Shayok Misha Chowdhury is a queer Bengali director, playwright, poet, and vocalist, based in New York City. Born in India, he acquired a taste for sour rice cakes and the seaside before moving to Massachusetts where, in a hometown theater rehearsal, he received his mandate from an unlikely medicine man with a galaxy of Harley Davidson tattoos. A New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow, and the 2017-2018 Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College, Misha's theater work has been or will be developed at Ars Nova, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New York Theatre Workshop, HERE Arts Center, the New York Musical Festival, the Hemispheric Institute, and the CATWALK Institute. He is co-founder of performance collaborative The Lonely Painter Project, under the auspices of which he creates original, ensemble-driven works for the stage. Favorite projects include MAKE (The Hemispheric Institute's ex-Centrico), The Last Leaf (Barn Arts Collective), and Inhume (SPACE on Ryder Farm). Through performance, he seeks to activate the extraordinary muscles coiled up in our ordinary bodies. Recent and upcoming directing credits: Cherrie Moraga's The Mathematics of Love (Stanford TAPS); Nia Witherspoon's The Messiah Complex (HERE Arts Center); Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves ('62 Center, Williams). The writer/director of three new musicals including The Optics of Dying Light (HERE, 2015) and Artemis in the Parking Lot (NYMF/Playwrights Horizons, 2016) and a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, Kundiman, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Workcenter, Misha's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, Triquarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Portland ReviewAsian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He was a soloist on the Grammy-winning album Calling All Dawns and performed in concert at Lincoln Center. He received his MFA in Directing from Columbia University, under the mentorship of Anne Bogart, Brian Kulick, and Gregory Mosher. He has been a visiting artist at Stanford, Williams, Fordham, and Syracuse Stage.