Sandbox Collective brings together individuals interested in re-thinking and re-imagining the scope of the performing arts. We essay multiple roles, as artists, art administrators, producers, directors and curators on performances, shows, festivals and tours.
Sandbox Collective also aims to demystify the idea of the performance space by taking theatre to the people. We take shows to living rooms, offices, basements, kitchens, rooftops, gardens, bars and restaurants. We will take it anyplace you gather!
Sandbox Collective was founded by Nimi Ravindran and Shiva Pathak, both of whom have worked extensively in the theatre as both artists and arts administrators.
Shiva Pathak is an actor, freelance consultant and arts manager. She holds a master’s degree in social work from theTata Institute of Social Sciences and has worked with various non-governmental organisations on research and development projects. She moved on to working with arts organisations in 2006 and has since worked as the festival coordinator for three editions of the Attakkalari India Biennial and also on projects with Ranga Shankara, Toto Funds the Arts and India Foundation for the Arts. As an actor she has worked with directors such as Anmol Vellani, Atul Kumar, Anamika Haksar and Mallika Prasad.
[1_2_last]Nimi Ravindran is a writer, theatre director and arts manager. She was assistant editor at India Today, covering arts and culture for the magazine till March 2012.She was artistic director of Just Theatre, a Bangalore based theatre group till September 2012 and produced and directed various theatre projects for the group. She was part of the core group of Ranga Shankara from 1998-2007, and has worked on various projects with the Bangalore Habba and the Sangam House writers residency. She is also a part of The Company Theatre, Mumbai and the Workspace in Kamshet in rural Maharashtra.
[/1_2_last]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. Medha Agrawal is an actor and a Kathak dancer. Recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts, English and Psychology from Christ University, Bangalore. Breakfast enthusiast and part time procrastinator. Vandana Prabhu enjoys working with the arts. A hardware engineer by profession, she now works full time as a theatre actor, drama teacher at Jagriti Theatre and more recently co-ordinator for Arts-in-Education projects with schools. Certified Associate of Trinity College of London in Speech & Drama, she has performed with Mumbai based theatre group AkVarious on META Award winnning play “All About Women” and Jagriti productions under the direction of Vivek Madan, Jagdish and Arundhati Raja. More recently, she directed a children’s production of Roald Dahl’s “The Twits”. Charu Mittal is a writer and performance poet. She has a Masters in English Literature from Christ University. Her friends describe her as an ‘experience’ but that’s just code word for crazy. She also moonlights as Chief Unicorn for Aayana Dance Company, a Bangalore based performing arts collective. Photo credit: Sanjay Ramchandran