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?”

Click here to view a Video Snippet


Odin Week Festival Workshop


Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark, August 2014

Participated in the Odin Week Festival (a week-long workshop facilitated by Eugenio Barba and his team at Odin Teatret, Denmark)



PhD Thesis Fieldwork Research in Bangladesh


Bangladesh. July-August, 2014.

Research based on the evolving identity and traditions of Bauls and Fakirs in Bangladesh.

Research was conducted in Dhaka, Kushtia, Sylhet and other areas in Bangladesh

Photographs taken by Saurav Chakraborty


Paper on Bauls presented at PSi 20


Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China. July, 2014.

Paper: ‘Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity’



Almost Home

Conceptualized by Sukanya Chakrabarti, May 2014

Roble Theater, Stanford, CA. May 18-20, 2014

Event Listing on Stanford University: Arts Institute, Sparks Grant page (link)

What is home? Where is home? What are the boundaries of home?


Yoni ki Baat

Yoni ki Baat

Stanford University, California, March 2014

Acted in Yoni ki Baat, Directed by Sindhu Singh, produced by Rangmanch, the South Asian theater group in Stanford University


All this time we could have been friends


Show Dates: February 6-8, 2014

Performer in All this time we could have been friends


Out of Water


San Francisco, California, June 2013

Performed in performance pieces Out of Water (devised and conceptualized by artists Helen Paris and Caroline Wright)


Divided Together


Adapted and directed by Sukanya Chakrabarti

Nitery Theater in the Old Union, March 8, 10, 2013

Excerpt from Stanford University: Drama Graduate Student Showcase (link)

"Two friends there were – one mind, one heart."  The two men are best of friends till both of them fall in love with the same woman, Padmini, and one of them marries her. She is in love with her husband’s mind, and the other man’s body. In an act of sacrifice, the two men chop off their heads in a temple to the Goddess Kali. When the Goddess graciously gives her the chance to rejoin the heads, Padmini mixes them up. Who is Padmini’s husband now – the man with the husband’s body, or the one with his head?


Workshop by Lois Weaver


November 2012

‘Where do you come from?’ – I am rolling this question around in my mind, trying to remember where I come from. From Kolkata? From India? From Bangladesh? From homelessness? From an undefined state of nostalgia? As Lois Weaver introduced several questions for us to think about when we all sat around a circle, I realized we were going somewhere from ‘here’ – the present moment. Within the next few days, about fifteen of us were grouping and regrouping together, playing games, brainstorming ideas, creating rituals and performance pieces, independently and collectively. ‘What do you really care for?’ was another of her questions. ‘No, no, what do you really care for?...no, no, no, no, what do you absolutely really really care for and you think is the most important thing to you?’


Getting On, a Backstage Tour

Getting On

Location: San Francisco Senior Center
Date / Time: September 14-17, 2012, 10:30pm-12:30pm

This Open Theatre Workshop is run by internationally acclaimed Artists and Theatre Professors Lois Weaver (Queen Mary University of London), Helen Paris and Leslie Hill (Stanford University).


CRY India


Summer 2012

Performance workshop with the underprivileged children of Dhakuria, Kolkata


Paper on Jatra presented at PSi 18


University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. June 28 - July 2, 2012.

Paper: ‘Jatra: Performing Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Bengal’




Actor in Oedipus, Stanford Summer Theater

Nitery Theater, Old Union, July - August 2011

Excerpt from Stanford Summer Theater (link)

In 2011, Stanford Summer Theater (in collaboration Stanford's Continuing Studies Program and Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts) presents our 13th season, the "Memory Play Festival."

We feature Seneca’s *Oedipus* in Ted Hughes powerful translation, directed by Matt Moore, with Matthew DiBiasio, Courtney Walsh, Tom Freeland, and Beth Deitchman. *Oedipus* plays Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm, July 28 - August 14, in the Nitery Theater, Old Union.

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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.