Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj is an Indo-Caribbean American artist, educator and activist. He was hailed in the New York Times as “one of the most talented directors in New York these days”. He is the Producing Artistic Director of Rebel Theater Company.
New York City selected Directing/Choreography credits include: The Public Theatre (365 Days, Memphis Minnie workshop), Classical Theatre of Harlem (Marat Sade), Lark Play Development Center (Man Measures Man, Breathe), New Federal Theatre (Diss Diss and Diss Dat), Rebel Theater (Othello: The Panther, Black Footnotes, Ghosts), Making Books Sing (Band of Angels, Shelter in my Car, Chachajis Cup), Amas Musical Theatre (Bubbling Brown Sugar, Damn Yankees, Mamma I Want to Sing, Magpie).
Regional selected Directing/Choreography credits include: Passage Theatre (Little Rock – 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play), TheatreWorks (Little Rock), Signature Stage (Sweet Tea), Syracuse Stage (Godspell, Putting It Together starring Lillias White and Chuck Cooper),The Goodman Theatre (The Black Nativity) and Portland Stage Company (Master Harold and the Boys).
Selected residences: Freedom Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Kennedy Center, Crossroads Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Amas Musical Theatre and Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Selected awards and grants: New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders Certificate of Honor, the Woodie King Jr. Award for Outstanding Direction, four Vivian Robinson AUDELCO awards, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Council Grant, Winthrop Rockefeller Grant, Doris Duke Charitable Grant, Andrew W. Mellon Grant and Time Warner Diverse Voices Grant. Maharaj is an alumni of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and TCG Young Leaders of Color in the American Theater.
As a playwright, Maharaj has authored several plays, including Little Rock – a historical drama about the Little Rock Nine, Daisy, inspired by the life and legacy of the indomitable Daisy Lee Bates, Grey and Twenty-Five, Hansberry/Baldwin
Other Commissioned work includes: Diss Diss and Dis Dat, a new hip hop musical inspired by the music of the Funkie Natives; Grey and Twenty-Five; Black Footnotes (Sloan Grant/Ensemble Studio Theater); Little Rock (TCG/NEA New Generations Grant); Children of the Dream.
Co. Written and Co. Conceived work: The Ballad of Trayvon Martin (Co-Authored by Thomas J. Soto), The Wanderer (Co-Authored by Adam Mace and Christian Lee Branch),History of the Word, a new spoken word play with music; Exposures, an urban spoken word choreopoem.
Adapted work: Othello: The Panther (Adapted from Othello: The Moore); Ghosts by Ibsen “Jamaican adaptation” ; Abortion by O’Neill “Mississippi Night”; Black Nativity by Langston Hughes “Darfur Nativity”; Straight Outta Denmark (Adapted from Hamlet).