Abhishek Majumdar is the founder and artistic director of Indian Ensemble. He is a playwright and theatre director and educator with numerous plays and accolades to his credit. His playwriting credits include Harlesden High Street (winner of the Metroplus Playwright’s Award), Djinns of Eidgah (produced by the Royal Court Theatre), Kaumudi and Muktidham. He has directed Treadmill by Sandeep Shikhar, Gasha by Irawati Karnik and also his own plays, Kaumudi, Thook and Muktidham.
He holds a Master’s degree in theatre from LISPA (London) and was conferred the Shankar Nag Theatre Award by Ranga Shankara (Bengaluru) in 2014.
He is currently working on two commissioned plays – #supernova (as a director) for the Schauspielhaus Freiburg and Pah-La (as a playwright) for the Royal Court Theatre.
Sandeep Shikhar is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Indian Ensemble. He has been a theatre practitioner for over two decades. He started theatre with Dastak Sanskritik Manch, Dhanbad 1993 and has trained as an actor from the Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts in New Delhi.
As an actor, his credits include Gasha, Kaumudi, Muktidham and Main hoon Yusuf aur ye hai Mera Bhai. As a playwright, his Thook (co-written with Irawati Karnik) and Treadmill have been widely performed both in India and abroad.
He is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, New York and received the Vinod Doshi Fellowship Award in 2016.
Irawati Karnik is a Bombay-based writer, director and actor. As a playwright, she has written Sex, Morality and Censorship, Satellite City, Gasha and C Sharp C Blunt in English; her Marathi plays include Aaltoon Paltoon, Teech Ti Diwali, Vadani Kavala Gheta and Chhapa Kata which is running successfully across Maharshtra.
She was dramaturg on the award winning Kaumudi and co-wrote Thook.
Irawati’s translations have been published by Oxford University Press. She has been a visiting faculty at The Drama School Mumbai, where she taught Indian Plays: Historical/ Socio-political Background and Context.
Irawati has been a resident writer at the international writers’ residency Sangam House. She has received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, the Vinod Doshi Fellowship, the Kathakar Shantaram Puraskar, the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad Award and the Maharshtra Natya Parishad Award.
Vivek Madan is currently the Executive Director of Indian Ensemble. He is a theatre actor, director and producer based out of Bangalore. As an actor, his recent credits include The Common Man in Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons (Directed and produced by Arjun Sajnani) and Sir Henry Baskerville in Steven Canny & John Nicholson’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (Directed by Akash Khurana and produced by Akvarious for Aadyam). His directorial ventures include Eric Gordon’s Nostalgia Brand Chewing Gum (QTP, 2011) and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Jagriti, 2014).
He has served as Programming Executive at Jagriti (2011 – 2014) and as Festival Director of Rage’s Writers’ Bloc 4 (2016).ternational festivals.
Chanakya Vyas is currently the Associate Artistic Director. He is a director, playwright and teacher. His first play Tales of Kutty won the first runner-up at Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2010.
As a director, his most recent credits include Girish Karnad’s Hayavadana, which he adapted and directed in Gujarati using elements of the popular folk form Bhavai; and Mi’raj, a play that has run for the past year in alternate spaces in Bangalore.
He has directed several performances and workshops with schools and NGO’s using interdisciplinary approach between oral history, theatre and performance. He works as a facilitator and pedagogue at Head Start Educational Academy, Bangalore.
In 2014, he received the Charles Wallace India Trust Award to study Devised Theatre making at LISPA and recently got a fellowship to attend the summer institute at Columbia Centre for Oral History Research, New York.
Karen D’Mello is an alumnus of the Indian Ensemble Directors’ Training Program and has also worked as an Assistant Director on Muktidham and #Supernova. She is a Bangalore-based theatre director and facilitator. As a director her work includes the award-winning play Taramandal (Written by Neel Chaudhuri) and GidaGiduga (written by Swati Simha as part of Writers’ Bloc 4). Additionally, she was the assistant director on Indian Ensemble’s productions of Muktidham and #supernova.
Karen facilitates theatre workshops for children and young adults in schools and colleges. She has worked as drama educator with Theatre Professionals Pvt. Ltd. (TPPL) and has conducted a series of workshops with undergraduate students at Azim Premji University.
In addition, she has co-founded the theatre group, KathaSiyah which works primarily with young and emerging artists. The vision of this group is to tell stories from perspectives and narratives that are often not included in the mainstream.
She is a fellow of The DO School, Hamburg. Her previous work experience includes IT and Advertising.