Alissa Anne Jeun Yi is a queer, mixed-race Chinese writer and performer. In 2018 their debut Edinburgh Fringe show Love Songs (developed through the Soho Theatre and supported by Chinese Arts Now) received Guardian Pick of the Fringe, was nominated for two Edinburgh comedy awards and the Tony Craze Award. An alternative, empowering and ultimately positive narrative about sexual assault, Alissa has since gone on to talk about healing and navigating trauma in articles for TIME and The Independent, and on the iTunes top ten BBC Sounds podcast AFTER.
As a writer, Alissa was selected to develop scripted work as part of the BBC Writersroom Drama Room cohort 2020. They are currently part of the prestigious BBC TV Drama Writer’s Programme 2021; and have original TV projects in development with BBC Studios and with comedy production company Baby Cow.
Alissa has most recently been in writers rooms for a BBC / Working Title series and a Netflix / Leftbank series; as well as on writers rooms with CBBC, CBeebies and World Productions. They have received writing and performance commissions from the Bush Theatre, the V&A Museum Friday Lates, ETT and BBC Radio Drama North. In 2020 Alissa performed their short play Avocado Fried Rice on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and their darkly comic fairytale The Machine – part of the F*cked Up Bedtime Stories (for Adults) podcast – is now available to listen to on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Acast.
Aside from writing and making longer-form live shows; Alissa creates musical comedy cabaret acts under their one man drag king band Daddy (& Friends); where they have performed at various venues including the Roundhouse, the Yard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and the Pleasance.