Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, game designer, and immersive theater maker based in New York City. Balasubramanian’s practice involves deep collaborations with astrophysicists, as well as engagement with both old storytelling forms and contemporary technologies (such as augmented and virtual reality).
Janani Balasubramanian is a writer, game designer, and immersive theater maker whose work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, Abrons Arts Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Red Bull Arts, Ace Hotel, Brooklyn Museum, Asian American Writer's Workshop, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Residency support for this work has included the National Endowment for the Arts, Public Theater Devised Theater Working Group, Abrons Arts Center, and Mount Tremper Arts. Balasubramanian's work has been featured in The New Yorker, Guernica, The New Inquiry, Harvard International Review, Paper Magazine, Bullett Magazine, and more. Most recently, Balasubramanian premiered Heisenberg (a live audio game on uncertainty and chaos) at the New York High Line.
Balasubramanian is currently a 2018-2020 Van Lier fellow at the Public Theater and a 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow; artist-in-residence in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History; and co-founder of the Abundant Space Collaborative with astronomer Dr. Natlie Gosnell. Current projects include Rogue Objects, a live audio game about a celestial object struggling with its consciousness; Harold and Okno, a Cold War era novel about an extraordinary friendship; The Gift, an immersive art-science work with stellar astronomer Dr. Natalie Gosnell; and Night Chicken, a jazz musical about the double lives of farm animals.
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Literary Representation: Rachel Kim at 3Arts Entertainment