Jasmine Sharma

Jasmine Sharma

JASMINE SHARMA (she/her) is a South Asian-American performer/writer/activist. She aims to focus her work at the intersection of race/femininity/Americanness. The world premiere of her play RADIAL GRADIENT at Shattered Globe Theatre was nominated for The Kilroys Web. Her play PEACHY: a sorta chekhovian traumedy, is an O’Neill NPC finalist, and will be taught and produced at Yale University, directed by Shilarna...
JASMINE SHARMA (she/her) is a South Asian-American performer/writer/activist. She aims to focus her work at the intersection of race/femininity/Americanness. The world premiere of her play RADIAL GRADIENT at Shattered Globe Theatre was nominated for The Kilroys Web. Her play PEACHY: a sorta chekhovian traumedy, is an O’Neill NPC finalist, and will be taught and produced at Yale University, directed by Shilarna Stokes, spring 2025. She is currently a Playwrights' Center Core Writer 2024-2027.

Other plays have been commissioned/supported/seen at Center Theater Group, Goodman Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, Ashland New Plays Festival, Jackalope Theatre Company, The Brick, The Road Theatre, Moxie Arts NYC, The Fled Collective, Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference, among others. As a screenwriter, her short film “CCC: Conflicted Cuties of Color” premieres spring 2024, and she is a 2022-2023 Reel Sisters Fellow. Jasmine has also written essays for @i_weigh, spoken at Yale, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Harvard Club of NY, and led workshops for Boston Conservatory and Echo Writes.

As an actor, recent credits include AMERICAN GIRL DOLL HORROR PLAY: Or, Kavi Sharma Stole My Identity (The Brick), you don’t have to do anything (HERE Arts, u/s perf.), the west coast premieres of WIVES and CALVIN BERGER: A Musical, THE WOLVES (McCarter Theater), and a lot of new work development (DCPA Colorado New Play Summit, Center Theater Group, ASCAP, NYTW, The Public, The New Group, Ma-Yi, Musical Theatre West, etc). She do, simply, be acting in her own plays. Northwestern University. jasminesharma.org | @jasminesharmaa

Plays

  • PEACHY: a sorta chekhovian traumedy
    In 2022, the owner of a Los Angeles based, family-run, Indi-Mex restaurant has the opportunity to franchise. In 1962, a Mexican woman and Punjabi peach farmer enter a "Mexidu" marriage in order to circumvent California's stringent miscegenation laws. Jasmine Sharma's PEACHY is a sorta chekhovian traumedy about cooking with love...and, family.
  • Radial Gradient
    A hate crime has taken place at a liberal University in America. Three women enter a research study planning to create positive change, but instead, uncover their complicated shared history. Jasmine Sharma's new play, Radial Gradient challenges what complicity looks like - what do we do if it looks like us?
  • PIGEONHOLE
    Kaaya and Dev are siblings with nothing in common except their childhood home in New fkn Jersey. Over fifty years on the day of Raksha Bandhan, or, Rakhi, two siblings played by six actors try to protect each other from their past flying by them in real time. Jasmine Sharma’s PIGEONHOLE is a new play about an old Big Ask - can you build a nest where there was none?
  • The Jazmines: a rage play - and for legal reasons, a parody.
    In this multi(hypenate)verse, South Asian-American creatives carve out space in the American Theatre canon. In the audition room, the casting office, and at the talkback, THE JAZMINES asks who is behind the table and who puts themselves in front of it. Where are you?
  • VIRGINS: A Madonna Bootcamp
    Florence and Julia are the final two in consideration for the role of Madonna in the Madonna biopic. But who can kick, screlt, and most importantly, drop enough weight in time to play the icon? Virgins: A Madonna Bootcamp, is my silly little love letter to the actors still dealing with this shit.
  • Cancelled/Cancel Me
    It's us against them and us against us and us be in isolation. Between hours spent on Tiktok and Tumblr, college juniors demand accountability from the world and each other during the 2020 pandemic. Jasmine Sharma's new play, CANCELLED/CANCEL ME, are two acts in conversation about care.
  • Gut Punch
    Is it gauche to improvise with white people when you constantly have to sweep edit their implicit bias? Jasmine Sharma’s 30 minute Harold within a Harold about a collegiate long form improvisation team is an experiment in the theatre of the oppressed.
  • Hot Dogs and Feminism
    If fitting in with fifth graders means hosting girl gang meetings in your basement to discuss new wave feminism, okay! But while figuring out how to navigate their new "friendship", Olga and her pals resort to cafeteria crime in order to catch the liberal eyes of much cooler fifth grade feminazis. In Jasmine Sharma’s 30 minute farce, Hot Dogs and Feminism, suburban liberals must confront…suburban liberals.
  • For Your Consideration
    Newtflix is looking for their next big reality TV hit, and Surya will finally be getting her shit together in order to deliver. In the basement of a Hindu Samaj, Surya - and her Uma Auntie - audition an interracial couple for a potential new dating show, turning her recent heartbreak into a marketable pitch deck. Jasmine Sharma's new play, For Your Consideration, examines what happens when what you make is...
    Newtflix is looking for their next big reality TV hit, and Surya will finally be getting her shit together in order to deliver. In the basement of a Hindu Samaj, Surya - and her Uma Auntie - audition an interracial couple for a potential new dating show, turning her recent heartbreak into a marketable pitch deck. Jasmine Sharma's new play, For Your Consideration, examines what happens when what you make is seen by everyone - including the person who inspired it.
  • Leaving Wonderland
    A modern day adaptation of the 1865 novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice in Wonderland), Alice tries to discern the imagined from the reality of a night where memory is up and down, grown and shrunk upon recollection. Jasmine Sharma’s new play, Leaving Wonderland explores Alice's encounter with sexual assault, and the space in which she looks for control in the #metoo era.