“Create Your Own Work”
Nandita Shenoy has been a member of the Writers Lab since 2007. Her romantic comedy Washer/Dryer recently had its New York premiere by Ma-Yi Theater Company earlier this year.
Johnny Wu, Nandita Shenoy, and Jamyl Dobson in Washer/Dryer | Photo: Isaiah Tanenbaum
Do you have a #MyYellowFaceStory?
“That time I was told I wasn’t womanly enough to play an Indian woman.”
Define “Asian American.”
An American of Asian descent – from anywhere in Asia, including the Indian subcontinent.
What does “diversity” mean to you?
When there are many different viewpoints represented within a group of people which is often recognized visually by variety in races or genders.
What obstacles have you faced as an Asian American theatre artist?
The expectation that how I write about my experience will conform to how white America sees me.
Any words of wisdom for young aspiring Asian American artists?
Create your own work and don’t take no for an answer.
What are you currently working on?
A new play for LabFest in June! And I’m doing a storytelling project with the The Group Lab for their “Where Project” on May 25th.
See a FREE reading of Nandita’s new play SATISFACTION in Ma-Yi’s SUMMER LABFEST 2016!