devika.rnjn [at] gmail [dot] com
tells stories about migration through research, advocacy, and theatre. She is a theatre-maker, ethnographer, and educator.
Born in Nashik, Maharashtra and raised all over the United States, Devika found her roots in her family as they moved from the mountains, to the prairies, to the shining sea. Her first forays on stage were jugalbandis, entwined performances of Bollywood dance and classic American musical theatre to interpret her identities and cultural crossings.
She is currently a Fellow at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. In the past, she has been a Global Cultural Fellow at the Institute for International Cultural Relations, University of Edinburgh, and a Projects for Peace Fellow with the Davis Foundation. Devika facilitates theatre workshops and creates performances internationally, specializing in devised performance, verbatim theatre, and drama for social justice. Her work has been commended by HRH Duchess of Sussex for its importance for vulnerable people and political crises at large.
Devika holds a degree in Foreign Service, with concentrations in Culture and Politics and Arabic, from Georgetown University. She has a distinction from the University of Cambridge for her MPhil work on the electronic tagging of asylum-seekers in the UK. She is currently studying Applied Theatre as a Marshall Scholar at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, working with refugees and asylum-seekers in London.