Tell us about your work.
I am an actress, playwright, and theater-based educator. I’ve written two solo plays, ‘Capers, about gentrification, and Meena’s Dream about the last dreamer left on earth. I also facilitate workshops on how creativity and art can be strategies for improving group communication and to tackle social issues. My work is about using joy, delight and humor as a way of looking at important issues relevant to our society today. I play lots of different characters and believe that art can smash stereotypes with great storytelling and character development.
How old were you when you knew you wanted to be an artist, and where were you?
Ever since I was young, in particular I’d always find a way to make people laugh. I figured if you could make someone laugh, you could win their heart and in that moment was the possibility for greater connection. That’s always been the basis of my work as an actress and playwright.
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
I’d probably bring three of the people I’m closest to because I don’t know if I’d want to be on an island by myself! I figure that with more people we could think of what else to do.
What is the best advice you’ve gotten from your mentor or a WAA Member?
The best advice I’ve gotten is to really think about my longer-term goals and allow regular space for reflection on that.
I would love to meet Lily Tomlin because I am inspired by her gift for comedy, ability to play many characters, and how she has sustained a rich career in the arts as a smart and strong woman.
If I weren’t doing this I’d…
I'd either be doing PR or community organizing.
What are your 3 goals for 2016?
My three goals for 2016 are to join the Screen Actor’s Guild, produce a few comedy sketches for my latest art project, and develop my solo play Meena’s Dream into a film.
What are you working on now?
I am currently writing a children’s play for Imagination Stage. I’m also working with the DC research group Institute for Policy Studies through a Catalyst Initiative grant from the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. I’m touring my solo play Meena’s Dream and writing comedy sketches about economic crisis.
For more information, visit http://www.anuyadav.com/