September 15-16, 2018.
Castro Valley Center for the Arts (CFA), Castro Valley, CA

The show has been produced by Bay Area Creative Dance Academy

Script - Sukanya Chakrabarti

Play Direction - Ranjita Chakravarty
Video Production - Archita Mandal Fallini
Dance choreographers - Dalia Chatterjee Sen, Debbani Khatua, Puspita Moitra, Aparna DG, Shirni Kanth , Sanjib Bhattacharya
Music-Overall Direction & Arrangement- Subhen Khatua
Lights - Snehungsu Guha
Sound - Jay Roy
Vision and Direction - Dalia Chatterjee Sen

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The Forgotten Empress

Forgotten Empress

April 20-21, 2018 in Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX.

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Narration

Performed by Kathak artist Farah Yasmeen Shaikh. Written and directed by award-winning playwright Matthew Spangler. Original live score by Musical Director Salar Nader.

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February 2-3, 2018 in 3400 Main St, Houston TX

February 10, 2018 in Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose. February 11, 2018 in Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Actor

Written by: Mahesh Dattani. Directed by: Lillette Dubey.

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The Parting

The Parting

January 19-21, 2018, Z Space, San Francisco CA.
March 23-24, 2018, Hammer Theatre Center, San Jose CA.

Written by - Salil Singh with story development by Anurag Wahehra
Direction by - Salil Singh
Dramaturgy - Sukanya Chakrabarti

Interview on KAW - Local Public Radio (91.7FM) (link)




Directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti, Anne Yumi Kobori, from a script by Anthony Clarvoe.

Oct 13 at 7:30pm; Oct 14 at 4:00pm; Oct 15 at 2:00pm. Quinlan Community Center, Cupertino

Produced by SF Shakes and EnActe Arts


Children's Radio Play on Radio Zindagi

Banner-Radio Zindagi

Directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti

Radio Zindagi, 1550 AM. Every Saturday, 11:00am.

Popular Indian folk talks adapted for US audiences; acting by kids aged 8-12. Produced by EnActe Arts (link)


Sacred Singing: A Baul Performance by Parvathy Baul


Performance by Parvathy Baul, Moderator - Sukanya Chakrabarti, April 13, 2017 - UC Berkeley

Panel Discussion, April 15, 2017 - Stanford University

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April 7-9, 2017, DeAnza Performing Arts Center, Cupertino CA.

Written by - Joseph Martin
Direction by - Vinita Belani
Dramaturgy - Sukanya Chakrabarti

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Soundwaves is the incredible true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a Muslim Indian living in Paris who became the first female radio operator during the Second World War. Trained by Britain as an Allied Special Operations Executive and sent into occupied France, she worked behind enemy lines but was betrayed by a friend, tortured and shot in Dachau on September 13th, 1944.


Scholar Maker Conference for Future Theatre Faculty

Scholar Maker

Invited to participate in the conference at Reed College

January 2017, Reed College in Portland, Oregon


Democratically Speaking

Democratically Speaking

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Performer

October 20-22, 2016. Pigott Theater, Stanford, CA.

Event Listing on Facebook (link)

A co-production of SRT, Ethics in Society, Stanford Peace + Justice Studies Initiative, and TAPS, "Democratically Speaking" explores the idea and realities of "democracy," from ancient Greece to the Occupy Movement. A timely exploration of "people power" (the root meaning of demos + kratos), :Democratically Speaking" offers a compelling challenge to all of us in this important US election year.


Conference of the Birds


September 9-11, 2016, Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose, CA.

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Actor and Dancer

From the Facebook Event page (link)...

Thirty artists representing ten dance traditions spanning four continents feature in a vibrant, multi-sensory interpretation of the timeless Sufi quest narrative – The Conference of the Birds. EnActe Arts and Sangam Arts present a contemporary interpretation of the 12th century Persian poet Farid Attar’s magnum opus – an inspirational parable about the painful but beautiful human journey towards understanding.


Doctorate Completed, TAPS, Stanford University

Awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation

June 12, 2016, Stanford University

Commencement, June 12, 2016

Dissertation Defense, May 20, 2016


Chitra, The Warrior Princess


May 8, 2015, Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto

Singer in EnActe's Chitra Dance Drama

From Chitra's website (link)...

In honor of his birth anniversary, EnActe honors Poet Laureate Rabindranath Tagore with a new re-imagining of his acclaimed work Chitra, based on an episode in the Mahabharata.


Presented a talk on women Bauls in India and Bangladesh at Pratham

Pratham USA - First in promoting childhood literacy in India

April 23, 2015, South Bay

From Pratham's website (link)...

In the 1990s, half of the world’s illiterate children were in India.

We created Pratham to change that. We believe education is the fundamental right of every child and no child should be deprived of this basic right simply because he or she does not have access to it or does not have the resources to realize his or her dreams.


Wisch Fellowship Recipient for 2014-2015

Awarded the Wisch Fellowship during academic year 2014-2015

Photos from May 2015, Stanford Faculty Club, Gold Room


Dinner with Ms. Navi Pillay

Ms. Navi Pillay served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008-2014.

May 2015, Stanford Faculty Club, Gold Room


A Bare Stage

A Bare Stage

Written and directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti

April 18, 19, 2015, Nitery, Stanford, CA

A Bare Stage is about a woman who reconstructs her story by taking instances from her life and putting them up on stage. But the stories that she tells are those about deferred dreams and disillusionment.


Oral Literature & Literate Orality 2014-2015


Sukanya presents on 'Performing [as] Bauls: Renegotiating 'Folk' Identities Through the Lens of Performance'

Meadenhall, Stanford University. January 26, 2015, 12:00pm.


Puppetry Workshop with Basil Twist, MacArthur Grant Recipient, 2015

Assisted Basil Twist in an experimental puppetry project at Bing Concert Hall

December, 2014, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University


Merchant on Venice

Merchant on Venice

Written by Shishir Kurup, directed by Sonalee Hardikar and Amsalan Doraisingam, An enActe Production, November 2014

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA. Nov 14-22, 2014

Shakespeare brings Bollywood to Venice Blvd

Meet the Indian diaspora of Venice Blvd, L.A. in this wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic.


Center for South Asia - Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Brown Bag Session

Sukanya Chakrabarti presents on “Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity”

Encina Hall West, Room 208, Stanford campus. October 9, 2014.

In her talk on 9 Oct 2014, Sukanya will ask, “Who are the Bauls?”

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Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


It would be wonderful to hear back from you, and you can always reach me via email.

Sukanya C.