kanishk pandey

kanishk pandey

kanishk pandey is a writer, director, and exile. He believes that art must be in constant conflict with society to express the love that all beings deserve. He uses the label exile, inspired by the works of James Joyce as well as his own experience as a member of the South Asian diaspora, to describe a relationship with nationalism that is forever nomadic and critical. His work is unified by the belief that...
kanishk pandey is a writer, director, and exile. He believes that art must be in constant conflict with society to express the love that all beings deserve. He uses the label exile, inspired by the works of James Joyce as well as his own experience as a member of the South Asian diaspora, to describe a relationship with nationalism that is forever nomadic and critical. His work is unified by the belief that consciousness can only exist through dialogue and interaction, and that every living creature shares an unspoken connection. Therefore, he seeks to nurture a sense of community in his work. These are the core philosophies that guide his work, be it theater, film, fiction, or even scholarship. As long as he gets to connect with you.

kanishk is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an alumni of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. He has been recognized by institutions such as Synecdoche Works, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Austin Film Festival, and New York Stage and Film. He has had his playwriting supported by companies such as The Brick, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Lark, Sanguine Theater, and Boomerang Theater, and his screenwriting developed by institutions such as The Layar Project. His play, PRISONCORE!, will debut as part of the Exponential Theater Festival in January 2025, and his other show,The Fate of the Online Cow, will debut in Spring of 2025 with Synecdoche Works. He co-founded the theater festival collective 3POP with Lauren Serafica, Sam Bell, Calla Selicious, and Dylan Meyerhoff, the Submerged Writers Group with Anthony Anello, Claire Greising, Lindsay Carpenter, and Andres Osario, as well as the theater development company, GIFTSHOP, with Katie Walenta.

Plays

  • PRISONCORE!
    PRISONCORE! is a multidisciplinary show that places the audience within a panopticon to confront the inherent cruel nature of prisons and investigate the possibility of prison abolishment. It focuses on two characters: 1) Lucky, who works as the sole prison guard on the night shift while whittling away his massive debt by playing blackjack on an online gambling service hosted by 2) Rain, a VTuber running the blackjack table.
  • Gardens @ Glennshead
    On her way to plant her late mother's four herbs, Karna awakens a long sleeping Giant. The Giant has been waiting for a human to come its way so that it may pass on an ancient prophecy. However, as Karna tries to avoid this prophecy, the world around both Karna and The Giant begins to fold in on them.
  • Let Me Let Me Rot
    When Mangal's suicide attempt fails, he suddenly finds himself in an awkward predicament: face to face with a recent meet on a dating app, Death herself. Together, they investigate why he tried, and whether their relationship can survive.
  • The Fate of the Online Cow
    The Cow spends her life in front of a camera, playing video games for an active chat, earning money for her owners, Mud and Hue. Up until this point, her life has been simple but fulfilled. However, when a game of Minecraft leads her to consider her own predicament, she must come to terms with the oppressive conditions she exists under and the act of earned revolution.
  • Caretake of Her
    Cyrus is in a listless part of his life. He has quit his job to start a directionless podcast, and is growing more and more resentful of his fiance, Lily. However, he is suddenly thrown into a spiral when his vegetable grandmother is moved into his and Lily's one-bedroom apartment as she enters hospice. As he discovers her past and comes to view himself as a member of a lost royal community, he begins to...
    Cyrus is in a listless part of his life. He has quit his job to start a directionless podcast, and is growing more and more resentful of his fiance, Lily. However, he is suddenly thrown into a spiral when his vegetable grandmother is moved into his and Lily's one-bedroom apartment as she enters hospice. As he discovers her past and comes to view himself as a member of a lost royal community, he begins to bring chaos into what was a quiet life for him and his partner.
  • Lanka in the Clouds
    Faria is brought by Hunter to the US. Faria has to get a job. Faria wants to tell stories. All breaks.