South Asian Theatre with Universal Appeal


It’s been a hot summer! With any luck, it’ll cool down in September. Here’s hoping. It’s been nice to spend the time looking at the cool oceanic imagery on our posters for The Kingdom of Cards. The marketing team and I have been working hard not only on putting together copy and social media posts […]

In The News: The Next Generation

EnActe Academy is all about helping the next generation develop a love for theatre and the skills to nurture it. And NBC News had a sit-down with our founder and Artistic Director, Vinita Sud Belani, to discuss the youth development and all the other initiatives of EnActe. Check out the article here  to learn more!

In The News: Creating Conversations

Theatre is a great vehicle to share ideas and culture and to spark discussions – and EnActe Arts showcases select South Asian productions with universal appeal to inspire engagement and conversations long after the shows are over. SPAN, a US-India news magazine did a thoughtful article with founder and Artistic Director Vinita Sud Belani covering […]

Community through Theatre

Finding Confidence and Community through Theatre – by Vinita Sud Belani I had the great privilege of being born and brought up in Kolkata — a place with a large heart and even larger artistic soul. I grew up helping Mother Teresa on weekends, casually dropping into Satyatjit Ray filmings, dancing in Anand Shankar’s youth […]

Black Lives Matter

We are devastated by the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery…it’s a long list. These are just the most recent recorded examples in the history of continued, systemic violence that members of Black American communities face every day. EnActe’s commitment to diversity is a commitment to all diversity. We stand against all oppression. […]

Deconstructing the Myth of Sita

Two powerful storytellers take on the complex narrative of Sita in the Ramayana as part of their life’s work. An insightful, compelling conversation on women’s struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men. While the Ramayana resonates even today some questions need exploring – How should women be treated by their loved ones? […]

The Case of the Vanishing Firefish

The Case of the Vanishing Firefish

Climate change or environmental disaster? If the firefish keep disappearing, life as we know it on the planet will be destroyed! Ten-year-old Ayesha has courage, intelligence, creativity, and a complete lack of caution. Even so, the mission that Shekina, Queen of the Seas, has charged her with may be slightly out of her league! Surrounded by cryptic […]

The Kingdom Of Cards

The Kingdom of Cards

The Kingdom of Cards by Rabindranath Tagore, written in 1937, parodies the fascist atmosphere that hypnotized Europe and explores human responses to radical change. Desperate for adventure, a prince decides to set out for parts unknown and ends up somewhere else: a nation filled withwalking, talking cards, all dead to the world and insistent on […]

A Million Sitas

Written, Directed, and Performed By Dr. Anita Ratnam Anita Ratnam’s creative outlets are myriad and diverse. Dancer, vocalist, classicist, orator– all of these parts of her combine to fiercely reclaim the soul of Sita, who lost everything in the Ramayana. Ratnam reconfigures the tragic myth as a shared trauma for women everywhere– and an opportunity to […]

All That Jazz – Gala 2020

Jazz: Cool. Subversive. Uniting.Artistically, Jazz challenged the rules of music theory. Socially, it brought the world together. It stimulated conversation, conflict and collaboration. Three passions crucial to life and to theatre! Join us as we celebrate a century since the Roaring ’20s with All That Jazz! Enjoy a vibrant evening of food, friendship and two incredible performances: Anuvab Pal – standup comedian, […]