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Kamala Sankaram

Bronx, NY         

Praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times), and a “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing more” (LA Times), Kamala Sankaram has received commissions from Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, the PROTOTYPE Festival, Opera Memphis, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among others. Awards, grants and residencies include: Jonathan Larson Award, NEA ArtWorks, MAP Fund, Opera America, NY IT Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, the Civilians, HERE, the MacDowell Colony, and the Watermill Center. As a resident artist at HERE Arts Center, Kamala created MIRANDA, which was the winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical. Her opera, THUMBPRINT (written with librettist Susan Yankowitz), premiered in the 2014 PROTOTYPE Festival, and was featured on NPR, Agence France Presse, and media outlets around the world. THUMBPRINT has since received productions at LA Opera and Opera Ithaca. She is currently working with Opera on Tap and librettist Jerre Dye on THE PARKSVILLE MURDERS, the first opera written for virtual reality. Episode 1 is now available on SamsungVR. Her current season includes premieres at Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Ithaca, and music for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC.

In addition to her own work, she was recently named co-Artistic Director of the New York based company Experiments in Opera. Dr. Sankaram holds a PhD from the New School, is currently a member of the composition faculty at SUNY Purchase, and is also serving as a mentor for Turn the Spotlight, a program dedicated to fostering equity in the arts.


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From my steampunk opera, Miranda, which ran at HERE Arts Center in Jan. 2012.

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