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Ronobir Lahiri


Ronobir Lahiri has been a professional actor for more than a decade, with a career spanning theater, television, commercials, voiceover, print, and film. After graduating from Yale University with a degree in theater and literature, he moved to New York and joined the Living Theater, an anarchist theater collective, with an utopian vision to change the world through political art. His interest in controversial political theater continued and he joined East Coast Artists, an experimental company directed by NYU's Richard Schechner, where he workshopped to create an original and critically lauded production of Chekhov's The Three Sisters.

In 1997 he achieved a commercial success by joining the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of The King and I, as understudy to Lou Diamond Phillips as the King of Siam. He went on to complete the first National tour of the same show, again as understudy to the King, as well as other principal roles.


Regionally, he has performed for three summers at the Williamstown Theater Festival, both as an actor and a composer, working with such luminaries as Olympia Dukakis, Campbell Scott, Charles Shaughnessy, among others. He has also garnered a reputation at other prominent regional venues such as the Berkshire Theater Festival, the Trinity Repertory Theater, and the Studio Theater in Washington D.C. It was as the Studio Theater where he performed in both leading roles of Nirad and Anish Das in the East Coast premiere of Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink. He also composed and recorded an original score for the piece, for which he was awarded the highly prestigious honor of the 2000 Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Sound Design.

In 2001 he was called back to The King and I, this time across the pond, to join the West End production in London, at the historical Palladium Theater. As understudy to the King once again, he finally ascended to the throne, playing the role on the Palladium Stage opposite the British comedienne Josie Lawrence. His limited run in the title role quickly drew the attention of the producers, who offered him the role for the UK National Tour of the show. He was paired opposite the great television icon Stefanie Powers, and a wonderful artistic relationship was formed. Ronobir and Stefanie toured the UK together, playing some of the oldest and most beautiful theaters in that country, so rich with theatrical tradition.

After his three years in the UK, he returned to American soil, where he was asked to perform in the workshop production of Oscar Wilde's Salome at The Actors' Studio in New York, with Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei in the leading roles.

2005 brought yet another return to The King and I, in the form of a major US tour, costarring again with Stefanie Powers. The tour arrived in Los Angeles, and after a two week sold-out run at the Hollywood Pantages Theater, Ronobir stayed on the West Coast.

Highlights from his film career include the memorable role of Jagjit Singh in the 2001 cult classic, American Desi. He also appeared in small roles in You've Got Mail, Stuart Little II, Igby Goes Down, and, in 2007, the Bollywood hit, Ta Ra Rum Pum.

His television appearances include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, The Sopranos, Related, a recurring role on Numb3rs, Grey's Anatomy, Dirt, and The Ghost Whisperer. He also recently completed a large assignment for HBO, composing and producing an original piece of music for the Cinemax Yearender promotional spot, which has been nominated for numerous awards.

An accomplished sitar player, among other instruments, he recorded and self-produced a debut album in 2005, entitled Broad Strokes, in which he uses his background in both the Indian classical tradition and contemporary digital electronica to produce an auditory soundscape which he loosely describes as ambient world house.

He was recently married to a highly accomplished Japanese modern dancer from the Alvin Ailey second company of New York. They live in Hollywood with their two Italian greyhounds, Sofie and Luna.





SATF 2009 will be held at NJPAC, New Jersey on December 12th and 13th 2009



Venue NJPAC – Victoria Theater
12th December 2009

7:45pm - Opening Ceremony
8:30pm - Red Oleanders

13th December 2009

3:15pm - Chehre
5:00pm - Post performance discussion


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