SMART - Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre

Call for Application PROGRAMME MANAGER

Do you love theatre? Do you want to run a programme that is all about theatre? Do you like to take initiative and bring a variety of people to make possible a theatre management programme? Do you like being organised and systematic? Can you be the 'boss' of bosses?

Then this is a role you should seriously consider.

SMART invites you to apply for the position of Programme Manager


SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre) is a capacity building programme for theatre groups run under the auspices of the Indian Theatre Forum (ITF) and managed by Junoon and India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). The SMART core team includes theatre practitioners and arts managers who bring their expertise and knowledge to create a management course of practical value for theatre groups in India. To know more about SMART and the organisations running the programme, visit, and

Details on role of Programme Manager

As Programme Manager, you will be responsible for the running of the programme, reporting to the Course Director. Your key responsibility will be to ensure that the project milestones are achieved, through communicating regularly with the entire team, and facilitating the necessary action.

Specific responsibilities will include (but are not restricted to):

Ably assisting the Course Director through the programme in co-ordinating all activities.
Drawing up programme schedules in coordination with all stakeholders and leading the team to ensure its implementation on time.
Managing the overall budgets. Coordinating with facilitators, mentors, guests, participants, media and other stakeholders.
Coordinating with production team for project implementation.
Ensuring programme materials are created and available as required.
Archiving programme materials and media.
Maintaining updated database of stakeholders and maintaining relationships.
Ensuring that the SMART milestones are achieved, through communicating regularly with the entire team, and facilitating the necessary action.
Running social media for SMART and coordinating with media for key announcements.
Any other related responsibilities pertaining to the SMART programme assigned to you from time to time.

Job Requirements

Five years experience in the field of theatre and running projects.
Self driven and persistent, getting work done on time.
Detail-oriented approach to work.
Excellent ability to work in a team and coordinate across different stakeholders. Capacity for multi-tasking.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Comfort with excel, email, social media, etc.

Position Location

Time Commitment
3 days per week for most of the year. 4 to 5 weeks will be full-time work, including the times around the Foundation Course and Final Workshop.

Rs 3.2 lakhs to 4.0 lakhs annually depending on experience and skill.

Application Procedure
Please send your application by email to

Please include:
A letter addressed to the Course Director (no more than 750 words), telling us about your interest in this role and why you think we should recruit you. Your CV

Application Deadline: Friday 14th July, 2017

Short-listed applicants will be requested to appear for an interview in person at our Mumbai office or via Skype, if you are not a Mumbai resident.

To get a sneak peek into the course and know more about the idea of SMART from makers click here

Have you ever felt that you could do the most amazing things in theatre? That you had all these brilliant ideas and energy and ability, but you’re being pulled up short? Then SMART is for you. Make your theatre dreams come true in your chosen environment!

India Theatre Forum announces
Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre
A capacity building programme for theatre makers

As a theatre group or organisation,we have a vision and dreams, passion and commitment. All we sometimes need is the knowhow to create a practical roadmap that will help us realise our dreams– a roadmap that optimizes strengths and helps overcome constraints. That roadmap is called a Strategic Plan. It can help make the theatre group or organisation more sustainable, effective, financially viable and capable of giving shape to big creative dreams. SMART will equip you to build your own roadmap – a practical, achievable plan that is connected to your reality, but not constrained by it.

What is special about SMART?
As artists, we tend to feel frustrated when ‘experts’ try to thrust ‘management’ wisdom down our throats. On the other hand, we can all cite interesting and effective solutions evolved by theatre groups or organizations to complex problems they faced in their own context. This programme builds on the experience and knowledge within the theatre community, while also drawing upon knowledge from outside to add strength and value to our theatre-making work.

How is SMART structured?
There are three phases to the programme.
Phase 1. -A 10-day residential workshop
During this workshop, you will be guided through the various steps involved in the creation of a Strategic Plan for your theatre group/organization, which will help realise your vision and dreams.
Phase 2. -4 months of working with your own organization/group in your own location.
With the skills and ideas you acquire in the workshop during Phase 1, you will return to your own organization to evolve and implement your Strategic Plan with your colleagues. During this period, you will work with a guide who will act as sounding board, supporter and mentor.
Phase 3. -A 2-day final residential workshop .
You will present your Strategic Plan to other participants and facilitators of SMART. At the end of this final phase, participants will receive certificates. And of course we’ll have a party to celebrate! The entire course covers a 5 month period, with two intensive residential periods at the beginning and end.

Who can apply to SMART?
Theatre groups and organizations.
Each organisation is expected to send two members who are decision-makers in their groups. Unlike many arts management programmes which are aimed at training arts managers and giving them career opportunities, SMART is unique in that it aims to enrich the field of theatre and make it more self-sustaining. SMART is for those already working in the field who have the power to make a difference within their organisations. It is critical that each organization sends two senior members, because each will learn – and contribute – more, and the organization as a whole will benefit the most.
This means that SMART requires a commitment from the group as a whole. While two members will attend the 10-day workshop at the beginning and the 2-day workshop at the end, in between, the entire group will work together to evolve a strategic plan. This requires regular meetings, ongoing work, and communication with a SMART mentor. Past participant groups have found this a hugely valuable process, but it does demand a significant commitment of time and effort from the entire group. We encourage you to think about this as you apply.

Can individuals apply to SMART?
Yes, they can – because we know that some theatre groups are basically only one person, who gathers together people on a need-to basis. They can apply, but it would be brilliant if they are able to bring one more person they’ve worked with in the past, or plan to work with in the future.

Application process of SMART Programme for the year 2016 has been closed

Who are the SMART people?
Course Consultant
Prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management & Professor of Cultural Policy,Cultural Management, Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the Arts, Belgrade, Serbia

Course Director
Sameera Iyengar, Co-Founder, Junoon, Mumbai

Course Co-Director
Arundhati Ghosh, Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore

Arundhati Ghosh, Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore
Sameera Iyengar, Co-Founder& Director, Junoon, Mumbai
Sudhanva Deshpande, Jana Natya Manch and Studio Safdar, New Delhi
Sunil Shanbag, Theatre Director, Arpana, Mumbai
Swati Apte, Director, The Arts Quotient, Mumbai

Course Evaluator
Ashoke Chatterjee, former Executive Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Project Development Team
Arundhati Ghosh, Sameera Iyengar, Sanjna Kapoor, Sudhanva Deshpande, Sunil Shanbag, Swati Apte, Ashish Mehta

Project Manager
Sharmistha Saha

Production Manager
Ashish Mehta

Project Team
Darshana Dave, Menaka Rodriguez, TC Jnanashekhar, C Suresh Kumar from IFA
Ayaz Ansari, Dinesh Roundhal, Smita Misra, Vandana Solanki from Junoon

ITF Support Team
Akshara KV, Moloyashree Hashmi, Pralayan, Pravin KP, Sharvari Sastry, Vikram Iyengar

Media Consultant
Kajal Gadhia, Mindworkz

To know more about the SMART people, click on the Participants tab

Who makes SMART possible?
Conceptualised and implemented by: India Theatre Forum
Managed by:
Junoon & India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)
Supported by:
Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan,
Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd.(IL&FS),
Norwegian Embassy
Delegate Support: British Council Wales
Venue Partner: IDC School of Design, IIT-Bombay

For Course Queries, please contact:
Ashish Mehta
+91 99229 35591

For Media Enquiries and e-Press Kit:
Kajal Gadhia Budhbhatti
Media Consultant for SMART
+9198202 96123
email: /

To get a sneak peek into the course and know more about the idea of SMART from makers click here

Phase 1: 10-day residential workshop (July 23 - Aug 01, 2016)

A 10-day residential workshop in July 2016 (23 July to 01 August). During this workshop, you will be guided through the various steps involved in the creation of a Strategic Plan for your theatre group/organisation, which will help realise your vision and dreams.

23 July - Why We Do What We Do (a.k.a Core Values/Vision/Mission) with Sunil Shanbag
24 July - Where Are We Headed? (a.k.a Strategic Planning) with Milena Dragicevic Sesic & Sameera Iyengar
25 July - Survive or Thrive? (a.k.a Group Sustainability) with Sudhanva Deshpande
26 July - Where's My Audience? (a.k.a Audience Development) with Sunil Shanbag
27 July - Can You Hear Me? (a.k.a Communication) with Sudhanva Deshpande
28 July - What's My Bottom Line? (a.k.a Financial Management) with Swati Apte
29 July - Money Can't Buy You Love (a.k.a Resource Mobilisation) with Arundhati Ghosh
30 July - The Nuts and Bolts (a.k.a Administration) with Sameera Iyengar
31 July - Feedback and Mentorship
01 Aug - The Road Ahead (a.k.a Strategic Planning) with Milena Dragicevic Sesic & Sameera Iyengar

Phase 2: 4 months with your own group/ organisation

4 months of working with your own organisation/group in your own location. With the skills and ideas you acquire in the workshop during Phase 1, you will return to your own organisation to evolve and implement your Strategic Plan with your colleagues. During this period, you will work with a guide who will act as sounding board, supporter and mentor.

Phase 3: Two-day Residential Workshop (Nov/Dec 2016)

A 2-day residential workshop in November/December 2016. You will present your Strategic Plan to other participants and facilitators of SMART. At the end of this final phase, participants will receive course-completion certificates. And of course we’ll have a party to celebrate!

A. Dillibabu | Participant / Kattaikuttu Sangam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

A. Dillibabu is a junior teacher at Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam, Punjarasantankal. He teaches the mridangam there apart from carrying out other responsibilities. He graduated with a major in acting/singing under the tutelage of Guru P. Rajagopal and a minor in drumming under the tutelage of T. Rangasamy from Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam. He also conducts corporate workshops. He has also performed in festivals such as Rangayana Festival, Mysore (2005), Prithvi Theatre Festival Mumbai (2006), Rabindra Utsav, Kolkata (2007)among others.

Afzaal Nabi | Participant / Aks Theatre, Lahore, Pakistan
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Anil Ramachandra | Participant / Untitled Arts, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Anil Ramachandra was born and brought up in Malur a small town on the outskirts of Bangalore, he moved to the city for theatre. He started full time theatre work in 2004. A production person through and through, he has handled production and logistics for more than 300 productions, 600 shows and 20 festivals. He is the production and tour manager for Roysten Abel’s Maganiyar classroom, The Kitchen and Maganiyar seduction. He started Vibgyor entertainment an organisation purely doing production work for theatre in 2005. Through Vibgyor he has handled production for more than X number of plays for theatre groups like Akvarious production - Mumbai, Perch - Chennai, Aasakta Kalamanch-Pune, Rafiki – Bangalore, Black coffee productions - Bangalore to name a few. He also runs Blackout Productions a production house for commercial events and films. He is also the operational head of Untitled Arts Foundation.

Anuradha HR | Participant / Untitled Arts, Bengaluru, Karnataka

Anuradha HR started working for theatre as a college student. She was part of NADYA, a theatre in education cultural exchange programme between Royal National theatre and Bangalore little theatre back in college. She came back to India and continued doing theatre and mostly learnt by attending workshops and working with Suresh Anagali, B Jayshree, Basavalingiah, Jayram Thathachar, Prasanna, Ragunandan, Natraj Honnavalli, Adhishakthi & Veena Pani Chawla, Rajaram and others. She performed a lot of Grips theatre with Sanket and had the opportunity to work with Wolfgang Kolneder. She also went for Jathas with Smudaya, then worked with almost all troupes in Bangalore predominantly working in the Kannada theatre scene, taught theatre in few schools, built Ranga Shankara with Aru. It got more difficult to do theatre after Ranga Shankara, hence she moved full time to the corporate side for some time to sustain herself. She came back after a gap of 8/9 years to do theatre and started with clowning. Trained under Reinhard Horstkotte and did some clowning work. Worked in few productions of Sanchaya and Aneka. Now she is the artistic director of Untitled Arts foundation – working in the areas of financial sustainability for artists, community enrichment through the Arts and Audience development.

Apsara Iyengar | Participant / Applause Vadodara, Vadodara, Gujarat

Apsara Iyengar joined the new age sensation of ‘short films’ in 2010 by heading operations for the national short film club, SHAMIANA in Baroda. The recognition from work in short films and voice overs landed ​her in​to a​ rare theatre opportunity,finally ​giving ​closure in identifying what ​she loved the most. So, she wove theatre into her consulting firm splitting the office into two parts – one where work for social media clients were taken forward and another, where they built theatre, rehearsed for plays and dreamt beyond. Applause Vadodara​ was in a way founded here.

Arundhati Ghosh | Executive Director, India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore

Arundhati Ghosh, Executive Director of IFA, has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the not-for-profit sector, like the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International in 2010, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award in India. She is a recipient of the prestigious Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London and was selected as one of the top three leaders in the city of Bangalore under the ‘Lead India’ campaign of The Times of India in 2008. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels of not-for-profit arts organizations and often speaks, writes and trains on not-for-profit and arts management for leading Indian and international organizations like South Asia Fund Raising Group (SAFRG), International Workshop for Resource Mobilisation (IWRM), Resource Alliance, Art Think South Asia (ATSA) and others. She has also given guest lectures at MICA, IIM Bangalore and the London School of Economics. She has a Masters degree in classical dance and is a published poet in Bangla. She is currently a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore International Leadership Awards, in the UK in 2015 and has undertaken a project at the National Theatre, UK.

Ashish Mehta | Administration – Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune

Ashish Mehta, Core Team Member - SMART India, a Mechanical Engineering graduate, is an actor & technical director with Pune based contemporary theatre organisation - Aasakta Kalamancha. With Aasakta Ashish has been involved in producing 25 theatre productions which have been performed across Maharashtra and all major festivals in India. Ashish was an ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) Fellow for the year 2012-13. He has been involved in the management of Prithvi Theatre Festival 2008 and the India tour of Complicite's 'A Disappearing Number' brought to India by Prithvi Theatre in 2010. He is also the festival manager of Vinod Doshi Memorial Theatre Festival since its inception in 2009. Ashish has also been awarded the Sahitya Rangabhoomi Pratishthan's Vinod Doshi Fellowship in 2011. Ashish along with Choiti Ghosh, used to manage the India Theatre Forum office until March 2014.

Ashish Paliwal | Participant / Barefoot!, New Delhi

Ashish Paliwal has worked as actor, producer and director in theatre, as well as light designer. As actor, he has worked with Roysten Abel, Amal Allana, Zuleikha Allana, Tripurari Sharma, Kusum Haider, Lushin Dubey and Chittaranjan Tripathi, amongst others. He has trained under Rashid Ansari for movement and voice work and with Ellen Stuart for movement. His work as director has won accolades at the Short & Sweet festival and has been invited to the Delhi Contemporary Arts Festival. Ashish co-founded Barefoot! in 2007 with the dance-theatre production ‘The Pink Balloon’. Ashish was producer of this show as well as for ‘The Veritree’ and ‘4.48 Psychosis’.

Ashoke Chatterjee | External Evaluator, Former Executive Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad

Prof. Ashoke Chatterjee was educated at Woodstock School (Mussoorie), St Stephen’s College and Miami University (Ohio). He has a background in the engineering industry, international civil service, India Tourism Development Corporation, and 25 years in the service of the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) where he was Executive Director, Senior Faculty, Distinguished Fellow and Professor of communication and management. He has served a range of development institutions in India and overseas, particularly in the sectors of drinking water, sanitation, disability, livelihoods and education as well as working with artisans and design institutions. He was Hon President of the Crafts Council of India for over twenty years and continues to serve CCI. An author and writer, his books include “Dances of the Golden Hall” on the art of Shanta Rao and “Rising” on empowerment efforts among deprived communities in rural Gujarat. He lives in Ahmedabad with his son Keshav, daughter-in-law Prativa and grandchildren Kabir and Alisa.

Asmita Shri | Participant / Dayadrishti's Rangvinayak Rangmandal, Bareily, Uttar Pradesh

Asmita started performing very young in life. She completed her Prabhakar (kathak), Prabhakar in music (Hindustani classical vocal) and 4th year (Tabla) from Prayag Sangeeth Samiti, Alllahabad. Recently she performed classical dance and was part of a play for the All India Cultural Meet,BSNL 2013, held at Kerala. She also had her Hindustani Classical Vocal performance there which received great appreciations. She is an active member of Spic Macay working as local assistant co-ordinator. She is a member of ‘JAGAR’ , a legal awareness NGO led by Dr Pradeep Kumar, associate professor of law faculty, Bareilly college,Bareilly. She partly freelances for the local press. Alongside all these activities, she completed her L.L.B. at the Bareilly college. In 2012, the Rangvinayak Rangmandal gave an all new definition to her passions for dancing, singing, acting, reading and other intellectual activities when she started working with them. She got an opportunity to be directed by India’s prominent artists like Praveen Shekhar , Ranjeet Kapoor, Praveen Gunjan, and Hema Singh who is also an NSD faculty. She is the supervisor for their theatre festivals and also works as PRO, apart of an Artist, for the promotion of the Group.

Avijit Michael | Co-Executive Director,

Avijit Michael currently works as Co-Executive Director at, a start-up non-profit based in Bangalore that uses digital technology to mobilize citizens to take action for social change. In the past he served as Global Development Director at He has worked in the space of online advocacy and the use of digital tools to bring about social change for the last 9 years. Avijit also co-created Khoya, one of India's first interactive ipad books for kids. He spends most of his time in his farm in Kodaikanal where he recently finished building a cob house and is currently experimenting with natural farming.

Ayaz Ansari | Production Manager - Junoon

Ayaz is one of the most sought after Production Managers in India today. He has experience handling national and international shows across the country. He has been working in the field of theatre for 15 years.

C Suresh Kumar | Deputy Manager -Management Services, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA)

Suresh manages accounting and administration and offers secretarial assistance to the Executive Director. A post-graduate in Commerce, Suresh joined IFA in 1994 as one of its first employees. Before IFA, he served in a major corporate company in the areas of finance and HRD for seven years. Suresh enjoys watching cricket, loves to drive and donates blood regularly. He prefers to call himself a workaholic. Hope this helps.

Choiti Ghosh | Participant / Tram Arts Trust, Mumbai & New Delhi

Choiti Ghosh is an Object Theatre practitioner, puppeteer, actor and the artistic director of Tram Arts Trust. In 1998, she started her professional career in theatre for young audiences, as a performer, facilitator and manager. In 2004, Choiti was initiated into puppetry by Anurupa Roy’s Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust. In 2010, she trained in Object Theatre under the well-known Belgian Object Theatre artist Agnes Limbos at the Institut International de la Marionnette in Charleville Mezieres, France, and found herself hooked! In 2016, she received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar granted by Sangeet Nataka Akademi, for puppetry.

Darshana Dave | Manager - Institutional Projects, India Foundation for the Arts

Darshana Dave has worked with corporate houses and institutions to create and manage artistic and cultural engagements as part of arts services and outreach. She has also worked on fundraising, proposal writing and research projects. Darshana has post-graduate degrees in counseling psychology and broadcast journalism and has varied experience before joining IFA. She has worked with the American criminal justice system as a therapist and is a trained rape crisis and crime victims’ advocate. She also has been a journalist in Gujarat and Boston and taught undergraduate media courses in New York. For her MA in Broadcast Journalism, she made a 22 minute documentary that was screened at two film festivals in the United States. Darshana loves theatre, writing letters, social media and rollercoasters.

Dhwani Vij | Participant / Third Space Collective, New Delhi

Dhwani Vij is a theatre director/actor, based in Delhi. She holds a Master’s degree in Theatre (specializing in Physical Theatre and Performance) from University of London, Royal Holloway College, UK. As an actor/deviser/director,she has, in the past, created work with theatre repertories like Tadpole Repertory, Yellow Cat Theatre, Bigul, The Company Theatre and Turntable Productions, and has also worked with noted theatre masters like Anuraddha Kapoor, Khalid Tyabbji, Maya Rao, Atul Kumar and Amitesh Grover. She is one of the founding members of Third Space Collective.

Garima Brijesh | Participant / Dayadrishti's Rangvinayak Rangmandal, Bareily, Uttar Pradesh

Garima is a medical doctor by profession. She runs an NGO DAYA DRISHTI under which free Eye OPD and CATARACT surgeries are performed apart from free Blood Transfusions to Thalessemic children, Blood Donation camps,and Rehabilitation of Paraplegic patients. Daya Drishti has a theatre wing by the name of Rangvinayak Rangmandal for Theatre promotion .For the last 8 consecutive years a Theatre Festival is being held every year in January in their Blackbox Theatre named WINDERMERE besides other cultural activities like classical music and dance.

Jonatan Stanczak | Co-founder, The Freedom Theatre, Palestine

Jonatan Stanczak is co-founder of The Freedom Theatre. From 2006 to 2009 he worked as the Administrative Manager at the theatre. After the assassination of Juliano Mer Khamis, he returned to resume the position of Managing Director in 2011, a post he held till 2016. He has also led several BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) projects in Sweden.

K Radhakrishnan | Participant / Kattaikuttu Sangam, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu

K. Radhakrishnan is an actor and junior accountant at Kattaikkuttu Sangam. He is a member of the Kattaikkuttu Young Professional Company and an apprentice at Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam. He trained in Kattaikkuttu acting at the Kattaikkuttu Gurukulam and graduated with a major in acting & singing, and minor in harmonium. He has also worked as an artistic trainer in corporate workshops.

Kajal Gadhia Budhbhatti | Director - Mindworkz

Kajal Gadhia Budhbhatti is the Director of Mindworkz ( a PR firm founded by her more than a decade ago. Over the years, she has created a reputation for generating publicity for theatre, art & culture. With hands-on expertise in media consultancy, brand building, theatre production, design, conceptual events, creative writing and advertising, she knows how to merge passion and profession for generating results that matter. Being associated with many leading actors, directors, writers, musicians, producers and theatre companies, she brings a unique insight into an industry that is dynamically different than the rest. From print to social media, she creates the right mix of visibility and voice to help the brand shine creatively, consistently.

Kuljeet Singh | Participant / Atelier Theatre, New Delhi

Kuljeet Singh is the founder & Creative Director of Atelier Theatre, a Delhi based theatre group. Besides his teaching profession in the department of English, University of Delhi, he is practicing theatre since his college days and his interest lies in Performance and Film Studies. Recipient of Junior fellowship in Theatre (Ministry of Culture, GOI), YUVA Puruskar (Sahitya Kala Parishad, Government of Delhi) and YCE – Young Creative Entrepreneur Award (British Council, India), Kuljeet has adapted and directed more than a dozen full length productions for Atelier Theatre. He has conceptualized and designed eight Campus Theatre festivals in the past successfully. Of late he directed Project Antigone & Kujh Afsaney in Punjabi language and plans to create a corpus of substantial work in Punjabi language. At this stage he is writing a book From Page To Stage along with acting in Seekh Kabab, a play by Atelier Repertory Company.

Kully Thiarai | Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales, UK

Kully has worked in the performing arts for many years as a Theatre maker, Artistic Director and Arts Consultant. Her early career was largely in new writing with national touring companies like Red Ladder Theatre Company and Major Road, both based in Yorkshire- northern part of England. She has since led a number of organisations and companies including being Artistic Director of Contact Theatre, Manchester, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Theatre Writing Partnership and Red Ladder Theatre Company; commissioning, producing and directing work nationally and internationally. She has created a diverse range of work that spans communities, cultures and performance styles; has directed large-scale epics, new plays and made work in non-theatre spaces. Prior to joining National Theatre Wales in May 2016 she was the founding Director of Cast - a new £22 million performance venue that is the cultural living room for the town; a place for performance, participation and provocation. Kully is a Clore Theatre Fellow; Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and a Trustee of the Manchester International Festival.

Mandar Jog | Participant / Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, Ponda , Goa

Mandar is a music designer and has been performing Kirtan since childhood. He is associated with the Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, Ponda-Goa and has worked in more than 200 performances. As a trainer, he has conducted workshops on Marathi songs, organised by Hauns Theatre Training Centre. He has received several accolades for his acting skills. He has graduated in Education and the Marathi language apart, from his regular association to theatre.

Menaka Rodriguez | Head, Marketing and Business Development, India Foundation for the Arts

Menaka Rodriguez has over 10 years of experience in marketing, business development and fundraising for a range of arts organisations including museums, arts festivals, art councils and a theatre company in the United States and India. Menaka has been instrumental in building and developing the Individual Donors initiative at IFA. With expertise in research and reporting writing, she has worked with several cultural institutions and international agencies on research projects and strategy reports. Menaka was an ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) Fellow for 2012-13. She has a postgraduate degree in Archaeology and Indian History and an MA in Arts Administration. Menaka has taught archaeology and museum studies at the undergraduate level and also curated arts exhibitions. Her interests include reading, travelling, jazz, sculpture and the performing arts.

Milena Dragićević Šešić | Head of UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy & Management, Belgrade

Milena Dragićević Šešić is the Head of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management and a professor of Cultural Policy, Cultural Management, Cultural and Media studies at the University of Arts in Belgrade. She was advisor to the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia (2006-7) and has worked as an expert for several international institutions, including UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Cultural Foundation, the Open Society Institute, ENCATC, the Marcel Hicter Foundation, Pro Helvetia and the British Council. Professor Dragićević Šešić is the author of 15 books and more than 100 essays on a wide range of subjects, including arts management, cultural policy and intercultural relations and has been involved in more than 50 projects in cultural policy and management in South East Europe but also in EU member States and other countries in Europe, the Mediterranean, Caucasus and Central Asia and India.

Neel Sengupta | Participant / Third Space Collective, New Delhi

Neel Sengupta is a director, actor and teacher, living in Delhi. An alumnus of The Players, Kirori Mal College, He is the recipient of the Sultan Padamsee Thespo award for Excellence in Direction for his play 'Line' in 2013 and has been actively involved with theatre in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. He is currently working with the Tadpole Repertory (Delhi) as a resident director/actor and Indian Ensemble (Bangalore) as an associate director. He is the one of the founding members of Third Space Collective.

Pradeep Vaiddya | Expression Lab

Pradeep has been working in theatre for over twenty years as writer, director, music composer, singer, light designer and theatre trainer. Many short stories, poems written by him have been published in various reputed magazines or in book format. He has many theatrical adaptations to his credit including famous English plays like Tissue, Not Brain Surgeons, Attempts on Her Life (Tichi Satara Prakarane ) An Elephant's Journey (the novel was adapted as Gajab Kahani) & Tagore’s Cycle Of Spring, Achalayatan . He has been awarded several times for his work in various fields, including MIFTA (at Singapore in 2012) Mahindra Excellence in Theatre (META 2007 & 2011), Zee Gaurav (2008, 2013) Bhalaba Kelkar Award (2007-2008) & the Tanveer Natyadharmi Purskar (2012).

Prajakta Salbarde | Participant / Jacaranda, Pune, Maharashtra

Prajakta Salbarde is a graduate in Arts from Amravati University and a Diploma holder of Human Resource Management from Welingkar Institute, Mumbai. She has been associated with Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune since 2010. She is now working with Rupali Bhave on the upcoming projects of Jacaranda.

Pramod Kale | Participant / Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune, Maharasthra

Pramod has been associated to experimental theatre in Pune for the last 35 year as a writer, director and teacher. He has written and directed about 25 one act plays and 10 full length plays in Marathi and has won many awards. He has conducted many workshops for children and young people. He has curated various literary programmes based on Marathi poetry and short stories. For the last 20 years he has been working for Maharashtra Cultural Center, a public charitable trust working in the field of arts in Pune. He is also associated to the GRIPS theatre, an activity run by the MCC for children.He has written and directed two GRIPS plays, one of which was selected for Jashn-e- bachpan, Children’s theatre fest held by NSD. Recently he worked as a senior faculty for teaching GRIPS to the students of the NSD, TIE Wing, Agartala, Tripura. Presently he is working as the vice president and programme co ordinator of Maharashtra Cultural Center.

Pravin K P | Director/Administration/Painter – Magic Lantern, Chennai

Pravin K P is one of the founders of Magic Lantern, a Chennai-based theatre group. He has undergone professional training in theatre at the Strasbourg school of Theatre, France. Having directed ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Caligula’ for Koothu-p-pattarai, Pravin went on to direct ‘Wings and Masks’(contemporary dance), ‘Fables’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘Veshakkaran’, ‘Mashali Mohalla’ and ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ for Magic Lantern. He has been a vital part of many theatre and artists symposiums in Europe. Pravin mainly directs and produces plays, while also co-ordinating administrative matters and painting.

Priyanka Ghose | Coordinator (Administration and PR), Calcutta Promotions

Priyanka Ghose throughout her school life in Kolkata has been an avid sports enthusiast. She has participated in many state and national level Lawn Tennis tournaments, local swimming meets and inter-school / inter-college sports meets. She is also a Girl Guide who has participated in many national and international jamborees / camps and has obtained the Rajya Puraskar, the highest state level award, from former Governor of West Bengal, Shri. Gopal Krishna Gandhi. She is the recipient of various awards in field of academics and co-curricular activities, including the Principal’s Medal for outstanding performance. While pursuing her Masters Degree in Economics, she is currently working with Calcutta Promotions where she organizes national and international cultural events and looks after their CSR projects which include organic farming, education and health development programmes.

Ravikiran R | Particpant / Hashmi Theatre Forum, Bengaluru

Ravikiran Rajendran is a theatre practitioner based in Bangalore. He completed his M.A in Drama from Bangalore University and an ‘One Year Intensive Course in Acting’ from National School of Drama Bengaluru Centre in 2015. He has directed about 8 stage plays and few street plays. His latest theatre production was the adaptation of Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman for the students of Jain University. He has acted in plays of different genre and written/ adapted plays based on short stories and novel. He has in the past couple of years been exploring the idea of community theatre and theatre’s possibilities and applications in education through workshops, productions and research. He is currently engaged with a research project with RVEC in Bangalore working with teachers of four BBMP schools. He is currently teaching as Assistant Professor in Acting for Creo Valley School of Film and Television, Bangalore.

Rosemary Ishorari | Participant / Shillong, Meghalaya

Rosemary Ishorari holds a Masters in Advanced Theatre Practice from the University of London, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK. She has directed a number of street-plays, stage performances and event management projects. Her latest project was Kalika, an open-air theatrical performance that questioned what it is like being a contemporary woman today. She is in the process of coming up with a full-fledged theatre group of her own.

Rupali Bhave | Participant / Jacaranda, Pune, Maharashtra

Rupali is an actress and team-member of several nationally acclaimed productions. She works with Aasakta Kalamanch, Pune and has also worked with Progressive Dramatic Association, Jaagar, Maharashtra Cultural Centre etc. She is a theatre facilitator, voice-over and dubbing artist, a translator and has done subtitling of several plays and some films.She is a story-teller. She has conducted story-telling sessions for Pratham Books, Bookaroo Festival and Kahani Festival. Recently her first children's book "Lights...Camera...Action ! - The life and times of Dadasaheb Phalke" has been published by Pratham Books.She has formed Jacaranda, an organisation to bring theatre to children. Under Jacaranda she has developed and runs a conducts a three-year Certificate Course in Theatre.

Sadanand Menon | Managing Trustee, The Arts Foundation, Spaces, Chennai

Sadanand Menon explores the charged space linking politics and culture through his work in media, pedagogy and the arts. He is Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, at IIT-Madras and at Presidency University, Kolkata. He has been an arts editor, columnist and photographer. A long time collaborator with the late dancer/choreographer Chandralekha, he has designed the lights for all her productions. He has been on the Advisory/Executive Committees of the National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, National School of Drama, Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He is managing trustee of the Arts Foundation, SPACES, Chennai.

Saggherr Loadhii | Participant, Aakanksha Balrangabhumi, Pune

Saggherr Loadhii has extensive experience in Children’s Theatre in the last 12 years. He has won several National and State Level Awards for Drama, Dance and Script writing. He has a Masters in Dramatics from Lalit Kala Kendra, University of Pune. He is the recipient of the Vinod Doshi Fellowship 2014-2015. He has also facilitated innumerable theatre workshops for children through his own theatre institute named Akanksha Balrangabhoomi.

Sameera Iyengar | Co-Founder, Junoon, Mumbai

Sameera Iyengar is co-founder of Junoon, an organisation that aims to make theatre/arts an integral and powerful part of our everyday lives. In Junoon, she plays a key role in conceptualising and developing Junoon's programmes and capacity building efforts, as well as building the organisation. She is also currently Course Director of SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre), a unique course designed specifically for theatre groups in India, and offered under the aegis of the India Theatre Forum (ITF). Sameera was also a founding member of the ITF in 2006, and remained a core member till 2014. As part of her ITF contribution, she co-edited Our Stage:The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today (Tulika 2009). Previous to Junoon, Sameera was Director Projects at Prithvi Theatre for close to a decade, and has also worked with the Seagull Theatre Quarterly. She has a PhD on theatre from the Department of South Asian Languages & Civilisations at the University of Chicago. She was bitten by the theatre bug however during her undergraduate years at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), from where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BSc in Mathematics and a Minor in Theatre. Sameera believes that theatre and the arts open doors to imagination, understanding and living life with fullness, curiosity, empathy and sheer joy. She delights in sharing this experience and possibility with all people.

Sananda Mukhopadhyay | Participant / Tram Arts Trust, Mumbai & New Delhi

Sananda Mukhopadhyaya is a theatre practitioner and educator from Mumbai. She has been working in professional theatre in the capacity of a lighting technician and director for past 10 years. Her association with Tram Arts Trust comes from a shared love and fascination for objects. Having pursued a postgraduate diploma in Museum Studies after several years of classroom practice, she now finds herself focusing her efforts towards facilitating collaborations across art theatre and education practices.

Sanjna Kapoor | Co-Founder, Junoon, Mumbai

Sanjna Kapoor is co-founder of Junoon, a social enterprise that aims to create platforms for theatre in India. Sanjna is well known for her passionate work with theatre over twenty-five years, and for having built Prithvi Theatre into one of India’s premier cultural hubs. She has also played a key role as catalyst for theatre for children. She currently spearheads Junoon’s school programme. Sanjna has also been responsible for initiating the India Theatre Forum network for theatre practitioners. Her current focus is working towards an all-India theatre alliance, based on a practical sharing of resources and ideas, as well as consolidating and strengthening theatre practice in India.

Satish Alekar | Playwright, Pune

A distinguished professor at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Satish Alekar is a Marathi playwright, actor and director. He was among the founder members of the Theatre Academy, Pune. Later, he headed the Lalit Kala Kendra of Pune University for about a decade.

Saudamini Kalra | Participant / Meat Puppet Company, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Saudamini Kalra of Meat Puppet Theatreis a graduate in Humanities and Social Sciences from IIT Madras, and later in theatre-making from The Drama School Mumbai. Since graduating from The Drama School, Saudamini has been involved in various productions in different roles. She also writes reviews for the Mumbai Theatre Guide. In addition to theatre, she also works actively as an actor for camera and has also co-written a Web Series which is currently being made by Dice Media.

Savitri Medhatul | Participant / Kali BIlli Productions, Mumbai

Savitri Medhatul of KalliBilli Productions, is a Mumbai based theatre director, actor and a documentary film maker. She completed her post-graduation from Sophia Polytechnic in Social Communication Media in 2005. She has worked with various theatre groups such as AKvarious (AkarshKhurana), Arpana (Sunil Shanbag), Theatrix (GeetanjaliKulkarni) to name a few.

Sharmistha Saha | Project Manager

Sharmistha Saha, project manager - SMART India, completed her Phd and postdoctorate from International Research Training Group 'Interart Studies' of the Dahlem Research School, at Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. She was an Erasmus Mundus and later German Research Foundation Fellow there. Earlier she did her Masters and MPhil in Theatre and Performance Studies from School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi where she was a junior research fellow of the University Grants Commission. She was the secretary of the Bahroop Arts Group, a theatre group based in New Delhi and has performed in more than a dozen plays. She worked as an assistant videographer/editor for the Odin Teatret founded by Eugenio Barba in Holstebro, Denmark. Sharmistha has been the project co-ordinator of the Ibsen Festival in New Delhi in 2009. In 2014, she directed 'Her Letters' which was commissioned by the Tagore Centre in Berlin. She is the writer of the book 'Coagulating communities: formation of a national body through cultural practice in colonial India' (Aakar 2016). She is also the recipient of the Premio Cervantes for her literary works in the Spanish language from the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi.

Sharvari Sastry | Theatre Administration - ITF, Mumbai

Sharvari Sastry is the Project coordinator of the India Theatre Forum website, an initiative of the ITF. She was formerly the Executive Editor of PTNOTES, Prithvi Theatre's monthly newsletter, and was involved with Theatre Professionals, a theatre company dedicated to professionalizing and improving the standards of practice for Theatre in India. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Chicago, where her research focuses on the intersection of print and performance within the field of Indian theatre.

Shena Gamat | Particpant / Barefoot!, New Delhi

Shena Gamat has worked as an actress with a number of leading directors in Delhi. She began a small ‘public performances’ initiative in 2012 ( in which theatre games and exercises are taken out into public spaces, to engage with people directly. The idea was to share the learning and joy of theatre with the wider public. The recent play that she has written and also performs in, ‘I Love You, Let’s Have Sex’ is an attempt to share some insights on relationships with people through the medium of theatre, in an innovative and interactive format. Currently, Shena is a free-lance theatre practitioner.

Shubhangi Damle | Participant / Maharashtra Cultural Centre, Pune, Maharasthra

Shubhangi Damle works as a Coordinator at Sudarshan Rangamanch which is committed to its work on experimental theater as well as promotion of cultural activities. She has worked in amateur theatre for the past 20 yrs., also conducting Grips activity for children as an actor, director, producer, for the last 15 years. She has worked under the able guidance of directors such as Mahesh Elkunchwar, Gaganvihari Borate, Upendra Limaye, Pradip Vaidya.

Soham Majumdar | Participant / Mad About Drama, Kolkata, West Bengal

Soham Majumdar decided to follow his passion for theatre and co-founded Mad About Drama in the year 2011, with two of his school mates.. He is also a B.Tech graduate. Soham, apart from being a backbone of the group, has also acted in Bengali advertisements and played cameos in films. Besides acting, he has had an avid interest in music and football.

Somnath Naik | Participant / Hauns Sangeet Natya Mandal, Ponda, Goa

Somnath comes from a family of theatre enthusiasts and started acting on stage at the age of 5. He has played more than 75 roles of varying nature in about 800 performances of plays in different genres. Basically an Actor he trained under his father late Vishwanath Naik and father in law late Surya Vishnu Wagh. Exposed to Hindi Theatre in the late 80s while undergoing B. Ed. Training at Regional College of Education, Bhopal, he could interact with stalwarts like B. V. Karanth, Rajkumar Kamle, and Satyabrata Raut amongst many others while watching plays like Ghashiram Kotwal, Adhe-Adhure, Samudragupta, Do kashtiyonka sawar, Agmemnon, Olis mein Eupheginia etc. He had an opportunity to watch Kannada classics like Taledand, Sangyaa-Ballyaa, Agni Mattu Mallei etc. besides many English plays during his short stay in Delhi. Under this influence he wrote the first full length playDharmagraha based on a short story by Premchand. The success of this play confirmed his registration as a playwright of HaunsParivaar. Since then he wrote several plays most of which were written for the annual Marathi Drama Competition organised by Kala Academy in collaboration with Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Maharashtra, Goa and so also by GomantVidyaNiketan, Margao.

Soumendra Bhattacharya | Participant / Mad About Drama, Kolkata, West Bengal

Soumendra Bhattacharya is an actor, director, producer, cultural entrepreneur, but most importantly a dreamer, who co-founded Mad About Drama in 2011. His passion for the art form saved him from being an economist and since then he has followed his heart. His debut feature film as an actor, LUDO directed by Q and Nikon, had its Indian premiere at the 17th Jio MAMI festival last year.

Sudhanva Deshpande | Actor/Director/Writer/Publisher – Jana Natya Manch / Leftword Books, Delhi

Sudhanva Deshpande is an actor and director with Jana Natya Manch (Janam), a radical political theatre collective based in New Delhi. He has been involved in the creation of dozens of street, proscenium and other performances, and has lectured and led workshops in institutions across India, as well as in Palestine, South Africa, Germany, Poland, the US and UK. He has held teaching positions at the National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) and the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi). He writes on theatre and politics, and has edited Theatre of the Streets: The Jana Natya Manch Experience (Janam 2007) and co-edited Our Stage: The Pleasures and Perils of Theatre Practice in India Today (Tulika 2009). He has co-directed two documentary films on Naya Theatre and Habib Tanvir (available from Magic Lantern Films). He is a member of the Core Team of the India Theatre Forum. Since 1999, he has headed LeftWord Books, an independent publishing house, as Managing Editor, as well as May Day Bookstore and Cafe since 2012. He was an Arthink South Asia (ATSA) Fellow for 2011-12, and has been involved in the conceptualisation, creation, administration and programming of Studio Safdar, Shadi Khampur.

Suhail Shah | Participant / Applause Vadodara

Suhail Shah is associated to theatre is since 2002. ​He is associated ​to Applause Vadodara since 2013 and ha​s been a part of 6 productions and about 30 shows so far. Initially ​his contribution to the organization was as an actor. However, over a period of time ​he ha​s engaged in various roles at Applause Vadodara. ​He has been involved in backstage production, sound design and operations. He has been an active volunteer, host for events and workshops as well as the core team for ideation and execution of activities throughout the year. He has also handled the social presence and administrative roles on many of the projects.

Sunil Shanbag | Theatre Director/Producer- Arpana, Mumbai

Sunil Shanbag is a Mumbai-based theatre director and producer, and the artistic director of the Arpana theatre company. Over the past twenty years he has established a style that uses strong original texts, innovative staging techniques and powerful performances to make his theatre meaningful in today's times. His production of Ramu Ramnathan’s COTTON 56, POLYESTER 84 played at every major theatre festival and venue in the country. In 2010 his SEX, MORALITY AND CENSORSHIP developed in collaboration with writers Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik introduced audiences to a contemporary “documentary theatre” style. DREAMS OF TALEEM, written by Sachin Kundalkar, was a critically acclaimed exploration of the idea of “being different” in modern Indian society. Sunil’s wider interests in theatre has seen him engage intensively in training, theatre in education, research, developing new and alternative performance venues in the city, writing on theatre, and mentoring young theatre directors, and writers. Sunil is also an award winning documentary filmmaker with several independent films to his credit.

Swati Apte | Director, The Arts Quotient, Mumbai

Swati Apte is co-founder of The Arts Quotient, which seeks to bring the transformative power of arts processes to audiences beyond artists. She has worked extensively in the business as well as the social sector, is an Odissi dancer and briefly managed an art gallery in New York, where she lived for ten years. Swati has a keen interest in inclusive education and sits on the boards of multiple education NGOs. She has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxford University, UK) and an MBA (Harvard).

Swati Kulkarni | Participant / Khula Asmaan, Belgaum, Karnataka

Swati Kulkarni has written, directed, and choreographed various theme based Marathi programmes.She choreographed and presented a programme “Nrutya-Rang” at the recently held Akhil Bharatiya Natya Sammelan with the help of 100 participants, presenting the 10 different folk and tribal dances of India. She initiated ‘Natyasutra,’ a theatrical movement, conducting workshops and plays to enrich and encourage young talents. Recently, she started the activity of ‘Khula Asmaan.’

T C Jnanashekar | Manager - Management Services, India Foundation for the Arts

T C Jnanashekar is responsible for grant administration, finance and investments. With a degree in Commerce and a three-year articleship in Chartered Accountancy, he has over 25 years of experience working with corporations and trusts with specialization in the areas of finance, accounts and investments. He is a film buff, is deeply interested in Carnatic music and loves light music, especially ghazals.

T H Lavakumar | Participant / Hashmi Theatre Forum, Bengaluru

T.H.Lavakumar of Hasmi Theatre Forumcompleted his diploma in Theatre Arts from Ninasam in 2001 and also studied performing arts from Bangalore University. He has worked as a visiting faculty in Drama in the Department of Performing Arts, Bangalore University, apart from conducting several theatre workshops and lectures. He is also a theatre director and playwright.

Vaibhav Lokur | Participant / Khula Asmaan, Belgaum, Karnataka

Vaibhav Lokur is a Master of Arts (theatre) graduate from Lalit Kala Kendra (Gurukul), Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra. He is also a theatre director, actor and production manager. He is trained in the basics of Yakshagana, from Guru Sanjeev Suvarna, at the Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi and in Kirtan, (1.5 years) from Shri. Waman Kolhatkar, Pune. He has conducted several under the title Khula Asmaan, with adolescents, college students and also with elderly individuals.

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