Velina Hasu Houston

Expert in dramatic writing, ethnic studies and Asian American drama
  • Distinguished Professor of Theatre in Dramatic Writing
  • Director of Dramatic Writing, USC School of Dramatic Arts
  • Resident playwright
  • Associate Dean of Faculty, USC School of Dramatic Arts
Office: (213) 740-8686


  • Dramatic writing (playwriting, screenwriting, other media)
  • Poetry
  • Multiethnic/mixed heritage/interethnic studies
  • Multiethnic identity and interracial relationships
  • Asian American drama
  • Ethnic studies (especially Japanese or African American)
  • Cinema critical studies in ethnicity, race

Additional Information

  • Author of The Politics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women
    (1993); But Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise: New Asian American Plays (1997);
    Artistic and Discursive Voices of Multiethnic Asians (1997); and many
    internationally produced plays, as well as screenplays, poetry and
    critical essays
  • Inaugural recipient of Remy Martin New Vision Award from Sidney Poitier and the American Film Institute for recognition of literary accomplishment and work that “contributes to the culture of our society and our world”