Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali director, playwright, poet, and vocalist, based in New York City. Born in India, he acquired a taste for sour rice cakes and the seaside before moving to Massachusetts where, in a hometown theater rehearsal, he received his mandate from an unlikely medicine man with a galaxy of Harley Davidson tattoos.
Misha is co-founder of The Lonely Painter Project, under the auspices of which he creates original, ensemble-oriented works for the stage. Favorite projects include MAKE (The Hemispheric Institute's ex-Centrico), The Last Leaf (Barn Arts Collective), and Inhume (Riverside Church). Through performance, he seeks to activate the extraordinary muscles coiled up in our ordinary bodies. Recent and upcoming directing credits: Cherrie Moraga's The Mathematics of Love (BRAVA Theater Center, SF); Sharon Bridgforth's love conjure/blues (JACK, Brooklyn); Nia Witherspoon's The Messiah Complex (HERE Arts Center).
The writer/director of three new musicals including The Optics of Dying Light (HERE, 2015) and Artemis in the Parking Lot (NYMF/Playwrights Horizons, 2016) and a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, Kundiman, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workcenter, Misha's work has been published or is forthcoming in The Cincinatti Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Portland Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a featured soloist on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns and performed in concert at Carnegie Hall.
Misha received his Bachelors in Performance and Diaspora under the mentorship of Maestra Cherríe Moraga at Stanford University and his Master of Fine Arts in Directing Theater at Columbia University under Anne Bogart (SITI Company) and Brian Kulick (Classic Stage Company). He was recently a director-in-residence at Stanford and will be teaching playwriting and adaptation at Williams College in 2017.
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