Radha Blank finds great inspiration in the spirit of her native New York, the pulse of the Hip Hop generation and the voices of underserved communities across the nation.
‘Riveting..immediately alive’ is how The Village Voice described Radha’s one-woman-Hip-Hop-B-ball-dramedy Kenya (Dixon Place, 3rd Annual NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Public Theater’s New Works Now, HERE; awards: New Professional Theatre’s Annual Writers Award for Best Script, The NY Foundation for the Arts Artists Fellowship and Nickelodeon’s Writers Fellowship).
For Nickelodeon, she wrote for hit shows Little Bill and The Backyardigans, debuted an original animated musical film Papa Moco Jumbie and later create a pilot based on her life as a young comic in NYC called My Life Is A Joke for TeenNick (fka The N). Radha was later chosen to form The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group where she created nannyland.
Her latest solo project HappyFlowerNail was developed at the Voice and Vision 2009 Envision Retreat at Bard. HappyFlowerNail was most recently selected for development at The Hedgebrook Festival for Women Playwrights.
In 2009, Radha was nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize in Playwriting, The Lark’s PONY Fellowship and served as Artistic Assistant on Tony nominated Broadway musical FELA!
With a commission from the City Parks Foundation, she created American Schemes, 3 one-acts presented in free performances in New York City parks in July. In August, Classical Theater of Harlem presented a workshop production of her play seed to sold-out audiences at Harlem School of the Arts.
Seed, which was most recently presented in the 10th Annual NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival, just garnered the National Endowment of The Arts New Play Development Award and will be mounted in 2011 in a CTH/HHTF co-production. Seeing writing as a path to self-discovery and self-empowerment,
Radha has instructed NYC youth in Hip Hop, poetry and playwriting for over fifteen years. Her latest play, Casket Sharp, explores the rites of gangs and rituals of death in a deprived community.