Core Faculty


Jehan Manekshaw BA (Theatre Direction) Wesleyan University | MFA (Theatre Direction) Birkbeck, University of London

Lead Faculty Scene Study, Lead Faculty Design

Jehan has taught as guest faculty at Ninasam Theatre Institute, Karnataka, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Shinshu University, Japan, and the National School of Drama’s T.I.E division in Agartala.  He also has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, UK, and Japan. Jehan founded Theatre Professionals in 2008 and The Drama School Mumbai in 2013. Jehan has most recently received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his organisation’s work in the advancement of the practice of Theatre.

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Puja Sarup MA (Theatre Arts) Mumbai University | Helikos, Florence

Body and Movement / Lead Faculty Improvisation and Devising

Puja Sarup is a Mumbai-based theatre actor with a portfolio of work that includes "Hamlet - The Clown Prince", "Sex, morality and Censorship", "All about my mother", "Grey Elephants in Denmark" , "Hair" and many others. Puja is also the co founder of " Patchworks Ensemble", a young theatre company with a vision of collaborating with different communities, spaces, organisations within the city and outside. Their first production "ILA", based on a Hindu myth, recently won the "Laadli Award for media and advertising" for highlighting pressing gender concerns. Puja is also a well known actor having featured in the HBO Original Series Mumbai Calling with Sanjeev Bhaskar and "That Girl in Yellow Boots" (Anurag Kashyap) and "Rangoon", directed by Vishal Bhardwaj.

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Kathryn Doshi MFA, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, California | Masters of Theatre, Binghamton University, New York

Body and Movement

Kathryn Doshi is the co-founder a theater company in Mumbai called Madball Company. Madball Company's last project, in collaboration with The Indian Cartel, was the creation of a new comedy, "It's Not Waht You Tihnk!": a collection of vignettes that reflect Indian society in the style of Commedia Dell'Arte. Kathryn has also appeared in several Indian teleseries and international films.

Shernaz Patel

Theatre person and actor Shernaz Patel is undoubtedly one of the most popular faces of the Indian English theatre scene in the country. She developed a natural inclination for the theatre owing to her parents’ influence. Her parents, Ruby and Burjor Patel are veteran theatre people who were very active on the Gujarati and the English stage.

As a student of the Fort Covent school she participated in many plays under the direction of Pearl Padamsee. She graduated from the Elphinstone College which in her time had a very vibrant literature department It was in the early eighties that she first cut her teeth on the professional stage with THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, directed by Janak Toprani.

Shernaz says that she has been lucky to have worked with some of the best known directors like Nasseruddin Shah, Vijaya Mehta, Toni Patel, Lillete Dubey and Rahul Da Cunha. Some of her well-known productions include plays like ARMS AND THE MAN, LETTERS TO MY DAUGHTER, LOVE LETTERS and THE CLASS OF 84’. Forever keen to experiment and explore the various aspects of the theatre, she has also worked with a young experimental director like Rehaan Engineer. She acted in his production of MOLLY SWEENEY in 2005.

Before that in 2001 she was awarded the Charles Wallace scholarship which enabled her to do a Masters in Acting from the Glasgow based, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. This opportunity gave

Shernaz a great deal of exposure to international theatre. While honing her acting skills she was able to work with a company called The Vanishing Point and did a play called THE SIGHTLESS with them.

Besides being a talented and a competent actor Shernaz is a keen supporter of the cause of theatre. In 1993 she along with Rahul Da Cunha and Rajit Kapoor formed the theatre company, Rage. The company has not only produced some famous productions like I AM NOT BAJIRAO but is also now involved in the pursuit of encouraging original plays in Indian English.

The company’s ‘Writer’s Bloc’ festival is now an annual event which takes place in collaboration with the British Council. Select writers go through a residential workshop and their plays are finally taken on by various directors to be actually performed. Shernaz is also enthusiastic about the innovative work that is being done by Marathi theatre people like Chetan Datar.

Most recently: Shernaz was head of acting at Whistling Woods International School.

Advisors


Geetanjali Kulkarni National School of Drama, Delhi

Co-Founder: The DSM, Theatre Practitioner and Film Personality

Wife of Marathi cinema veteran Atul Kulkarni, Geetanjali is an accomplished and well known theatre actor best known for her portrayal of the female lawyer Jyoti in the critically acclaimed film, Court.

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Satish Alekar

Masters in Biochemistry, Pune University | BSc, Fergusson College

A Padmashree Award recipient, Satish Alekar is a veteran Marathi playwright with more than 45 years of theatre experience. Alekar started the Centre of Performing Arts at the Pune University and has also remained an adjunct professor at Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as a Fulbright Scholar.

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Rob Swain

Rob Swain is a practicing theatre director and the programme director of the MFA Theatre Directing at the Deparment of English and Humanities at the Birkbeck University in London. Swain recently wrote a book based on his experiences as a theatre director and as programme director, called, ‘Directing: A Handbook for Emerging Theatre Directors’. Swain has directed over 50 theatre productions and has won the Central TV Award for best production of a new play twice.

Padma Damodaran MA (Acting), East 15 Acting School, UK

Co-Founder and Theatre Practitioner

Padma Damodaran is an actor, director, writer and trainer and currently performs in Manav Kaul's Chuhal, Ramu Ramanathan's The Boy Who Stopped Smiling and in Dhaaba, an object theatre piece she devised along with Choiti Ghosh. She recently directed Given as part of the Royal Court UK and Rage Productions' Writer's Bloc festival. Her film Mantra won the best feature award at the South Asian Film Festival, New York. And her short film Best Friends Forever won the National award for best film on family values.

Tushar Pandey National School of Drama, Delhi | LISPA, UK

Faculty Convenor / Body and Movement / Improvisation and Devising

Tushar is an India based Actor , Director and a Teacher. He is an Inlaks Shivdasani International Scholar, specialisation on Lecoq's pedagogy from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and a graduate of the National School of Drama (NSD), India, Tushar has been practising performance since 2003. During the last seven years, he has been associated with various projects in India and the UK, performing, conducting workshops, creating works from classical styles to site-specific contemporary, acrobatic and mask-based works.

Apart from collaborating with Lyrebird Theatre, London with whom he devised, produced and performed ‘SHIPS OF SAND’; that premiered at the EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2011, Tushar has presented his work in England, Scotland, Greece, Dubai, China, and India.
Tushar has also acted in few films, which includes a critically acclaimed ‘PINK’, in which he plays a pivotal character, and ‘Beyond Blue’ which premiered at Marche du (Cannes Film Festival 2015) and he received a special mention Best Actor at a festival in Rome; December 2015.

Tushar's work concerns highly visual movement-and-text based combinations of fiction and non-fiction sources and is presently devising works to develop performance language and create new expressions that go beyond existing performance boundaries.

Tushar is also a guest faculty at National school of Drama, Delhi.

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Anuradha Kapur Former Director, National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee

Anuradha Kapur is a former Director of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Award for Direction in the Theatre in 2004.

She is one of the founder members of Vivadi, a working group of painters, musicians, writers and theatre practitioners, formed in 1989. Her theatre work has traveled to many countries including Germany, Japan, Brazil, UK, and Korea. In 2003 she curated the performance window actors at work at body.city at the House of World Cultures, Berlin. Anuradha Kapur has also written a book titled Actors, Pilgrims, Kings and Gods: the Ramlila at Ramnagar.

Ramu Ramanathan B.Chem, University of Mumbai | Journalism (Diploma), Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Research and Praxis

Ramu Ramanathan is a well known Indian playwright and director and a former Editor-in-Chief of PT Notes, a monthly theatre newsletter produced by Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, for ten years. Ramanathan has written many plays that have been that have been translated into various languages.

Yuki Ellias London School of Performing Arts | Jacques Leqoc School of Theatre, Paris

Pedagogy Convenor / Body and Movement / Improvisation and Devising

Yuki is an actor, director, and a corporate coach with on-going theatre shows like "Elephant in the Room" and "Dying to Succeed", and a dance show "Keep Calm & Dance". She is the movement choreographer on Mahesh Dattani's made-for-TV film, 'Final Solutions". Yuki has performed across the globe at venues like the Royal Shakespeare Co., The Sydney Theatre Co, The Roundhouse London, Teatro Roman Verona with the internationally acclaimed A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Tim Supple. Ellias has also been the movement director for UK's Opera North production of Mozart's Magic Flute.

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Faculty 2018-19


Faezeh Jalali Beloit College | MFA, University of Tennessee | Berlin Post School, KiM

Body and Movement

Faezah has been involved in theatre for almost two decades, and has been teaching theatre for over ten years. She has also been acted in various Indian films and television series. Faezeh is also well known for her skills as an aerial artist for which she was even recognised by the British Council. In 2010, Faezeh started the FATS TheArts as an initiative to explore alternative areas of the theatre arts.

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Ameya Naik

Design

Ameya Naik, a passionate composer and a percussionist, who is also involved in composing, arranging, sound designing and recording music. Ameya also has his own studio setup called Ameyazmusic Studio.

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Belraj Soni Physical Conditioning - Kalari

Belraj Soni is the founder of Navaneetham, a 20-year old establishment that aims to popularise and propagate Indian art forms by providing opportunities to young artists and to give the art lovers an opportunity to witness the performances of maestros in the field of music and dance.

Amod Bhatt

Speech and Text

Amod has won multiple awards for his contribution to music production including Indian Telly Award and Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2014 for Theatre Music. He has also composed original music for more than 100 productions in multiple languages.

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Ramu Ramanathan B.Chem, University of Mumbai | Journalism (Diploma), Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan

Research and Praxis

Ramu Ramanathan is a well known Indian playwright and director and a former Editor-in-Chief of PT Notes, a monthly theatre newsletter produced by Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, for ten years. Ramanathan has written many plays that have been that have been translated into various languages.

Mandar Gokhale Ashok Kumar Academy of Dramatic Arts

Body and Movement

Mandar is a Mumbai-based theatre and film actor who has worked with several well known directors like Atul Kumar, Rehan Engineer, Shivani Tanksale, Jaimini Pathak, Dhanendra Kawade and more. He has also acted in films such as “Shor in the City” and “Black and White”. Mandar has also been training actors in Kalaripayattu and Yoga from Neeraj Kabi’s theatre workshop for last 13 years.

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Dhanendra Kawade Rani Durgavati University

Design

Dhanendra Kawade has more than 24 years of experience in theatre and has worked with many eminent theatre personalities like Prabhat Ganguly, Gul Bardhan, B. V. Karanth, Alok Chatterjee, Satyabrata Raut, Anil Chapekar, Dinesh Thakur, Astad Deboo, Rahul da cuna, Naseeruddin Shah, Makarand Deshpande, Rajit Kapoor, Neeraj Kabi, Om Katare, Nadira Babbar, Nandita Das and many more. Dhanendra also formed his own theatre company called 3rd Bell Productions in 2005, now called Swangvale.

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Niloufer Sagar Master’s Degree, City University, London

Producing and Entrepreneurship

Niloufer Sagar has over two decades of experience working in arts management both in India and abroad. Her specializations are theatre productions, festival management and site-responsive work. She currently works with artists including Terence Lewis and his dance company and theatre maker Yuki Ellias. She has also been associated with the British Council, the National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Jindal Arts Centre, and theatre companies Masque and Rage.

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Vikram Phukan St. Edmond's College, Shillong

Research and Praxis

Vikram Phukan is a Mumbai-based playwright, curator and stage critic and has written extensively on theatre in publications like The Hindu, Forbes India and Live Mint. Vikram is also a working committee member of the Indian chapter of the International Association of Theatre Critics and has been part of the curatorial team of the Vienna Festival for its Indian programme. His work as playwright includes performance pieces for Sunil Shanbag's Hindustani musical Stories in a Song; Limbo, a rites of passage drama directed by Manish Gandhi; an Indian adaptation of Arthur Miller’s The Price; and collaborating with The Patchworks Ensemble on The Gentlemen's Club.

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Leandre D'Souza Master in Arts Criticism from City University (London)

Leandre D'Souza (IN) holds a Master in Arts Criticism from City University (London). She runs ArtOxygen (ArtO2) in Mumbai since 2009, aimed at curating and producing art projects in public, open spaces. Since 2010, she organizes [en]counters, a festival dealing with issues affecting the everyday life of Mumbai. She was invited to curate the participation of Indian and international artists at the biennial Haein Art Project in South Korea in 2013, and also curates independently, the Sensorium 2015/16 & 2018 Art Festival for Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts, among others. In 2014, she received an award for Culture and Change bestowed by the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. www.artoxygen.org

Kallirroi Tziafeta Lecoq Pedagogy at L.I.S.P.A.

Kallirroi Tziafeta was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She studied acting at the Contemporary Theatre of Athens Drama School under Giorgos Kimoulis. She also pursued a BA in Theatre Studies from the University of Athens  after which she relocated to London, U.K, for a two-year course in Lecoq Pedagogy at L.I.S.P.A. under Thomas Prattki. She has acted professionally since 2001 in Greece, U.K. and now in  Mumbai.

Her work includes:

Theatre: Comedy of Errors, The Trial, Oedipus Rex with Giorgos Kimoulis
Emotional Creature with Mahabanoo Mody Kotwal, Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum with Quasar Padamsee, Taming of the Shrew with Deshik Vansadia.
She co-directed Panchatantra with Jhelum Gosalia and wrote, acted and directed Liú for Junoon theatre.
Television: Rani, Mahakumbh,Ashoka.
Film: Dil Dhadakne Do, Omertà, Karwaan, The Ashram, Pal Pal Dil ke pas.
Web : TVF Triiling, Smoke.
Neeraja Patwardhan MFA Drama major - Design focus - Costume special, University of Georgia
Neeraja Patwardhan has been working as a costume designer for films and theatre since 2002. She started working as a production designer recently. Her films Include Shwaas(2004 - Only Costumes) and Nadi Vahate (2017 - Prodction Design)
She has also taught costumes at numerous places all over Maharashtra and out of Maharashtra as well. Some of them are as follows
  • Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University: Costume & Make-up Design 2001 – 2017
  • MVM College, Nagpur: Costume & Make-up Design 2016
  • Mahatma Gandhi International University, Vardha: Costume & Make-up Design 2015
  • Academy of Theatre Arts, Mumbai University: Costume Design. 2003 – 2012
  • National School of Drama, Delhi: Extn. workshop in Assam: Costume & Make-up Design, 2008
  • Dept of Mass Comm. (Entertainment), MET, Bandra: Costume Design. 2006 – 2007
  • Natya Disha, Nehru Centre, Mumbai: Costume Design. 2003 – 2007
Neeraja also teaches film's production design at
  • MKSSS's School of Media Arts: Production Designing 2017
  • Symboisis Institute of Media & Communication: Production Designing 2016 - 2017
Akshay Shimpi MA (Theatre Arts) Mumbai University

Faculty Speech and Text, The Drama School

In over a decade of working in theatre and film, Akshay Shimpi has done more than 30 plays and 7 short films that have toured festivals across India. He performs in both Hindi and Marathi and has been part of productions like Naag-Mandal, Ghashiram Kotwal, Hayvadan and Ram Sanjeevani ki Premkatha. He received acclaim for his portrayal of freedom fighter Anant Kanhere in the Marathi film 1909. His recent work with Astitva, Agdeech Shoonya is currently touring across Maharashtra.

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Sheena Khalid Physical Theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts

Sheena Khalid is a theatre director, writer and actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company - Patchworks Ensemble. She has trained in Physical Theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts. 

With Patchworks, she as co-directed and co-devised the shows “Ila” and “The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape”. Ila is based on a lesser known myth in the Purans about a king whose gender is in accordance to the moon. Ila won the Laadli award in 2016 for Gender Sensitivity. Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape is a unique cabaret style theatre performance about the lives of various drag-kings (a fairly unknown and unseen performance style in India). Both Ila and the Gentlemen’s Club have travelled to various prestigious theatre festivals around the country. Sheena is also producer and performer in the Patchworks Ensemble’s latest creation - “Fly by Night”, based on the phenomenon of “evaporating people” in Japan. 

As a freelance performer, she is currently playing the role of Lady Macbeth and one of the witches in Rajat Kapoor’s “Whats Done is Done”. 

Recently she was a performer and writer on the show “Where I stand” curated by the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture and The Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh.

She has spent a lot of time with co-director Puja Sarup in exploring ideas of solo storytelling. Together they have developed modules which they now take into classrooms and offices around the city. She has conducted training with Axis Bank, Piramal, Kotak Mahindra Bank, BNP Paribas, HUL and other independent workshops for non- actors and working professionals. She has also been associated with Vice Media as a host of their Vice Talks Films.

She is one of the five fellows for the “Tendulkar-Dubey Fellowship” for young theatre artist of outstanding talent. In the summer of 2017, she attended the “Lincoln Centre Directors Lab 2017” in New York (fully funded thanks to the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts).

On a personal note, Sheena Khalid continues to deepen her exploration into performances and stories about and by women. She strives to create content that is relevant, engaging and humorous. 

Irawati Karnik

Irawati is a Bombay-based writer, director and actor. As a playwright, she has written Sex, Morality and CensorshipSatellite CityGasha and C Sharp C Blunt in English; her Marathi plays include Aaltoon PaltoonTeech Ti DiwaliVadani Kavala Gheta and Chhapa Kata. She has recently co-conceived the play Words Have Been Uttered with Sapan Saran and Sunil Shanbag.

She was dramaturg on the award winning Kaumudi and co-wrote Thook.

Irawati is also a translator and several of her translations have been published by Oxford University Press.

Irawati has been a resident writer at the international writers’ residency Sangam House. She has received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, the Vinod Doshi Fellowship, the Kathakar Shantaram Puraskar, the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad Award and the Maharshtra Natya Parishad Award.

Anirudh Nair

Anirudh Nair is a theatre practitioner based in New Delhi. He is an alumnus of the University Of Exeter, UK, where he completed an MA in Theatre Practice under the guidance of Professor Phillip Zarrilli.

His training practices have also been shaped by his close association with the ACTOR-CHORUS-TEXT (ACT) ensemble.  ACT is an international group of theatre artists led by British director Anna-Helena McLean (formerly of Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices, Poland). ACT works to develop a contemporary vocabulary, driven by dynamic physicality and powerful original music, which can be applied to both classical and contemporary texts.

He is the co-founder of Guild of the Goat, a new theatre company based in New Delhi. The guild’s most recent work, Sonnets c.2017, is directed by Anirudh. The play is a devised contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Sonnets as a site-specific, bilingual, promenade production set in a house in Delhi.

Sukhita Aiyar Sophia College, Mumbai

Research and Praxis

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Mahesh Dattani Script Analysis / Scene Study

Mahesh Dattani is a Mumbai-based playwright, stage director, screen writer and filmmaker. Penguin India has published many of his plays over the past years. In addition to Indian productions, his plays have also been produced in London, Leicester, New York, Washington DC, Sydney, Columbo and Dubai. In 1998, Mahesh was awarded the prestigious central Sahitya Akademi Award, making him the first playwright writing in English to receive this award. His films Mango Souffle and Morning Raga have been well acclaimed at international film festivals.

Deepal Doshi MFA, Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre, California

Body and Movement/ Improvisation and Devising

Deepal is a Mumbai-based actor-creator, and the founding artistic director of MadBall Co. Deepal has also been associated with Traveling Players Ensemble (Virginia), The Ambassador Theatre (Washington DC), International Childrens Theatre Festival (Virginia), Dell’Arte Company (California), Raw Red Meat Productions (California), The Raven Project (California), The Hinterlands (Milwaukee), Rangbaaz Theatre (India), Dur Se Brothers (India), Avikal Theatre Company (India), Peas & Carrots (India) and Teater Slava and Kompani Komedi (Sweden).

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Jeroo Mulla

Jeroo Mulla was the Head of the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media, Mumbai from 2012 -2013 and the Head of the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai from 1986 – 2012. She has been teaching film appreciation, photography and the Fundamental Concepts of Communications, and supervising student documentaries at the Sophia Polytechnic for over thirty years since 1979. Currently she continues to teach film and photography as a visiting faculty at Sophia Polytechnic and at various other media institutes such as Xavier’s Institute of Communications and Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communications and at St Xavier’s College. She is also a media consultant, and on the advisory boards of the Xavier’s BMM course and the Haridev University of Communications in Jaipur.

At Sophia Polytechnic she has supervised the student productions of over eighty audio-visuals and twenty-four video documentaries on human development issues. In 2004 she was awarded a Gold Medal for her 25 years of service and dedication to the Sophia Polytechnic. In September 2014 she was given the Professor Satish Bahadur Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film Studies in South Asia at the Alpaviram Film Festival at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

In April 2007 she was awarded a Fellowship and a Gold Medal, by the Association of Business Communicators of India in recognition of her “long and distinguished career in the communication practice.”

In 2010 she served as a Jury member for the National Film Awards. She was also on the Selection Committee for the International Children’s Film Festival Hyderabad 2011 and 2013.

In 2003 she served on the Advisory Panel of the Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai. She was appointed to the Film Censor Board as an Advisory Panel member in 1987 where she served for three years.

She is currently on the advisory board of WIFT (Women in Film and Television) and on the advisory board of the Asia Society for their New Voices Fellowship for Screenwriters. Jeroo Mulla is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam exponent who has trained under the renowned guru Acharya Parvatikumar,

Lakshika Pandey

A graduate from Delhi University, Lakshika has over a decade of experience in the fields of theatre, dance and movements. She is trained in two styles of Bharatanaytam: Kalashetra style under the tutelage of Guru Smt. Kanka Sudhakar (New Delhi) and in Tanjore style under renowned Guru Shri Kalyan Sundaram Pillai and Guru Shri Hari Krishna at Rajrajeshwari (Mumbai). She completed a five year diploma in Bharatnatyam from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. Soon after completing her Arengetram (Bharatnatyam Graduation Performance), Lakshika went on to explore other movement modalities.

She trained in Sareikela Chhau (martial art dance form from east of India) at Triveni Kala Sangam (New Delhi).

She is an internationally certified Yogacharya from Bharatiya Vidhya Bhawan Mumbai. And has also learnt intensive Butoh (Japanese Dance form) under Mr. Rhisome Lee (Japan) and Miss. Syv Bruzeau (France).

Lakshika attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance (U.K.) and London School of Contemporary Dance (U.K.).

Lakshika created a dance-drama production called “Walking Naked", based on a book by the same name written by a Prof. Vijaya Ramaswami (JNU). The purpose of this production was to explore female spirituality and self-expression by showcasing lives of four female saints from four different corners of India

Lakshika regularly conducts varied workshops and her recent ones include a body-movement workshop at IIT-Bombay; ‘Acting Adda’ Workshops Tata Sky Channel ; and conduorkshops for many schools such as  Ecole Mondiale World School (Juhu), JBCN (Borivalli

Hetal Varia Masters in Voice Studies, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London

Hetal Varia is a Mumbai-based Voice Coach and Performer. She has been trained in Indian classical singing and was awarded the Charles Wallace India Trust prize by the British Council. She has trained the voices of Only Men Aloud (Welsh Male Choir) and Radio Mirchi. Her recent association includes Tata Institute of Social Sciences where is she is developing work for young boys who are in conflict with law.

Anuja Kale

Anuja Kale is a certified fitness trainer, rope mallakhamb player and a gymnast. She  has trained various theatre actors in Yoga. She has also worked in the field of management, curation of performing arts for more than 7 years and is currently freelancing as an assistant director for commercial advertisements.

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Yuki Ellias London School of Performing Arts | Jacques Leqoc School of Theatre, Paris

Pedagogy Convenor / Body and Movement / Improvisation and Devising

Yuki is an actor, director, and a corporate coach with on-going theatre shows like "Elephant in the Room" and "Dying to Succeed", and a dance show "Keep Calm & Dance". She is the movement choreographer on Mahesh Dattani's made-for-TV film, 'Final Solutions". Yuki has performed across the globe at venues like the Royal Shakespeare Co., The Sydney Theatre Co, The Roundhouse London, Teatro Roman Verona with the internationally acclaimed A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Tim Supple. Ellias has also been the movement director for UK's Opera North production of Mozart's Magic Flute.

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Siddique Lokhandwala Jai Hind College

Body and Movement

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Quasar Thakore Padamsee St. Xavier's College, Mumbai

Scene Study

Quasar is the Artist Director at QTC, which is a theatre and arts management company that specialises in unique and engaging experiences for live audiences. QTC has been producing its own work as well as touring remarkable international plays from the US, UK, China, and Canada for the past 15 years.

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Roshan D'Souza MBA from Institute of Technology and Management

Producing and Entrepreneurship

Roshan D’souza is currently the Associate Director Knowledge at UnLtd India. For the past 7 years he has been providing business coaching, consulting and training to social entrepreneurs and is responsible for knowledge design at UnLtd India.  Previously he has been a teacher with Don Bosco and worked with TIMES group & Grassroutes .

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Neha Kothari

Physio

Kalyanee Mulay National School of Drama, Delhi

Student Convenor / Speech and text

Kalyani is the Co-Founder of Process TheaterZ, a collective of Indian artists from different backgrounds which aspires to work on process based collaborations.

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Abhay Sardesai Arts and Aesthetics

Mumbai University

Abhay Sardesai is an art connaissaeur and is the editor of ART India, which is India's premier art magazine and has been for the past eleven years, it has been responsible for the promotion of a critical discourse around diverse art forms, activities and disciplines.

Ajay Kumar National School of Drama, Delhi

Speech and Text

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Asheish Nijhawan National School of Drama, Delhi

Speech and Text

Asheish has performed in more than 35 plays since graduating from NSD. Over the past 6 years, he has been involved in various international projects in South Africa, Uzbekistan and even United Kingdom. Asheish also created the Rangroots Theatre Group for the promotion of theatre and art especially among the displaced community.

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Sananda Mukhopadhyay St Xaviers College Mumbai | CSMVS

Research and Praxis

Sananda is an arts based educator and theatre maker with theatre experience of more than a decade. In 2016, Sananda began her own enterprise titled Extensions Arts, which is a collaboration driven platform that offers programmes driven by the collaborative initiatives in the arts. Sananda is also a trained Odissi dancer and is currently training in pottery.

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Asif Ali Beg MA (Acting), East 15 Acting School, UK

Speech and Text

With more than 35 years of experience as a musical theatre performer, Asif has performed in various musical plays directed by theatre veterans such as Alyque Padamsee, Lilette Dubey, Sunil Shanbag and many more. He has also been directing many school productions for the past ten years.

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Chinmay Kelkar Scene Study
Mandar Parkhi Singing and Vocals
Manwendra Tripathy Speech and Text
Neeraj Kabi Scene Study

Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune

Neeraj is a Mumbai-based theatre and film actor and educator with almost 20 years of acting experience. Neeraj is also the founder of the theatre company, Pravah, theatre laboratory for performance, training and research esecially for young adults aged between 13 and 17.

Payal Wadhwa Scenography
Pooja Warier Entrepreneurship

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Pooja Warier Hamilton is the co-founder and CEO of UnLtd India, a pioneering organisation that finds, funds and supports early stage social entrepreneurs in India. Since 2007, UnLtd India has supported over 130+ social entrepreneurs who have further impacted 2.5 million lives and created 390,000 jobs. Pooja is also the co-founder of Bombay Connect, India’s first co-working space for social entrepreneurs and Journeys for Change that brings global leaders to learn from social entrepreneurs in India.

Prabhath Bhaskaran Acting

Thrissur School of Drama

Prabhath is a physical theatre performer, who has learnt Kalaripayattu (Kerala), Tai-chi (China), Kathalai (Kerala), Kuttiyattam (Kerala), Thevarattem Silambam (Tamil Nadu), Mime (France) and contemporary dance from India. Prabhat has trained intensively for two years in the Japanese styles of Noh and Butoh in Tokyo.

Roo Jhala McLaughlin Scene Study - Shakespeare

(Acting and Direction) Oxford School of Drama

For more than 12 years, Roo has worked with organizations like Wipro, the National Centre for Performing Arts, Ranga Shankara as well as various schools and colleges in India. In 2004, she established The Tambourine Theatre Company with Liam McLaughlin. Tambourine produces plays and conducts workshops in acting and for corporate training. Roo also runs Theatre-in-Education and Shakespeare workshops for students and teachers across the country. Roo was the founding trainer for the Theatre Professionals’ Drama In Schools Programme when it first started at Mumbai International School. Since then she has been a constant source of support and has contributed immensely to the growth of the Theatre Professionals team. She provides training to our incoming trainers on an ongoing basis.

Deshik Vansadia Resident Shakespeare Expert - Linklater Voice work

Stella Adler Academy of Acting, Los Angeles | Shakespeare and Co., Massachuchetts

Deshik is well known in the theatre circuit for his efforts at bringing more of Shakespeare's works in India and conducting them all over the country. He also has a radio play on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure currently playing on All India Radio.