V (formerly Eve Ensler) is a Tony Award winning playwright, activist, performer and author of the Obie award winning theatrical phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, published in over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries and recently heralded by The New York Times as one of the most important plays of the past 25 years.
Her plays include Lemonade, Extraordinary Measures, Necessary Targets, OPC, The Good Body (Broadway and National Tour), and Emotional Creature and most recently Fruit Trilogy, which debuted Off-Broadway in June of 2018. She recently finished performing In the Body of the World as a one-woman show which she adapted for the stage from her critically acclaimed memoir to rave reviews at Manhattan Theatre Club after its debut at the American Repertory Theater.
Her books include Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir and The New York Times bestseller I Am An Emotional Creature. Her newly released and celebrated best-selling book, The Apology has been called transfixing, revelatory, and cathartic.
Film credits include The Vagina Monologues (HBO) and What I Want My Words to Do to You (Executive Producer, Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award, PBS) and Mad Max: Fury Road (Consultant).
She is founder of V-Day, the 22 year old global activist movement which has raised over 120 million dollars to end violence against all women (cisgender and transgender), those who hold fluid identities, nonbinary people, girls and the planet, and the founder of One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender based violence in over 200 countries. She is a co-founder of the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of violence in the DRC, along with Christine Schuler Deschyrver and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege, and appeared – along with Christine and Dr. Mukwege – in the award winning documentary film City of Joy released on Netflix.
Her writings regularly appear in The Guardian. She was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.”
In addition to The Isabelle Stevenson Tony award and the Obie, she has received numerous awards including: A Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, Glamour’s Woman of the Year and many honorary degrees. She is the 2018 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lilly Award.
V (formerly Eve Ensler) – TED Talks
“A New Monologue for Eve Ensler, Re-Enacting Life With Cancer”
(NPR Weekend Edition, 10 February 2018)
“Eve Ensler: Men Need to Join the Fight to Stop Violence Against Women”
(Time, 15 February 2018)
“The 25 Best American Plays Since Angels In America”
(The New York Times, 1 June 2018)
“Theatre Groundbreaker Eve Ensler Shares Her Vision to Sustain the Theatre – The writer of The Vagina Monologues, In the Body of the World, Fruit Trilogy, and more shares her full acceptance speech for the 2018 Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award.”
(Playbill, 16 July 2018)
“Great than the sum of its parts – The Vagina Monologues 20 Years on”
(The Economist, 12 January 2018)
“Even with a misogynist predator-in-chief, we will not be silenced”
(The Guardian, 23 August 2017)
“What happens when you perform “The Vagina Monologues” at a male prison”
(Quartz, 6 May 2016)
“This is What Revolution Looks Like: One Billion Rising Revolution Photo Essay
(Huffington Post, 23 February 2015)