Sankar Venkateswaran


COUNTRY India
YEAR OF GRADUATION 2006
CURRENTLY BASED IN India
RECENTLY COLLABORATED WITH Theatre Roots & Wings

Sankar Venkateswaran

Sankar is Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Roots & Wings, an actor’s collective working in a laboratory context to create new, innovative, purposeful and relevant theatre in a context that bridges tradition with contemporary, local with the global and the individual with the wider society. After his training at ITI, Sankar directed Quick Death in 2007. The play has travelled extensively in India since its premiere and opened the 3rd International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2010 in Thrissur. The work also earned him the Best Director award at the 6th Kozhikodan Natakotsavam. In 2008, he conceived, produced and directed Sahyande Makan – The Elephant Project, with Japanese actor Micari, which again travelled all over India and to Korea. In 2009, he was invited by The Japan Foundation to be Creator-in-Residence and directed Urubhangam at Matsumoto Performing Arts Center, Nagano. In 2010, he directed The Water Station at the NINASAM Theatre Institute. The success of the production also earned him an invitation to direct the same play for Tirugata Repertory Company which toured Karnataka in April-May 2011.

He was Artist-in-Residence at Rote Fabrik Cultural Centre, Zurich, for three months working on a performance piece incorporating contemporary mask work, drumming and new media. He was in Centaurs, directed by Anuradha Kapoor, as actor and composer. The play travelled to Nairobi, Kenya for the World Social Forum in January 2008. Sankar was actor and composer in Performing Women – Medea, Jocasta, Clytemnestra (2007), a groundbreaking work with three young and experimental directors, Abhilash Pillai (India), Mohammed Agebatti (Iran), and Ovliakuli Kodjakulieav (Uzbekistan). Sankar has led his theatre group to all major national and international theatre festivals in India.