Nehprii Amenii is a Brooklyn based artist, writer, director and educator. As a theatre artist, she has a passion for both puppetry and grand-scale spectacle. She aims to create experiences that dismantle the wall between players and audiences aiming to enchant the imagination and inspire new ways of seeing and thinking. She is founder and Artistic Director of Khunum Productions.
Nehprii has created and worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Iati Theatre, La Mama Experimental Theatre Company, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, American Dance Institute, The Holland Festival, The Minnesota Orchestra, Bread and Puppet Theatre, the New York PhilHarmonic, and Cirque Du Soleil. She has learned from and puppeteered with Sandy Speiler, Janie Geiser, Dan Hurlin, and Peter Schumann. Nehprii has enjoyed over twelve years of teaching and staging puppet performances for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation, where her work has been featured on the stages of Miller theatre and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In 2010 she received a grant from Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to create an interactive exhibit and Community Arts Center based on her children's book "Memories of the Little Elephant." In 2011 she was sponsored by the International Rotary Club to create a story-telling exhibit in South East India. In 2013 she was honored with the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting, for her original work, Food for the Gods. In 2015, she was invited as a U.S delegate to the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town South Africa. Nehprii Amenii, is the the current recipient of the 2018 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grant, is awarded from the Puffin Foundation, and is sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Nehprii has enjoyed over 18 years of teaching and currently uses puppetry, multi-media arts and story telling to mentor teachers and to teach english to young immigrants within New York public schools. She has taught at Minneapolis Community and Technical college, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Amenii, is the founder and director of Kids Creative Power, and currently serves on the advisory committee of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Nehprii holds a BA in Creative Communications from the University of Minnesota, and an MFA in Theatre Production from Sarah Lawrence College.