A world in which art is integral to our lives, and helps us become more creative, curious and compassionate human beings.


To harness the power of art for a more peaceful, equal, just and inclusive society.

What we do

Sandbox Collective was envisaged as a free flowing hub for creative people, and our work reflects the sum of the roles we play .


We have produced and toured theatre, music and dance productions that continue to perform across the country and internationally.


We have conceived, conceptualised and curated theatre and arts festivals, for  arts and cultural organisations, venues, corporates and other institutions.

Executive/ Creative Producers:

We have produced International shows that have toured  India as well as new productions that were created in India by International companies.

Art Encounters:

Includes our work in the field of education- curating art trips and theatre-based workshops for children and adults. We also created numerous programs to engage local communities through performances, seminars, discussions and meet-the-artist sessions among other artist-led engagements.

Gender Bender:

Our  annual gender centric arts festival as well as other programs focussed on the gender discourse.

Research and Mentorship:

We provide India-centric arts and gender related research assistance and mentorship facilities to ;International artists and organisations working in the arts.

Arts Residency:

We collaborate with local and International artists on creative  or research-oriented  projects.

Who we are


Nimi Ravindran

Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Nimi Ravindran is a writer, theatre director and educator who has worked in the theatre for  20 years in various capacities. She was  artistic director of Just Theatre, a Bangalore-based theatre group  where she produced and directed numerous theatre projects. She served in the core group of Ranga Shankara till 2007 and is on the advisory board of  The Company Theatre, Workspace in Kamshet. Maharashtra. She holds a Senior Fellowship in Theatre from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. In an earlier life she worked as a journalist, covering arts and culture, and was Assistant Editor at India Today magazine.


Shiva Pathak

Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Shiva Pathak is an actor, consultant and arts manager. She has worked in the theatre for over 15 years. Her tryst with performing arts began during her college days as an actor and production manager;  she has since then worked on projects with some of India’s leading arts organisations – Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Ranga Shankara and India Foundation for the Arts – before starting Sandbox Collective in 2013. She is Director, Bhasha Centre and a Trustee of Toto Funds the Arts. She is also an Art Think South Asia Fellow 2016-17.


Raabiya Jayaram

Director Programmes

Raabiya Jayaram is a documentary film maker who helped set up the video archive for the Archive and Research Center for Ethnomusicology at the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon. As Director Roughcut Productions she has worked on numerous documentary films on a variety of issues ranging from rural development to gender and sexuality. She has also been involved with the arts both as a performer and arts manager.

Partners and Collaborators


  • Rimini Protokoll, Germany
  • Handlebards, UK
  • Cie Nicole Seiler, Switzerland
  • Gilles Jobin, Switzerland
  • Trickster P, Switzerland
  • Mixed Pickles, Germany
  • Felix Ott Company, Berlin
  • Corinne Maier, Switzerland
  • Yana Thoennes and Magdalena Maria, Germany
  • Eduardo Conceicao, Germany
  • Benjamin Brix, Germany
  • Leisa Shelton, Australia
  • Ulf Evren, Sweden


  • The Company Theatre, Mumbai
  • Adishakti, Pondicherry
  • Nrityagram, Bangalore
  • Patchworks Ensemble, Mumbai
  • The Tadpole Repertory, New Delhi
  • ThinkArts, Kolkata
  • Tamasha Theatre, Mumbai
  • Theatre Professionals, Mumbai
  • Perch, Chennai
  • Tram Theatre, Mumbai
  • Tahatto, Bangalore
  • Theatreact, Mumbai
  • The Little Jasmine, Bangalore
  • MadBall- Deepal Doshi, Mumbai
  • Wordman, Bangalore
  • The Storm Factory, Bangalore
  • Drama Queen, Bangalore
  • Vikram Dhote, Mumbai
  • Nicolas Grandi and Lata Mani, Bangalore
  • Veda Agarwal, Pune
  • Mandeep Raikhy, New Delhi
  • Lost Post Initiative, Bangalore
  • Dastaan Live, New Delhi

Cultural Agencies

  • Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
  • Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council
  • British Council


  • Santiago a Mil, Chile
  • Samosa festival , Kenya
  • Soorya Festival, Kerala
  • National Children’s Festival, Changanacherry, Kerala
  • National Children’s Festival, Guwahati
  • Under the Sal Tree, Assam
  • Ebong Amra, Kolkata
  • October Jam, Bangalore
  • Art in Transit, Bangalore
  • Old World Theatre Festival, New Delhi
  • Comedy Festival , Coimbatore
  • NIV Friends of Art Festival, New Delhi
  • Deccan Herald Theatre Festival, Bangalore
  • Ranga Shankara, Bangalore
  • Navras-Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur
  • ITFoK, Trissur
  • Kamshet Arts Festival, Kamshet
  • Kampala International Theatre Festival, Uganda
  • WOW Festival, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa
  • Tanztage Berlin 2020, Berlin

NGOs and Other Organizations

  • Concern India, Mumbai
  • Magic Bus, Mumbai
  • QUEST Alliance, Bangalore
  • Fields of View, Bangalore
  • Capco, Bangalore
  • VM Ware, Bangalore
  • Addicts Golfing Society of Southern India, Bangalore
  • Rotary Club, Indiranagar
  • 4CoWs, Bangalore
  • JSW, Bellary
  • Arshinagar Project, Kolkata
  • Maraa, Bangalore
  • CnT Architects, Bangalore
  • Origami, Bangalore
  • Studio 33, Bangalore
  • ArThink South Asia, Delhi
  • Sangam House, Bangalore
  • BeaglesLoft, Bangalore
  • Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore
  • Indo American Chamber of Commerce – POSH Asya
  • Odd Bird, Delhi
  • Sitara Studio, Mumbai
  • Harkat Studio, Mumbai
  • Terence Lewis Studio, Mumbai
  • Lost the Plot, Pune
  • The Giving Tree, Imphal
  • Studio Nilima, Guwahati
  • Folkland , Aizawl
  • RAIOT WEBZINE, Shillong
  • The Ladies Finger, Bangalore
  • Khoj, Mumbai
  • TIFA, Pune
  • Gaysi, Mumbai
  • Radio Active, Bangalore