Special Lecture: Sankar VENKATESWARANLecture

Date: 18:00–19:30 March 18, 2016
Venue: Meeting Room, ROHM Theatre Kyoto

Speaker: Sankar Venkateswaran (Artistic Director, International Theatre Festival of Kerala)
Guest Speaker: Tadashi Uchino (professor in the department of Interdisciplinary Cultural. Studies at the University of Tokyo)
Moderater: Naoto Moriyama (Theater Critic / Senior Researcher of Kyoto Performing Arts Center)

Admission: Free
Booking: Required (TEL +81-(0)75-213-5839)
Capacity: 20

Presented by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan, Kyoto Experiment
Co-presented by Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design


In 2002 Sankar Venkateswaran graduated from Calicut University School of Drama & Fine Arts specializing in theatre direction, after which he specialized in acting and completed Theatre Training and Research Programme (now ITI) in Singapore. In 2007 he founded Theatre Roots & Wings, based in Kerala, and directed five productions. Among them, he staged Shogo Ohta’s silent play The Water Station (2011), co-produced by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi, with an all-India cast. Apart from directing for Theatre Roots & Wings, he has been invited to direct plays outside, which include Bhasa’s Urubhangam (2009), for which he was invited to Japan by The Japan Foundation and Shinshu University. The play was with a cast of all-Japanese actors, and premiered at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre in Nagano, Japan, and Neerina Niluthana for Marutirugata Repertory Company of Ninasam Theatre Institute, Karnataka. He serves as the Artistic Director for International Theatre Festival of Kerala (2015, 2016). Also served as the Artistic Director for National Theatre Festival 2012.