Artists in Collective


Shreekanth Rao

Theatre Artist

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Shreekanth is currently working towards becoming a performer, playwright and director. 

As Writer and Director


ನಗುವಾಗ ನಕ್ಕು... / 'Naguvaaga Nakku...'

“Naguvaaga Nakku...” (“We laughed while we did”) is a contemporary Kannada play about a mother and daughter caught between the ideologies of two generations. It is the story of a modern urban woman in the corporate world who seeks her identity through her poetry. 

In this play we have attempted to bring together text, poetry, movement and music as the language of the performance. This play was created in collaboration with movement director Veena Basavarajaiah, musician Mahesha Swamy and theatre artists Laxmi Chandrashekar, Rajashree S R, Sunil Bannur, Vinay Kumar and Akhshay Gandhi.

The script attempts to use text, poetry, movement and music to bring out the narrative.


As Performer:


Kannada play 'Carbon Cake' (2015) by Kriyative Theatre, directed by Pramod Shiggaon.

Movement theatre 'Mooki' (2013 -14), movement performances 'Fragile' (2014) and 'Rise and Fall' (2013) directed by Veena Basavarajaiah.

'Handbag' directed by Geraldine Pilgrim (2013).

A devised performance with masks made by a group of independent artists, directed by Will Pinchin at the Collisions Festival 2012 at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

'Rizwaan' (2010) directed by Abhishek Majumdar.

'Ali oh Baba' (2009), a play for children by Bangalore Little Theatre.

ಗಿಳಿಯು ಪಂಜರದೊಳಿಲ್ಲ / 'Giliyu Panjaradolilla', a 'platform performance' of Kannada Play directed by Divya Raghuram for Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2007.

Other Work:


Mask maker for 'Kaavad Katha - Maya'

Photographer-collaborator for 'Avatara', a movement installation by Veena Basavarajaiah at Stockholm Fringe Festival 2012.



Full-time program in Devising Theatre and Performance at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA), London. (2013).

A year-long theatre making program with Indian Ensemble, Bangalore (2009-10).

Workshops & Short-term Training:


'The Memory of...' research residency led by Corrine Jaber, organised by Goethe Institut - Chennai. (2017)

'Source of Performance Energy' training residency at Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Arts Research. (2016)

École Nomade, Pondicherry led by Ariane Mnouchkine, Théâtre du Soleil (2015)

Sublime Naivety – Clowning workshop by Puja Sarup (2014)

Voice Workshop by Anmol Vellani, Bangalore (2014)

Voice Workshop by Heisnam Thomba (2014)

In London, he was part of an independent group of artists led by Will Pinchin, a PhD researcher on mask-based theatre (2012).

LISPA Summer School (2012)

Summer Project on Theatre with Bangalore Little Theatre (2009).


Other training includes Kalaripayattu at the Kalari Academy of Performing Arts, Bangalore, and in Karnatik classical instrumental music on the Veena.