AakashPrabhakar runs a theatre company by the name of Here And Now Theatre. In the last one year, he has produced, directed and acted in a play titled ‘Crumpled – A Compilation Of Imperfect Love Stories’ and ‘The Drum Roll – Tales of Friendship and Love with a Twist’. Both these plays were performed in different intimate spaces around the country. His short story ‘The American Dream’ has won him an award for Best Scriptwriter and Best Actor at the Short+Sweet Theatre Festival Chennai.
Akash has performed in several plays with different theatre groups and companies.
He also acted in a few short films one of them being ‘Shut up’ which was produced by Sikhya Productions. He is currently working with Castiko, a Mumbai based start-up, as a Creative Director.
After graduating from DSM in 2015, Abhinav Grover has worked with Sunil Shanbag, Vikram Kapadia and Mahesh Dattani from Mumbai, Paul Goodwin from the UK and Renato Rocha from Brazil. He also spent two and a half years learning Yakshagana under Guruji Sanjeev Suvarna.
He has been awarded the Tendulkar-Dubey theatre fellowship for the year 2019. He runs the theatre company ‘BeTaal’ with another DSM alumna, Vaishnavi RP where they made a ‘Raamji Aayenge’ an intertextual play combining Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ramayana’s Kishkindha Kaand.
He is currently working as a professional theatre actor, writer and director in Mumbai.
Himani, after graduating from the DSM, worked with Theatre Professionals for their Young People’s Theatre Programme. She worked as an instructor in Delhi for the programme. She currently teaches drama at a reputed educational institution in Gurgaon.
Himani has also worked on various plays in different capacities, with the most notable being Faezeh Jalali’s 07/07/07. She was a part of the ensemble that won the META Award for the Best Ensemble for the play.
Kaizad S Gandhi is a versatile actor and theatre maker with substantial acting experience in Hindi as well as English, both on stage and in front of the camera. His own speaking accent is neutral in both languages; he has a good ear and is able to copy various regional and international accents. He has a naturally deep voice, but with a range, that lends itself easily to voice-over work. He has a BA degree in Psychology from Ambedkar University, Delhi. The DSM experience was critical in helping him understand his potential and deepen his interest in the performing arts, including direction.
Since DSM, Kaizad has played a range of characters that have helped to enhance his consciousness of the variety, depth, and resilience of the human spirit. Among the roles he has done are: Deepak in Mahesh Dattani’s cine-play version of ’30 Days in September’ (Hindi), Larry in Patrick Marber’s ‘Closer’, Creon in ‘Project Antigone’, Amit Ray in ‘A Poem of an Ending’, based on Tagore’s Shesher Kobita (English), and Krishna in ‘CheckMate’ (Weekend Productions entry in IFP 50 Hours Film Challenge 2019).
He has completed the NSD Theatre Director workshop (2018) and the SRC Theatre Director’s Training Programme (2017). He directed ‘Muthbhed’ a one-act play (produced in Delhi, Dehradun, Pauri, and Sahibabad) and 2 full-length plays, ‘Panne ki Anguthi’ and ‘Chamatkaar’ (Delhi).
Keenly interested in all the processes connected to performance, Kaizad has worked behind the scenes as a production manager for Mahesh Dattani’s cine-play version of ‘Big Fat City’ and for ‘Fired by Hamlet’ under Ashwath Bhatt.
Currently Kaizad is a member of the LTG Repertory, Delhi.
Mandira has been taken a very different route since graduating from the DSM. She taught at a school for special children and directed a play for their annual function.
Mandira went on to do an advanced course in photography and photoshop from Mumbai before moving to Delhi. In Delhi, she trained under a senior photographer and built her portfolio of photography and writing. She is now in New York doing a Master’s in Photojournalism. She has worked with NDTV Goodtimes, ART India, Prithvi Theatre and BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society) in various capacities.
Niketan has started his own production house called NOW Productions. Under NOW Productions, Niketan recently premiered Adrak, a play he wrote and directed and acts in as well.
He has also worked on learning new skills by attending workshops in Acting for Camera, conducted by the FTII alumni and has thereafter assisted them in conducting further workshops.
He has worked as an actor with Australian director, Glenn Hayden in a performance-based workshop at Thespo. He has worked on a short films and has written and directed short videos for Zee Television and a phone application called Gorb.
Nikhil Murali has been active in theatre in Delhi and Mumbai for the last 12 years and has performed in award-winning plays such as Shikhandi, 777, 12 Angry Jurors and A Farming Story. He has worked with Feisal Alkazi and Arvind Gaur in Delhi and Sunil Shanbag, Faezeh Jalali, Nadir Khan and Rajat Kapoor in Mumbai. During his time at the Drama School Mumbai, he learnt under instructors such as Faezeh Jalali, Neeraj Kabi, Sunil Shanbag and Mahesh Dattani.
Nikhil has also explored traditional acting/dance forms such Kudiyattam and Yakshagana and has trained in the martial art form Kalaripayuttu.
Roshan Mathew is a film and stage actor, best known for his work in Malayalam films. He made his debut in the 2016 movie “Puthiya Niyamam” directed by A. K. Sajan, in which he played the antagonist. He shot to popularity with his portrayal of Gautham Roy, a musician with a major identity crisis in Ganesh Raj’s “Aanandam” (2016).
His performance in Anjali Menon’s “Koode” (2018) was widely appreciated and garnered him positive reviews. Roshan will next be seen in Geetu Mohandas’s “Moothon” In addition to his film career, Roshan has appeared in numerous theatre productions based in Mumbai and Chennai.
Some of his prominent productions have been The Glass Menagerie directed by Rajit Kapoor, 07/07/07 directed by Faezeh Jalali. He has also directed an original play in Kochi called A Very Normal Family with a new team of artists based in the city.
Shivam did a play called Open Cast under the banner of Indian Ensemble and Mimansha Theatre (backstage and acting respectively) after graduating from the DSM.
He also worked with Vivek Vijaya Kumran for Kuttyattam, a form of Sanskrit theatre indigenous to Kerala. Shivam owns and runs a YouTube channel called The Aiwehi Talkies, which touches upon current topics, films. Shivam and his channel have also developed a Web Series titled Shit It’s Engineering, a comedy take on engineering students’ life, and a short film titled Kaizad. He conducted a theatre workshop in Pondicherry with Aryan Mouch. Shivam also worked as an actor in an ad for Ola Cabs. He also did a yet unreleased web series titled Ayyo Drama.
Shivam has recently started his own advertising company called Aiwehi Media and Advertising Pvt Ltd.
Shristi Shrivastav has been flying high since graduating from the DSM. She acted in Faezeh Jalali’s 07/07/07, by FATS TheArts. The play won the Best Ensemble Award at the META Awards. She rose to popularity after featuring in multiple videos for the Girliyapa series by TVF. Which led to her acting in the film OK Jaanu, a Dharma Production, based on the Tamil film OK Kanmani.
Shristi has also been the understudy for Moonfool, a devised performance piece by Shapeshift Collective.