Core Faculty


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

Head of School

Jehan Manekshaw is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Theatre Professionals Eduction. He is also a Co-Founder and Head of School at Drama School Mumbai. For Theatre Professionals, Jehan has co-designed and developed strategic Drama-in-Education programmes for schools. Jehan also oversees multiple workshops and residencies for drama specialists and drama educators to advance the practice of applied drama. He has taught as guest faculty at Ninasam Theatre Institute, Karnataka, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Shinshu University, Japan, and 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. As Head of the Drama School Mumbai, Jehan leads pedagogy and course design for the faculty and guest faculty team. Jehan is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his work towards the advancement of the practice of theatre in India.

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

Course Pedagogy Head

Kathryn has studied theatre for seven years in Chile, New York, and finally California, where she received her MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre from Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Upon moving to India she co-founded Madball Co. The company created and toured the masked Commedia shows “A Tale of Two Treaties” and “It's Not Waht You Think”. She then discovered the Michael Chekhov Technique and embarked on a three year journey to become a Certified Teacher by The National Michael Chekhov Association, USA. She has directed 5 years of student productions for local schools, including writing and directing 300 students in the original musical, Nachiketa, for Bombay Cambridge International. She continues to perform on stage in Poorbox Productions’ Vagina Monologues and in various films and television series.

Shernaz Patel Masters in Acting, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama

Student Convener

Shernaz Patel is one of India's leading actors with a vast ouevre critically-acclaimed theatre productions and films. In 2001, she was awarded the Charles Wallace scholarship which enabled her to do a Masters in Acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. She has worked with leading directors like Nasseruddin Shah, Vijaya Mehta, Toni Patel, Lillete Dubey, Rahul Da Cunha as well as Rehaan Engineer. Some of her well-known productions include plays like Arms and the Man, Letters to my Daughter, Love Letters and The Class of '84. Besides being a practitioner, Shernaz is also a keen supporter of the cause of theatre. In 1993, she formed the theatre company, Rage along with theatre veterans Rahul Da Cunha and Rajit Kapoor. The company has not only produced famous productions like I am not Bajirao but is also involved in the pursuit of encouraging original Indian plays English. Rage's Writer’s Bloc festival now takes place annually in collaboration with the British Council. Through it, select writers go through a residential workshop and their plays are then taken on by various directors to be professionally produced. Most recently, Shernaz was Head of Acting at Whistling Woods International School.

Irawati Karnik MFA Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art | BFA Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art

Research Strand Lead Faculty

Irawati is a writer of short fiction, a playwright and a traslator. Her work also includes research and documentation of Indian Contemporary Art. She occasionally takes on work as an illustrator as well. Currently, she is working on a play that is an adaptation of Prithviraj Kapoor's Kisan and Daya Pawar's Baluta, co-produced by Prithvi Theatre and Bhasha Centre and directed by Abhishek Majumdar. Irawati writes in Marathi, Hindi and English. Her plays include Gasha, Satellite City and C Sharp C Blunt. Her Marathi plays include Teech Ti Diwali, Mrugacha Paus, Vadani Kavala Gheta and Chhapa Kata which performed over 200 shows across Maharashtra. She was dramaturg on the award winning Kaumudi and co-wrote Thook and Sex, Morality and Censorship. Irawati’s translations have been published by Oxford University Press. She 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, Maharshtra Natya Parishad Award, Anant Kanekar award, multiple META awards and the Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize.

Advisors


Geetanjali Kulkarni Co-Founder | National School of Drama, Delhi | Co-founder DSM

Geetanjali Kulkarni is an Indian theatre and film actress with over 20 years of experience. She has worked extensively in the Hindi and Marathi film industry and has won the Filmfare Marathi Critics Award for her portrayal of the public prosecutor in the much-lauded Marathi movie 'Court'. Most recently she was praised for her role in Mukti Bhawan. In addition to her work on stage and films, Geetanjali also runs Quest, an NGO dedicated to taking reading and theatre to some of Maharashtra's most under-priviledged communities.

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. He was an adjunct professor for Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York as a Fulbright Scholar.

Rob Swain Theatre Director and Programme Director of the MFA Theatre Directing, Birbeck University

Rob Swain is a practicing theatre director and the Programme Director of the MFA Theatre Directing at the Deparment of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Swain recently wrote a book based on his experiences as a theatre director and as a 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 Co-Founder | MA in Economics, Bombay University MA in Acting, East 15 Acting School, UK

Padma Damodaran is a Mumbai-based actor, director, writer and trainer. She has worked across a range of plays, films, television and web series, both contemporary and classical, comic and tragic, scripted and improvised, in Hindi and in English. She recently set up her own theatre company, Red Earth Stories, and produced, directed and acted in their first production Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man. Other plays she is currently involved in include Mahesh Dattani-directed play Mengoubi - The Fair One, where she plays one of the leads as well as Tamasha Theatre’s children’s play, Jhoom Jhoom Jhumpa. She also acts in Chuhal, written and directed by Manav Kaul. She also performs Malayalam stories as part of the multilingual storytelling show Qissebaazi, directed by Danish Hussain. She has appeared in the television series Ishqbaaz which airs on Star Plus channel. She also appeared in the film Mantra, directed by Nicholas Kharkongar, the national award-winning short film Best Friends Forever, directed by Sandeep Modi and produced by Edumedia. She has worked in Sesame Street India, been a narrator for a BBC World documentary, and has been nominated twice for best supporting actress at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards.

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

Tushar is an actor, director and teacher, practising performance since 2003. He was Inlaks Shivdasani International Scholar and specilizes in Lecoq's Pedagogy. Tushar has presented his work in at the Edinburgh Fringe as well as in England, Greece, Dubai, China, and India. His film credits include several Hindi films including the critically acclaimed Pink, and Beyond Blue which premiered at Marche du Film (Cannes Film Festival, 2015). He received a special mention as Best Actor at a festival in Rome; December 2015. Tushar is also guest faculty at National School of Drama, Delhi

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 for 'Body.city: siting contemporary culture in India', presented at the House of World Cultures, Berlin. She 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

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 translated into various languages. He wrote a small play about Mahadev Desai called Mahadevbhai; a decade and a half ago. Since then it has been translated into Marathi and Malayalam and Hindi. There were six different productions that were staged across Maharashtra on the occasion of 150 years of Gandhi Jayanti, 2019. Apart from this, his list of plays includes Cotton 56, Polyester 84; Jazz; Comrade Kumbhakarna; and more recently, Postcards From Bardoli. His book 3, Sakina Manzil And Other Plays, is a collection of eight plays, published by Orient Blackswan in collaboration with the English and Foreign Languages University

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

Yuki Ellias is an actor, director and corporate coach. She trained at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre in Paris and is a trained pedagogue from the London International School of Performing Arts. As an actress, she has performed in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Italy and India. Her theatre company Dur Se Brothers has produced four shows including the multi-award winning play Elephant in the Room and Hello Farmaaish. She endeavours to make theatre for diverse spaces and diverse audiences. As a corporate coach she uses theatre art techniques for high impact communication initiatives in various organisations across the country. She recently gave a Ted Talk with her father on the Fine Art of Losing Money – about investing in creative projects and the value of it.

Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry National School Of Drama, Delhi | MA in Art History, Punjab University

Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry was awarded the 2003 Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in the Theatre Direction category. She is also the recipient of the 2011 Padma Shri Award. She is an alumnus of the National School of Drama in Delhi, where she specialized in acting, and qualified for her Diploma in 1975. She has worked for Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal from 1980 to 1984 where she was involved with the folk arts and in 1990 joined the Department of Indian Theatre, Punjab University. Based in Chandigarh since then, she has taught acting in her university and has simultaneously pursued an independent career as a director. Her directorial work has been distinguished by its imaginative employment of theatrical arts and narrative material from her native Punjab, wedded to contemporary themes. Women have remained a focal point in her productions of plays such as Jean Giradoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot, Surjit Patar’s Kitchen Katha, and Girish Karnad’s Nagamandala. Among her other noteworthy productions are Racine’s Phaedra and Lorca’s Yerma. The latter play directed by her has represented India in the London International Festival of Theatre, while Nagamandala was staged in the first International Festival of Theatre in Tashkent. Her own creative work necessitated the creation of her own company in 1984, consisting of both rural and urban actors. Simply called The Company, it has attracted attention for its innovative work. Films on The Company have been commissioned and shown on Doordarshan and BBC’s Channel 4. Besides her work on the stage, she has organized a seminar on tradition and modernity in Chandigarh, and has presented papers in seminars held in various countries in Europe, and also in Australia and Japan.

Faculty 2019-20


Akshat Nigam Research and Praxis | MA in English Literature, Mumbai University

Akshat Nigam holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature and has worked in the field of Arts Education for nearly a decade. He teaches Literature, Creative Writing and Communication. Akshat has been performing as a professional Storyteller for children and for adults since 2015. He debuted in ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’. His current performance under the collective The Forty Thieves, called ‘Error 404: Life Not Found‘ opened in theatres in March 2016, while another show titled ‘An Uneasy Truce: Stories about Fear‘ opened in June 2016. In 2017, Akshat co-wrote ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’, a play that won The Hindu Playwright Award for scriptwriting that year.

Amba - Suhasini K hala Script Analysis B.A. Hons Professional Acting, The Londan Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Amba - Suhasini K Jhala is a professional actor and theatre director. She graduated from the two-year Classical Acting course at LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) in 2009.

After her graduation, she worked in London for three years as a professional actor, voice artist and corporate role-player. She has been involved in theatre and acting for the last 17 years and has working experience in the different mediums of the performing arts i.e film, television, theatre, role play, script writing and radio. After completing her graduation Amba continued to work in London for another three years as a professional actor. She continues her overseas collaborations in the UK and US. She performed a three-week long run in Chicago this October of a play she devised with long time collaborators, Walkabout Theatre, with whom she has been working regularly in the US over the last 4 years. They are due to take their play to Toronto early next year.

Guild of the Goat is a theatre company founded by Amba-Suhasini K Jhala, Anirudh Nair and Pranay Manchanda. Amba is Artistic Director and co-founder of the theatre company ‘Guild of the Goat’ and directed their first play, Futureproof by Lynda Radley, in May 2017. Her directorial credits include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2006), The Little Prince (2007), Agamemnon (2012), The Infant (2014), and Futureproof (2017). She is due to teach a course on Shakespearean Scene Study at The Drama School, Mumbai (India) in January 2019.

Amba is also a skilled theatre facilitator. The workshops she conducts are based on the various trainings she has received over the years. During her professional engagement in Chicago, she has delivered workshops at the University of Illinois, Chicago for the MFA, BFA and undergraduate students.

For close to a decade now, Amba has been working extensively, independently as well as with schools, running and designing bespoke theatre workshops for students of all ages. She continues this work with Guild of the Goat. The schools Amba has worked with include Shiv Nadar School, Delhi; Step by Step, Noida; St Karens, Patna; Pearl Academy, Jaipur amongst others.

Amba also works as an actor and facilitator with a specialty in drama based learning and interactive training. Some of the companies she has recently worked with include Standard Chartered Bank, The BBC, London Stock Exchange Group, Times of India, MetLife Insurance, Make My Trip, Nokia, Magic Bricks, BT Group, GSK and Rolls Royce among others. For the last four years she has partnered with REACT a UK based earning and development company and has been instrumental in setting up REACT’s India functions.

Ammith Kumar Body Conditioning | The Danceworx Performing Arts academy

Ammith Kumar joined The Danceworx in 2003. He is trained in Jazz, Contemporary and Classical Ballet. He has also done training workshops in Latin Ballroom, Funk, Hip-hop, Acro-Yoga, Yoga, Choreography Composition and Contact Improvisation. Apart from studying full-time at The Danceworx, Amith has also done classes at the Broadway Dance Centre, New York (jazz, funk & hip-hop); at Alvin Ailey, New York (modern) and at the Peridance Capezio Center, New York (jazz & modern). He has also attended The Goa Contact Festival 2013, where dancers, performers and other artists from more than 30 countries come together, focusing on an international exchange of ideas and knowledge through training and discussions.

Ammith's performing resume is extensive. He has danced in various pieces of The Danceworx Student Repertory Company repertoire, choreographed by Indian and International choreographers. And he has performed extensively for stage, film and television.

Theatrical performances include: The Cascade Project (2012), Bhoomika: Narendra Sharma Festival for Dance (2012), Quarterfest (2011), Travelling Minds(Delhi International Arts Festival, 2011), Ji Saab Ji (2010), Duet by 'Three' (2009), Salaam India (2008), Out of Sight (2008), and About Nothing (2003 & 2007).

Performances at major events include: 1000 Day Countdown to Commonwealth Games XIX (2008), Hungry Heart Festival (2007), International Film Festival of India opening ceremony (2006), Tribute to R.D. Burman, musical concert with Shankar, Ehsaan & Loy in Goa (2006), and the Commonwealth Games XVIII Queen's Baton Relay (2005). Film performances include: Rockstar (director Imtiaz Ali, choreographer Ashley Lobo), Aisha (director Rajshree Ojha, choreographer Ashley Lobo), U, Me Aur Hum (director Ajay Devgan, choreographer Ashley Lobo), and Dhoom (director Sanjay Gadhvi, choreographer Ashley Lobo).

Television performances include the show Reebok Life on NDTV Good Times (choreographer Shaira Bhan, The Danceworx).

Ammith has choreographed extensively for both stage and film.

Choreographies for theatrical productions & shows include: The Cascade Project (2012), Bhoomika: Narendra Sharma Festival for Dance (2012), Quarterfest (2011), and The Chrysalis Project (2011 & 2012). School/ college production choreographies include: Around the World in 60 Days: Disney Musical for Annual Day of Chiranjiv Bharati School, Gurgaon (2008); Fiddler on the Roof directed and choreographed for Annual Day of Chiranjiv Bharati School, Gurgaon (2008); Dance Competition for Chiranjiv Bharati School, Gurgaon (2008); 50th Annual Day of Bluebells International School, New Delhi (2007); Annual Day of Birla Vidya Niketan School, New Delhi (2007); Perspective for the choreography team of Gargi College, New Delhi (2006); The Monkey King and The Ugly Duckling for Ahlcon International School, New Delhi; All That Jazz for Annual Day of Khaitan Public School, Noida; Around the World for Annual Day of Neerja Modi School, Jaipur; and Platinum Dance for St. Mary's High School, Mt. Abu., Rajasthan.

Ammith has also choreographed corporate events for companies such as Maruti, Xerox, HSBC, etc.

His film choreographies include assisting Ashley Lobo on the following: Guzaarish (director Sanjay Leela Bhansali), Aisha (director Rajshree Ojha), U, Me Aur Hum (director Ajay Devgan) and Jab We Met (director Imtiaz Ali). Ammith's future plans are to continue being a Contemporary dancer and teacher, and to create a dance style of his own. He also wishes to set up The Danceworx in other cities in India

Amod Bhatt Voice Conditioning | Post Graduation in Music, Prayag Sangeet, Allahabad Bachelors in Commerce, Bhopal University

Amod Bhatt is a music director, musician and teacher. He has learned theatre music from eminent personality Mr B.V. Karanth and worked with him on more than 100 plays. He has worked with renowned international directors like Fritz Benefits (Germany), George lavaundo (France), John Martin (UK), Barry John (UK, India), Habib Tanveer, B.M. Shah, Bansi Kaul, Mahesh Dattani, Atul Tiwari. He has composed music for poetry and songs written by Gulzar, Tagore, Jaishankar Prasad, Dinkar Mahadevi Verma, Shrikant Verma, Bachchan's Madhushala,T.S. Eliot for theatre and films.

As a music teacher, he is visiting faculty at prestigious institutions like National School of Drama (New Delhi, Varanasi, Bangalore), Drama School Mumbai, Whistling Wood International (Mumbai), Kala Academy (Goa), Academy of Theatre Arts (University of Mumbai) and M.P. School of Drama (Bhopal).

Amod participated in the Commonwealth Theatre Laboratory workshop at Bharat Bhawan. He has been a repertory member of Rangmandal (Bhopal). He has acted in many plays as "Ghasiram Kotwal, Skandagupt, Malvikagnimitra, Bali ka Bakra, Servant of Two Masters and other folk performances. He has conducted music sessions in Chicago and Santiago with The Company Theatre.

Currently Amod is working on theatre music workshop based on Uttar Pradesh Nautanki at Madhya Pradesh School of Drama, Indian Classical Theatre training project by NSD Varanasi and directing music for the play "Mitti ki Gadi Ib"

Amod has been awarded Sangeet Natak Academy Award (SNA Awardee, year 2014) for contribution in Theatre Music. He is a receiver of Indian Television Award for Best Music Direction for "Upnishad Ganga"

Anirudh Nair Body and Movement, Improvisation | MA in Theatre Practice, University of Exeter

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 four key collaborators whom he has worked with over the last decade -

-MOONFOOL and the ACTOR-CHORUS-TEXT (ACT) training - an international group of physical theatre artists led by British director Anna-Helena McLean (formerly of Gardzienice Centre for Theatre Practices, Poland). Productions include Romeo & Juliet (Berlin 2011), STORM (London 2013, Chicago 2014)

-THE CRYSTAL SHAKESPEARE ENSEMBLE - a London based Original Practices Shakespeare ensemble led by Ben Crystal. Productions include Pericles (Stockholm 2015), Henry V (London 2016), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Wales 2018)

-WALKABOUT THEATRE and FIDES KRUCKER - A Chicago based physical theatre ensemble with whom he has been co-creating work since 2015. Productions include The Cure (Chicago 2016), The Raveling (Chicago 2018, 2019).

-FIDES KRUCKER, co-leader of the work, is a contemporary vocal practitioner from Canada with thirty five years of experience as a contemporary opera singer and a specialisation in sustainable vocal practice as the basis of creation.

-THEATRE RAW - led by Sankar Venkateswaran, with whom he has collaborated on three productions including The Water Station (India tour 2012, Japan 2016), Criminal Tribes Act (Munich, Zurich 2017, Beirut, Bombay 2018, Tokyo, Kyoto 2019)

He is also the co-founder of Guild of the Goat, a theatre company based in New Delhi. The Guild’s most recent work, Sonnets c.2019, is directed by Anirudh and recently completed shows at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa and a run of shows in New Delhi. 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.

Anuja Kale Body Conditioning | Fitness Trainer from Gold Gym, Certified in Rope Mallakhamb from Samartha Vyayam Mandir

Anuja Kale has completed her diploma in Fitness Training and has worked with some renowned Fitness Centres in the past.

She has worked in the field of theatre in various roles as an actor, director, project coordinator, etc. She is now working as an executive producer with RedNose Entertainment, which is a content creation company.

Deepa Dharmadhikari BFA in Dance | University of Minnesota

Deepa Dharmadhikari studied lighting design at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, while pursuing a BFA in Dance. In the US, artists' whose work she has lit include José Limón, Trisha Brown, George Balanchine, Shapiro & Smith, Sardono W. Kusumo, Gregory Maqoma, Nathan Trice and Preeti Vasudevan. In India: Sonal Mansingh, Dadi Padamjee, Lilette Dubey, Rama Vaidyanathan, Geeta Chandran, Pratibha Prahlad, Gilles Chuyen, Justin McCarthy, Daksha Sheth, Anita Ratnam, Moya Michaels and Nikhil Mehta. Fellow Drama School Mumbai instructors she has worked with include Sanjukta Wagh, Aniruddh Nair and Faezeh Jalali. She has toured Japan, Korea, Bahrain, England, Egypt, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka as a lighting designer, and toured India as associate designer for several international productions.

Deshik Vansadia Speech and Text | Stella Adler Acting Studio

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. Deshik extensively works with texts of Shakespeare and the few of his well acknowledged works are The Taming of the Shrew, The Boy who Stopped Smiling, Measure for Measure.

Faezeh Jalali Body and Movement | Berlin Post School, KiM: Physical Theatre and Dance

Faezah has been involved in theatre for almost two decades, and has been teaching theatre for over ten years. She has also acted in various Indian films and television series. Faezeh is 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. She has devised and directed 07/07/07, Shikhandi - The Story of The Inbetweens, A Farming Story, Bone of Contention in Cosmopolitan Housing Society.

Gersih Khemani Devising | Devising Theatre and Peformance, London International School of Performing Arts M.A (Hons) English Literature, University of Mumbai Bachelors in Mass Media (Specialization in Journalism)

Gerish has been working in the theatre in varied capacities since 12 years. He started off his theatre journey in Mumbai as an actor with the theatre group Working Title 2.0 and Stage Two Theatre. Additionally, he has created several student productions with both school and college students in Mumbai over the past 10 years. He is presently serving as a visiting faculty at The Drama School Mumbai and the NMIMS Jyoti Dalal School of Liberal Arts. He also works with RPG Foundation as a super trainer for their Pehlay Akshar School Training Programme.

In March 2015, he founded his own theatre group, The Blind and the Elephant, which staged its first production Ripples, a play dealing with questions of teaching and learning, co-written and directed by him. The play drew favourable reviews from critics, practitioners, students and general audiences alike.

Holding a M.A (Honors) in English Literature from the University of Mumbai, he received the Charles Wallace scholarship by the British Council to pursue the Module 1 (October-December 2016) of the Devising Theatre and Performance course at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) situated in Berlin He completed his Module 2 (January-March 2018) of the same course at LISPA.

In August 2017, he was awarded the prestigious Hindu Playwright Award along with his co-writer Akshat Nigam for their play In Search of Dariya Sagar for the new unpublished script. Also In Search of Dariya Sagar has been chosen among the three final shortlisted plays for Naya/Noya 2018-the first Indian Playwrights’ Festival as part of Specific 2018, organised by Feste Theatre, Prague, Brno, Czech Republic. The production of the same directed by Gerish opened in July 2018 in Mumbai and travelled to the Hindu Theatre Festival 2018, Rangashankara Theatre, Azim Premji University Bangalore and continues to do its round of shows.

Gerish has been awarded the Hindu Playwright Award 2017 for In Search of Dariya Sagar at the Hindu Theatre Festival 2017 along with his co-writer Akshat Nigam. It was among the three final shortlisted plays for Naya/Noya 2018-the first Indian Playwrights’ Festival as part of Specific 2018, organised by Feste Theatre, Prague, Brno, Czech Republic.

Hetal Varia Voice Conditioning Acting and Text | Masters in Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2015/16

Hetal Varia is formally trained in Voice Studies and Indian classical singing. She practices her work as a voice coach and artist across the globe. With a twelve year long professional experience in Theatre, Live stage and Studio work as Singer-Actor, she is currently performing and developing her Voice Work in Mumbai with Artists and Corporates. Her clients range from actors, filmmakers, singers, advocates, radio jockeys, dancers, professors, students and other professional voice users. Some of her major projects include Radio Mirchi, Only Men Aloud (Welsh Male Choir) and dialect work on Mira Nair's 'A Suitable Boy'. As artistic director and founder of HV Voice Works, she is constantly researching and creating performances based on vocal explorations and music.

Hetal is a reciever of the Scholarship of Charles Wallace India Trust Awards, 2015/16. She is the only Indian to be invited to INV (International Voice Network) to share her research based work as a Masterclass. Also the only Indian to receive Diversity Scholarship to participate in VASTA Conference in 2018.

Irawati Karnik Research and Praxis | MFA Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art | BFA Painting, Sir J.J. School of Art

Irawati is a writer of short fiction, a playwright and a traslator. Her work also includes research and documentation of Indian Contemporary Art. She occasionally takes on work as an illustrator as well. Currently, she is working on a play that is an adaptation of Prithviraj Kapoor's Kisan and Daya Pawar's Baluta, co-produced by Prithvi Theatre and Bhasha Centre and directed by Abhishek Majumdar.

Irawati writes in Marathi, Hindi and English. Her plays include Gasha, Satellite City and C Sharp C Blunt. Her Marathi plays include Teech Ti Diwali, Mrugacha Paus, Vadani Kavala Gheta and Chhapa Kata which performed over 200 shows across Maharashtra. She was dramaturg on the award winning Kaumudi and co-wrote Thook and Sex, Morality and Censorship. Irawati’s translations have been published by Oxford University Press.

She 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, Maharshtra Natya Parishad Award, Anant Kanekar award, multiple META awards and the Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize.

Kallirroi Tziafeta Improvisation | 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.

Currently she's working on "Medea” by Euripides, directed by Kathryn Doshi (in pre-production). “A small family business” by Alan Ayckbourn, directed by Adhaar Khurana, to open at NCPA December 4th 2019. “Mughals” webseries directed by Nikhil Advani for Hotstar, to be shot in 2020.

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 Tripling, Smoke.

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

Kathryn has studied theatre for seven years in Chile, New York, and finally California, where she received her MFA in Ensemble-based Physical Theatre from Dell Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Upon moving to India she co-founded Madball Co. The company created and toured the masked Commedia shows “A Tale of Two Treaties” and “It's Not Waht You Think”. She then discovered the Michael Chekhov Technique and embarked on a three year journey to become a Certified Teacher by The National Michael Chekhov Association, USA. She has directed 5 years of student productions for local schools, including writing and directing 300 students in the original musical, Nachiketa, for Bombay Cambridge International. She continues to perform on stage in Poorbox Productions’ Vagina Monologues and in various films and television series.

Mahesh Dattani Script Analysis and Scene Study | History, Economics and Pol. Science, St. Joseph's College, Bangalore

Mahesh Dattani is an esteemed playwright, stage director and filmmaker, with over forty years of experience. His plays have been published by Penguin Inida and have been performed all over the world; produced in London, Leicester, New York, Washington DC, Sydney, Columbo and Dubai. He is the receiver of Sahitya Akademi Award 1998 for Final Solutions and Other Plays. He has also been awarded the Ahuja Fellowship from Columbia University 2016.

Mandar Gokhale Body Conditioning | Diploma in Yoga - Yoga Vidya Niketan, Ashok Kumar Academy of Dramatic Arts

Mandar Gokhale has been faculty at Drama School Mumbai for the past 6 years. He has completed One year Diploma in Yoga from Yoga Vidya Niketan under guidance of Padmashri Sadashiv Nimbalkar.

Mandar extensively works in education and has been a drama teacher at MET Rishikul School, Bandra. He has been conducting body conditioning sessions at Neeraj Kabi's Acting Workshop since 2005. He also conducts drama workshops for Quality Education Support Trust (QUEST) and TARAPA in Palghar District. Over a span of 9 years, he has directed over 16 Annual Day productions in various schools.

As an actor, he has been part of various productions like The Hunger Artist, Hamlet, Pillars of the Community, Kay Re Gotya, Rang Rangila Gittu Girgit, Numbers in the Dark, Black Bird 13, 60 Seconds Deep, Dirty Talk, Boy Who Stopped Smiling.

Maneesh Verma School Producer | National School of Drama

Maneesh Verma is an actor, director & theatre producer. He is an alumnus of National School of Drama. He is a self taught web designer & developer, a performance consultant working with an American diversity training company CSW Associates. Maneesh has 23 years of theatre experience with more then 50 major plays. Also very active in the field of TV & Cinema.

He has recently produced a children's play called "Tara's Trio" for Prithvi Summertime Festival and is now working on a new production of Romeo & Juliet. He is Creative Producer and Director at Collective Madness.

Neeraja Patwardhan Costume Design | MA, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University (1997) MFA, Theatre design/costume focus from University of Georgia (2001)

Neeraja Patwardhan works as costume designer and teaches costume design at various theatre schools. Some of them are: Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University; MVM College, Nagpur; Mahatma Gandhi International University, Vardha; Academy of Theatre Arts, Mumbai University; National School of Drama, Delhi, Extn. workshop in Assam; Dept of Mass Comm. (Entertainment), MET, Bandra; Natya Disha, Nehru Centre, Mumbai. Neeraja has also taught film production design at MKSSS's School of Media Art and Symboisis Institute of Media & Communication.

Her films Include Shwaas(2004 - Costume Design) and Nadi Vahate (2017 - Prodction Design)

Apart from this, she writes about costume history. She has written a column for a Marathi daily with costume history as a tool or premise to discuss different social aspects. She is working on a book based on the same column.

Niloufer Sagar Producing and Entrepreneurship | Master’s Degree, City University, London

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.

Puja Sarup Improvisation and Devising | Diploma from Helikos-International School of Theatre Creation MA Theatre Arts, Mumbai University

Puja Sarup is a Mumbai-based theatre actor with a portfolio of work that includes "Hamlet - The Clown Prince" (for which she won a META - India's premier theatre award), "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. Post which they have created and produced "The Gentleman's Club" and "Shikaar". 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. She is a winner of Vinod Doshi Fellowship and JN Tata Endowment Scholarship.

Saatvika Kantamneni Production and Stage Management Mentor | MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London

Saatvika Kantamneni is an independent production and stage manager for theatre and live events. She has an MA in Collaborative Theatre Production and Design from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. She has been Senior Stage Manager for Disney's Aladdin in India. She was company stage manager with QTP for three years and Festival Director of youth theatre movement Thespo for two years. Theatre credits include Eidgah Ke Jinnat (Bhasha Centre), Muktidham (Indian Ensemble), Great Expectations (Attic Theatre Company, UK), The God of Carnage (QTP). Saatvika enjoys working in unconventional venues and creating collaborative work that challenges the world we live in.

She was Production Manager for The Kite Runner by Akvarious Productions and D for Drama, as part of the Aadyam Theatre Festival.

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.

Sanjukta Wagh Devising | Trained in Kathak under Rajashree Shirke and in Hindustani Music under Pt. Murli Manohar Shukla Diploma in Dance Studies, Trinity Laban, London M A `{`English`}` SNDT Women’s University

Sanjukta Wagh is the co- founder of an interdisciplinary intiative called Beej in Mumbai which is engaged in exploring the creative process and improvisation, alternative methods of classical dance pedagogy and collaborative performance.

She has trained extensively under Rajashree Shirke in Kathak and Pandit Murli Manohar Shukla in Hindustani Music. She has trained at the Trinity Laban school of Dance, London. Her engagement with theatre was honed by playwright-director Chetan Datar and at Navarasa Sadhana training with G Venu.

Her collaborative dance choreographies and dance-theatre works involve The Ant That Swallowed The Sun, Faqeer Nimaana, Khayal Geometries, Jheeni, Rage and Beyond: Irawati's Gandhari, Bheetar Baahar, Ubha Vitewari, Putana And I, Let her be Born and Akath Katha which has also won her critical acclaim across the country and abroad.

Sanjukta has been the curator for dance at the Kala Ghoda festival in the year 2009, 2012, and 2013. Her self-produced, written and directed dance-theatre work, Rage and Beyond: Irawati’s Gandhari won two META awards. Sanjukta won the best actress in the lead role and collaborator Hitesh Dhutia won the award for best sound design.

Shafaat Khan Research and Praxis
Shafaat Khan is a playwright, director, film writer, theatre activist and academician, who plays a role in socio-political situations and questions. His plays deliberately make socio-political statements. Examples of plays like 'Gandhi comes to the fore', 'Parrot's', 'Dry Day' can be illustrated. Also, there are two distinct dimensions to his writing: Babri Kand pre and Babri Kand. The change in human life caused by the Babri wand was also optionally reflected in his literature. In his view, "The post-Babri post-literary literature will be more realistic, bold and realistic." The play on the background of 'Raheel far ghar mere' is a characteristic drama that is different from the writing style of today.
Tales by Shafaat Khan, 'Timepass', 'All Traveling Hours' (Original Novel - Jaywant Dalvi), 'Crowd in the Crowd', 'Police Name' (Original Author: Dario Fo), 'Nagmandal' (Original Author: Girish Carnad) ) It was full length as well as 'And the whore fell in love', 'Amar Bangla Shonar Bangla', 'C', 'M', 'Kahur', 'Love Story', 'Mute', 'Channel Season', 'Greedy King' The wise monkeys, these plays have been the face-offs of modern theater.
The article 'Satyar-Fatar', which he wrote in the daily supplement of the daily Lokasat, is also well-known and his articles are being published in the 'Rangvacha' quarterly issue of the drama currently being published from Kankavali.
Shafaat Khan was also working in the media and film media besides drama. He was the screenwriter and dialogue for the television movie 'Ganuraya'. He screenplayed and wrote Hindi films 'Shobha Yatra' and 'Dekh Tamasha Dekh'. He was instrumental in the film 'Gandhi My Father'. He also wrote the television series 'Gajra' and 'Wise Men'.
Not only as a playwright and writer, but also as a playwright, he has worked across India. He was teaching drama in the drama department of the Academy of Theater Arts, Mumbai University. He later served as the director in charge of the same department. He is also training in various workshops organized by National Theater School, New Delhi.Shafaat Khan has received many honors and awards. These include the Natyadarpan Award, Maharashtra Kala Niketan, Maharashtra Foundation Grant Award, Anant Kanekar Award of the Mumbai Marathi Book Museum, the Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Muslim Marathi Literature Convention followed by it.
Shaizia Jifri Research and Praxis | BA(Hons) in Illustration and Design, University of Hertfordshire, UK Certificate in Film and Television Production, South Seas Film and Television School, New Zealand.

Shaizia has taught Drama for over a decade, acquiring hands-on experience as a Drama Trainer and Therapist at several IB and IGCSE International Schools as well as low-income schools. She has worked across learner age groups, and socio-economic backgrounds, teaching to a multitude of different outcomes, and through training and mentoring drama instructors and school teachers, developed a deep articulation of her practise. Her training is diverse and extensive, with practical training from many experts in the field. Shaizia’s training includes; German Methods of Theatre Pedagogy (Edda Holl and Sophia Steph), Theatre of the Oppressed (Marc Weinblat, Mandala Centre for Change) Teacher in Role and Process Drama methods (Maya Rao, TiE Expert, Author of NCERT Drama Curriculum, Course Leader, Theatre for Education and Social Transformation, Shiv Nadar University), Puppet Making and Manipulation (Anurupa Roy, Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust), Acting, Improvisation and Shakespeare, and Theatre for Children (Roo Jhala, Oxford School of Drama), and a number of workshops under theatre masters from across India.

Shaizia works as a puppeteer and runs workshops outside of school and uses this practice as a tool for education. Shaizia is also a visual artist and marries her experience of illustration and design thinking with her drama based work in the education space. Shaizia has a BA(Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

Sheena Khalid Head of TML, Devising | 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 has co-directed and co-devised the shows “Ila” and “The Gentlemen’s Club AKA Tape”. She is also producer and performer in the Patchworks Ensemble’s third creation - “Fly by Night".

She directed the show “Pinky Promise”, produced by Gaysi Family for their 10 year anniversary celebration. 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. The show premiered at The G5A Foundation and then travelled to The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.

Apart from this, she is also a drama facilitator at the Drama School Mumbai where she teaches Improvisation and Devising. 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 S.P Jain School of Global Management. She has created independent workshop modules for working professional and non-actors.

She has been associated with Vice Media as a host of their Vice Talks Films and more recently she collaborating with Kommune to develop various story-telling related shows.

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).

Vikram Phukan Theatre Appreciation and Context | St. Edmond's College, Shillong

Vikram Phukan is a theatre practitioner, playwright and stage commentator. He has written extensively on theatre in publications like The Hindu, Forbes India, Live Mint, Mumbai Theatre Guide and his own website - Stage Impressions. He has served on several curating and grant-making committees, including the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, the Goethe-Institut's Gender Bender and Refunction, the Serendipty Arts Festival and Wiener Festwochen (for its India programme). As a theatre practitioner, he has written and directed Those Left Behind Things, a play on Iranian asylum seekers. His writing credits include contributing to Sunil Shanbag's Hindustani musical Stories in a Song; Limbo, a rites of passage drama directed by Manish Gandhi; and collaborating with The Patchworks Ensemble on The Gentlemen's Club.

Extended Faculty


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.