Diep Tran is an arts journalist and editor in NYC. She is currently the Editor in Chief of Playbill. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, New York Magazine, CNN, Andscape, Broadway News, Time Out New York, New York Theatre Guide, TodayTix, Backstage, and Salon, among other publications. Diep is a contributor to the book RISE: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now, from Harper Collins.
In 2023, she was named on Gold House’s A100 list as one of 100 most impactful Asians. She’s influential (allegedly)!
She is a nominator for the 2022 Drama Desk Awards and a judge for the 2022 Lucille Lortel Awards. She was a judge for the 2020 Obie Awards and is a 2020 Drama Desk Award voter. Her hustle game is flawless.
In 2020, Diep helped create VietFactCheck.org, a bilingual fact-checking website, which was founded to combat the fake news and misinformation floating around the Vietnamese-American community. Diep is currently the managing editor. In 2021, VietFactCheck was consulted on, and was featured in, and episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” so that’s pretty cool.
Diep was previously the features editor of Broadway.com and the senior editor of American Theatre magazine, where she led the creation and launch of AmericanTheatre.org, the first official website for the magazine, building the site from the ground up with a mix of WordPress, self-taught HTML coding, and Googling.
Diep has a bachelor’s in English and Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her master’s degree in arts journalism from the Goldring Arts Journalism Program at Syracuse University. In 2015, she was a critic fellow at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. She is also an accomplished public speaker and has spoken on panels hosted by Disney Theatricals, Syracuse University and the Kennedy Center.