- Program:Arts Leadership
Snehal Desai is the producing artistic director of East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the country and the nation’s largest Asian-American theater company. He has directed plays at venues from The Old Globe in San Diego to Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon to the Old Vic in London, and worked at more than a dozen theaters in New York City. Desai is a member of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition and serves on the board of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists. Among various positions he has held, Desai served as resident director of Theater Emory; participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; and was a literary fellow with London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
A Soros Fellow and the recipient of a Tanne Award, Desai was in the Inaugural Class of Theater Communications Group’s (TCG) “Spark” Leadership Program, was featured in American Theatre magazine’s “20 Theater Workers You Should Know.” He was also the inaugural recipient of the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship. Snehal is a graduate of Emory University and received his M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.