Nandita Shenoy


Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer-actor who loves hearing an audience laugh.  Most recently, her play The Future Is Female… was a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and her Rage Play was named to the 2020 Kilroys List.  Her Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times nationally after its world premier at LA’s East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred.  Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC, and Satisfaction had a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  One-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, You Are Here, and A More Perfect Date have been produced in New York City and regionally.  Nandita has acted in world premiers of new plays by Richard Dresser, Madhuri Shekar, Chelsea Marcantel, Adam Szymkowicz, and Eric Pfeffinger as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company.  She was named a 2022 Hermitage Fellow.   She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Working group, and the Dramatists Guild.  She also sits on the Steering Committee of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) which won a 2020 Obie for their Advocacy in the Field of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and a 2022 Tony Honor for Excellence in Theater. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.