Vasanti Saxena is a playwright whose work has been produced/developed in New York (Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop), Chicago (Chicago Dramatists, Silk Road), and Los Angeles (Chalk Rep, Company of Angels, Santa Monica Rep). She strives to give voice to those who are typically unheard—or not heard enough—in theater. Vasanti’s play SUN SISTERS was the winner of East West Players Pacific Century Playwriting Competition, a finalist for Chicago Dramatists Many Voices Project and a semi-finalist for both the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Princess Grace Award. She is currently adapting it for the screen. Her short play "Closing Time" was published in Smith & Kraus' Best 10-Minute Plays of 2011. Vasanti was a Van Lier Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and the recipient of an ARC grant from CCI and an EST/Sloan commission. A graduate of Brown University, Vasanti holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.