Author: Himanshu Sitlani

Himanshu Sitlani is a thespian, originally hailing from Mumbai. Foraying his way into theatre as an actor, he progressed on to other creative aspects and worked as a Stage Manager and Producer over the years with QTP, Akvarious, Ansh and Motley. He co-founded Le Chayim Theatre Productions in Mumbai in 2006 where he eventually made his directorial debut in 2013 with the play "An Incident at the Border". Since immigrating to Toronto Canada, Himanshu’s been immersed in supporting the creative arts, working as Patron Services Manager at Factory Theatre, while penning down his ideas towards his goal of creating a bridge between creative artists in Canada and India eventually co-founding Nautanki Bazaar in 2019 with his wife, Neha Poduval. Together they wrote their first play ‘An IMM-Permanent Resident’ which was developed at the Factory Theatre and was to premier as part of The RISER Project, but is on hold due to COVID-19. Himanshu is writing and directing a new play that will staged at the first Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival in August 2021 and has been selected for a Theatre Recommenders Grant with Theatre Passe Muraille for writing a new play for them in 2022!

Theatre, desis, Indians, Chicago

Theatre: “Where are all the desis at?”


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