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Cherylene Lee's plays include: MIXED MESSAGES (world premiere,, East West Players, LA, Borderlands Theatre, Tucson, AZ) ANTIGONE FALUN GONG (world premiere Aurora Theatre, Berkeley, CA.) THE LEGACY CODES (Pan Asian Rep, New York, NY; World Premiere, TheatreWorks, Palo Alto, CA, Hangar Theatre New Plays Festival, Ithaca NY)  CARRY THE TIGER TO THE MOUNTAIN (Contemporary American Theater Festival, West Virginia, Pan Asian Repertory Theater, NY, East West Players, LA, published in New Dramatists 2000: Best Plays of the Graduating Class, Smith and Kraus, InterACT-Theatre, Sacramento, CA, Special 25th anniversary presentation, Pan Asian Rep. NY, GENseng production SUNY, Geneseo) ARTHUR AND LEILA (BRAVA! For Women in the Arts, SF; East West Players, LA; Pan Asian Rep., NY, published in Women's Playwrights: Best Plays of 1993, Smith and Kraus) WONG BOW RIDES AGAIN (East West Players, LA), THE BALLAD OF DOC HAY (Marin Community Playhouse and the Chinese Cultural Center, SF) OVERTONES (Kumu Kahua, Honolulu, HI), and IN THE SPIRIT... a commissioned collaboration with the San Jose Taiko Drummers and Abhinaya Dance Co. (Mayer Theater, San Jose, CA). Her play, KNOCK OFF BALANCE, received the 2000 Rella Lossy Award for playwriting with a production at San Francisco State Univ. Her musical, LOST VEGAS ACTS, with composer Donald Eldon Wescoat, was awarded a San Francisco Arts Commission grant for concert performances at Z Space Studio in SF, and a Villa Montalvo Residency with San Jose Repertory Theater in its New America Play Festival.  Her play YIN CHIN BOW, originally developed with Pan Asian Repertory and the Basement Street Workshop, was co-winner of the "Best of Festival" in the Third Step Theater's 3rd Annual Spring Play Reading Festival, in NY, and subsequently toured NY libraries through Playwright Preview Productions' "Urban Stages" program. She has been a recipient of a TCG/NEA Playwright in Residence grant with East West Players, a Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays grant, a Rockefeller MAP Grant, a California Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship, a Wallace A. Gerbode Play Commission, and two San Francisco Individual Artists Grants (one in literature, one in performing arts).  Her poetry and short fiction have been widely published.  She has been honored as the 2003 Made in America Award for playwrights at East West Players and the 2003 Anthony J. Haney Fellow at TheatreWorks for artistic excellence.



Lee started her Hollywood career at the age of three on the live TV show CBS Playhouse 90 in the episode, “The Family Nobody Wanted.”  At four, she and her sister, Virginia, were guest stars on The Dinah Shore Show, which led, at age five, to her being chosen as Gene Kelley’s protege on the “Gene Kelley Spectacular”




featuring Liza Minelli and poet Carl Sandburg.  With her sister Virginia, they formed the song and dance team, the Lee Sisters, and their nightclub act played the main stage at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas for three summers. On TV she was a semi-regular on TV series’ “Bachelor Father,” and “Kentucky Jones, ” guest star on “Dennis the Menace,” “McHale’s Navy,” “My Three Sons,” “The F.B.I.” among others, and  she also performed in the films, “Flower Drum Song,” “Donovan’s Reef,” “Horzontal  Lieutenant.” and “A Letter to Nancy.” Her stage credits include “King and I,” “Flower Drum Song,” and as and adult, the NY Shakespeare Festival,’s International Company of “A Chorus Line.”  She holds a BA in paleontology from UC Berkeley and an MS in geology from UCLA. Her transition from child performer to paleontologist is chronicled in her widely published short story, “Hollywood and the Pits.”