You-Shin Chen is a New York based Taiwanese scenic designer for live performance and film. Originally born and raised in Taipei, she came to New York to attend NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she received her MFA in 2014. 

As a theatre practitioner and collaborator, You-Shin is committed to diversity and humanity. She centers humans, both the characters and the viewers, and their experiences in her process of creating a three dimensional space. She is always curious about human behaviors within a given space. She thinks about how both tangible and intangible elements shape a space, and how those elements have an effect on the human psyche.

You-Shin’s scenic design for Eclipsed (Berlind Theater) is part of USA exhibition at 2019 Prague Quadrennial. She is the recipient of the 2019 Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award at The Lilly Awards.  She received  a Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design in 2020,  Connecticut Critics Circle Awards in Outstanding Set Design in 2022.

Recent theater credits include: SKiNFoLK (the Bushwick Starr & National Black Theatre); UGLY (the feath3r theory & the Bushwick Starr); Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (ArsNova); Monsoon Season (AFO Theatre); Man of God (InterAct Theatre Company); We Were Everywhere (Lewis Center for the Arts); Messiah (LaMama, Stonewall 50); Rock-A-Bye (BalletX); Memory Retrograde (Harunalee x ArsNova Maker’s lab, UTR incoming!); The Hollower (New Light Theater Project); Jazz Singer (Abrons Arts Center). Associate scenic designer for Moby Dick (A.R.T., Des. Mimi Lien.) 

You-Shin is a member of Local USA829, IASTE.


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