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kanishk pandey

is a writer, director, and exile. He believes that art must be in constant conflict with society to express the love that all beings deserve. He uses the label exile, inspired by the works of James Joyce as well as his own experience as a member of the South Asian diaspora, to describe a relationship with nationalism that is forever nomadic and critical.  His work is unified by the belief that consciousness can only exist through dialogue and interaction, and that every living creature shares an unspoken connection.  Therefore, he seeks to nurture a sense of community in his work. These are the core philosophies that guide his work, be it theater, film, fiction, or even scholarship. As long as he gets to connect with you.

kanishk is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an alumni of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. He has been recognized by institutions such as Synecdoche Works, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Austin Film Festival, and New York Stage and Film. He has had his playwriting supported by companies such as The Brick, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Lark, Sanguine Theater, and Boomerang Theater, and his screenwriting developed by institutions such as The Layar Project. His play, PRISONCORE!, will debut as part of the Exponential Theater Festival in January 2025, and his other show,The Fate of the Online Cow, will debut in Spring of 2025 with Synecdoche Works. He co-founded the theater festival collective 3POP with Lauren Serafica, Sam Bell, Calla Selicious, and Dylan Meyerhoff, the Submerged Writers Group with Anthony Anello, Claire Greising, Lindsay Carpenter, and Andres Osario, as well as the theater development company, GIFTSHOP, with Katie Walenta. He is excited to be a 2024-2025 Van Lier Fellow at Rattlestick Theater.

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Broadway World ︎︎︎

The Brick to Present GESTATING BABY Volume 7 in May
April 3, 2024

LaGuardia Performing Arts College ︎︎︎

LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Presents 11th Annual Rough Draft Festival, March 4-23
March 2024

Layar Project ︎︎︎

kanishk pandey Goes Back To His Roots With “On My Way! Home”
January 9, 2024

Staff Picks ︎︎︎

If you’re tired of internet plays, I promise this will restore your faith in them.
August 23, 2023

Boomerang Theatre ︎︎︎

A conversation about kanishk's Baton Project reading of his award-winning play LET ME LET ME ROT 
June 11, 2023

Clubbed Thumb ︎︎︎

Announces Summerworks #26
Spring 2023

Sanguine Theater ︎︎︎ 

What’s On: Caretake of Her, At God’s Back & Can’t Ignore the Rat
April 22, 2023

SPACE on Ryder Farm ︎︎︎

Alumni Archive: 2022 Greenhouse Residency
November 2022

Clubbed Thumb ︎︎︎

Announces Early Career
Writers Group 2022-2023

September 2022

The North Salem Post ︎︎︎

SPACE on Ryder Farm announces artist residents for 2022 season
June 6, 2022

Playbill ︎︎︎

SPACE on Ryder Farm Announces 2022 Residents Sanaz Toossi, Terrie Samundra, Jamila Woods, More by Leah Putnam
May 31, 2022

Workshop Theater ︎︎︎

Announces Workshop Intensive Spring 2022
Spring 2022

Synecdoche Works ︎︎︎

Announces Finalists’ Prize

Workshop Theater ︎︎︎

Announces Workshop Intensive Spring 2021
Spring 2021

NYU Dramatic Writing ︎︎︎

Announces O’Neill Finalist for Summer 2018
April 26, 2018 

The Sacramento Bee ︎︎︎

Applause: Kanishk Pandey, Dr. Michael Rogawski, Roger Beachy & Pamela Ronald by Bill Lindelof
July 19, 2015

Davis Enterprise ︎︎︎

Davis High student wins first prize
in Princeton play writing contest

by Jeff Hudson
July 6, 2015

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