Eve Ensler

Writer, Playwright, Activist

Eve Ensler, Tony Award-winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off-Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End (2002 Olivier Award nomination, Best Entertainment), and has run for 10 years in Mexico City and Paris.  Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls which raises funds and awareness through benefit productions of her award-winning play The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. In 2011, over 5,600 V-Day benefits took place. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $90 million and educated millions.  Eve Ensler has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet in which women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, it launched its most ambitious campaign ONE BILLION RISING which inspired millions of people in 207 countries STRIKE, DANCE, and RISE to end violence against women and girls on Feb 14, 2013 and 2014. With the women of Congo,  V-Day opened and supports City of Joy In Bukavu, Congo, a revolutionary center where survivors of gender violence Turn Their Pain to Power and V-World Farm.

Ms. Ensler is also the author of the nonfiction book I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the World, which was a New York Times bestseller, as well as the political memoir Insecure at Last. Ms. Ensler also co-edited A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer, an anthology of writings about violence against women. Eve Ensler's latest book, In the Body of the World (Spring 2013, Metropolitan Books) is a brave and beautiful examination of an illness, unlike anything ever written about cancer.

Eve Ensler is the author of numerous plays, including The Good Body (which debuted on Broadway and went on a 20-city national tour), Here (filmed live by Sky Television in London), Mango, The Treatment, Necessary Targets, Conviction, Ladies, Lemonade, The Depot, Floating Rhoda and the Glue Man, Extraordinary Measures and Reef and Particle.  Her recent dramatic production, Emotional Creature, was workshopped in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Paris; and had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2012 and in New York City in November 2012. Her new project is O.P.C. a play about the clash between a left-wing radical and her mother, a liberal running for office. The play will premier at the American Repertory Theater in the 2014-15 season.

Ms. Ensler’s film credits include an HBO film version of The Vagina Monologues (2002). She also produced the film What I Want My Words to Do to You, a documentary about the writing group she led at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women. The film premiered and won the Freedom of Expression Award at Sundance Film Festival and premiered nationally on PBS’s “P.O.V.” in December 2003.

Ms. Ensler has written numerous articles for The Guardian, Huffington Post, Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune.  Her awards include the Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, and an Obie, in addition to a number of honorary degrees.  She was named one of US News & World Report’s ”Best Leaders” in association with the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School and one of “125 Women Who Changed Our World” by Good Housekeeping Magazine (2010). In 2011 she was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”

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