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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Vaibu Mohan (she/her) is an Indian-American multi-hyphenate artist based in New York City. She comes from a family full of artists and was surrounded by art even before she was born. She began her artistic journey as a Bharatanatyam dancer under the tutelage of her mother, Dr. Srimathy Mohan, at Silambam Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ. For the past twenty years, Vaibu has trained as a student and now serves as Silambam Phoenix’s resident director, associate choreographer, dramaturg, and vocalist.

Vaibu received her BM from Arizona State University in Musical Theatre Performance and her MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing where she met her better half, Zachary Catron and began developing Sati: Goddess Incarnate. He work has been featured at Lincoln Center, Rattlestick Theatre, Brooklyn Children’s Theatre, The American Opera Project, 54 Below, and Greenroom 42. She was also a 2021 Write Out Loud Finalist.

As a producer, Vaibu has made 54 Below her producing home and has produced over a dozen shows there. She began the Work In Progress series in 2021 to give young writers a place to showcase their experiments in a safe and kind environment. She has also produced various 54 Sings shows, solo cabarets, and new musical presentations.

Vaibu recorded and released her first album, Nayika Mixtape, in 2021 alongside Raiah Rofsky, Mario Yniguez, and Greg Paladino. Nayika Mixtape is a musical theatre song cycle inspired by the Ashtanayikas, eight heroines from Indian literature and their thoughts and opinions on love. Her debut EP, Pure Brown Noise, co-written with Greg Paladino, was released on March 13, 2023.

Past Performances