About Sowmya

This is her story

Sowmya is an LA-based playwright, screenwriter, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work centers women of color, queer folk, and immigrants in narratives about healing and finding joy after loss and grief.

As a playwright, she has had her work 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. Additionally, Seven Words, An Exercise in Friendship was a finalist for the 44th Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

As a screenwriter, Sowmya is a 2022 CAPE New Writers Fellow and a 2019 winner of the CMU/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Script Competition.

Sowmya has also been an educator for over two decades, specializing in English, Dramatic Writing, US & World History, and US Government. 

In her spare time, Sowmya video chats with her toddler niece, adds new cooking techniques to her repertoire by watching food documentaries and competition shows, and keeps up her years of vocal training by singing in her car.

BA in English: UC Berkeley. MFA in Dramatic Writing: Carnegie Mellon University.