Radhika Rao is next on the slate of awesome Theatre Bay Area members you should know about. We’ve been watching her work since she participated in Theatre Bay Area’s ATLAS program, and since then she’s been flexing her acting muscles for theatres such as the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and New Conservatory Theatre Center. In addition to her work onstage, Radhika passes her skills off to others through her work as a teaching artist. Catch her right now in The Skin of Our Teeth at the Douglas Morrison Theatre!
| TBA Featured Member Radhika Rao.
Tell us a little about your theatre work.
I’m an actor and theatre teaching artist. I’m also a storyteller and improviser, and a resident artist at the SF Shakespeare Festival. I’ve lived and trained in New Delhi, India, Boston, San Diego and now the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m passionate about engaging in theatre that helps spark dialogue and social change. More details about my work can be found at website: www.radhikarao.weebly.com
What’s one of your favorite shows that you’ve worked on?
New Conservatory Theatre Center, led by Ed Decker, is my favorite place to work. Last year, I was cast in Mike Bartlett’s Cock, directed by the incomparable Stephen Rupsch. It has to be one of the best artistic experiences of my life.
What do you like about the theatre scene here in the Bay?
I like that it is a very kind, warm, and welcoming theatre community. I’m especially thrilled that the Bay Area is emerging as a national leader in sparking conversations about gender and race equity in the theatre. I admire initiatives such as the “Yeah, I Said Feminist” Salon, as well as organizations such as the SF Shakespeare Festival that have committed to race/gender-conscious casting. I’m also very excited about Magic Theatre and Shotgun Players’ all-female playwright seasons, as well as the Bay Area’s Femprov Fest produced by Leela Improv. I also love all the local playwright forums in the Bay Area, and the opportunities for actors and directors to be part of new work developed by local playwrights.
Do you have a resource or piece of advice you’d like to share?
Keep your TBA membership active because it’s the quickest way to tap into the wonderful theatre community here! Apply for the ATLAS program if you haven’t already—it’s a great training program to learn about the business of acting. If you’re not cast in a full production, you can still play by taking an improv class, doing staged readings, participating in 24-hr playwright festivals, applying to be a “standardized patient” at medical schools, etc. Spend time building friendships with other artists who inspire you and don’t be afraid to ask for support—this is a great community!
Anything coming up soon that you’re excited about?
I’m thrilled to be part of the ensemble in a production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth at the Douglas Morrison Theatre. It’s such a visually and thematically rich play that is unbelievably relevant today. I will also be performing with Eth-noh-tec Asian American Storytelling Company for the Asian American Association for Librarians on June 26/27. And through the summer, I’ll be involved in the SF Shakespeare Festival’s Parklet Series; we perform Shakespearean scenes at various public venues in Cupertino, Redwood City, and San Francisco.
Theatre Bay Area members: Creative. Committed. Community.