Fay Ann Lee began her career as a Broadway actress in Miss Saigon, which led to principal roles in regional theaters across the country and internationally. Venturing into on-camera work, she landed recurring and guest starring roles on soaps and top 10 primetime shows like Law & Order, Third Watch and Criminal Intent - but was quickly confronted with the lack of good roles for Asian actors. Her proactive response was to pen her first screenplay, a romantic comedy called Falling For Grace (originally entitled East Broadway), which placed in several top screenwriting competitions in the U.S. including The Nicholl Fellowship. Lee, out of necessity, also took on producing and directing responsibilities on the project, ultimately making the script-to-screen process an eight-year journey. Falling for Grace premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was licensed by Starz for television.
As the buzz around the film grew, so did the reputation of Lee’s underdog success in the face of race and gender barriers in a male-dominated industry. (Less than 10% of all movies distributed in the U.S. annually are directed by women.) As a result, Lee has been asked to share her story with local and national media, women’s organizations as well as with some of the world’s finest learning institutions: Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, Wharton (U of PA), Boston University, Columbia, UMASS Amherst, Arizona State University, Berkeley, and even as far as Tsinghua University in Beijing.
Lee was a producer on the indie film, Love Hunter, which the New York Times described as “one of the most refreshing New York independent features” and was chosen as one of its “Critics’ Pick of the Week.”
Lee recently wrote and directed a short horror film entitled The Betrothed starring Falling for Grace's Gale Harold which will be festival bound in 2018. She is also developing three other feature films.
Fay Ann Lee graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and is an avid tennis player. She sits on the board of New York Junior Tennis and Learning.