Rajiv Joseph is an award-winning American playwright.  His play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, was a 2010 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

'I’m of mixed race; my father is from Kerala, India, my mom is from Cleveland, where I was raised. Growing up, I feel like I’ve been equally a part of both worlds. Being mixed-race has always been a part of my identity and although, on the one hand, there might be a sense of always feeling a little bit like an outsider, I feel blessed to have grown up belonging to two different races and cultures. I feel somehow a part of both worlds.'

Rajiv Jospeh, 2017, Silk Road Rising