Sunday, January 10, 2016

Shayok Misha Chowdhury - Working Playwrights Series

Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali director, playwright, poet, and vocalist. Born on the coast of southern India, he developed a taste for sour rice cakes and the seaside before moving to old-colony Massachusetts, where, in a high school theater rehearsal, he received his mantra -- story comes first -- from an unlikely medicine man with a galaxy of Harley tattoos.

He has been living his responsibility to story ever since.

Misha is co-founder and artistic director of the performance collaborative The Lonely Painter Project, with whom he has developed and directed five original productions. He has also co-authored and directed three new musicals, ARTEMIS IN THE PARKING LOT, BEFORE AND AFTER, and THE OPTICS OF DYING LIGHT with his collaborator Laura Grill. Other recent directing credits include THE MESSIAH COMPLEX (Nia Witherspoon) at HERE Arts Center and HINGSHA SHOMPORKITO DHARA BIBORONI (Joy Goswami) with Boston-based Bengali theater ensemble Off-Kendrik.

A Fulbright and Kundiman fellow, Misha's poetry has been published in Hayden's Ferry Review, Portland Review, Asian American Literary Review, Lantern Review, and elsewhere. He was a featured soloist on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns(Christopher Tin) and has performed the album in concert at Carnegie Hall. He received his Bachelors in Performance and Diaspora under the mentorship of Maestra Cherríe Moraga at Stanford University and is completing his Master of Fine Arts in Directing Theater at Columbia University under Anne Bogart (SITI Company) and Brian Kulick (Classic Stage Company).

January 11th, from 5-6:30 pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center (north campus)

Take the elevator down and turn right as you come out of the elevator . . . 

Q&A with students:
Jan 11, 3-4pm
B207 Walgreen Drama Center

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