KANIKA VAISH is playwright, author, director, actor, and comedian from New York. She spent her middle and high school years in Mumbai, India, and loves writing stories set in her motherland. At Wellesley College, she directed Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph. She has acted in various Shakespeare productions, but her favorite role to date is Rocky in her school’s shadow cast production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She recently spent two years working in big law in Washington, D.C. and wrote a full-length play Charles B. Meyer v. The Government of Malaysia based on her hilarious, wonderful, enriching experience there. She enjoys writing about cities, politics, and her extended family in India, and is particularly interested in writing roles for differently-abled folks and for queer and trans people of color. She tries to incorporate comedy into everything – she uses it as a tool to heal audiences as well as to challenge/provoke them. She can’t believe this is real life and is psyched to be a part of the class of 2022.