Nikita Chaudhry

Artist I Activist I Human Being

NYU Portraits 2016: Show Up

"Where social justice meets the stage." 

NYU Portraits is an annual production for new and incoming NYU students to understand the importance of diversity and activism on their college campus. I was honored to perform in this year's performance at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts as an NYU alumna, alongside other alum, students, and fellow brilliant artist-activists Diane Neal (Law & Order: SVU), Laura Gomez (Orange is the New Black), and Staceyann Chin (Motherstruck, Writer, Actor, Activist). Portraits collaborates with Voices of a People to present historical pieces of activism, with contemporary original pieces of the performers. I read the speech of admirable DRUM (Desis Rising Up & Moving) founder Monami Maulik, as she reflected on post-September 11th organizing in 2001, followed by debuting my original piece "Little Brown Girl," a poetic tale of my experience as consistently the only South Asian American woman during my educational and artistic experience at NYU Tisch. Stay tuned for future performances of this original piece and further collaborations!