Joanna ShermanJoanna Sherman

Artistic Director and co-founder of Bond Street Theatre, New York.

As director, choreographer and actor, she has participated in company projects in East Asia, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Under her directorship, the company received a MacArthur Foundation Award in 1990 for its interdisciplinary and intercultural programming. She has been a speaker on the role of the arts in areas of conflict at the United Nations, National Council on Women, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, UN Conference on Women in China, universities, arts councils, and arts-in-education forums.

Amol PalekarAmol Palekar

Amol made his debut in films with noted Marathi film “Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe” directed by Satyadev Dubey. He was cast by Basu Chatterjee in the movie “Rajnigandha”, which led to many other such roles in middle-class comedies often directed by Chatterjee or Hrishikesh Mukherjee such as “Golmaal”, “Chhoti Si Baat” and “Naram Garam”. Amol Palekar turned from acting to film direction with the Marathi film “Aakriet”. Since then he has directed many films which include “Ankahi”, “Thodasa Rumani Ho Jaye”, “Bangarwadi”, “Daayraa”, “Anahat”, “Kairee”, “Dhyaas Parva”. His movie “Paheli” was India’s official entry for the Oscar Awards in 2006 but did not make it to the final nominations.

Veda KumarigudaVeda Kumariguda

Nazarra, a South Asian Theater Group at Columbia University, New York

As a young theater practitioner, Veda made her directorial debut in April 2011 with Nazaara, a South Asian Theater at Columbia University’s performance of Chaos Theory by Anuvab Pal. She has always been actively involved in the arts: she’s trained in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic music. Veda has studied musical theater (voice) privately for ten years. She has assistant directed theatrical vocal presentations and has had the honor of being the emcee and hosting various arangetrams throughout the Central New Jersey area. She’s also participated in regional theater and theater at Barnard and Columbia University.

Sailesh TrivediSailesh Trivedi

Member: International
Representative: Theatre Olympiad 2007

  • 14 National Awards for Acting,Writing & Direction
  • International Award for “Eminent Theatre Luminary & Cultural Personality” in 1999
  • Performance of his Folk Play in France in International festival
  • More than 20 Years in TV & Media
  • More than 20 TV Films & Plays
  • Producer for ALL INDIA RADIO for 20 Years
  • 40 Full Length Commercial Plays & more than 700 performances
  • 60 Radio Plays
  • 7 Children Plays