Radhika Rao is a brilliant teaching artist and an amazing actress with an impressive range. It is always and honor and pleasure to have her working with us- Ed Decker, Founder and Artistic Director, New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Radhika Rao is an actor, storyteller, writer, and educator.
She has performed theatre on stages and on streets all over India, Boston, San Diego and now, most recently in the Bay Area.
Radhika has a background in street and improvisational/devised stage performance and a passion for Forum Theatre/Theatre of the Oppressed.
Some of her recent performances have been at the Arabian Shakespeare Festival (Macbeth, New Works Festival, Moroccan Love Story), Cutting Ball Theatre ('A Dream Play'), Bay Area Children's Theatre ('Rickshaw Girl', 'Splish Splash'), Farah Yasmeen Shaikh Dance company ('The Twentieth Wife'), The Douglas Morrison Theatre ('The Skin of Our Teeth'), the Asian American Storytelling Festival (Eth-noh-tec) in the SF Bay Area; the New Conservatory Theatre Center (‘Cock’, ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’), SF Shakespeare Festival (‘Tamer Tamed’, ‘Julius Caesar’) where is a resident artist, The SF Olympians Festival; as well as Greenhouse Theatre/SFSU (‘Pashto Dreams’), Playwrights Foundation of San Francisco (24-hr Playwrights Festival), South Asian Sisters (‘Yoni Ki Baat’), and Leela Improv (‘True Medusa’, ‘Kiss the Prius’).
While many an evening is spent in rehearsal rooms, Radhika spends her mornings and afternoons, touring educational plays, directing youth theatre projects, as well as teaching playwriting, improvisational theatre, and Shakespearean theatre to young learners.
Radhika currently serves as the Educational Coordinator for Cutting Ball Theatre, where she building educational programs that ground themselves in the art form of theatre and contribute to the quality of life in the Tenderloin Neighborhood of San Francisco.
Radhika has also several years of experience editing and writing-- both creative work and academic work. While at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), she served as an editor on the board of the prestigious Harvard Educational Review. She also co-edited a book, The Opportunity Gap: Achievement and Inequality in Education (Harvard Education Publishing Group) in addition to all the journals published between the academic years 2005-2007. She also worked as an instructor at the Writing Center at HGSE.
In 2016, Radhika collaborated with Enacte Theatre to write two children's plays (scripts available on request) based on Jataka Tales that were used for summer camps, and helped develop the summer camp curriculum for the Enacte Youth Camps. In addition she has spent a number of years devising original plays based on improvisations with young performers with organizations such as Young Audiences of Northern CA and New Conservatory Theatre Center.
Radhika's work stems from her deep belief in the arts as a medium of self-empowerment, enlightenment, as well as a vehicle for interpersonal connection, public dialogue, and peaceful social change.
"Radhika brings a deep understanding of education systems, theatrical arts, and youth development to her work. Students in Radhika's classes will absorb values of self-respect, collaboration, and freedom of expression - lessons that are invaluable for our communities" - Kaitlin McGaw, Founder of Alphabet Rockers
Radhika is one of those people that makes collaboration, a process which can be tricky, a true joy! She approaches her work and relationships with tremendous energy, thoughtfulness, generosity, passion and an abundance of knowledge. Her warm and encouraging presence puts people at ease, and her commitment and belief in people's potential and creativity inspire. She is spunky, spirited and kind, and a wonderful artist and educator- Maura Clarke, Arts/Education/Civic Engagement consultant.