Dolly Thakore is a veteran theatre actress and theatre royalty in India. But theatre is just one of the many lovely feathers in her hat. She’s a renowned TV presenter, casting director, communications and PR expert, film and theatre reviewer, compere, auctioneer and a social worker. She’s also one of the most avid theatre goers. She has acted in works by master playwrights such as Tennessee Williams’s Streetcar Named Desire, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues.
Girish Karnad is one of the most important playwrights in the country. He’s considered to have shaped the course of modern Indian theatre. He has been writing plays for about four decades. Some of his most memorable plays include, Hayavadana, Bendu Kaalu on Toast, Tughlaq, Nagamandala.
Mahesh Dattani is said to have brought a sense of independent identity to Indian theatre and he has written plays covering a wide variety of content and themes. He has his own theatre company called Playpen and has written some remarkable plays like Where There’s a Will, Dance Like a Man, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Where Did I Leave My Purdah.
Apart from creating the much beloved quirky ads for the Amul Girl, Rahul da Cunha along with Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel, started Rage Theatre in 1993. Some of his most successful theatre productions include Pune Highway, Class Act of 84, Me, Kash & Cruise among many others.
Quasar Thakore Padamsee runs Q Theatre Productions which is known for bringing out India’s premier youth theatre festival Thespo. Quasar’s theatre production has been responsible from introducing theatre to thousands of young talent across the country for close to two decades now. He has directed more than twenty plays, some of which include The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, Minorities, All My Sons, So Many Socks, The Peasant of El Salvador.
Manav Kaul is a popular playwright, theatre director and actor. His first work as a playwright was Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane a monologue in Hindi set in a small town in India. His other notable plays include Ilhaam, Park, Peele Scooter Wala Aadmi and Bali Aur Shambhu.