Roy Hsu is a screenwriter and actor living in Seattle. He grew up in Kansas and Pennsylvania as a gay kid in a Chinese Southern Baptist family raised by his immigrant parents—an artist in a family of scientists. Early in life through early adulthood, he secretly struggled with an undiagnosed learning disability, leading him to doubt graduating from high school or gaining employment and would become homeless. Despite all this, he graduated from the Tyler School of Art, moved to New York City, held senior executive positions as an advertising creative director, was president of a photography trade organization, and had a photography business. Seeking a life change, he moved to Seattle and became a financial advisor and an active angel investor, mentoring and funding startups in the venture world. Discovering his dyslexia a few years ago inspired Roy to pursue writing, drawing upon his experiences as part of the Asian, LGBT, and disability communities and obtaining success while struggling with self-doubt to tell socially conscious stories of self-acceptance, identity, and the intersectionality of visible and invisible diverse groups.
Happy to connect with everyone if I can be of service. Reach out if you are interested in script swaps or just networking and want to meet for a zoom chat.
BLACK DRAGON Drama ⋄ Historical During WWII, a white-passing half-Japanese orphan struggles to save her relationship with an imprisoned Japanese American farmer while they secretly work with the resistance to shut down the internment camps.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Comedy After simultaneously coming out in a small midwestern city, a father in a mid-life crisis and his son finding his mission in life join forces to save their newfound community, a broke campy gay bar, from imminent gentrification.
THE DREAM LIFE OF A CLOWN Comedy In a world where clowns are the top celebrities, an up-and-comer in an identity crisis struggles to hide his Asian heritage after gaining success when mistaken for white.
CHEAP ASS ASIAN Budget: $1M - $5M | Romance ⋄ Comedy A money-saving influencer seeking her big break risks losing her wedding and relationships when she goes all out to win a “Best Wedding on a Budget” social media competition.
Double Recommend/BLACK DRAGON
Double Recommend/THE DREAM LIFE OF A CLOWN
CineQuest top 50/BLACK DRAGON
Richmond International Film Festival, Finalist/BLACK DRAGON