Sowmya Ashokkumar

Sowmya is an LA-based playwright, screenwriter, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing centers (queer) women of color in narratives about home, hope, and healing.

She was a member of PlayGround SF’s Writers Pool (23rd Season) where her short plays were selected for S.T.E.M Night and WomenArts Night. She has been a member of City Light Theater’s LightSource Writers’ Group and is a current member of EST/LA’s New West Playwrights.

Her play Phoenix has been read at Playwrights Foundation’s A Night of New Works and EnActe Arts Inc.’s staged reading series, Playful@EnActe. Her MFA thesis play, Santosha or The J3ng@ Play, became a semifinalist for the 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference & received an honorable mention from the Jane Chambers 2019 Student Playwriting Contest.

Sowmya has been an educator for over a decade, specializing in English, Dramatic Writing, and US History & Government. BA in English: UC Berkeley. MFA in Dramatic Writing: Carnegie Mellon University.