Nandita Shenoy is an actor-writer who lives in New York City. When not creating theater or supporting her fellow theater artists, Nandita enjoys cooking with bacon, eating chocolate, and writing about shirtless men.
As an actor, Nandita was most recently seen in the Off-Off-Broadway production of Adam Szymkowicz's play, Marian, or the True tale of Robin Hood at the New Ohio Theater produced by Flux Theatre Ensemble. Prior to that, she starred in the Off-Broadway Production of her own play, Washer/Dryer. She has also been a part of the World Premier casts of Trouble Cometh by Richard Dresser at the San Francisco Playhouse and of Some Other Kind of Person by Eric Pfeffinger at Philadelphia's InterAct Theater. Favorite roles include "Amita" in Sloppy Second Chances by Mrinalini Kamath at EST, and "Seema" in The Last Surviving Heir by Sarovar Banka at Desipina's 7-11 Theater. She was a member of the Repertory Company of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival for a season where she played the roles of "Ursula" in Much Ado About Nothing, "Miss Poppenghul" in Moonlight and Magnolias, and "Lucius" in Julius Caesar. She can also be seen in national commercials for IBM, GoDaddy, and HP.
Nandita's latest full-length play, Satisfaction, is being presented as part of the "Main Stage Live" program at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts this November after readings at the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab Labfest and the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival in 2016. Her last play, Washer/Dryer, had its Off-Broadway premier at Theatre Row in February 2016, produced by Ma-Yi Theater. Washer/Dryer received its World Premier at EastWest Players in February 2015 as a part of their 50th Anniversary Season. Washer/Dryer was also seen in Chicago as part of Rasaka Theatre's residency at Victory Gardens in October 2015. Another full length play Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature was produced by the Hegira at the Round House Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her one-acts Marrying Nandini, By Popular Demand, Rules of Engagement, and A More Perfect Date have received full productions in New York City from Green Light Productions, New Perspectives Theater, New Ground Collective, and Eating Theater respectively. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Father Hamblin One Act Commission Prize from the Abingdon Theater. Nandita’s plays have been read at the Kennedy Center, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Second Generation, Salaam Theater, the Bleecker Street Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, and by the Red Harlem Readers.
In addition to creating theater, Nandita is an advocate for diversity in the theater and sits on the Steering Committee of the Asian American Performers Action Coalition and is a member of the advisory board of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat, a development space for musical theater. She has also been a participant of the South Asian Theater Arts Movement.
Nandita holds a BA from Yale University in English literature with a distinction in the major. She is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab, the Dramatists Guild, and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.