The 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.

The 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.

Team Members

Our core team guides our path to achieving lofty visions by creating opportunities for our expansive network of theatre-makers, educators, masters of the arts and arts managers to do what they love best and make a living off of it.

Jehan Manekshaw Co-founder and Managing Director (Theatre Professionals)

BA (Theatre Direction) Wesleyan University | MA (Transnational Media and Global Communications) Goldsmiths, University of London | MFA (Theatre Direction) Birkbeck, University of London

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. Theatre Professional’s has two divisions: The Drama School, Mumbai, for those seeking a career in Theatre and the Young People’s Theatre Programme, which brings the learning experiences of theatre to young people, aged 3-18.

For The Drama School, Jehan has curated and developed multiple workshops and residencies. Most recently, he has, with a team of highly qualified and committed drama practitioners,came together to offer a One Year full time course in Acting and Theatre Making which is currently teaching its 3rd Batch.

For The Young People’s Theatre Programme, Jehan has co-designed and developed tailor made programmes and engagements that deliver year-round drama classes, short workshop and annual-day engagements for children at schools in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad across K-12 and different curriculum systems.  He has also co-curated and developed multiple workshops and residencies for teachers and drama practitioners to advance the practice of drama applied to education.

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.

Tasneem Co-founder and Managing Director (Theatre Professionals)

BA (English Literature) St. Xavier’s College | Associate of the Trinity College of London

As a Theatre Educator in Mumbai for over a decade, Tasneem has hands on experience and knowledge of Mumbai schools and their teaching culture. She ran her own Drama Academy for children for 10 years before she and Jehan Manekshaw started Theatre Professionals, with the Acting Workshops Program.

Tasneem now oversees the Young People’s Theatre Programme. Along with the core team of Theatre Educators and Arts Managers, she looks into strategy and planning of the various YPTP products and is closely involved in designing engagements for each of the client schools. She is the in-house mentor for classroom realities for our team of Drama in School Instructors and guides the School Annual Days Processes from start to finish.

When she is not busy seeing that every school’s academic and teaching needs are being met, Tasneem finds time to step into the classroom and keep connected with what she loves best, teaching children.

Ragini Khushwaha Programme Head

BA (Psychology), Fergusson College, University of Pune | PG Dip (Social Communication and Media) Sophia Polytechnic | MA (Making Performance) Goldsmiths College, University of London

Ragini has a background in Odissi, an Indian classical dance form. Having trained and performed the form for over 13 years, she has collaborated with various artists on national and international projects to create work. Her last interdisciplinary performance piece was performed in London and was selected as a shortlist finalist for the Annual Rich Mix festival. She has worked in education, training children and adults through workshops in lateral skill development using methodologies based in performing arts, namely theatre and dance.

Surabhi Shrivastava Project Coordinator

B.Com, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai | Theatre in Education Certificate, National School of Drama

Apart from handling day to day activities at the DSM and helping disseminate information, Surabhi is also an entrepreneur. She runs Papier Panache, an online service that is into designing and making personalized gifts.

Shimli Basu Marketing and Communications Assistant

BA (Sociology) Sophia College for Women 

Shimli hails from the city of joy, Kolkata and believes in spreading happiness wherever she goes. She is trained in Hindustani classical music, Bengali folk music and jazz. She has been performing on stage for the past 11 years. Having featured extensively at youth festivals and competitions in school and college, Shimli has served as the Executive Member of Sophia College's English Drama Association and the World Music Club.



“Training at The DSM taught me about my strengths and weaknesses as a performer. Theatre is such a diverse art form. But the faculty at The DSM broke things down into techniques and methods to approach acting and theatre-making. They made me a confident, professional and honest theatre practitioner.”

Himani Pant (Batch 2014-15)

“I was very narrow-minded in my approach to performance. After The DSM, the possibilities seem endless. I hope I can learn more and apply what I have been taught here.”

Chirag Lobo (Batch 2013-14)

"My training at The DSM is what has given me a life-long lesson to keep working, practising my art and my instrument."

Abhinav Grover (Batch 2014-15) Founder of theatre company BeTaal

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