Meena Natarajan

Executive/Literary Director & Ensemble Member
Pangea World Theatre

Meena Natarajan is a playwright and director and the Executive and Literary Director of Pangea World Theater, a progressive, international ensemble space that creates at the intersection of art, equity and social justice. She has led the theater's growth since its founding in 1995. Meena has co-curated and designed many of Pangea World Theater's professional and community -based programs. She has written at least ten full-length works for Pangea, ranging from adaptations of poetry and mythology to original works dealing with war, spirituality, personal and collective memory. Meena leads ensemble-based processes in Pangea that lead to works produced for the stage. She has also directed and dramaturged several original theater and performance art pieces. She is currently on the board of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists and is on the Community Advisory Board for the Arts and Cultural Leadership Program at the University of MN. She was on the Advisory Committee of the Community Arts Network, was on the founding board of the Network of Ensemble Theaters and was the president of Women's Playwrights International. She was recently awarded a 2013 Visionary Award for mid-career leaders from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.