Bio

Hi! My name is Prince Gomolvilas, and I created Bamboo Nation in 2006 to blog about arts, entertainment, the writing life, and the social fabric of pretty much everything. My main aim has always been to keep people occupied and delighted at their boring day jobs, but I have discovered that people want to be occupied and delighted outside of work as well. That's how this site has been able to grow. I never imagined that Bamboo Nation would someday log more than one million pageviews. But it has! And I feel like a Sparkle Pony! And a Pretty Princess! And I thank you!

The rest of my bio, for some reason, will be written in the third person.

Professional Career

Prince Gomolvilas is best known as an award-winning Thai-American playwright based in the United States. His stage plays include Big Hunk o' Burnin' Love, a groundbreaking Thai-American romantic comedy; The Theory of Everything, which won the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama; and Mysterious Skin, a provocative drama based on the novel by Scott Heim. His work has been produced across the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Singapore. He is the recipient of the International Herald Tribune/Singapore Repertory Theatre Playwriting Award and Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwright Award, among others. His new play, The Brothers Paranormal, a comedy/horror/tragedy about Thai-American ghost hunters, is scheduled to premiere in New York during the 2018-2019 season.

He is the creator, leader writer, and editor-in-chief of Thai Movie Central, the world's #1 source of information on contemporary and classic Thai movies. He wrote the screenplay for Lunchtime, a short film directed by Keo Woolford, which was screened at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York, Boston Asian American Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Sicilia Queer FilmFest in Italy (where it won a Special Jury Prize), among others. He has also served on the jury of the South East European Film Festival.

As a member of the Thai-American community, he organized Customs & Departures: An Evening with Thai-American Writers, the first event of its kind, in partnership with PEN Center USA and the University of Southern California; served on the planning committee for the first national Thai-American Conference, in partnership with the Thai Association of Southern California; and emceed and produced the entertainment program for the Thai Community Development Center's 20th Anniversary Gala.

He currently teaches in the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players in Los Angeles, America's longest-running theatre of color. He was formerly the Associate Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where he was also an Assistant Professor in Writing. He received his BA in Film and MFA in Creating Writing (with an emphasis on Playwriting) from San Francisco State University.


Personal History

Prince spent the first part of his thrilling life in Indianapolis, Indiana (where his kindergarten teacher couldn't pronounce his Thai name "Khamolpat" or his nickname "Bin" and arbitrarily crowned him "Prince"); Bangkok, Thailand (where he learned to eat foods spicy enough to kill most people); and Monrovia, California (were he played with stuffed animals obsessively). After spending 12 years living in San Francisco (where he received his BA in Film and MFA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University), he now lives in the Los Angeles area with his beloved cat, Pork Chop, who has blossomed into somewhat of an Internet sensation. (Seriously.)​