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Sudipto Chatterjee

Senior Lecturer
Department of English and Drama
Loughborough University

I received my PhD in Performance Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, under the guidance of Prof. Richard Schechner. After teaching in the United States at Tufts University (Boston) and University of California, Berkeley, I came to Loughborough with specialisations in the fields of Asian and Asian-American performance and film, post-colonial performance, modern and contemporary performance theory. My book, The Colonial Staged: Theatre in Colonial Calcutta, won the Michael Kirby Memorial Prize for Best Dissertation in 1998 and has been published by Seagull (London, New York and Calcutta). My Bengali book of plays, Abhiropan, was published in 2005 from Calcutta. Currently, I am finishing my third book, Myths, Masses, & Movements, on Indian popular theatres, forthcoming from Routledge. My articles include pieces in Theatre and Imperialism (ed. J. Ellen Gainor), (Post)Colonial Stages (ed. Helen Gilbert), Shakespeare and Appropriation (eds. Christy Desmet and Robert Sawyer) and most recently, Not the Other Avant Garde (eds. James Harding and John Rouse). My translation of the ancient Sanskrit play, The Little Clay Cart, by Shudraka, is featured in the recent edition of the Norton Anthology of Drama. I have also been published in major theatre journals like The Drama Review and Theater Journal.

Beyond academic writing, I am also an author of fifteen plays and translations in Bengali and English and also an actor/director. In 1999, I was awarded the New York Drama Circle Award of Distinction for translation and direction of Nuraldeen's Lifetime (by Bangladeshi playwright, Syed Shamsul Haq), a bilingual production in Bengali and English. I directed Girish Karnad's Hayavadana and The Playboy of the Western World at Tufts University, as well as Badal Sircar's Bhoma at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2002, I directed Birpurus, my own Bengali adaptation of Playboy..., in Kolkata, India. For ten years, I was the Artistic Director of Epic Actors' Workshop in New York.

In addition to theatre, I am also a filmmaker. In 1997, I made Free To Sing?, a feature length documentary on the Bengali musician, Kabir Suman, that has been screened at various international venues. Recently, I have also completed a new documentary, Epic Women, on the Pandvani solo-performers of Chhattisgarh in Central India. In 2005, I directed Manjula Padmanabhan's Harvest at UC Berkeley's Department of Theater, Dance, & Performance Studies. I have also written and performed in the solo-performance of Man of the Heart, directed by Suman Mukherjee. This production originated at University of California, Berkeley in 2005, and was presented by East Coast Artists in New York in April-May 2006. Man of the Heart has also been performed in Irvine, CA and in India.

In 2005, I wrote and solo-performed Man of the Heart, a performance-research-archiving project, which has been seen at various international venues including Berkeley, New York, Calcutta, Chicago and Los Angeles. In 2010, it was performed in London’s Barbican Centre and is now under preparation for staging in Europe. In 2011, I completed the first full English translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s play, Bisarjan, through a commission from the SATF. A Senior Lecturer of Drama at Loughborough University (UK), I am currently a Research Fellow at the International Research Center's "Interweaving Performance Cultures" project at Freie Universität in Berlin as well as a Research Partner in the "Global Theatre Histories" project at Ludwig Maximilians-Universität in Munich.

Sudipto Chatterjee





SATF 2011 will be held at NJPAC, New Jersey on November 12th and 13th, 2011



Venue NJPAC – Victoria Theater
12th November 2011

7:00pm - Door Opens

7:30pm - Event Starts
Chhandayan, New Jersey

13th November 2011

2:30pm - Door Opens

3:00pm - Epic Actors’ Workshop, New Jersey

5:00pm - Post performance discussion




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