The Core Team


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

Faculty Convenor / Body and Movement / Improvisation and Devising

Tushar is an actor, director and was recently acclaimed for his portrayal of Vishwa in Pink.

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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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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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Sukhita Aiyar Sophia College, Mumbai

Research and Praxis

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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.

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.

Faculty 2017-18


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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

Faculty Convenor / Body and Movement / Improvisation and Devising

Tushar is an actor, director and was recently acclaimed for his portrayal of Vishwa in Pink.

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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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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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Sukhita Aiyar Sophia College, Mumbai

Research and Praxis

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Extended Faculty


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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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.

Siddique Lokhandwala Jai Hind College

Body and Movement

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Quasar Thakore Padamsee United World College of South East Asia

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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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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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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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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Chinmay Kelkar Scene Study
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.

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.