Anu Yadav is a critically acclaimed actress, writer and theater-based educator dedicated to telling the stories of people pushed to the margins of public discourse. As a solo performer, Anu shapeshifts into characters from everyday life with both humor and drama. Her devised theater work sparks a powerful forum for people to reflect and listen to each other’s stories across social and economic divides.
As an actress, Yadav has performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Theatre Alliance, and African Continuum Theatre, as well as at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Strathmore Mansion and the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing.
As a teaching artist she worked with Young Playwrights’ Theatre, Capital Fringe Festival Youth Producers, Sasha Bruce Youth Works, Imagination Stage as well as facilitated workshops at various colleges, universities and high schools on themes ranging from identity, diversity, autobiographical-based performance and improvisation.
She co-founded the storytelling project Classlines, wrote and performed her solo play ‘Capers which toured nationally and recently debuted her newest play Meena’s Dream at Forum Theatre to sold-out houses. She was featured in the documentaries Walk with Me and Chocolate City. She was a 2014 Western Arts Alliance 'Launchpad' Artist, DC Artist Fellow, Mercersburg Academy Fowle Scholar-in-Residence and Arts Midwest Spotlight Showcase Artist. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and holds an M.F.A. in Performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. She is currently touring Meena's Dream, working on a play commission with Imagination stage, and partnering with the Institute for Policy Studies as a Catalyst Grant recipient.