This month on the Subtext, Brian Zoom-chats with Chicago-based playwright Tanuja Jagernauth.
Tanuja is an Indo-Caribbean playwright and dramaturg who, in 2016, shifted her career paths from traditional East Asian medicine to theatre to practice four frameworks for collective liberation and wellness: self/community care, harm reduction, trauma-informed practice, and body positivity. When she’s not writing, Tanuja can be found co-organizing mutual aid projects, supporting transformative justice processes, and working for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) as their Operations and Just Culture Manager.
Brian and Tanuja talk about the time she went to prom dressed as a crash test dummy, and touch major transition points in her life and career. The most recent turning point came this year, when her experiences in the nonprofit theatre motivated her to focus on making spaces for BIPOC playwrights that allow them to break down internalized oppressions.
Tanuja is currently working with Chicago’s Prop Thtr as the book writer on a devised musical based on the legend of Faust.
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