As a theatre maker and cultural worker, Riti Sachdeva has been creating, watching, listening, and thinking about art in some shape, form, or rhythm for twenty-five years. Incorporating text, installation, and dance into her writing and performance, she straddles the practices and conventions of traditional U.S. theater, performance art, and international perspectives and approaches to theater. Born in India, she's deeply influenced by the vast and mysterious land, history, mythology, and people of her origins. Raised in Cambridge, MA, matured in Albuquerque, NM, her work is marked by the social, economic, and political climate of the Americas.
Sachdeva was a Time Warner fellow with the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater and the Women's Project Theater. Additionally, her plays have been developed by The Civilians, the Playwrights' Center, National New Play Network, Manhattan Theatre Works, U of Hawai'i, Working Theater, American Theater Company, Poetic Theater, Center Stage Baltimore, and Lincoln Center Director's Lab. She is recipient of the Kennedy Center's Quest for Peace award for her play Parts of Parts & Stitches and a Mellon Foundation/Theater Communications Group theater travel grant to begin adapting her play Other Farmers' Fields to the kathakali dance theater form. Her play The Rug Dealer made the 2016 Kilroys List. Acting highlights include work with National Hispanice Cultural Center, PopUp Theatrics, Honest Accomplice Theater, Working Classroom, Hybrid Thater, HBO, Disney, lots of cool indie films, an Outstanding One Act award from Planet Connections Festival for her solo show Scene/Unseen, and her original devised pieces, Kalapani-the Crossing and Plantation Alaap in Toronto, L.A., and Albuquerque.
As a cultural worker, Riti brings together issues of social justice with theater and dance and has been a teaching artist with South Asian Youth Action, Working Classroom, Indigenous Environmental Network, Southwest Network for Economic & Environmental Justice, Cambio, Inc., Ping Chong & Company, Los Otros, Tejaswi is Chennai, India, and middle and high schools in Albuquerque and NYC.