Naomi Iizuka was born 1965 in Tokyo, to an American Latina and Japanese father.
She was raised in Indonesia, Holland, and Washington D.C., and is currently based in San Diego, California, Head of Playwriting at UC San Diego.
She received her B.A. in Classics at Yale University, and her M.F.A at University of California San Diego in 1992.
She has taught playwriting at the University of Iowa and at the University of Texas , Austin, and been a professor of Dramatic Arts and Director of the Playwriting Program at UC Santa Barbara.
Iizuka received numerous awards and fellowships, and is an alumna of New Dramatists. Notable works include
- Good Kids (2014)
- The Last Firefly (2011)
- Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West (2010)
- Ghostwritten (2009)
- After a Hundred Years (2008)
- Anon(ymous) (2006)
- Hamlet: Blood in the Brain (2006)
- Strike-Slip (2006)
- At the Vanishing Point (2004)
- 17 Reasons (Why) (2003)
- 36 Views (2001)
- War of the Worlds (Written in collaboration with Anne Bogart) (2000)
- Language of Angels (2000)