Tim Supple (Director)
Tim started making theatre out of stories in his childhood home in southern England and he has never grown out of it. He has directed, adapted and devised theatre, opera and film throughout the UK and in the US, Europe, India and the Middle and Far East. He has worked regularly at the National Theatre and the RSC. In the 1990’s he was Artistic Director of the Young Vic Theatre in London. Tim’s work includes Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, The Comedy of Errors, and Twelfth Night; Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist; Carol Anne Duffy’s Grimm Tales and More Grimm Tales; Kipling’s The Jungle Book; Lorca’s Blood Wedding; Wedekind’s Spring Awakening; Ted Hughes’ Tales From Ovid; Goldoni’s A Servant to Two Masters; Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Midnight’s Children; and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Tim launched Dash Arts with Josephine Burton in 2005 and is Associate Artist of the Roundhouse.
Sumant Jayakrishnan (Set and Costume Designer)
Sumant is a scenographer, designer installation artist and theater practitioner based in New Delhi. Trained in visual communication at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, he also studied theatre design techniques at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London on a Charles Wallace Award. In 1995, the Embassy of France in India awarded him a performing arts grant to train in puppetry, lighting design and theatre in France. A recipient of the Sanskrit Award in 2001, he received a Fulbright Arts Fellowship as a visiting scholar to New York University in 2002. His work spans the entire spectrum of design today, from contemporary theatre and dance to exhibition, fashion, art direction for film and international events.
Zuleikha Chaudhari (Lighting Designer)
After graduating from Bennington College (USA) in 1995 with a major in Theatre Directing and Lighting Design, Zuleikha returned to India and worked on numerous productions in both capacities. In 1999 she received the Rotary Club Youth Excellence Award for Theatre and in 2001, the Charles Wallace India Trust Award. She has worked as a lighting designer for such esteemed directors as Anuradha Kapur, Neelam Mansingh Chowdhary , Roysten Abel, Rajat Kapoor, Atul Kumar, Rehaan Engineer, Aditi Mangaldas, Tripurari Sharma and Barry John.
Devissaro (Music Director)
Dev is a musician, composer and photographer of Australian origin, who has lived in India for the last 25 years. Trained in Australia as a classical pianist, he later studied Dhrupad vocal music for six years in Delhi, as well as Hindustani classical Bansuri (flute) and Pakhawaj (drums). Since 1986, Devissaro has been Co-Artistic Director of the Daksha Sheth Dance Company, creating experimental dance productions such as Chhaya, Yagna, Search for My Tongue, Sarpagati, Bhukham and Postcards From God. Devissaro is also founder-director and composer of the world music group Asima—a vocal and percussion ensemble which combines harmonic elements of western music with a wide range of Indian traditions including Vedic chanting, Hindustani and Carnatic classical. Devissaro also works as a freelance composer writing music for stage, film, television and commercials.
John C. McNamara (Production Manager)
John happily continues his association with the Dream, having joined the company for the first leg of the North American tour this past spring. John was the Production Stage Manager for Peter Hall’s acclaimed productions of The Importance of Being Earnest (starring Lynn Redgrave) and As You Like It; also for the U.S. tour of the Abbey Theatre’s centenary production of The Playboy of the Western World. Broadway: Riverdance on Broadway, Wizard of Oz, Fosse, Camelot, Shimada, Welcome to the Club and Teddy and Alice. Touring: West Side Story, Seven Brides, Bombay Dreams, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar. Eight years as resident Stage Manager at Westchester Broadway Theatre. Production Supervisor for the transfer of Woman in Black from the West End for its U.S. Premiere.
Shankar Arora (Company Manager)
After an active presence on the college theatre circuit, Shankar moved on to work as an actor, assistant director, director and production manager in several productions in New Delhi. The lure of two square meals a day pulled Shankar away from the theatre into the British Council’s Arts Division in New Delhi, where he primarily managed tours for visiting shows such as Medea (Theatre Babel); Shylock (Gareth Armstrong) and Hannah & Hanna (Company of Angels). Shankar left the British Council and joined the Discovery Channel, where he found himself scripting and editing mindlessly for over a year. He was eventually rescued from the corporate grind by his ex-employers at the British Council to help them put together the Dream project. He has spent the better part of the last two years working and traveling with the Dream. Shankar is also the co-founder of the recently formed 1320 Productions, a company which works in various mediums such as theatre, film, television and design.
Quasar Thakore Padamsee (Assistant Director/Deputy Stage Manager)
Quasar began his theatre career as an actor. Soon, better sense prevailed, and he moved away from the arc lights to the “shadow” side of the theatre. Since 1999, he had directed over 20 plays with the prolific Mumbai based theatre company Q Theatre Productions. These include The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail; All My Sons; The Urban Burden; Minorities; Khatijabai of Karmali Terrace and many others about contemporary social concerns. He also worked as a lighting designer, stage manager and theatre trainer. As a passionate crusader for the survival of theatre in the public consciousness, he helped institute a national youth festival—Thespo, which has been in existence for ten years in India. When not in the rehearsal room, Quasar can be found on the nearest cricket ground.
Mohit Takalkar (Assistant Director/Deputy Stage Manager)
Mohit has been a film editor, scriptwriter for film projects and documentaries. He had his first exposure to theatre at Progressive Dramatic Arts before setting up his own theatre group Aasakta in Pune. He has been active in various aspects of theatre for the past ten years and has earned a fine reputation for his group and for himself. His works are widely acclaimed by both the audience and the press. He directed his first play Yayati in 2000 continuing with Nanephek ('01), Pratibimba ('03), Chotyashya Suttit (04), Fridge Madhye Thevlela Prem (05), Chandralok Complex and Tu'(06), Poornaviram, Charshe Koti Visarbhole and Matra Ratra (07), Bed ke Neeche Rehne Wali, Letter to Tendulkar and Chaitra (08). He is the recipient of several awards, the prominent ones among them being the ‘Amrish Puri Award’ for contribution to experimental theatre, the ‘Sahitya Rangbhoomi Fellowship’ for the year 2007, Zee Gaurav Puraskar, Mama Varerkar Puraskar, State Award etc. His plays have toured the length and breadth of Maharashtra and have also been invited to National and International festivals.
Kavita Puri Arora (Stage Manager/Wardrobe Supervisor)
Despite many attempts to escape, the pull of the theatre has been far too powerful for Kavita to resist. She has worked as a journalist with the Delhi-based publication First City; Assistant Director on the Roysten Abel film In Othello; Assistant Director with the BBC World Service Trust, Publicity and Promotions Manager with HarperCollins Publishers India and an Arts Project Manager with the British Council in New Delhi. However, what began as an extra-curricular activity with a college production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, quickly became an obsession and eventually a career for Kavita. She has worked as director, production manager, stage manager, designer and actor on her own as well as with the likes of Lillete Dubey, Vivek Mansukhani, Parnab Mukherjee, Kavita Nagpal and Roysten Abel. She is co-founder of 1320 Productions, a company to which she brings her varied skills in theatre, television, film, marketing and design.
Anna Setchell (Production Supervisor)
Setch started her career at Norwich Theatre Royal at the age of 16. After three years at the highly regarded touring house she moved to London where she completed a Course in Stage Management & Technical Theatre at LAMDA. Touring theatre is where Setch’s passion lies. Setch has taken on many different touring roles from Technical Stage Manager to Production Carpenter and has been involved in shows ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Puccini’s Tosca. She has more than enjoyed working on the Dream as it has been a journey with friends and family like no-other she has encountered!! Job done.
Doug Harry (Lighting Supervisor)
Doug is a native of the UK where he worked on many productions both on tour and in the West End, including Chess, Miss Saigon, Canterbury Tales and A Tale of Two Cities. He also toured extensively in Europe and worldwide designing corporate events. He moved to the U.S. in 1995 and now lives in Connecticut where he is married with two children and an ever expanding menagerie of animals, so the quiet life on tour is quite a relief! He currently splits his time professionally between production managing the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT and designing for various regional theaters and corporate clients.
Rob Bass (Sound Supervisor)
Rob is a Brooklyn, NY native where he was born to rock. Credits include Lincoln Center Out of Doors in NYC, Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, a national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Be by Mayumana (Off-Broadway), and The Fingerlakes Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY, to name a few. He has also been a part of building recording studios from Toronto to Nashville. A graduate of LaGuardia HS of Music and Art in NYC and Ithaca College School of Music, Rob currently splits his time between the studio and the live realms of music and sound, both as an engineer and musician.
CAPA (Producer) is one of America’s most respected producers, theatre managers, and diverse arts and entertainment presenters. In addition to managing the legendary Shubert Theater (New Haven, CT), CAPA is owner/operator of downtown Columbus, Ohio’s magnificent historic theatres (Ohio Theatre, Palace Theatre, Southern Theatre) and manager of the contemporary Riffe Center Theatre Complex. Now in its 39th year of operation, CAPA is also a not-for-profit, award-winning presenter of national and international performing arts and entertainment. For more information, visit CAPA.com.