Joshua Young was a proud member of The Public Theater's 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group and is a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwright’s Group. His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series, it's a play about whether it's right or wrong to punch a nazi), Red Room on a Dark Web (Primary Stages Drills 2019 Reading Series), Appalachian Pachinko! and My Guggenheim Play, a true story about unreported corporate corruption.
He was a 2019 Melnick Award Finalist and a 2018 Horton Foote Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He’s a two time Cherry Lane Mentor Project nominee and his work has been recognized as a finalist or semifinalist for The O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm Working Farm, PlayPenn, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Freshground Pepper, Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program, and the Trustus Playwrights’ Festival. His playwriting has been developed or produced at: The Public Theater, Primary Stages, The HERE Arts Center, The Cherry Lane Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brick, The Tank, New York Madness, and The One Minute Play Festival.
He’s also written articles for The Brooklyn Rail and has worked as a speechwriter and public speaker. He’s a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, a playwright driven initiative designed to support writers from lower economic backgrounds.
Josh began working as a teenager as a laborer on construction sites and evolved into a working technician in NYC. He currently works in labor advocacy and is a member of IATSE.