Drama School Mumbai was founded in 2013 to forge a new generation of theatre-makers; actor-creator-entrepreneurs professionally trained to perform and create work to a higher global standard of storytelling. Our alumni are all highly active, founding theatre groups, acting in award-winning plays, working in films as well as applying their craft in education and corporate-training.

We work with a faculty comprising of the best theatre practitioners, actors, playwrights, directors, theatre designers and producers.

Armed with fundamental skills in performance, direction and producing, our graduates embark on making their own livings and careers in the theatrical arts, contributing to a gradual development of the sector with work that aims to be of a higher standard for all audiences.

Drama School Mumbai also works to promote the awareness of theatre and its processes to a wider audience interested in exploring and understanding the medium for themselves through shorter workshops, lectures, and regular presentations of work created by the students and faculty.

Board


Shirin Bharucha

Shirin Bharucha is a senior lawyer and has worked with the legal department at Tata Group for many years. She is actively involved with various trusts that work for the urban renewal of Mumbai city. Most significantly, she was part of the team that restored Oval Maidan, the Horniman Circle Garden, and the Kala Ghoda Art District. She is managing trustee at the Urban Design Research Institute (UDRI). UDRI which supports interaction between architects, urban designers, and professionals in urban economics, sociology, planning, conservation, and history.

Mini Bhatia

Mini Bhatia is the Director and Founding Member of Aum Yash Kendra. Aum Yash Kendra is one of Mumbai's leading Speech & Drama Institutes. It has been working tirelessly for the past twenty years to develop life skills with students through drama.

Abhay Desai

Abhay Desai specializes in providing Accounting and Financial Services. After graduating from the renowned London School of Economics, Abhay worked with Chelcliff Limited, UK and then at Master Systems (Data Products) Limited, U.K. as a Financial Controller. He has been a partner at Nanubhai & Co., one of Mumbai's top accountancy consultants.

Jeroo Mulla

Jeroo Mulla has been the Head of the Sophia Institute of Social Communications Media as well as Head of the Social Communications Media Department, Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. 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. She was appointed to the Film Censor Board as an Advisory Panel member in 1987. She was awarded a Fellowship and Gold Medal by the Association of Business Communicators of India. She is currently on the advisory board of WIFT (Women in Film and Television) as well as 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. She continues to teach film and photography as visiting faculty at Sophia Polytechnic and at various other media institutes. 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.

Shernaz Patel

Shernaz Patel is one of India's leading actors with a vast oeuvre 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 in English. Rage's Writer’s Bloc festival now takes place annually in collaboration with the British Council. Through it, selected 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.

Bhavna Thakur

Bhavna Thakur has had a successful year of career in corporate finance. She started off as an M&A and capital markets lawyer at Davis Polk and Wardwell, New York and then Paul, Weiss, London. She has worked as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in Hong Kong and India. More recently she was the Head of Equity - Capital Markets Origination at Citi Group, India. She has taken public companies like Just Dial, Coal India, and LT Finance, with massive success. She has deep experience working with senior management teams, PE & VC groups & Government institutions. Her core experience and ongoing interests lie in emerging markets, technology, finance and seeding women high-growth entrepreneurs. She has also been an angel investor with Indian Angel Network, Mumbai. Bhavna is a theatre enthusiast and used to run a non-profit theatre company called Alter Ego in New York that staged Off-Off Broadway shows between 2002 and 2007.

Sanjay Roy

Sanjoy K. Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts. Teamwork Arts produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals, including the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards and the annual ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival. He is a founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust that provides support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi. Over 55,000 children have benefited from education, training, and residential services over the past 30 years through Salaam Balak. The White House recently presented him the US President’s Committee of Arts and Humanities Award for an International Organisation. He is an advisor for arts and diversity for numerous government and non-governmental organizations across the world.

Jehan Manekshaw

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.

Niloufer Sagar

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 various artists including Terence Lewis and his dance company and theatre-maker Yuki Ellias. She has also been associated with British Council, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, Jindal Arts Centre, and theatre companies Masque and Rage.

Tushar Pandey

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

EXECUTIVE TEAM


Jehan Manekshaw 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.

Ragini Singh Khushwaha Executive Head

International fellow, Art Think South Asia (ATSA) | MA (Performance Making) Goldsmiths College, University of London

Ragini is an arts manager and a performance maker with a background in Indian classical dance for close to 15 years. She has also been an international fellow with ARThink South Asia’s Fellowship for Potential Leaders in Art and Culture during which she worked with renowned UK immersive theatre company ‘Punchdrunk’.

 

Most recently, she has founded a collaborative arts company called ArtNowThus to create works of performance that are experiential and immersive in nature, using elements across genres of arts and performance.

 

As a performer, she has collaborated with various artists on national and international projects. Her last interdisciplinary performance piece titled 'Don't f*** with my Unicorn' was performed in London and was selected as a shortlist finalist for the Annual Rich Mix festival. Through her work in education, she has developed and designed programmes for schools and corporate learning using methodologies based in the performing arts.

 

Prachi Koppikar Company Manager

Prachi is a Bachelor in Commerce from Valia College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai. She has worked in placement and operations departments for companies like Wipro Infotech, Onicra and Scrabble Entertainment. Ltd.

She has been a part of the Theatre Professionals family since 2016.
Rajeev Kumar Dube Accounts and Admin Assistant

Rajeev Kumar Dube completed his graduation in Bachelors of Commerce from Mumbai university. He has an overall experience of 11
years in the field of accounting. He has previously worked for Nitin Fire Protection Industries in the Accounts Department.

Shruti Arora Course Advisor

Shruti Arora is a graduate from Drama School Mumbai (2018 batch). She is a theatre practioner, actor, writer. She likes to work with children and conduct theatre workshops for them. She has written a play ‘Kirdar’ and directed it for The Short & Sweet Festival in 2011 (Delhi). She has worked as Company Manager with The Blind and The Elephant Theatre group handling entire production management and shows bookings. She is a freelance theatre artist and an independent filmmaker in Delhi for the past 8 years. During this time, she has worked with Helen O' Grady Drama Academy (Delhi/NCR) as a Head Mentor and Production Head for their drama productions from 2015-2017. She has also worked with Khilona Theatre group from 2009 - 2013 as an actor performing with and for children.

Shruti has worked for NDTV in the past as an assistant producer, and for Coca-Cola as a Project Head on their training modules for five years. She has volunteered my for NGOs like Aman Biradri, YWCA, Sangrakshika and Saureena Ashrey as a drama teacher. She is actively working with a Human Rights based NGO - Mission Bhartiyam, on their Indo-Pak Peace initiative 'Aaghaz-e-Dosti'.

Floyd Gonsalves Course Manager

Floyd Gonsalves is a bachelor in commerce form Mumbai university and has worked with financial institutions like JP Morgan and American express. In the education sector, he has worked with Sinhals & Jamboree under the profile of Coordinator/Admission Counsellor.

Tanvi Lehr Sonigra Communications Manager

Tanvi Lehr Sonigra is an actor and theatre-maker. She is an alumnus of the Drama School Mumbai. 

Tanvi started her journey in theatre through various inter-collegiate festivals like Thespo, Adi Marzban, IPTA, Bhavai, and went on to acting in experimental plays like Margdarshan (by Manoj Shah - Ideas Unlimited), The EQ (by Amatya Goradia - AmyGo). 

Soon after, she acted and puppeteered in a multilingual and devised play called Mujer with the UK based director, Trina Halder and acted in a dramatized reading of You Shall Give Me Grandsons, both at Thespo in association with the British Council. 

After graduating from the Drama School Mumbai, Tanvi has been a part of various theatre productions, most recent of which are – ‘Hello Farmaish’ (by Yuki Ellias - Dur Se Brothers) and ‘A Farming Story’ (by Faezeh Jalali - FATS TheArts). She also performed in an interdisciplinary art show called ‘A Mad Tea Party’ (by Ragini Singh Khushwaha and Akshat Nigam - ArtNowThus).

Tanvi participated in a physical theatre workshop called ‘Moksha - A Dance Retreat in Nature’ where she was mentored by well experienced and trained theatre and dance practitioners like Rob Hayden, Clementine Telesfort, Eleanore PB. This workshop paved way to her solo piece called ‘Rapunzel 2.0’ which she devised, directed and wrote. It was performed at ‘Inqueerables - A Queer Fest’ curated by Shobhna Kumar and Vikram Phukan. She travelled with another self created solo piece called ‘Ever Felt This Way?’ to Hoppipola Interdisciplinary Arts Festival at the Moksha Dance Space in Bangalore.

Tanvi also modelled at the Lakme Fashion Week for a brand called The Pot Plant Clothing for their theme, ‘Performance Art meets Fashion’ where she put to use her training in physical theatre. 

Currently, Tanvi is training in Capoeira from the 'Centre for Capoeira India' to further her capacity as a performer.

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Special Thanks to Pheroza Godrej, Mahitha Suresh and Laila Khalid.