Education & Training

MFA Directing, Yale School of Drama, New Haven
BA Theater Studies and Political Science, Atlanta, Ga.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships 

2011- Drama League Classical Directing Fellowship-Inaugural Recipient
2009- Terra Nova Theater Groundbreaker
2008- Drama League Assistant Directing Program
2006-2008- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
2008- Charles Badhman Scholarship at Yale School of Drama
2002- Benston Award for Excellence in Theater Studies at Emory University
2002- Best Director of a Musical at Emory University

Professional Affiliations

The Civilians Research and Development Group 2012-
The 52nd Street Project 2012-
Packawallop Productions Pack Member 2010-2012
Ensemble Studio Theater Resident Director 2010-2011
UK/US Exchange with the Public Theater and Old Vic 2010
Founder S/L/A/S/H/E/R/S Theater Collective 2009-2011
Literary Fellow, Royal Shakespeare Company 2007
Founder, Yale Southasian Theater Collective 2006
Member, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab 2004, 2005
Resident Director with Theater Emory

Directing (Production Include)

Love’s Labour’s Lost | The Old Globe (San Diego) >
Peregrine: Balboa Park by Lauren Yee/Snehal Desai* | The Old Globe (San Diego) >
Be Wary of American Exports by Deen* | Here Arts Center (NYC)
Cardinia’s Calling by Holly Hepp-Galvan* | Hunter College (NYC)
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner Millbrook Playhouse (PA)
Heartbreak/India by Kyoung Park* | Columbia University (NYC)
Bandage by Kit Bihun* | Brick Theatre (NYC)
Love is Without End by Karl Hynek Macha* | Royal Bohemian Hall (NYC)
One Night with Rael by Timothy Charles Browne* | Ars Nova Theater (NYC)
TurnCoats in the Land of Abs. Honesty by Jc Alick* | Old Vic Theater (London)
Back to Sexy by Mira Gibson* | Ensemble Studio (NYC)
Baal by Bertolt Brecht  | Yale School of Drama
Cabaret by Kander and Ebb | Emory University
Marisol by Jose Rivera | Emory University
Good Egg by Dorothy Fortenberry* | Yale School of Drama
The America Plays by Jennifer Tuckett* | Yale School of Drama
When It Rains by Lauren Feldman* | Yale School of Drama
Laura’s Bush by Jane Martin | PushPush Theater (ATL)
Farang by John Grudzien* | Southeastern Plays Project
Mothers by Will Matthews* | Dad’s Garage Theater (ATL)
Enduring Justice, Infinite Freedom by David Pollack* | Dad’s Garage Theater (ATL)
Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O’Hara | PushPush Theater (ATL)

Assistant Directing

Much Ado About Nothing | The Old Globe | Ron Daniels
ABC Talent Showcase | Acorn Theatre (NYC) | Ted Sluberski
The English Channel | Abingdon Theater Company | Daniela Varon
Eurydice | Yale Rep | Les Waters
Pride and Prejudice | The Musical NYC Industry Showcase | Mark Lamos
Lulu | Yale Rep | Mark Lamos
Trestle at Pope Lick Creek | Theater Emory | Vinnie Murphy
Fugitive Cant (reading) | Theater Emory | Robert O’Hara

Plays and Adaptations

Original Work/Adaptations:
>  Diary of a Lost Boy by Harry Kondoleon
Adapted/Directed by Snehal Desai Old Vic New Voices/White Bear 
(London), the Lark (NYC)
>  Finding Ways to Prove You’re Not an Al-Qaeda Terrorist When You’re Brown (and other
stories of the gIndian)* | Written and performed by Snehal Desai
 HERE Arts Center (NYC), Pan-Asian, Theater Rhinoceros (SF), Algonquin Theater (NYC), Yale Cabaret
>  Sita/Sati
Part I: Apu A-Sleep* and Part II: Whaler*
Written/Directed by Snehal Desai
Desipina Theater Company (NYC),
PS122 (NYC), Terra Nova Collective
(NYC), Pan-Asian Rep (NYC)
>  Speedy: The Fastest Play…err in the Village*
Written by Snehal Desai
Daryl Roth Theater (NYC)
>  Shakespeare & Music text by Shakespeare*
Adapted and directed by Snehal Desai
Theater Emory
*-Indicates Premiere of a New Work

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