Artistic Directors

Sindu Singh

Sindu Singh is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Bay Area Drama Company. She recently directed Girish Karnad's Wedding Album and Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man (in which she also played the role of Ratna). Sindu has essayed multiple roles with various Bay Area theatre companies. Most notable amongst these are Malini in Anupama Chandrasekhar’s Free Outgoing, Naina in Basab Pradhan's adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House, Damyanti in Mahesh Elkunchwar's Party, Bagheera in Harish Agastya's Mowgli and I, Sarita in Vijay Tendulkar's Kamla, Hamida Begum in Asghar Wajahat's Jis Lahore Nahin Vekhya O Jammyai Nahin, Bhagwati in Divided Together, an adaptation of Girish Karnad's Hayavadana for the Stanford University Graduate Winter Repertory, the dual roles of Kaikeyi and Trijata in Dr. Parameswaran's Sitayascaritam Mahat for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the dual roles of Indal and Mahil in Indal Haran, performed by invitation for the South Asia Institute, UT Austin. In 2013, she founded 'Rangmanch', a South Asian theatre group for the Stanford University community, and for its maiden outing, directed and produced Yoni ki Baat, the South Asian version of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues.

Sindu is currently directing Rahul Varma's Counter Offence.

Transient

Basab Pradhan is Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Bay Area Drama Company. His interest in theatre started at a young age and continued all through his school and college years during which he acted in and directed dozens of plays. Most recently, Basab directed Anupama Chandrasekhar's Free Outgoing. He has penned and directed his highly acclaimed South Asian adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.  His other notable acting work includes the role Salman in Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders, Jairaj in Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man, Devraj Sarthi in Rahul Varma's Bhopal, the child molesting 'Uncle' in Mahesh Dattani's 30 Days in September, the Doctor in Mahesh Elkunchwar's Party, and Rajiv in Sanjeev Desai's Go to Your Room, Mother!

Basab is currently acting in Girish Karnad's Wedding Album and writing Not Equal To, an original play about inequality which will be staged in December 2017.


Founder Emeritus

Ravi Bhatnagar co-founded Bay Area Drama Company in 2014. His passion for theatre and film spans over 40 years in India and California.  He has been a part of more than 50 productions in various capacities, primarily as director or actor.  In 1980, he founded 'Proscenium', a theatre company in Kolkata which is still going strong today.  He was also a professional independent film-maker and created several television series and commercials, corporate films, as well as education and training films.  Here in the Bay Area, he has directed several successful productions including Tendulkar's Sakharam Binder, Elkunchwar's Party and Ayn Rand's Night of January 16th.  Ravi played the title role in Vermaji, a film that was selected and screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.  Most recently, he directed Wajahat Ali's The Domestic Crusaders and directed/acted in Rahul Varma's Bhopal, BAD Company's maiden production which premiered on the 30th anniversary of the tragic Union Carbide disaster.