Playbill: Uncommon Voices, January 6, 2020

En Garde Arts presents

RUNNING

written & performed by Danny Pudi
directed by Arpita Mukherjee

Dramaturg: Natasha Sinha
Assistant Director: Gineiris Garcia

Artist Bios

Danny Pudi

Danny Pudi (Writer/Performer)

Danny Pudi is an actor with experience in television, independent film and theatre.  Pudi’s television credits include the upcoming Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest, TruTV’s Misfits and Monsters, FX’s Better Things and his yelps can be heard on Disney’s DuckTales. Danny’s break-out role was on NBC’s Community, which earned him a Critic’s Choice nomination.  Danny’s recent film work includes The Tiger Hunter, ‪Babysplitters, and The Argument.

On stage, Danny’s credits include Shabash (Lincoln Center/LCT3), Found (Atlantic Theatre), Huck & Holden (Black Dahlia Theatre), Days Go By (Brookfield Place), CLUE (Reading at Playwrights Horizons), Blue Skies Process (Reading at Williamstown Theatre Festival) and he regularly performs at colleges & comedy festivals across the country. Originally from Chicago, Pudi studied at The Second Conservatory. In his spare time, he enjoys memorizing lists and running on trails with his family.

Arpita Mukherjee

Arpita Mukherjee (Director)

Arpita (she/her/hers) is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Congressional Award winning Hypokrit Theatre Company and the Festival Chair for Tamasha for South Asian performing artists. Her recent directing credits include Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka (Iowa State University), One Way by Ben Bonnema and Christopher Staskel (NAMT), The Golden Threshold by Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels (Live & In Color), Strange Men by Will Snider (PlayPenn 2019), Citizen Scientist by CQ (Barrington Stage Company Playworks Weekend), Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (reading Song Collective), Sense and the City by Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin (4 Flights Up Festival), Reclaiming Our Time: A Concert (MTF at Joe’s Pub), Eh Dah? Questions For My Father by Aya Aziz (Next Door @NYTW), and Elements of Change by Divya Mangwani (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, UNICEF). Her upcoming directing credits include Jump by Charly Evon Simpson, Maya by Cheeyang Ng and Eric Sorrels (Pace University New Musical Lab), House of Joy by Madhuri Shekar (San Diego Rep).Arpita has developed work at WP Theater, the Public Theater, and Ma-Yi Theatre amongst others. She is a 2018 – 2020 Womens Project Lab Member and a 2018 Eugene O’ Neill National Directing Fellow. She is an alumni of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Arpita was selected as a 2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist, a 2019-2020 LMCC Governors Island Artist-in-Residence, and the 2019 Iowa State University Artist-in-Residence. Arpita is currently the book writer for Monsoon Wedding musical, opening in London in 2020. arpitamukherjee.squarespace.com

Natasha Sinha (Dramaturg)

Natasha Sinha is a producer and dramaturg, focusing on new plays and new musical work. As Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre, she spearheads new artistic programs for Signature, and she is artistic line producer for select plays and musicals. She is the recipient of the 2019 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award. From 2012-2018, Natasha was Associate Director of LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater which exclusively produces premieres (including DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar, Rude Mechs’ STOP HITTING YOURSELF, Dave Malloy’s PRELUDES, WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP by Bryna Turner, GHOST LIGHT by Third Rail Projects, Martyna Majok’s queens, and Antoinette Nwandu’s PASS OVER). She kicked off the LCT3 Spotlight Series with SHABASH!, hosted by Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena. Natasha was previously the Associate Producer at Barrington Stage Company. In addition to producing and developing new plays, Natasha has worked on new musicals, including projects by Michael R. Jackson, Sukari Jones & Troy Anthony, Grace McLean, Shakina Nayfack, Sam Salmond, and Kit Yan & Melissa Li. Natasha is a co-founder of Beehive Dramaturgy Studio, which works with individual generative artists as well as organizations such as Page 73, Musical Theatre Factory, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and SDC. Natasha is on the Advisory Boards of SPACE on Ryder Farm, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, and Musical Theatre Factory (where she co-moderates MTF’s POC Roundtable, exclusively for musical artists of color, and advises on various programs, including MTF MAKERS). She has served as a judge on many award committees, taught classes, written articles, led panels, and created events to center a range of exciting new voices from historically underrepresented communities.  

Gineiris Garcia (Assistant Director)

Gineiris Garcia is a New York-born-and-based freelance director. She has assisted directors such as Jackson Gay, Awoye Timpo, Saheem Ali, Lou Moreno and Arpita Mukherjee through MCC Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, INTAR Theatre and Hypokrit Theatre Company, respectively. Recent projects include collaborations with Musical Theatre Factory, Theater Mitu and The Arctic Cycle.


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