Alumni 2013-14

Archana Patel

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.

Ashish Pore

Ashish is currently discovering his own practice and working within the industry.

Chirag Lobo

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.

Gaurav Karmakar

After graduating from the DSM, Gaurav assisted faculty Deepal Doshi, in his theatre workshop ‘Culmination, Performance, Preparation’ at the Mumbai University, for students of the MA in Theatre Arts. He worked on Dharamjudh for 4 months, a play produced by theatre group Rammat. He is also associated with another start-up theatre group, "The Theatre Bees". Gaurav is looking forward to discovering and working on scripts of his choosing in different roles and capacities.

Harish Kulkarni

After graduating from the DSM, Harish founded Natakbaaz, a theatre group and production house, with batchmate Sambhaji Sasane. Under the Natakbaaz banner, Harish is currently directing  plays and YouTube series. Meanwhile, he is also taking his Marathi solo play, Dashanan, a play dealing with a different aspect of the mythological evil king, Ravan, across Mumbai and intends to take it across India.

Harish conducts workshops with schools and NGOs, too. His long-term dream is to start a theatre school for children at the grassroot level.

Heena Sharma

Since graduating from the DSM, Heena has worked with The Blind and The Elephant Theatre Group, Theatre Garage Project, Aarambh Productions, Company Theatre, Ashvin Gidwani Productions for various projects and in various capacities.

Manraj Singh

Manraj has taken the theatre skills he acquired at The Drama School into the world of television and film, very successfully. He has acted in a TV series for Sony Pal, multiple ads and a web series. He has also been part of an independent film made in Bangalore. He plans to keep acting in films and television and continues to audition actively.

Mikhail Sen

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

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.

Rahul Valmiki

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.  

Sambhaji Sasane

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.

Samridhi Dewan

After graduating from DSM, Samridhi went on to perform in several plays with various theatre companies including Dur Se Brothers, Patchworks Ensemble and The Shapeshift Collective. She 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, she formed the ‘Meat Puppet Company’. They have performed across India and Dubai and are currently working on their 2nd production. Samridhi will soon be seen in the official Indian adaptation of BBC's ‘The Office’ as Pam.

Saudamini Kalra

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.

Tanvee Ravi

Tanvee Ravi graduated from DSM and spent a year with Clown without Borders. She was featured in an MFINE advertisement earlier this year. She was also on Virgin Radio 104.4FM in Dubai in Jaan - E- Jigar and featured on Emirates News in Dubai. She has received the "Best Ensemble" Mahindra Excellence Award 2016 for the play ‘07/07/07’.

Tushar Mathew

After graduating from the DSM, Tushar received an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. He is currently the Marketing Coordinator at Dell’Arte and is working towards an international tour with an original ensemble piece “Eli and the Bear” and continues to perform his site-specific solo show “Detective Private Saves the World!


Alumni 2014-15

Aakash Prabhakar
Aakash Prabhakar 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.
Abhinav Grover

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 Pant

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.

Ishan Khanna

Having done several things in theatre, both on-stage and off, Ishaan has had the opportunity to work with big theatre names like Sanjna Kapoor for Junoon. He has also been the casting director for a film called 'Dirty Heroes' starting Arunoday Singh, Atul Kulkarni, Rajesh Sharma and many others under the banner of Talking Frames Production. Currently, he is a part of the cast of this film and has also assisted the directorial team by conducting acting workshops for the secondary cast of the film.

Kaizad S. Gandhi

Kaizad graduated from the DSM in 2015. Since graduating he has continued to act and direct, both in theatre and in film. He also runs his own theatre company - Sadhana, a legacy from his grandfather. Sadhana has now grown to Sadhana Sabhagraha - a studio space in Ghaziabad to encourage the performing arts. Sadhana Sabhagraha is set up to allow artists to run rehearsals and develop new work. Kaizad also runs workshops in the space drawing upon his own learnings. His focus is towards developing Sadhana into a premier theatre company and viable studio space for artists in the NCR area.

Karan Puri

After graduating from the DSM, Karan has been writing for the most part. He has worked on ads for major brands like Royal Enfield,, Pizza Hut under various companies like Like Minded People, Little lamb productions, Royal Enfield and Dlecta.

He wants to do cinema and theatre both, and he would also like to take up photography.

Kartavya Sharma

After graduating from the DSM, Kartavya did an independent Telugu film called Aithe 2.0. He also participated in Prithvi Theatre’s festival called Thespo with a full length play, Lihaaf, written by the legendary Ismat Chughtai.  Lihaaf qualified for the finals.

Lihaaf was recently performed at Prithvi independently and has been doing shows across the city and the country. He has also worked with Theatre Garage productions.

He wants to do theatre and aspires to be a master of clowning in the next 10 years.

Mandira Bahl

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 Sharma

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

After graduating from the DSM, Nikhil performed a play called 07/07/07 for Faezeh Jalali under FATS TheArts. The play won the META Award for the Best Ensemble.

Nikhil is working on a play called 12 Angry Jurors directed by Nadir Khan, an Aadyam Initiative. He has also worked as an understudy for a Sunil Shanbag's play called Blank Page under Tamaasha Theatre and as an understudy for I Don't Like It As You Like It, directed by Rajat Kapoor, an Aadyam Initiative under Cinematograph Rajat Kapoor's Production Company and has  worked with Rage Productions.

Roshan Joseph Mathew

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 Dev Singh

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

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.


Alumni 2015-16

Dheer Hira

Dheer Hira works as an actor, writer & director. He is currently assisting Mahesh Dattani on a play, as well as acting in Adrak, a Hindi play. He is a part of Na Aage Haath Na Pichhe Pagaah, a poetry and dramatic reading initiative by playwright Ramu Ramanathan.

Gaurangi Dang

Since graduating from the DSM, Gaurangi is working with playwright Ramu Ramanathan. She is also acting in a play titled Crumpled: A Compilation of Imperfect Love Stories and is a part of Na Aage Haath Na Pichhe Pagaah, a poetry and dramatic initiative led by Ramu Ramanathan.

Kaustav Sinha

After the DSM, Kaustav has been on a roll. He has worked with Barefoot! Productions in an ensemble play. He also did a play called Still and Still Moving, along with Beyond Bollywood, a bollywood musical. Currently Kaustav is acting in two plays, Oddbird Theatre’s Futureproof, and 50 Words.

He has also performed shows with Cueless Improv, the only improvisation group in Delhi. And has carried out workshops on ‘Theatre Aesthetics and Voice study' for school children, in Delhi and Kolkata.

Niharika Lyra Dutt

Niharika's film credits include 'This Will End in Murder', an independent feature by Pirate Productions. Since graduating from the DSM, her first professional play was 07/07/07. She is also playing one of the lead characters in Niketan Sharma’s Adrak. She also manages production for many plays including Bandish and Chuhal.

Nitika Arora

After graduating from the DSM, Nitika has been journeying on a very unique path. She is an important part of a theatre group, Darwesh, that explores historical reenactments in the spaces in which they happened. She was a part of Ravula, which looks at the mythological figure Ravan.

Nitika is part of a  project, Shahjahan’s Daughters, which is a heritage walk in the tomb of Roshanara Begum. The walk/play gives an insight into Emperor Shah Jahan’s court through dialogue between his daughters Jahanara Begum and Roshanara Begum and storytelling.  

Rushabh Kamdar

After graduating from the DSM, Rushabh has worked with Dur Se brothers, Yalgaar Sanskrutik Kala Manch, KSNA, and Art Junction, Poland, in various capacities.

Sagar Bhoir

Sagar Bhoir comes from a town called Wada in Maharashtra. Post his training at the DSM, he performed in Goshtarang (a children's storytelling project that aims at taking theatre to local village schools) with Geetanjali Kulkarni's venture Tarapa. Most recently, he has been working on the production 'Deewar' under prominent theatre director Sunil Shanbag. He is also working with Clown Without Borders, Sweden in their current production 'Shakuntalam - A Clown Trio' under the direction of Rupesh Tilu and continues to make theatre with his colleagues from the Drama School Mumbai.

Sanket Kadam

Sanket has worked in two short films - The Girl, and Sky Full of Sea - after graduating from the DSM.

Sanket has also acted in Bahut Bada Sawaal written by Mohan Rakesh, as well as in Juliet aur Uska Romeo. Sanket currently does a lot of corporate shows for Future Group India and Citibank. He has interned for Rajat Kapoor’s ‘I Don’t Like It As You Like It’. Sanket also conducts physical movement, speech and text workshops.

Shreeram Chaudhari

After graduating from DSM, Shreeram Chaudhari went on to train at Goshtarang, a children’s story telling organization that aims to take theatre to village schools. Using the Yakshagana as the base, Shreeram along with his colleagues from DSM devised a play called ‘Krishn Snadhaan’. He recently worked on the Hindi short film ‘KARM’ under director Shibu Sable. He is also working with Clown without Borders, Sweden in their current production ‘Shakuntalam – A Clown Trio’ under the direction of Rupesh Tilu.

Shubhankar Sunil Tawde

Shubhankar graduated from the DSM in 2016. Since then he has made quite a mark for himself in the Marathi film and television industry. He played the lead character on the TV serial 'Freshers' on Zee Yuva, along with other cameos in the past few years. He is now awaiting his debut film as lead actor 'Kaagar' directed by National Award winner, Makarand Mane. Shubhankar has also worked in several Hindi and Marathi plays and continues to stay active within the theatre industry.

Trinetra Tiwari

Since graduating from the DSM, Trinetra has been working as an actor, writer and director, and light designer and production manager. He has played a small role in the recently released, critically acclaimed film, Muktidhaam.

Currently he works as the production manager for Tricycle Productions’ on their production 'Lihaaf' and The Blind and The Elephant Theatre Group’s production 'Ripples'. He has also co-directed the play Adrak with Niketan Sharma, and  also been light designer for the same. Meanwhile, he also performs plays for cancer patients at St. Jude’s India Childcare Centres. He is a part of Na Aage Naak Na Pichhe Pagaah, a poetry and dramatic reading initiative by playwright Ramu Ramanathan.

Vaishnavi Ratna Prashant

After graduating from DSM, Vaishnavi RP founded ‘BeTaal’, a theatre company, with Abhinav Grover, another alumnus of DSM. Panchvali and Chenda, produced by the company were selected and performed at Thespo18. Their play Krishna Sandhan was performed at Prithvi theatre. Vaishnavi starred in ‘Bunmaska’, a Marathi TV series and ‘Girls Hostel’ a Marathi horror serial, both on Zee Yuva. She was the stage manager for DSM’s annual production of 2019, ‘Rakt Kalyan’, directed by Sunil Shanbag and has performed in several English and Hindi plays directed by Gerish Khemani, Neha Singh and Gurleen Judge.

Vivaan Parashar

After graduating from the DSM, Vivaan worked in a play titled OPEN, and now he is acting in NCPA’s The Little Prince.

Vivaan wrote, directed and performed two solo acts - Duniya Bhi Kamaal Karti Hai and Rohan - mentored by director Sunil Shanbag. He is currently working as Stage Manager for Motley’s play Riding Madly in All Directions, starring Naseeruddin Shah.

Vivaan also acted in a recently released Marathi film titled Manjha, and has recently bagged the lead role in an untitled, under production web film.


Alumni 2016-17

Shruti Khandelwal


Shruti Sunder

Shruti is currently discovering her own practice and working within the industry on video production.

Kohmal Khanna

Kohmal is currently working with Isheeta Ganguly on a play called 'Sunday's with Chitra and Chaitali." She is also performing a play called "Three women" at the Apeejay literary festival - Kolkata in January 2018. Kohmal has been trained in Jazz and is currently training in Kathak.

Abhishek Chauhan

After graduating from the DSM, Abhishek is looking forward to discovering and working on scripts of his choice in different roles and capacities. He has assisted on a web series and films. 

V. Vidyuth

Viduth regularly performs at Thespo. He is writing a TVC currently and also takes workshops for Teach For India classrooms.

Adarsh Gourav

Adarsh is trained in Hindustani classical music for 10 years. he moved to Bombay in 2007 and thereafter has worked in more than 25 TVCs and 5 feature films. He is also working on a web series with Kenneth Sebastian for Amazon prime. He is also working on a feature film with Deepa Mehta slated to release in April 2018.

Khushbu Baid

After graduating from The Drama School, Khushbu is working with various theatre groups in Hyderabad and intends to open a new theatre group titled 'Sarkash' in Hyderabad itself.

Deepmala Khera

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Chrisann Pereira

Chrisann previously worked with Shiamak Davar India International Private Limited for eight years, before donning multiple roles as a freelance Actor, Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Model. Before joining the DSM, Chrisann completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media. Lays, Fanta, Dance +, 9xO, Gumrah are just a few campaigns of which she has been a part of.