Aswin Varrier is an actor and technician with 7 years of training and experience in Theatre. After graduating from DSM he has worked with multiple festivals across the country, like International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) and Serendipity Arts Festival Goa, in both managerial and curatorial capacities. He also has research experience under Prof Sreejith Ramanan, HOD of School of Drama, Thrissur in the field of contemporary actor training.
Currently, Aswin is exploring the different careers that theatre has to offer, with multiple roles in multiple capacities. He is working as Production Manager for ‘Please Feel At Home’, directed by Anmol Vellani, for the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa. He is also the Assistant Director to Sharanya Ramprakash for ‘Nava’, a collaboration between Dramanon Bangalore and Aravani Arts Project, which is set to open the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2019. He also works with Dramanon Bangalore as an actor and technician in their productions and corporate theatre workshops across the country.
Aswin has also attended a 10 day Introduction to Puppetry workshop with Anurupa Roy. He is currently learning carnatic vocal music under the tutelage of Guru Shwetha Balan in Bangalore.
Faizal has been working as a theatre practitioner since 2014. Before joining DSM, he acted in a production of Badal Sircar’s Pagla Ghoda directed by batchmate Shivansh. He also assisted in productions of Those left behind Things, directed by Vikram Phukan and One Night Only, directed by Amey Mehta for AKVarious Productions. He was the stage manager for the 2016-17 DSM production Mule’s Foal. Since graduating from DSM, Faizal has worked as crew for ten productions. He operated sound for ILA and The Gentlemen’s Club aka TAPE and was the production manager for NOW Productions Photocopy, directed by Niketan Sharma. He has trained further with Deshik Vansadia and Patchworks Ensemble. Most recently he was the lead for a Facebook TVC, which will air soon.
After graduating from Drama School Mumbai, Hari interned at the Yakshgana Kendra, Udupi. He has acted in a Netflix Web-Series called Masaba Masaba directed by Sonam Nair. He acted SIMC(Pune) Students’ Film “DHAPPA”. Along with this, Hari has acted in some short films like ‘Don’t Breath’, ‘A Journey’. He actively looks for opportunities in cinema and Theatre.
Lakshvir has been a member of “The Players” theatre society of Kirori Mal College for three years. He was awarded ‘excellence in theatre’ for his contribution to collegiate theatre in Delhi University. He then furthered his education in theatre making and acting at the Drama School Mumbai.
Right after graduation he co-founded ‘LA productions’, his first couple of directions “A glass filled with Memories” and “Graduation Day” has already performed in theatre festivals across Delhi and Mumbai.
Former core team member of Third Space collective he also managed an annual theatre festival in Delhi called ‘Of Stage’ and was formerly managing the annual theatre program of Heritage Xperimental School, Gurgaon. As an actor he has collaborated several times with the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Pune.
He acted in MAHISH which was recently performed at the Rangashankara Theatre Festival, Bangalore and the film ‘Soni’ which was awarded Oxfam Best Film at the MAMI film festival, Mumbai in 2018. He continues to work as a Director, Actor and a theatre entrepreneur in Mumbai
Lauren first took to stage at an inter-college competition at St Stephens. Before joining DSM, Lauren worked as a research consultant with EVAL. With them she toured rural Bihar and Jharkhand to assess inquiry-driven learning tools with school children. She was also a drama facilitator for Mukti Manch, a verticle of Nritya Shakti Dance Studio. After graduating, she played the character Rihanna Mehra in the webseries Hasmukh for Netflix. She also played the role of the protagonist in the AJKMRC Production called Bijli Giri, which was recently screened at the Woodpecker International Film Festival. She is also part of the MXPlayer webseries Magic, set to release later this year. Lauren has performed in the productions A Fistful of Rupees, directed by Shiv Tandon and 07/07/07, directed by Faezeh Jalali. She has written, directed and co-devised two short performances, Room 29 and Rafoo. These were performed at festivals in Bangalore and Mumbai. In 2020, she was part of an international collaboration, Even Mists have Silver Linings – a play which addresses LGBTHQIA+ issues of identity and stigma in India. This project was supported by the US Consulate General Mumbai and the University of Florida, Lauren continues to work as an actor and creator while developing digital forms of teaching drama to young adults. Most recently, she joined the DSM team as a Research Assistant for the Global Faculty Programme.
She was also the protagonist of a short film – An AJKMRC Production called ‘Bijli Giri’ where she plays the role of the protagonist.
Sanket Shanware hails from New Delhi. He is an engineering graduate wherein he found the love for acting by doing Street plays. After freelancing as a stage actor in Delhi itself, he taught at GD GOENKA, Dwarka for a while and then came to DSM. Post DSM, he assisted Rasika Agashe on her stage play titled ‘Harus Marus’ as an intern under the Drama School Mumbai course.
He also acted in – In Search of Dariya Sagar by Gerish Khemani and worked as an understudy with Sujay Saple for his short play titled ‘Sons of Soil’.Sanket is also a self-taught singer and percussionist. As a singer, he performed at the National School of Drama, Bengaluru and Gubbi Theatre, Gubbi with Mr. Amod Bhatt in his Rangsangeet performance.
Sanket has acted in web series titled ‘Tumse na ho payega’ by Karl Katgara for Eros Now, ‘Scam 1992’ by Hansal Mehta and an international film titled ‘The White Tiger’, a Netflix production directed by Ramin Bahrani.
Born in 1995, Shaunak Punde is an actor, freestyle percussionist and dubbing and voice artist born and brought up in Mumbai. He has been a practicing amateur theatre artist for 9 years. He has been formally trained in Acting & Theatre-Making from Drama School Mumbai (2017-18), primarily focused on speech & text, devising, body and movement.
During Graduation from Drama School Mumbai he has acted in Mahesh Dattani directorial ‘Maati’. In 2018, under the guidance of Geetanjali Kulkarni, he was a part of an Educational Theatre programme “Goshtarang” that mainly focused on educating children in rural areas through performing plays from story books. In 2019, he donned on the hat of a director along with Kumar Chheda and Dharmaj Joshi for an Intercollegiate Mumbai University competition “Youth” representing Usha Pravin Gandhi College. Under his direction he roped in two state level Gold for “Dushkaal” and “Pustakanna Jevha Zaag yetye” and one state level Silver for “Visarjan”.
Apart from theatre, Shaunak has also tried his hand at screen where he played a lead role in an MIT Graduation Short Film under a budding cinematographer Ankit Bhat and directed by Azam Karnik called “Borderline” of an army officer suffering from a cathartic dilemma.
Shaunak has recently started exploring new avenues of dubbing and voiceover. He has Hindi dubbed for the renowned film, “The Grudge” and Voiceover for a short documentary of a mumbai based BMX rider, Annul Pale. He has attended a 4 day workshop on dubbing and voiceover conducted by Emeara Kamble.
Shaunak is trying to get his technical skills in place, while simultaneously striving to put his foot in the entertainment industry.
Shivansh is an actor, theatre-maker, a light designer and a certified yoga instructor.
After graduating from DSM, Shivansh did a valuable internship to understand light designing and operation. And since, he has designer/operated lights for around 10 plays. He also acted in a couple of plays, the most recent of which includes ‘A Farming Story’ directed by Faezeh Jalali. He has also acted in a daily called Salim Anarkali that featured on Colours TV.
Shivansh runs his own theatre company called Tikul Theatre under under which he has directed Badal Sircar’s ‘Pagla Ghoda’. They also have frequent readings and explore classic and traditional plays there.
Shruti Arora is a graduate from Drama School Mumbai (2018 batch). She is a theatre practioner, actor, writer. She likes to work with children and conduct theatre workshops for them. She has written a play ‘Kirdar’ and directed it for The Short & Sweet Festival in 2011 (Delhi). She has worked as Company Manager with The Blind and The Elephant Theatre group handling entire production management and shows bookings. She is a freelance theatre artist and an independent filmmaker in Delhi for the past 8 years.
During this time, she has worked with Helen O’ Grady Drama Academy (Delhi/NCR) as a Head Mentor and Production Head for their drama productions from 2015-2017. She has also worked with Khilona Theatre group from 2009 – 2013 as an actor performing with and for children.
Shruti has worked for NDTV in the past as an assistant producer, and for Coca-Cola as a Project Head on their training modules for five years. She has volunteered my for NGOs like Aman Biradri, YWCA, Sangrakshika and Saureena Ashrey as a drama teacher. She is actively working with a Human Rights based NGO – Mission Bhartiyam, on their Indo-Pak Peace initiative ‘Aaghaz-e-Dosti’.
Suryansh Patel is an actor, writer, and production manager from Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
After graduating from Drama School Mumbai he acted in FATS TheArts’ play ‘A Farming Story’ (2018) directed by Faezeh Jalali. He has a keen interest in doing theatre with and for children. In 2018, under the guidance of Bengaluru-based Aruna Ganesh Ram, he devised a solo performance ‘Tiddalik The Frog’ based on a Australian folktale. Thereafter, he mentored a children’s play, an adaptation of the fairy tale ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’, which was performed by students of JBCN International School, Parel in 2019. He was the production manager for Visual Respiration’s play ‘Stand On The Street’ directed by Aruna Ganesh Ram for the shows performed at The Hindu Theatre Festival 2018 in Chennai. He assisted Yuki Ellias in Dur Se Brothers’s corporate performance at the Xynteo Exchange 2019 summit held at Nehru Centre, Mumbai in April, 2019.
Apart from theatre, Suryansh likes to write about his life experiences and incidents which have shaped his being. One of his features, ‘Kaisa Vikas’, got published in the national Hindi lifestyle magazine ‘Aha! Zindagi’ in the May 2017 edition. He has also acted in a short film ‘Muh Dikhayi’ (2019), produced by Film and Television Institute of India, and in a YES BANK corporate film (2019). Suryansh finds his interest in storytelling of folk tales.
Tanvi Lehr Sonigra is an actor and theatre-maker. She is an alumnus of the Drama School Mumbai.
Tanvi started her journey in theatre through various inter-collegiate festivals like Thespo, Adi Marzban, IPTA, Bhavai, and went on to acting in experimental plays like Margdarshan (by Manoj Shah – Ideas Unlimited), The EQ (by Amatya Goradia – AmyGo).
Soon after, she acted and puppeteered in a multilingual and devised play called Mujer with the UK based director, Trina Halder and acted in a dramatized reading of You Shall Give Me Grandsons, both at Thespo in association with the British Council.
After graduating from the Drama School Mumbai, Tanvi has been a part of various theatre productions, most recent of which are – ‘Hello Farmaish’ (by Yuki Ellias – Dur Se Brothers) and ‘A Farming Story’ (by Faezeh Jalali – FATS TheArts). She also performed in an interdisciplinary art show called ‘A Mad Tea Party’ (by Ragini Singh Khushwaha and Akshat Nigam – ArtNowThus).
Tanvi participated in a physical theatre workshop called ‘Moksha – A Dance Retreat in Nature’ where she was mentored by well experienced and trained theatre and dance practitioners like Rob Hayden, Clementine Telesfort, Eleanore PB. This workshop paved way to her solo piece called ‘Rapunzel 2.0’ which she devised, directed and wrote. It was performed at ‘Inqueerables – A Queer Fest’ curated by Shobhna Kumar and Vikram Phukan. She travelled with another self created solo piece called ‘Ever Felt This Way?’ to Hoppipola Interdisciplinary Arts Festival at the Moksha Dance Space in Bangalore.
Tanvi also modelled at the Lakme Fashion Week for a brand called The Pot Plant Clothing for their theme, ‘Performance Art meets Fashion’ where she put to use her training in physical theatre.
Currently, Tanvi is training in Capoeira from the ‘Centre for Capoeira India’ to further her capacity as a performer.
Vishnu is an actor from Kerala. After his training at Drama School Mumbai, he acted in 2 feature films, been assistant director for 1 feature film and 2 theatre productions.
Vishnu acted in a film titled Maidaan, directed by Mr. Amit Sharma. He also starred in Filhaal Ke Liye written by Benny Thomas John.
Vishnu has worked as an assistant director for the Marathi film ‘Preetam’ and in a few theatre productions such as, ‘Hello Farmaish’ and ‘With Birbal, It’s Possible’ (Children’s theatre). Being a Malayali who stayed in a number of places, Vishnu enjoys being around people and exploring new cultures which has also shaped his outlook and equipped him to play culturally varying characters such as a Haryanvi woman.
A decent reader, a wildlife lover and a sports enthusiast, gymnastics has been exciting him recently.