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education

The Drama School Mumbai | Ensemble, 2018–19

Post-Graduate Diploma in Acting and Theatre-Making

State University of New York at Geneseo | NY State, 2013–17

B.A. in English Literature

workshops

First Draft: Ideas Lab, Indian Ensemble | 2020-21

Playwriting workshop, 6 months

Navarasa Sadhana, Natanakairali | Kerala 2016

Navrasa acting workshop, 3 weeks

Mallika Shah

theatre maker,

writer, pedagogue

co-founder - tafreehwale

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actor in theatre productions

Fistful of Rupees, dir. Shiv Tandon | 2019-present

Actor in a cast of 4, performed at Esplanade Theatre in Singapore; Prithvi Theatre, NCPA, G5A in Mumbai; and India Habitat Centre in New Delhi.

I Killed my Mother / It Wasn't my Fault, dir. Mallika Shah | 2024

Cast member in her original show that has previously been performed in Mumbai, Bangalore, Jaipur, at venues including the NCPA, Ranga Shankara and Jawahar Kala Kendra.

theatre projects

The Amazing Flabby-Breasted Virgin & Other Sordid Tales 

KathaSiyah | Digital | 2021-present

Associate Producer

  • Producer for a digital performance exploring sexual and reproductive health rights of women in India within the context of medical education and textbooks.

  • Role includes publicity, fundraising, press, tech-running, marketing, creative support, and finding more opportunities for the production to grow.

Visiting Mr. Green

dir. Jeff Baron | NCPA | 2019

Assistant Director / Sound Operator / Marketing

Assisted in direction, marketing, PR and sound for Visiting Mr. Green, opened at NCPA on December 13th, 2019.

Shikaar

Patchworks Ensemble | Mumbai | 2019

Sound Operation, production assistant

Kisan

Bhasha Centre for the Performing Arts | Bangalore | July 2019

Dramaturgy / Director’s Assistant

  • Assisted in research, direction, and production for a workshop facilitated by Abhishek Majumdar.

  • Conducted research around the history of DBA communities in Maharashtra circa 1930s to the 1980s to supplement the writing and stagecraft.

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work experience

Bhasha Centre | 2022–present

Writer / Podcast Host

-An arts management organisation that creates projects to support and build engagement in theatre and the performing arts.

-Hosting an upcoming podcast series interviewing playwrights in India.

Paper Planes | July 2022

Staff Writer – Publication & Agency

-Editorial, research, writing, copywriting.

Antarang Foundation | Mumbai, 2017–18

Associate – Communications & New Projects

-Created content, managed social media and public relations for Antarang Foundation.

-Ran successful fundraising campaigns, piloted a project for young female entrepreneurs.

-Organised a graduation event for 500 people.

pedagogical work

  • Mentor at The Drama School Mumbai in-city programme for their mid-year performance Madhyantar | 2024

  • Drama Facilitator at Akshara High School | 2022

  • Drama Facilitator at Bombay Scottish School (Mahim) - training students for their dramatics competition | 2022

original show

I Killed my Mother / It Wasn't my Fault​ | 2023-present

writer-director-producer-performer

This original show was written during the First Draft: Ideas Lab workshop conducted by Indian Ensemble in 2020-2021. Since its premiere in 2023, it has been performed in Mumbai, Bangalore and Jaipur, at venues including NCPA, Ranga Shankara, Bangalore International Centre, Jawahar Kala Kendra (at the Jairangam festival).

The show is currently supported by Paytm Insider and Bhasha Centre through their Manch initiative, and was created with the support of the Drama Schools Foundation Mumbai's Niloufer Sagar Alumni Production Grant, 2022-23.

Read more about the show here.

actor on screen

Made in Heaven, dir. Neeraj Ghaywan | feature cast | 2023

Sardar Udham, dir. Shoojit Sircar | feature cast | 2021

The Date, dir. Tanvi Chitre | super 8 short film | 2021

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