I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE 2018 MIDWEST DRAMATISTS CONFERENCE

My play Reality Check has been accepted for a reading in the 2018 Midwest Dramatists Center Conference on  September 27-29, 2018.  Reality Check was selected from hundreds of plays. 

Industry professionals from New York City, Beth Blickers (literary agent with APA), and Sean Grennan (playwright), will attend play readings held during the conference and conduct workshops for the playwrights whose plays have been selected for the conference. 

The conference will provide actors and directors and feedback on plays of the selected playwrights from literary managers and artistic directors from around the country.

I'm a 2018 Fellow with the Sesame Street Writers Room Program!

I am one of seven fellows selected from approximately 500 applicants for the 2018 Sesame Street Writers Room Program. This fellowship is designed to develop new screenwriting talent, amplify underrepresented voices, and foster diversity in children’s media. Fellows gather weekly for hands-on workshopping and conversations with writers, producers, agents, and executives in eight three-hour sessions. When the program concludes, each fellow will have completed at least one script, and up to two winners will receive development deals from Sesame Workshop. The winning scripts will be performed in a staged reading at an industry networking event.

“By helping emerging writers from diverse backgrounds build industry experience and connections, programs like this one have the potential to change the children’s media landscape,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, SVP of Creative Development, Sesame Workshop. 

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit media and educational organization behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically-funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit sesameworkshop.org.

American Pia Awarded "Notable Writer" in 2018 New York TV Festival

My half-hour comedy pilot, American Pia, about my real-life experience living with a Xenophobic family outside LA was selected as one of 40 projects from nearly 1800 submissions to participate in the 2018 New York Television Festival. 

Over the last decade, the NYTVF has distinguished itself as an industry leader in the cultivation and fostering of independent artists across episodic storytelling platforms while engaging a wide swath of decision-makers, buyers, agents, and managers as a trusted curator of new voices. With NYTVF SCRIPTS, that opportunity is extended to emerging writers by offering a Festival experience designed to provide maximum exposure, access, and opportunity.

http://www.nytvf.com/2018_scripts_competition.html

 

 

AMERICAN PIA IN TOP 15% OF NYTVF

American Pia has moved on to the second round of deliberation in the 2018 New York TV Festival Scripts Competition; the second round recognizes comprises the top 15% of scripts submitted to the competition.  Over the last decade, the NYTVF has distinguished itself as an industry leader in the cultivation and fostering of independent artists across episodic storytelling platforms while engaging a wide swath of decision-makers, buyers, agents, and managers as a trusted curator of new voices. With NYTVF SCRIPTS, that opportunity is extended to emerging writers by offering a Festival experience designed to provide maximum exposure, access, and opportunity.

 

Recipient of 2018 ATHE New Play Development Workshop opportunity!

My play has been selected from 130 submissions to be workshopped, developed, and presented at the 2018 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference to be held in Boston, MA August 1-5.  Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.

"Like Bandana with A V" advances with the Fox Writers Lab!

I have advanced in the process of consideration of the Fox Writers Lab (FWL) for their 2018 program.  The program receives up to 750 applications and ultimately eight writers will be selected.  Participants are connected with showrunners, screenwriters, directors and creative executives across television, feature films and digital entertainment. The FWL offers trained writers an immersive four-month curriculum focused on developing original material, honing writing skills and exploring the business of media and entertainment. 

My Work to be Featured in The Car Plays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

I was invited to submit a 10-minute play which was ultimately selected for THE CAR PLAYS, an immersive theatrical experience. Blurring the lines between theatre and real life, this unique, site-specific theatrical sensation returns to Segerstrom Center. 5 cars, 5 different 10-minute plays, and you’re right in the middle of each one. Conceived by Paul Stein and produced by Moving Arts, The Car Plays is "adventurous theatre packed into a Jeep or a Jetta or an Audi" (Huffington Post). Please join us and hop in for the ride of your life!  There are 22 performances in January 2018 and tickets can be purchased at: https://www.scfta.org/events

 

 

"Slut" Featured in NYC READING SERIES

The 2017 empowHER Reading Series of Clutch Productions is dedicated to exploring hidden gender bias and features: 

Slut 
by Nayna Agrawal
directed by Vanessa Morosco

Webster's Bitch
by Jacqueline Bircher
directed by Vanessa Morosco

Invisible
by Jane Jeffries
directed by Julia Sears

my favorite flower
by Arika Larson
directed by Raquel Almazan

The Takeover
by Barbara Lindsay
directed by Christianne Greiert

Ensemble Cast
Raji Ahsan*, Jeanette Bonner*, Rajesh Bose*, Christianne Greiert*, Rebecca Hirota*, Esther Mira, Pooya Mohesni*, Pilar Rehert*, Jennifer Dorr White*, Miranda Noelle Wilson*, and Clint Zugel*

*Actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

WHEN
Sunday, December 17th
2:30pm

WHERE
Primary Stages Studios
307 West 38th Street, Suite 1510
Seating is limited and by invitation only. Please email to RSVP!

Clutch Productions, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to creating opportunities for emerging female artists in theatre and film.

 

DHARMA a finalist for the Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence

DHARMA is one of seven finalists selected from several hundred submissions for the Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence! Now in its tenth year, the program supports emerging playwrights and identifies one writer annually. Each residency is unique and writers work with the Artistic Director to build a year of activities that will be beneficial to them and their process. For one year the resident writer has the opportunity to make use of the studio's resources to advance their craft, spend time on works-in-progress or develop new work. 

 

FIRST LOOK SERIES - CATCALL

Moving Arts presents a weekend event showcasing the work produced from MADlab, a unique 9-month program that focuses on the development of new plays from the idea up. Join us for staged readings, then stay for post-reading gatherings with food and drink.

Sunday, Oct 8th @ 11 am: CATCALL by Nayna Agrawal

What happens when you strive for more...do you become the best version of yourself or the least content version of anyone?  At the intersection of girl and woman, young and old and possible and past, Nina Rao confronts this conundrum...with disastrous results. 

Bootleg Theatre: 2220 Beverly Blvd, 90057

Tickets are FREE, reserve your seat HERE 

Playground LA awards me a spot in their 2017-2018 Writers Pool

Playground LA has announced its 2017-18 Writers Pool!  As a selected playwright, I will participate in their Monday Night series. Season 6 kicks off on October 9 (for the complete schedule, visit http://playground-la.org/monday). Each month, PlayGround-LA will announce a topic and the Writers Pool will have four-and-a-half days to respond with their original short plays. The top six scripts will be selected, matched with leading local directors and actors, rehearsed for an hour-and-a-half each, and then presented as script-in-hand staged readings as part of the monthly Monday Night PlayGround series. 

"Slut" to be featured in Broads' World Ensemble's Fall Reading Series

Slut has been selected as part of the Fall Staged Reading Series with Broads' World Ensemble, an LA-based theatre collective which is geared toward providing substantive, creative opportunities for women in theatre as performers, directors, writers, producers, and all other aspects of the craft.  I'll be paired with a female director and Slut will receive two performances in October 2017 at the Flight Theater at the Complex. To learn more, please visit: www.BroadsWordEnsemble.com

 

 

Dharma selected as a Finalist in Promising Playwrights Contest

The Colonial Players, an Annapolis-based theater company, has selected Dharma as one of sixteen finalists from over 200 submissions to their annual Promising Playwrights Contest. The winning script and playwright receives $1,000 and a script workshop weekend in summer 2017. The workshop will culminate in a rehearsed public reading of the script at the theater.

I'm an O'Neill Semi-Finalist!

My full-length play, Dharma, is a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 2017  National Playwrights Conference.  Each year a community of professionals gathers in the serene setting of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in order to support playwrights and new works for the theater. During the Conference, playwrights live on the grounds of the O'Neill for one month and each engages in a week-long process of rehearsals culminating in two script-in-hand public readings.  Up to eight playwrights are selected for this intensive laboratory each summer.  Virtually every major American playwright has been part of the Conference, including Julia Cho, Rebecca Gilman, Regina Taylor, John Guare, Israel Horovitz, David Henry Hwang, David Lindsay-Abaire, Adam Rapp, Lanford Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, and August Wilson.

 

My NYC Debut with Dark Matter Productions

In collaboration with the Future Is Female Festival, Dark Matter Productions presents SMASH!, a night of short plays written by female playwrights and led by female directors. My play, Reality Check, will be featured as one of seven, 10-minute pieces. 

When: Friday, March 17th @ 7pm
Where: La Maison d’Art (259 W 132nd St. in Manhattan)

Tickets: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/11358