Meena Natarajan is a playwright and director and the Co-Artistic & Executive Director of Pangea World Theater, a progressive, international ensemble space that creates at the intersection of art, equity, and social justice. Meena has led the theater’s growth since its founding in 1995 and has co-curated and designed many of Pangea World Theater’s professional and community-based programs. She has written at least ten full-length works for Pangea, ranging from adaptations of poetry and mythology to original works dealing with war, spirituality, and personal and collective memory. Meena leads ensemble-based processes in Pangea that lead to works produced for the stage; she has also directed and dramaturged several original theater and performance art pieces. She is currently on the boards of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists, The Loft, and Longfellow Rising and is on the faculty for the Arts and Cultural Leadership Program at the University of MN. She was on the Advisory Committee of the Community Arts Network, was on the founding board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and was the president of Women’s Playwrights International. Meena was recently awarded a Visionary Award for mid-career leaders from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.
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