Radha Blank is a playwright, performer and writer for tv and film. She’s written for Baz Lurhman’s Netflix series The Get Down, Lee Daniels’ FOX’s network series, Empire and works currently as Writer/Producer for Spike Lee’s Netflix series, She’s Gotta Have It. She is a Co-Writer for “Monster”, Anthony Mandler’s film adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling Young Adult novel. Monster recently premiered as a part of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival’s Dramatic Film Competition.
Radha’s feature film script for The 40-Year-Old-Version (aka FYOV) was selected for Sundance Institute’s 2017 Director’s, Screenwriter’s and Creative Producing Labs respectively. Awards and accolades include being a Sundance UCROSS Playwright, a Helen Merrill Award recipient, an NEA New Play Development Award recipient (for SEED), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Nickelodeon Writing Fellow and a member of The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group.
When not writing for the stage or screen, Radha performs as emcee RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of Ghost Face Killah-meets-Moms Mabley Hip Hop Comedy, has sold out shows from New York to Norway. This Summer, Radha will write, direct and star in her first feature film ‘The 40- Year-Old-Version’ (FYOV), a NY comedy about a down-on-her-luck playwright who becomes a rapper….at age 40.
FYOV Logline: The 40-Year-Old-Version (FYOV) tells the story of a down-on-her-luck New York playwright who decides that the only way to salvage her artistic voice is to become a rapper….at age 40.
Radha Blank on Adapting Real Life Into Fiction: LINK
Grant Winning Project: The 40-Year Old Version (2017)