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Richard Schechner  *  Amal Allana * Monireh Hashemi * Arnab Banerji * Dr. Mohan Agashe *


Richard Schechner

Professor, Performance Studies New York University

BiographyRichard Schechner

Major Interests: comparative performance; performance theory; experimental theatre; theories and practice of directing for the stage.

Affiliations: Editor, The Drama Review, The Journal of Performance Studies; General Editor, "Worlds of Performance" series; Advisory Editor, Asian Performance Journal and Journal of Ritual Studies; Artistic Director, East Coast Artists of New York; Honorary Professor, Shanghai Theatre Academy; Honorary Professor, Institute of the Arts, Havana; Emmens Professor, Ball State University, 1991-1992; Whitney Halstead Visiting Scholar, Art Institute of Chicago, 1989; Hoffman Eminent Scholar, Florida State University, 1987.

Fellowships/Honors: 2002 Jay Dorff Lifetime Achievement Award of Performance Studies International; American Institute of Indian Studies Senior Research Fellow, 1997; Old Dominion Fellow, Princeton University, 1993; Special Recognition Award, New England Theatre Conference, 1991; Special Award for Contribution to Theatre, Towson State University, 1991; Asian Cultural Council Fellow, 1988-1995; National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellow, 1988; Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 1987; Mondello Prize, Italy, 1985; Social Science Research Council, 1982; Fulbright Senior Research Fellow, 1976; Guggenheim Fellow, 1976.


Amal Allana

Chair person, National School of Drama, India
Amal Allana

Theatre director, costume designer and teacher par excellence, Amal Allana’s life-long engagement with the arts has yielded a body of work that is as committed to the principles of aesthetics as it is linked to everyday social reality. A meticulous observer of the human condition, she combines a compassionate understanding of individual psychology with a world view that enables her to reflect the universality of human experience. Her plays are as deeply “Indian” as they are truly “international” because she has a vision that transcends all narrow definitions of culture and nationality.

Amal Allana is a graduate of the National School of Drama and did a two year apprenticeship at the Berliner Ensemble and other theatres in Germany. Thereafter she received the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship to study and compare the traditions of Japan and India. This led her to visit Japan. Along with her husband, Nissar Allana, she has established theatre companies in Mumbai and Delhi and finally in 2000, DADA, a small theatre school was established.

Amal Allana has directed over 60 plays for the stage, several plays and serials for television, designed costumes for stage and film, curated exhibitions, researched and written on theatre and engaged in various other related activities. Alongside, she has continuously taught theatre direction at prestigious institutions. She is currently Head of Acting at The Dramatic Art & Design Academy and Artistic Director of Theatre & Television Associates, New Delhi. Amal Allana is at present Chairperson of the National School of Drama, New Delhi, since 2005. She has received many prestigious national awards for her contribution to theatre.


Monireh Hashemi Monireh Hashemi

Monireh Hashemi started working in cinema as an actress in Afghanistan since 2004. Because of her interest in film she herself together with Mr. Abdul Hakim Hashemi established Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art (SFACA) in 2005. Since then she acted in numerous short films as an actress. But later she wanted to pursue her interest in writing script and Directing. Her first such attempt was DAR AGHOSHE BAAD (In the embrace of wind), a short film of 28 minutes duration. Her next project was another short film AKHARIN LABKHAND (Last laugh).

In June 2007, First Educational Theatre Festival was organized in Herat and she directed the play FARYAADE TAARIKH (CRY OF HISTORY) using young boys and girls from 21 schools and won the best direction award.

In the same year, she joined the Simorgh Theatre group and was invited to participate in 4th Afghan National Theatre Festival in Kabul to stage BABUR SHAH GARDEN. In January 2008, she was invited to participate in the INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL OF NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA (NSD) in India. She directed CRY OF HISTORY again with lots of appreciation from the audience. In January 2009, she was again invited to participate in INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL OF NATIONAL SCHOOL OF DRAMA (NSD) as representative from Afghanistan.

Monireh Hashemi is now the Manager of Women Department in Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art and working as Afghan Director in the play BURKA BONDAGE jointly with the German Director Helena Waldmann in Berlin.


Arnab Banerji

He is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia. His Georgia credits include Romeo and Juliet as a dramaturg and light designer for Blackbird and Dance of Hands. Arnab has acted, directed and designed for both University Theatre and regional theatre in India. His previous credits include Catastrophe, A Piece of Monologue, Top Girls, The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Six Characters in Search of an Author. His research interest is Indian Classical and Ritual theatre. He plans to write a history of design in these forms and explore the possibilities of alternative performance spaces and the use of technology in traditional performance.


Dr. Mohan AgasheDr. Mohan Agashe

Dr. Mohan Agashe, a Psychiatrist who opted to work in a government hospital rather than to go in for the much more lucrative world of private practice, so as to have equal time to devote to his first love, 'acting'. Agashe has been acknowledged as one of the finest actors on the stage and screen, in the seventies and eighties. Beginning with an acting tour-de-force as the machiavellian Nana Phadnavis in Vijay Tendulkar's internationally acclaimed play Ghashiram Kotwal, Agashe went on to great heights in a succession of plays and award winning films by masters like Satyajit Ray, Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, Gautam Ghose and Jabbar Patel. But his greatest contribution to the Indian Theatre in general and Marathi Theatre in particular has been his pioneering work in introducing concept of Grips Theatre Berlin in India in 1986 which today has become a self sustained movement. As an honorary Director of "Theatre" Academy - Grips Project" he produced in collaboration with Grips Theatre, Berlin and Max Mueller Bhavan excellent yet meaningful realistic plays which opened a new chapter in Indian theatre for Children and Youth besides conducting several workshop all over India on Grips methodology with the help of Goethe Institute branches in India. He was awarded 'The Goethe Medal' - Official Decoration of German Government, by the President of The Goethe Institut in March 2004.

He also introduced contemporary Indian Theatre to Europe and North America as an actor-manager of Theatre Academy's overseas tours to present Vijay Tendulkar's folk musical play ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ invited to International Theatre Festivals of Berlin (Festwochen 1980), Lille (1980) Belgrade (BITEF 1989) Quebec (1986) and Baltimore (Theatre of Nations 1986) besides guest performances in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Moscow, and many cities of North America

He was Theatre Consultant in 1987 to Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and in charge of the Theatre Program for the Festival of India in former USSR.

Recipient of Prestigious ‘Bundesverdienskreuz’ (The Cross of Order of Merit) from the President of Federal Republic of Germany in 2002 and Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Theatre (Highest National Honour in Arts in 1996, he was conferred ‘Padma Shri’ by President of India in 1990.

Besides he has been recipient of International Theatre Institute (German Branch) hospitation programme in Berlin in 1984, Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 1985, Nadikar Theatre Contribution award in 1991. And Northbrook Society's ABCS (Association of British Council Scholars) Scholarship (1993)

On medical side, he initiated a project to strengthen the mental health education and service in 1988, which resulted in Maharashtra Government adopting a new Mental Health Policy. As a Mental Health Advisor to Government of Maharashtra, he established Maharashtra Institute of Mental Health (State level Training and Research Institute) at Pune in 1991 of which he is the founder Director-Professor. He helped Maharashtra Government to reorganize the Mental Health Services in the State.

He initiated psychosocial rehabilitation of victims of Latur earthquake of 1993 and was the Principal Investigator of a Research Project undertaken by ICMR (Indian Council for Medical Research) Centre for Advanced Research to study the Health Consequences of Earthquake disaster in 1994. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of an Indo-US joint Research Project on "Cultural Disorders of Fatigue and Weakness". He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Annual National conference of Indian Psychiatric Society held at Armed Forces Medical College, Pune in January 2001.

In 1997 Dr. Agashe was invited to occupy the chair of Director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, where he continued till April 2002.




SATF 2010 will be held at NJPAC, New Jersey on November 20th and 21st 2010



Venue NJPAC – Victoria Theater
20th November 2010

7:00pm - Door Opens

7:30pm - Event Starts
Aparna Sindhoor Dance Theater/Theatrix, New Jersey

21st November 2010

2:30pm - Door Opens

3:00pm - Epic Actors' Workshop, New Jersey
5:00pm - Post performance discussion



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