Divya Mangwani is a writer and theatre artist from Pune, India, based in New York. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Moonbeam Factory Theatre (MFT), where she wrote, directed and produced plays that were staged all over India, Singapore and Glasgow. MFT was the first theatre company in Pune that focused on original productions in English and supported community building and education.
Divya writes plays about the absurdities of political, social and mythical life. In New York, her plays have been seen/developed with UNICEF, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, The Flea, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Hypokrit Theatre, Mabou Mines, Project Y Theater, Pipeline Theatre Company, Castillo Theatre, Theatre East, Rising Sun Performance Company and Governors Island.
Selected work: Elements of Change (UN Climate Change Week), Yes, Uncle (finalist, Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers Award 2018; finalist Women's Project Lab 2018; semi-finalist, Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship 2018), Rise of the River (semi-finalist Playwrights Realm 2019), and One, Two, Three (winner of best script, director, play and audience vote, Short+Sweet Festival).
She is currently part of the 2019-2021 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the 2020-2021 Gingold Theatrical Group Speakers' Corner, and was a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Artistic Fellow, Hypokrit Theatre Tamasha playwright, Project Y Writers group and Playlab fellow at Pipeline Theatre.
Before theatre, Divya was a journalist and editor and has worked with international publications such as ESPN, Crisis Response Journal, Janus Education Publishing, Daily News & Analysis and The Times of India. As a teaching artist, she has directed high school centennial theatre productions, taught creative writing and conducted theatre workshops in Pune. She also writes screenplays, television scripts and children's animation. Her recent pilot features her cat as a shaman demon.
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