ANU YADAV (Writer, Performer) is a writer and performer based in the Washington, DC area who is well-known for her superb artistry, commitment to social justice, and ability to transport audiences. Her solo work, Capers, sold-out its four-week run at the Mead Theatre at CulturalDC and was subsequently seen by over 5,000 people nationally at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Performance Studies International Conference and Johns Hopkins University. Capers was based on four years of interviews and collaboration with families from D.C.’s Arthur Caper/Carrollsburg public housing projects who protested demolition of their neighborhood.
Anu also served as writer, actress, and artistic lead on Classlines, a multimedia performance exploring wealth and poverty that was presented at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and to the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing. Anu has also been seen onstage with The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Active Cultures and the Theatre Alliance, and has an extensive teaching resume.
Anu is the recipient of many special awards and grants. In 2005 she received the Washington D.C. Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist. She was the 2011 International Initiatives Grantee at the University of Maryland College Park, is a 3-time D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellow, a 5-time D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Young Artist Grantee, the 2009-2010 Poverty Scholar of the Union Theological Seminary, and the recipient of a 2007 National Performance Network Residency with Carpetbag Theater. Anu was also featured in Walk with Me, an award-winning documentary that sheds light on three female theater artists who are pushing boundaries. She received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her MFA in Performance from University of Maryland College Park.
Meena's Dream is written and performed by Anu Yadav, directed by Patrick Crowley, and choreographed by Paige Hernandez, with dramaturgy by Caleen Jennings, Anjna Swaminathan and Patrick Crowley. Music is composed and performed by Anjna Swaminathan (music director), Rajna Swaminathan, and Sam McCormally. It tells the story of nine-year-old Meena who, by day, wishes that her mother could get well; by night, the Hindu God Lord Krishna appears, entreating Meena's help in his war against the Worry Machine. Meena's Dream creates a fantastical world through storytelling and live music, from South Indian classical to indie folk.
Meena's Dream had its world premiere in January of 2014 at Forum Theatre in Silver Spring, MD, and is currently touring. For more information, including full-length video, photos, tech rider and press packet, please contact us.
Photo courtesy of Colin Stanley Photography.