RITI SACHDEVA is a theater maker and cultural worker who likes to sing. Since moving to NYC over five years ago, she’s been a playwriting fellow with the Public Theater’s EWG, Women’s Project Theater Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, and currently with the Dramatist Guild Foundation. Her play The Rug Dealer made the 2016 Kilroy’s list and was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play Parts of Parts & Stitches won the 2010 KCACTF Quest for Peace award. Riti received a 2015 Mellon Foundation/Theatre Communications Group artist travel grant to start adapting her play Other Farmers’ Fields to the kathakali dance-theatre form. Additionally, Other Farmers’ Fields was a finalist for InterAct Theater’s 20/20 award. Riti’s work has been developed by National New Play Network, Center Stage Baltimore, PWC Minneapolis, Poetic Theater, Working Theater, MT Works, University of Hawai’i Department of Theatre & Dance, OmniRootz Theater (Belize), and more.
Acting highlights include work with Disney, HBO, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Honest Accomplice Theater, Pop Up Theatrics, Hybrid Theater, MT Works, Yoni Ki Raat, Working Classroom, and lots of cool indie films. Riti’s solo show Scene/Unseen won the Outstanding One Act award at the 2012 Planet Connections festival, NYC. Her new solo show, BEHIND EVERY FAVORITE SONG IS AN UNTOLD WOMAN, will have a workshop performance in June 2018. As a co-founder of Kalapani Productions, she devised Kalapani - the Crossing, performed in Albuquerque, Toronto, and Los Angeles, as well as, Plantation Alaap which premiered in Albuquerque. As founder and prime instigator at midNites cHiLd pRoductions, Riti has produced and performed original work in NYC, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe.
Riti received a BUS degree from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2002 with a focus in theatre and flamenco and a MFA degree in Playwriting from UNM in 2011. Additional training includes flamenco dance at the National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque and with Omayra Amaya in NYC; Afro-Cuban dance with La Mora, NYC; Improv at Magnet Theater, NYC; performance art with Heather Woodbury, Albuquerque.
As a cultural worker, Riti has worked with a number of community-based organizations utilizing theater to explore, process, and present issues of racial and gender justice. Some of these include work with Los Otros/El Centro de Igualdad in Albuquerque, NM where she devised and directed theatrical storytelling performances about immigration experiences with multi-generational, documented and undocumented families for community and political venues. As a MFA candidate at UNM, she instructed two devising classes for undergraduate students, A Theatrical Experience of Hunger and Performance Art, and Fundamentals of Playwriting Class for three semesters for which she won an Outstanding Teaching for Graduate Assistant award. Currently she works in NYC with South Asian Youth Action teaching theatre, dance, sexuality education and is a pilot facilitator for the Funny Girls Improv and Leadership project.
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