V (formerly known as Eve Ensler) is the Tony Award winning playwright, activist, and author of the Obie award winning theatrical phenomenon, The Vagina Monologues, published in over 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries and recently heralded by The New York Times as one of the most important plays of the past 25 years, among numerous other honors.
Her plays include Lemonade, Extraordinary Measures, Necessary Targets, OPC, The Good Body (Broadway and National Tour), and Emotional Creature and most recently Fruit Trilogy, which debuted Off-Broadway in June of 2018. Her books include Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir and The New York Times bestseller I Am An Emotional Creature. She recently finished performing In the Body of the World as a one-woman show which she adapted for the stage from her critically acclaimed memoir to rave reviews at Manhattan Theatre Club after its debut at the American Repertory Theater. Film credits include The Vagina Monologues (HBO) and What I Want My Words to Do to You (Executive Producer, Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award, PBS), and Mad Max: Fury Road (Consultant).
She is founder of V-Day, the 20-year-old global activist movement which has raised over $100 million dollars to end violence against all women and girls (cisgender, transgender, and nonbinary), and the founder of One Billion Rising, the largest global mass action to end gender based violence in over 200 countries. She is a co-founder of the City of Joy, a revolutionary center for women survivors of violence in the DRC, along with Christine Schuler Deschyrver and Dr. Denis Mukwege, and appears — along with Christine and Dr. Mukwege — in the award-winning documentary film City of Joy which released globally as a Netflix Original in 190 countries.
She is a contributor to The Guardian and was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.” V is the 2018 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lily Award.
A survivor of violence, V has dedicated her life to ending violence against women and girls.