MY STORY SO FAR
Once a city boy,
Now growing in the Midwest,
Still with big stage dreams.
Photo by Justin Hayworth
The first act of my life was set in Kolkata, India, attending La Martiniere for Boys for fifteen years. One of my first roles in a major production was the Peach Tree in a theatrical adaptation of Kung Fu Panda. I enjoyed acting and working as stage crew in various shows in my school and city. I also wrote and directed a couple of my own short plays.
I played out the second act of my life in rural Iowa, attending Grinnell College for a BA. I graduated with honors in both theatre and English and a concentration in Technology Studies. I also attended the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for a semester of intensive training in acting, playwriting, directing, design, movement, and voice.
Act 3 takes me to Florida State University for an MA in theatre and performance research, alongside independent writing and acting projects.
In my work as a scholar, I integrate my understanding of postcolonial theory with the individual voices of migrant and immigrant experiences, introducing my own personal, contemporary lens toward a better understanding and perception of the South Asian diaspora in the United States.
As an educator, I see theatre as a space to observe what I see, question what I know, investigate what I think could be, and re-conceive what I think should be.
When 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.