French (language of childhood), English (language of learning) and German (language of a distant heritage). Her interest is the future. In worlds that range from near documentary to speculative fiction, she has written stories about immigration, encounter at a border, social collapse and transformation. As a dramaturge and occasional curator, she tends to work on projects with a focus on postcolonial, creaturely and, or, queer-feminist perspectives. She educated herself several times (Master in Literature, Master in Playwriting and dramaturgy, Physical Theatre diploma) and received the Mary Leishman Award for Theatre for her first play The Fog, and the Crossing Borders Scholarship for her long-running theatre and diary research set in Hong Kong: In mid-air (working title). 


Playwriting (selection)

Plays followed by * are commissions
EN – original in English, DE – original in German, FR – original in French

(upcoming) La Théorie, director: Valentine Caille, Compagnie Lou Pantail
A Tidal Home direction: CHAN Kwun Fee, produced in Hong Kong (Cattle Depot Theatre)

I need to cross
invited to the Starke Stücke Festival (cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic)
(upcoming) La Théorie, lecture, mise en scène Valentine Caille, Le LoKal, Saint-Denis, France. – FR

Wahrhaft krumme Balken*, Longlist Augenblick Mal! 2021 (Berlin). DE
A Tidal Home* awarded the Yellow Earth Theatre Seed commission (London). – EN

Black Gold*
, ecological satire on oil extraction, Freiluft Theater am Darne.DE
I need to cross*,
City Theatre of Eskisehir. – EN

Artes Moriendi – Ways of Dying by A Dog’s Heart Theatre and Compagnie Des Wanderers, Tatwerk, Berlin, Berlin Performing Arts Festival – EN
Wahrhaft krumme Balken*, interaktives Stück für angelogene Kinder (für Echtzeit Theater) DE

Kantonesisch Lernen
, die verlorene Sprache lernen (Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin, Teil des Asian Film Festivals Berlin)DE

Fressen, Eine dystopische Geschichte Europas DE

Heroes (I) Physical theatre piece by A Dog’s Heart Theatre.

A quick decision can be made – a story of the Detained Fast-Track, part of the Refugee Festival Scotland (playwright and director). – EN

The Fog
at Stereo, Glasgow (playwright and producer), director: Sam Rowe.
Mary Leishman Theatre Award. – EN

Prose writing

Recipient of the Crossing Borders scholarship
for the book project In mid-air (working title). – FR/EN

Summers / Étés, novel , beginning of the writing and launch of the writing diary The Cauldron – FR

“Theatre in the skycrapers”, article on the housing crisis and the theatre scene in Hong Kong. – FR

Dramaturgy and curating (selection)

Co-curation of the Symposium class. gender. race, FRATZ International Festival by Theater o.N.
Tacoma, concert and juggling experiment, by L’Expédition (FR)

Co-curation of the Symposium Another World, FRATZ International Festival by Theater o.N.
Anarchie ≠ Chaos, series of laboratories about anarchist thought and artistic practice, Theater o.N.
Looking for a feminist body in dance, archive project with Natalie Riedelsheimer, Caroline Alves and Kathleen Kunath.

(k)no(w)-go-zonesdramaturgical support, for Grupo Oito, Berlin, Performing Arts Festival Berlin.
The Machine to become_womxn, performative dance piece by Natalie Riedelsheimer and Caroline Alves.
Das Schaurige Haus invited to Spielarten Festival  2018

Unrestricted Contact,playtext and dramaturgy, by Grupo Oito (Berlin)
Das Schaurige Haus
, text co-adaptation and dramaturgy, direction: Catharina Fillers, Echtzeit Theater company (Münster)
Popcorn, Compagnie Les Objets Volants

Federlicht/UAU Happening Now: Two dance solos on the multiple I by Caroline Alves, Theater o.N.


Germany 2071,
Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, protagonist and camera assistant, for the Foreign Affairs Festival and Impulse Theater Festival.

Guerilla, El Conde de Torrefiel, participant, Steirischer Herbst Festival.

Studies, Training

Master degree in French Literature and Theatre Studies, Sorbonne university – Paris IV (France)
Diploma of Physical Theatre Practice, Fife college (UK)
Master degree in Playwriting and Dramaturgy, Glasgow University (UK)
Screenwriting course and Film Studies Short course, Edinburgh University (UK)
Seven Things that happened while you were sleeping, course on archives and performance by Mohammed Shawki, Arsenal Institut für Videokunst (Berlin, Germany)
Yellow Earth Professional Writers Programme (UK)
Curating No-Thing, Lecture series by T:>Works led by Ong Keng Seng (Singapour)
Theatre Machine, Workshop by Nassim Soleimanpour (Germany/Iran)