Sowmya is an LA-based playwright, screenwriter, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her writing centers women of the global majority 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 NewWest Playwrights Group and IAMA’s Under 30 Lab.
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, was a semifinalist for the 2019 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference & received an honorable mention from the Jane Chambers 2019 Student Playwriting Contest. Most recently, Seven Words, An Exercise in Friendship was a finalist for the 44th Bay Area Playwrights Festival.
Sowmya has also been an educator for over two decades, specializing in English, Dramatic Writing, US History, World History, and US Government.
In her spare time, Sowmya video chats with her toddler niece, and watches food documentaries and competition shows, picking up tips to add to her cooking routine.
BA in English: UC Berkeley. MFA in Dramatic Writing: Carnegie Mellon University.