"Slut" Featured in NYC READING SERIES

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

by Nayna Agrawal
directed by Vanessa Morosco

Webster's Bitch
by Jacqueline Bircher
directed by Vanessa Morosco

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

Sunday, December 17th

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. 



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  




I'm a 2017 Playwright with Moving Arts!

MADlab 2017

Moving Arts marks the fourth cycle of our Moving Arts Development Lab (MADlab). This year, Moving Arts received more applications than ever before. We are proud to announce the 2017 MADlab writers: Nayna Agrawal, Makeda Declet, Chloé Hung and Jennie Webb. They will be working with dramaturgs, directors and actors as they craft brand-new plays over the next nine months, culminating in the First Look Reading Series in October, 2017. 

To learn more about this opportunity and our playwrights, please visit: http://movingarts.org/madlab-2017-writers/



Nautapocalypse: an Immersive Theatrical Experience

Trap Street Theatre Los Angeles invites you to an evening of partying like it's all comin' to an end....

Beginning January 22nd, the Iron Triangle Brewery will host our immersive theatrical experience, Nautapocalypse, for audience members and patrons to experience an evening of vignettes which flutters our hearts, tickles our funny bones and tests your nerves.  Audience members will be drawn into a world where a submarine has inexplicably appeared in Echo Lake, causing panic and widespread mayhem that the end of the world is imminent.  

Get your tickets at trapstreet.la


"Slut" is a semi-finalist with Ivoryton Playhouse

My 10-minute play, Slut, is a semi-finalist for the Ivoryton Playhouse’s inaugural Women Playwright’s Initiative.  It is one of fourteen semi-finalists selected from 183 submissions.  Based in Connecticut, The Ivoryton Playhouse is committed to providing exceptional theatre experiences of high professional quality to enrich, enlighten, educate, and entertain the diverse audience in the Shoreline region and beyond. 


"Love and Tuberculosis" Selected for Storey Productions' "SHINE"

My tale of international aid, espionage, love and yes, Tuberculosis, has been selected for performance at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica.  SHINE is presented by Storey Productions in association with Santa Monica Repertory Theater and UCLArts and Healing. Hosted by Alan Aymie (HBO Aspen Comedy Festival selection, "Child's Play"), the event will take place on Sunday, October 16th at 8 p.m.; tickets can be purchased at storeyproductions.com. Please join us! 

David Henry Wang Writer's Institute Awards Scholarship to Me

East West Players, LA's premiere pan-Asian theater company, has awarded me a spot in and scholarship for their new playwrights' program. This 13-week workshop gives playwrights the opportunity to work intensively on revising a full-length play to submit to theaters, festivals, and contests. The workshop focuses on different aspects of the rewriting process, reading assignments of relevant plays, and group outings to play productions. Each playwright will have class time dedicated to receiving notes on two different drafts of his or her play. 






My dramedy pilot, Goodie Two-Faced, has been selected for the second round of the application process for the 2016 Episodic Story Lab at Sundance. This pilot is loosely based on my personal experiences as an anti-trafficking crusader in Asia.  Twelve revisions and two years later, here we are!  Final selections will be announced in late August.  Fingers crossed!

DHARMA makes first cut for PlayPenn's 2016 Conference

My play, Dharma, has made the first cut (130 plays chosen from 750 plays) for PlayPenn's annual conference.  This annual conference takes place each July in Philadelphia. The conference includes workshops and readings of six plays, additional readings of up to three works-in-progress, forums for artists, and a symposium on new play development issues.  

Recent Awards and Achievements

Variety Magazine — 110 Top Students to Watch

Grey's Anatomy — Writer's P.A. — 2015 •

• Writing Internship with HBO — Writer of minisode for Getting On

• Artistay and Camac Fellowship — 3-month residency •
Funded in part by the Tenot Foundation (through December 2015)

• Emmy Foundation Writing Scholarship

• Advance Sitcom Writing Program at Northwestern University •
Pilot produced and funded by Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Dharma is a top ten Finalist with the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has announced that Dharma is a top ten finalist for its annual nuVoices Festival.  The annual festival focuses on original and cutting-edge playwriting. The festival offers a unique program that fosters appreciation for the creative process of playwrights while putting together a one-of-a-kind event for the national thespian community. The process begins with a period of play submissions that are narrowed down to a handful of chosen works. Directors, designers and actors are brought together to help the playwrights breathe life into their plays, which are then showcased at staged readings, with a single play chosen as the festival’s winner.