Alissa Anne Jeun Yi is a mixed-race Chinese writer and performer. In 2018 her 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 is currently developing scripted work as part of the BBC Writersroom Drama Room cohort 2020, and has work in development with comedy production company Baby Cow. She has received writing and performance commissions from the Bush Theatre, the V&A Museum Friday Lates, ETT and BBC Radio Drama North. In 2020 she performed her short play Avocado Fried Rice on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and her 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.
As a performer, Alissa makes “thrilling, funny, heartbreaking and empowering” (Edinburgh Guide) autobiographical performance art-comedy shows; and is also available to book for shorter comedy-cabaret acts. She has performed at various UK festivals; at events including Pussy Liquor and FOC IT UP (The Femmes of Colour Comedy Club); and at venues such as Leicester Square’s 99 Comedy Club, Battersea Arts Centre and the Union Chapel. As an actress, Alissa starred in an earlier version of Ava Davies’ i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) at The Bunker Theatre; and in her own BBC 3 radio play Avocado Fried Rice.