Rajiv Joseph is thrilled to return to the Alley Theatre where his plays Gruesome Playground Injuries and The Monster at the Door received their World Premieres. Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and also awarded a grant for Outstanding New American Play by the National Endowment for the Arts. His play Guards at the Taj was a 2016 Obie Winner for Best New American Play and 2016 Lucille Lortel Winner for Best Play. He wrote the libretto for the opera Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie, which premiered last year at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He was also the co-writer of the feature film Draft Day and wrote for 2 seasons on the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.
He has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.