Actor | Writer | Collaborator | Scholar
Aug 2022 - April 2023
Oct 2022 - April 2023
Developing Aim and Ignite, a new jukebox musical with songs by fun.
Book by Ahon Gooptu and Audrey Boyle.
New musical arrangements by Jake Jordan.
Workshop production in April 2023 directed by Linoï Chemla.
Dramaturging The Secret in the Wings, directed by Rouba Palmer (Florida State University mainstage).
Presenting my paper, "Negotiating Nowhere Nation: Embodying Partition as Affect in Ms. Marvel" for the Emerging Scholars Symposia at the 43rd Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference (Minneapolis, MN).
Developing Subject for a Short Story and staging it for the annual Fringe Festival as part of the Dramatists Play Lab at the 43rd Annual Mid-America Theatre Conference (Minneapolis, MN).
Writing "The Hungry Women: Performing Gendered and Familial Desire in Titus Andronicus" for Shakespeare Adaptations in Indian Cinema, an edited volume by Nishi Pulugurtha (upcoming, 2023/2024).
Workshopping the pilot for Out of the Woods, a new limited series that reimagines fairytale characters in a contemporary land without magic.
Hansel and Gretel, Little Red and the Wolf, Cinderella and stepsister Anastasia are just humans living like the rest of us in our world. Here, there are no woods, no magic, no fairy godmother. But family trauma, mental illness, a big bad wolf? You don’t need a storybook for those. Will they find their happy endings in this life?
SEASONS OF LOVE
Katy Lai Roy, Director
as quoted in The Telegraph
It's a fascinating journey working closely with Ahon Gooptu, the most open-minded and generous of playwrights, to construct and craft his script into a performance layer by layer.
TARAMANDAL! EK NAYA SAFAR
The Scarlet & Black
Gooptu turns in a captivating performance as Anish realizes that the distance to the Chalawan System is far longer than he expected and turns back to Earth. Confronted with terror at his loneliness, Anish cries in one of the most memorable scenes of the play. [...]
The scene takes on layered significance for those who have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic, migrants who feel alienated from themselves and the places they occupy, or anyone who has ever had to navigate the painful process of becoming comfortable with solitude.
SEASONS OF LOVE
The Red Curtain’s Seasons of Love, “a play in development” by Ahon Gooptu, emerged from the author’s sense of loss at his grandmother’s death. Among other things, she instilled in him a love of Shakespeare; an early scene conveys this touchingly, when she invokes Durga’s advent with Romeo’s lines seeing Juliet on the balcony. Equally strong, she deplores the degeneration in popular Puja festivities.
Ahon Gooptu is an actor, playwright, collaborator, and scholar from Kolkata, India. In the last five years, he has found semblances of home in Iowa, Illinois, Washington, Connecticut, and Florida. He is drawn to interdisciplinary collaborations for telling queer, brown, and/or migrant narratives.
Ahon is Artistic Associate with Make/Shift Theatre Company, Associate with Pickle Factory Dance Foundation, former Repertory Member with Ranan, Finalist for Definition Theatre's Amplify Series Two (2022), and inaugural recipient of the Sandy Moffett Award for Practice in Theatre and Dance (2021). Ahon has previously worked with the Steppenwolf, Taproot Theatre, The Red Curtain International, Farmers Alley Theatre, and the Kennedy Center.
He has published a short collection of plays, All That Glistens (Grinnell College Press, 2021) and co-authored a chapter included in Shakespeare and Digital Pedagogy: Case Studies and Strategies (Bloomsbury, The Arden Shakespeare, 2022).
Ahon is currently completing his MA in Theatre and Performance Research at Florida State University. He holds a BA in Theatre and English from Grinnell College and has trained at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Theater Institute.
Photo by Justin Hayworth
My work as a SCHOLAR focuses on the intersections of race, ethnicity, queer studies, and transnationalism, with a special emphasis on migrants of colour narratives in the U.S.
As an EDUCATOR, I see theatre as a space to observe what I see and question what I know, investigate what I think could be and re-conceive what I think should be.
As a THEATREMAKER creating and collaborating on new work, I find ways to consolidate the void that exists between my Indian traditions and contradicting U.S. American cultures.
Theatre, to me, is a space for my truth and perspective to find an expression in the hopes that it will speak to and move at least one person in the audience.
Photo by Justin Hayworth