Rekha S. Rajan

Director of Research and Development

Rekha S. Rajan, Ed.D. is a musical theater and operatic performer, an arts educator, and the author of six academic books and over thirty articles on arts and education. She holds a doctorate and master’s in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s in early childhood education and a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Roosevelt University. She is the recipient of several grants including awards from the Chicago Community Trust and was the principal investigator on a two-year research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her favorite performed roles include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Lili in Carnival! and Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance.

She has several forthcoming children’s books including Amazing Landmarks (Scholastic, 2022) and an innovative parenting book titled The Read Aloud Factor (Chicago Review Press, 2022) that includes her latest brain research on how reading aloud to children helps to shape the brain. 

Rekha is also working on several picture books and middle grade projects. Her writing draws from her professional background as a performer, her South Asian heritage, and her love of music.