Anita Menon is a director and choreographer who is recognized as one of the leading exponents of Bharatanatyam, a classical dance form originating in Southern India. Anita is the recipient of the prestigious Performing Arts Fellowship in 2014 from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the first Asian-American to receive this honor.
As the Founder and Artistic Director of the Anjali School of Dance, her classical yet inventive approach, creates an exceptional style that is distinct, meaningful and appealing to diverse audiences around the world. Anita has directed theatrical productions that are Indian adaptations of Classical Western plays including Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" as well as Agatha Christie’s murder mystery “Death on the Nile” titled "Murder on the Ganges". Her productions are known for their big dance numbers using several styles of dance from around the world.
She co-directed “The Jungle Book” at Northwest Children’s Theater MainStage (2014-2015 season) which subsequently received four PAMTA nominations. As a dancer, Anita has traveled the world delivering performances. Besides serving on the Board of RACC, Anita also serves on the board of the Northwest Children's Theater and School.