M. J. Kang

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M.J. Kang is a Canadian playwright and actress. [1]

Early life and education

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kang immigrated to Toronto, Ontario with her family at the age of two. [2] She studied with the Playwrights Unit at Toronto's Tarragon Theatre. [3]



Kang's plays include Questioning Condoms, [4] Noran Bang: The Yellow Room, [5] Blessings [3] and dreams of blonde & blue. [6] [7] She received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Play, Independent Theatre Division in 1998 for Noran Bang: The Yellow Room. [8]

As an actress, Kang had a regular role in the 1997 television series Riverdale , [9] and made guest appearances in E.N.G. , Earth: Final Conflict , The City , Doc , Strong Medicine and Medium . On stage, she has performed in productions of Jean Yoon's The Yoko Ono Project, [10] Laurie Fyffe's The Malaysia Hotel [11] and Oren Safdie's Private Jokes, Public Places. [12] She has performed in productions of Private Jokes, Public Places in Toronto, New York City, London, Los Angeles and Berkeley, California. [13]

Personal life

She is married to Oren Safdie. [14]



1993 TC 2000 Sumai's Daughter
1994 PCU Physics Major
2002The Book of EveStudent
2003 Owning Mahowny Secretary


1992 E.N.G. Kid #1Episode: "To Kill with Kindness"
1997 Riverdale Becky
1998 Earth: Final Conflict BartenderEpisode: "The Joining"
1999 The City LisaEpisode: "Joy Ride: Part II"
2000 D.C. Young LawyerEpisode: "Pilot"
2001The Wandering Soul MurdersGirl in dinerTelevision film
2001 Nero Wolfe Cherry QuonEpisode: "Christmas Party"
2001 Doc Receptionist2 episodes
2005 Strong Medicine Huan YuenEpisode: "Dying Inside"
2006 Medium TechnicianEpisode: "A Changed Man"
2020–2021Extreme Improv: RevengeVarious roles4 episodes
2021 SEAL Team Kwan Jon-WiEpisode: "Trust, But Verify: Part 1"

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