Program Head, Theater; Visiting Associate Professor of Practice of Theater
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Bsc Delhi University, MBA National Institute of Technology Tiruchirapalli, two-year Lecoq based Theatre Program, London International School of Performing Arts
Abhishek Majumdar is a playwright, theatre director, and scenographer. He is the ex artistic director and founder of two theatre companies, Indian Ensemble and Bhasha Centre for Performing Arts, both based out of Bangalore.
He trained in Physics and Mathematics at Delhi University, followed by a brief stint in Rural Management at the Xavier Institute of Management in Bhubaneswar in India. This was followed by a management degree at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli and, finally a two-year advanced program ( MFA equivalent) in lecoq based theatre-making techniques at the London International School of Performing Arts ( LISPA).
He has created work for and been commissioned by several theatres around the world including Ranga Shankara Bangalore, Prithvi Theatre Mumbai, Royal Court Theatre London, National Theatre London , Deutsche Shauspielhaus Hamburg, Deautsch Shauspielhaus Freiburg, Yale repertory theatre, Theatre Du Solleil ( ARTA) , Dhaka University , International Dramaturgy Festival Buenos Aires , PlayCo New York , Jana Natya Manch New Delhi to name a few.
He is the recipient of Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship, Inlaks Fellowship, Shankar Nag Rangakarmi Award, Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award, Hindu Metroplus playwright's award, and Toto fund the arts creative writing award. His work has been performed / translated in English, Hindi, Gujrati, Marathi, Spanish, French , Czech, Bengali , Urdu, Kashmiri, Tibetan and Kannada.
His interests are in Philosophy of Science, Aesthetics and Politics. He has taught courses and masterclasses at several institutions around the world including Lincoln Centre Director's lab, Ranga Shankara, Cairo International theatre festival, Deutsch Shauspelhaus Freiburg , Bhasha Centre, Indian Ensemble, London Consortium Climate Lab, National School of Drama ( New Delhi) to name a few.
He is visiting fellow of Department of Literature Delhi University and was also visiting faculty at School of Sustainable Studies in Xavier university.
He is extensively involved in work around climate change and is part of several ongoing theatre initiatives around the same.
Currently he is creating new work for Royal Court Theatre London, PlayCo New York, Bangalore Theatre Company , New York University Abu Dhabi and Folkteatern Goteborg, Sweden .
He is also working on a book of essays on Theatre making as part of the ' Theatre makers' series of Bloomsbury.
He has been published by Oberon Books, Penguin India, Palgrave and Bloomsbury .
He is a member of Lincoln Centre Director's lab 2012 and Artistic Director's of the future ( ADF) London.
Apart from theatre and literature, he has been published in the areas of Mathematics, Environmental economics, and Environmental Chemistry.