I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. My dissertation focuses on the folk theatre tradition from West Bengal, India known as Jatra, and Jatra’s contribution to asserting and preserving communal and participatory performance spaces. I grew up in Kolkata, India and lived in Mumbai for two years and arrived in the United States in 2011 to pursue higher education. While in Mumbai I received a Master's in Theatre Arts from Mumbai University. After completion, I earned my second Master's in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from Oklahoma State University.
As part of the CU Boulder Department of Theatre and Dance 2019-2020 season, I have adapted and directed the play Shakuntala by Kalidasa.
My performance practice, scholarship, and teaching lie in the postcolonial studies and theatre of South Asian Diaspora, theatre and social change, digital humanities, and community-based performance practices. Currently, I am the instructor of record for two courses: Acting 1, an introductory acting course designed for majors and non-majors, and co-teaching Script Labrotary and introductory script analysis and practice for the theatre designed for both majors and non-majors.
I care deeply about rescuing dogs, especially the breeds who are bred to be sold, auctioned, or just abandoned. I have two dogs and a cat. They make my home a sanctuary.
Recent peer-reviewed journal publications