Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in India, Russia and the United Kingdom. She is the inaugural recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship with The Lark, A Room of Her Own and Hedgebrook. Her plays include I Enter the Valley (Upcoming at Theatreworks New Play Festival and a Finalist for the Ruby Prize ’15); The Art of Gaman (Upcoming: Berkeley Rep Ground Floor), Mechanics of Love (produced at Crowded Fire Theatre) and The Rules (Upcoming at San Francisco Playhouse). She is currently under commission from South Coast Rep and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Her work has been developed at Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre Company, the Drama League, Cutting Ball Theatre, New Georges, Roundabout Underground, Shotgun Players, Red Bull Theatre, Leviathan Theatre, Naked Angels, The Cherry Lane Theatre, One Coast Collaboration, The Sam French OOB Festival, The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and the Tobacco Factory (UK) amongst others. She’s been awarded residencies at the Hermitage Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, SPACE at Ryder Farm, McCarter Theatre’s Sallie B.Goodman Residency, Ucross Artists Residency and the Rasmuson Foundation in Sitka, Alaska. She’s an alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Soho Rep W/D Lab, the Women’s Project Lab & the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab.
Dipika received her BA in English Literature from University College London, was a Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard University and received her MFA in Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. She has taught playwriting at theaters and non-profits across the country, at Bryn Mawr and Fairfield Universities, the Co-op Performing Arts High School and Young Playwrights Inc and Fellowship Place, a non-profit supporting adults with schizophrenia.
She is currently a Visiting Artist at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School where she’s working on a play about the refugee crisis. She is also a Resident Playwright at The Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco where she is currently developing work. Despite a long run in the United States she still drinks tea. www.dipikaguha.com