Abhishek Majumdar is the founder and former 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 former 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.