Archana is a theatre practitioner and a seasoned HR professional. She runs her own corporate theatre company called Potli Studios. Archana’s work with Potli uses a multidisciplinary approach to engage with corporate companies and address various HR related activation and sensitisation drives. Archana is also a founder member of The Meat Puppet Company, that was formed soon after she graduated from the Drama School Mumbai, with fellow batchmates Samridhi Dewan and Saudamini Kalra.
The Meat Puppet Company has staged 3 highly acclaimed productions thus far & has performed its work internationally too. As an actor, Archana can be spotted performing on stage, Films, TV, Radio, and Web-series.
When Archana is not facilitating a workshop or rehearsing for a show, she invests her time in social causes – especially those relating environment, animals & women.
Post the DSM, Chirag has been very active on the theatre scene. He has been working with four stage productions. Namely Ripples by The Blind and the Elephant Theatre Group, The Elephant Journey, and Love 2.0 with Anvarat Theatre Group. He has also worked on the online platform with production houses like Cinema4, TVF (The Viral Fever), and Jamic Films. He also plays multiple characters in Crumpled: A Compilation of Imperfect Love Stories directed by an ex-student of the DSM, Aakash Prabhakar.
Chirag is at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama furthering his education in the craft through the school’s MA in Acting.
After graduating from the DSM, Harish founded Natakbaaz, a theatre group and production house, with batchmate Sambhaji Sasane. Under the Natakbaaz banner, Harish conducted theater workshops for Tata Trust, PNG’s CSR initiative as well as for the NGO Nari Samta Manch.
He has trained MKCL’s grassroot teachers in drama and regularly directs plays for Akshar Nandan School. Harish has worked in the Marathi films Ek Hajarachi Note, Bandishala and Ghe Dabbal as well as Marathi teleseries Vikas Sarthi and Krantigatha.
He has been part of various web series, Magic, directed by Nikhil Rao, Bombay Hospital, director Nikhal Advani and Mumbhai for ALT Balaji. Harish conducts workshops with schools and NGOs, too. His long-term dream is to start a theatre school for children at the grassroot level.
Mikhail is an actor, director, and theatre-maker. After graduating from the DSM, he continued his training at Drama Centre, London and The Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, Moscow.
As an actor, he has been a part of several international productions, often in the lead role. These include the Bollywood musical ‘Taj Express’ and the production ‘Four Play’.
He has worked with several well-known directors including Greg Doran, Chris Holt, Toby Gough, Derek Bond, Alyque Padamsee, Mahesh Dattani and Kussum Haider.
As a facilitator, he has conducted workshops for corporates, teachers and young people. He has also taught theatre at different colleges and schools in Bangalore and New Delhi.
His body of work as an actor has involved collaborative productions with International companies like the Royal Court (U.K) and MoonFool Theatre (U.K). Recent credits include: Troilus and Cressida (RSC), Blood (Royal Court), 3 Sleeps (FatLip Films), Taj Express (U.S tour / Sadler’s Wells) Mikhail has recently been in Troilus and Cressida at the Royal Shakespeare Company directed by Gregory Doran.
Prashansa Sharma is an actor, writer, co-founder & creative producer at ‘Daku Productions’- a boutique film production house in Mumbai. Post the DSM, she trained in film-acting at The Prague Film School. In Mumbai, Prashansa has been acting in various web-series & independent films.
Her upcoming work includes ‘Mirzapur 2’ by Amazon Prime, ‘Your Honour’ by Voot, ‘Four More Shots’ by Pritish Nandy Productions.
Post the DSM, Rahul wrote and performed a piece called ‘What’s in a Name?’, mentored by eminent playwright, Mahesh Dattani, whom he also assisted on his movie ‘Hasmukh Sahab ki Wasiha’. He directed his first professional play “The Date(d)”.
Venturing into education, Rahul was a faculty intern at Actor Training Programme, conducted in Mumbai by SDDS Education of Australia in collaboration with University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of Arts.
Originally a Computer Science Post-Graduate from Kolhapur, Sambhaji found his calling in storytelling through films & theatre. He was the recipient of a Scholarship from the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh which enabled him to pursue the course at The Drama School Mumbai.
Sambhaji has worked on plays in Marathi, Hindi, English as well as Kannada. He has worked with groups like Indian Ensemble for their play, Muktidham, directed by Abhishek Majumdar and also formed a theatre group called Natakbaaz, with fellow batchman Harish Kulkarni. Sambhaji performed the group’s first solo play, Hodi (Ship).
Sambhaji was a part of the play Tartuffe, written by Moliere & Directed by Daniel Goldman, where he played the part of Tartuffe, which was performed across India. He has also been part of corporate shows for Meat Puppet Company & Birla Sun Life Insurance Company (BSLI).
He has been a part of a TV series on Zee Yuva, worked as the lead in a Marathi Feature Film named Wagherya, directed by Sameer Asha Patil, screened at Mumbai Film Festival by MAMI, an international film festival held in Mumbai. He has worked in an Independent Hindi Feature Love & Shukla, directed by Siddharth Jatla. He has also been a part of independent Mauka Mauka series of Ads which ran during the cricket World Cup. He has worked on independent Ad films for KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) and TATA Motors.
After graduating from DSM, Samridhi went on to perform in several plays with various theatre companies including Dur Se Brothers, Patchworks Ensemble, The Shakespeare Company and The Shapeshift Collective.
She played the role of Pam in the official Indian adaptation of BBC’s ‘The Office,’ released on Hotstar. Samridhi also played the protagonist in The Zoom Studios’ ‘Imperfect’. She was seen in Anurag Basu’s ‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’ on Epic Channel and Netflix.
Along with batchmates Archana Patel and Saudamini Kalra, Samridhi founded the ‘Meat Puppet Company’. MPT has performed across India and Dubai and are currently working on their 2nd production.
Saudamini co-founded Meat Puppet Company with two batch mates. Meat Puppet Company performed several shows for corporate houses around India, and even toured internationally with their production ‘Whole Sum Parts’.
Additionally, Saudamini has been a part of various productions with The Drama School Mumbai, Naya Pata Collective, Thespo, Dice Media, Endemol India, NCPA, Mumbai Theatre Guide, Kotak, Glenmark Pharma, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, and Taj Inner Circle.
Currently she is studying and training further at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, France.
Tushar Mathew is theatre-maker, performer, and teaching artist. Not having lived in any one place in the world for more than five years taught him that telling good stories is a powerful way to make connections. After graduating from Drama School Mumbai, Tushar went on to complete an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
He worked as an Instructor and Marketing Director at Dell’Arte and co-founded the Otherland Theatre Ensemble in 2018, creating and performing two original shows: “Eli and The Bear” which toured to the California Institute of the Arts, and “Forgive us, Gustavito!”, which won “Best of Fringe” at the Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore.
Tushar is currently based in Bengaluru where he continues to develop his solo show “A Good Neighbour.” For more information visit: www.tusharmathew.com