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.
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 Artistic Director of Indian Ensemble. He is a director, playwright, and teacher based in Bangalore. As a director, his most recent works include Algorithms(2018), Mi’raj(2016-17) and Hayavadana(2014-2015). His first play Tales of Kutty won the first runner-up at Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards in 2010. In 2014, he received the Charles Wallace India Trust Award to study Devised Theatre & Performance Making at LISPA. In 2017, he received a scholarship from the Columbia Centre for Oral History Research, New York to attend the Summer Institute and has completed his Certificate Course in Oral History from Centre for Public History, Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Tech. He works extensively with children and designs pedagogies using a mix of oral history, performance, and writing. Algorithms, his latest play, has been selected as one of the plays to be translated in Czech, as part of the NAYA/NOVÉ festival by Feste Theatre, Czech Republic and his poem ‘Mother Tongue’ is part of an anthology titled ‘A Map Called Home’ recently published by Kitaab, Singapore.