Savitri D is an artist and activist. Born on a commune in Northern New Mexico and raised by fearless Bohemians she has traveled extensively and learned many things the hard way. She has an extensive background in dance and theater and founded two still active performance companies before moving to New York City in 1996.
Savitri is the director of Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping and has led direct action and organizing campaigns against corporations, institutions and failed policy for a dozen years. She is a serious lover of all things wild and honored to devote her life to working for the earth.
She has lectured and led workshops on the topic of creative resistance at University of Michigan, Yale, RISDE, University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, University of Virginia, Franklin and Marshall College, Cornell, University of Massachusets (Amherst) , Sarah Lawrence, SUNY purchase, NYU, The New School, University Of Washington, Wilamette University, CUNY, Hunter College, CSUN Los Angeles, CSUN Northridge, UC Santa Cruz, Boston College, Municipal Arts Society, Greenwich Village Society of Historic Preservation, Not an Alternative Gallery, 16 Beaver Group, Blue Stockings Books, World Social Forum, Hemispheric Insititute, University of North Carolina, and Duke University.
Internationally she has appeared at ICA London; CCA Barcelona; Vooruit, Belgium; House of World Cultures, Berlin: The World Social Forum, Nairobi; Saving Iceland, Reykavik; Schauspieler Haus, Hamburg and Zurich; Hemisferica, Buenos Aires; Edinburgh Fringe, UK and numerous festivals of art & politics.
Her work has been featured on NBC nightly news, Today Show, Geraldo, Democracy Now, TheatreTalk, Brian Lehrer Show, Michael Martin NPR, NY 1, New York Times Magazine, BBC 1, BBC 2, Canal Plus, TF 1, and CBS Katie Couric to name a few.
In 2010 she co-authored The Reverend Billy Project, published by University of Michigan Press and in 2007 produced the widely seen documentary What Would Jesus Buy? with Morgan Spurlock.
Savitri likes to read, run, ride her bike and make things with her hands. She is the mother of a wonderful young girl named Lena Nightstar and lives in Brooklyn with the love of her life, Bill Talen.