Lavina Jadhwani is an Artistic Associate at Silk Road Rising and Oak Park Festival Theatre; she is also the Casting Director for Lifeline Theatre. She has received the inaugural National Directors Fellowship, the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship, an SDCF Observership, and an LMDA Residency Award. She was named Time Out Chicago’s “Best Next Generation Stage Director” in 2013.
Lavina served as the Artistic Director of Rasaka Theatre Company from 2007-2013, where she directed a Bollywood-infused Much Ado About Nothing, the Chicago premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries, and directed and curated the Chicago premieres of Yoni Ki Baat (2009 & 2010) and culture/clash: the nation’s first fully-produced South Asian short play festival. Her work has also been seen at Apple Tree, Bailiwick, Chicago Dramatists, Raven Theatre, Remy Bumppo, the side project, Stage Left, Teatro Vista, and Victory Gardens.
As an educator, Lavina has worked with CCPA@Roosevelt University, Chicago Dramatists, Northlight Theatre, NHSI at Northwestern University, Shakespeare & Company, and The Viola Project. Graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (BFA, Scenic Design; Masters, Arts Management) and The Theatre School at DePaul University (MFA, Directing). Keep up with all of Lavina’s current projects at lavinajadhwani.com