Chay Yew joined Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in July 2011 as its first new artistic director in 34 years. His directing credits include work at the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival, among many others. He is a recipient of the Obie and Drama-Logue Awards for direction. As a playwright, he is the recipient of the London Fringe Award for best playwright and best play, the George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, the GLAAD Media Award, the Asian Pacific Gays and Friends' Community Visibility Award, the Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA Diversity Honor, and the Robert Chesley Award.
Yew's plays are published by Grove Press in The Hyphenated American Plays and Porcelain and a Language of Their Own. He recently edited a new anthology, Version 3.0: Contemporary Asian American Plays, for TCG Publications. An alumnus of New Dramatists, he has also served on the board of directors of the Theater Communications Group and is presently on the executive board of Stage Directors and Choreographers. He served as a Center theater panelist in 2013.