My name is Vaibu (boo like a ghost) Mohan (like moe-hun). Vaibu is the fantastic nickname given to me by my parents. My full name is Vaibhavi Akshaya Mohan but that doesn’t fit nicely on anything. I also respond to Vibes if you’re feeling especially cool.
Vaibu Mohan is a multi-faceted, Indian-American artist from Phoenix, AZ (via Montreal, Canada). She was born into a family of artists who surrounded her with music, dance, and theatre from before she was born. Vaibu made her stage debut as “The Cat '' at age 3 in her father’s play. She began learning Bharatnatyam from her mother at age five and they have been working together ever since.
Vaibu completed her Arangetram (solo dance debut) in 2014 and began performing as a solo artist and a singer. She began to expand her boundaries and decided to audition for a musical called Beauty and the Beast at the suggestion of her friend. She spent the next six weeks of her life in gold glitter body paint and candlesticks on her hands. She never looked back from there.
Vaibu earned her BM in musical theatre performance with a minor in public service and public policy from Arizona State university. While she was there, Vaibu took some time away and went to the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center where she fell in love with two unexpected things: writing and producing.
On a whim, Vaibu decided to apply for grad school at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She is currently a 2nd year student and will be receiving her MFA in 2022. She is working on a musical titled Sati with her collaborator Zach Catron.
Vaibu is also the co-composer, lyricist, bookwriter, and director of the Nayika Mixtape, a reinterpretation of heroine tropes from Indian classical literature and art.
In addition to writing and performing, Vaibu is a passionate producer and is particularly interested in producing new work. She has premiered two new musicals at Feinstein's/54 Below and is a deep believer in fostering collaboration and creating space for those who need it the most.