Tanika Gupta (MBE, FRSL)
Over the past 15 years, Tanika has written over 20 stage plays that have been produced in major theatres across the UK and has written extensively for BBC Radio drama.
Theatre credits include: Adaptation of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian at Hull Truck Theatre; Lions And Tigers at Globe Theatre; Midsummer Night’s Dream at Globe Theatre – as Dramaturg; Anita and Me at Birmingham Rep; Love N Stuff at Theatre Royal Stratford East; The Empress at Royal Shakespeare Company; Wah! Wah! Girls – A British Bollywood Musical at Sadler’s Wells; Mindwalking at Bandbazi Theatre; Great Expectations at Watford Palace Theatre/English Touring Theatre; Meet The Mukherjees at Bolton Octagon Theatre; White Boy at National Youth Theatre/Soho Theatre; Sugar Mummies at Royal Court Theatre; Gladiator Games at Sheffield Crucible Theatre; Hobson’s Choice at Young Vic; Fragile Land at Hampstead Theatre; Inside Out at Clean Break; Sanctuary, Brecht’s The Good Woman Of Setzuan and The Waiting Room at National Theatre; Skeleton at Soho Theatre; and A River Sutra at Indoza.
Television credits include: Doctors, London Bridge, All About Me, EastEnders, Grange Hill, The Bill, Flight, Banglatown Banquet, Our Lives As Animals,The Fiancee and Bideshi.
Radio credits include: Death of a Matriarch, The Home and The World, Emma (Adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel), Writing The Century, Bindi Business, Song Of The Road, The God Of Small Things, Baby Farming and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.
Awards include: John Whiting Award for The Waiting Room, Asian Women of Achievement Award, BBC Audio Drama Award for “Best Adaptation” for A Doll’s House, and Amnesty International Media Awards for radio play Chitra. She was nominated for an Outstanding Achievement Olivier Award.
In 2008 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Drama and in 2016 was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In November 2017 she received an honorary doctorate in the Arts from Chichester University, Asian Media Award in the category of Culture, and in 2018 won the James Tait Black award for her play Lions & Tigers. She is an Honorary Fellow at Rose Bruford College and Central School for Speech and Drama.