Shakeel Ahmmad was born in Loni, a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. He obtained a Diploma in Education from DIET College of Mysore and worked as a government teacher for five years before continuing with a Bachelor of Arts from the Karnatak University of Dharwad. Prior to ITI, he received professional actor training at Ninasam Theatre Institute, where he became versatile in traditional and contemporary techniques: Yakshagana Traditional Theatre, Kalari martial art, Yoga, Kolata folk dance, theatre design and contemporary acting. As an actor, he has also toured Karnatak with professional theatre companies for a year before studying in ITI. Shakeel was a recipient of an Asian scholarship sponsored by a private philanthropist.
He is the founder of Spinning Tree Theatre, a theatre organisation born after a period of research on theatre and dance forms from different cultures.
1. Actor, For a Bite of Food (2021, Spinning Tree Theatre / Workshop inMysore.... for theatre and Natana Rangashale, Mysore; Natana Rangashaale)
2. Speaker, Webinar on Direction & Acting II (2021; Google Meet)
Last updated: 19 January 2022