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Nandita Shenoy participated in the Creative Fellowships Initiative in partnership with School of Drama.



Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based actor-playwright who enjoys hearing an audience laugh.  Recently, her play Satisfaction completed a developmental run at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Her play, Washer/Dryer played Off-Broadway in New York produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company where she also played the leading role of Sonya.  Washer/Dryer premiered at East West Players in Los Angeles and was subsequently produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theater.  Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC.  Nandita is the winner of the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting for her commissioned one-act, Safe Haven.  Other one-acts, Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date, have been produced in New York City and regionally.  Notable acting credits include World Premiers of Eric Pfeffinger’s Some Other Kind of Person, Richard Dresser’s Trouble Cometh, and Adam Szymkowicz’ Marian, or the True Tale of Robin Hood, as well as a season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.  She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.    


Nandita worked on her play, Esspy, which follows the journey of a medical student, his mentor and a standardized patient who acts our multiple cases over the course of his training.  As the years pass and the cases get harder, student and patient develop an unlikely friendship that tests the question of whether compassioncan be taught.