I haven't heard it in a long time...Barbra Streisand or Ella Fitzgerald leading one to the heights and the high notes...
"No more hunger and thirst,
Be a person who needs people,
People who need people
Are the luckiest people in the world!"
We at Jagriti are blessed. We have a many people who have melded into the team that greets, serves, attends to the needs of our directors, managers, performers and backstage crew.
Rebecca Spurgeon is an Actor, Singer, Teacher and Director. She has a degree in English Literature from St. Xavier’s, Mumbai and has trained in Western Vocals and Western Classical Piano in Bangalore and Mumbai.
Rebecca began acting in 2005, performing at Thespo, where she won twice for her role in Dattani’s Tara. Since then, she has acted in over 25 productions. Her recent productions include All About Women and The Worker’s Bible, which she directed for Jagriti Season 2015. When not on stage, Rebecca has handled stage and light design and has worked as Festival Director and Tour Manager.
She has also taught drama for over 5 years and continues to volunteer as a curriculum consultant for a rural school program. Rebecca Spurgeon currently works at Jagriti as Education Coordinator.
Manoj & Babu
Manoj left his hometown, Vellore, came to Bangalore in 1993, and joined us six months after we opened, and has been with us ever since. Besides providing the sound effects, Manoj mans the video camera and engineers sound recordings and audio and video editing as well.
Binod was a current-tester and welding son of the man who executed the wiring contract in the total project. While Mishra saab has returned home to Odisha, Binod - now a husband and a father – stayed on. He is now our man on the light controls.
Together, they are responsible for lifting our work above the normal, and making ‘setting up’ stress-free. Over the five years, the duo - now titled Banjo and Manjo - has given light and sound to scores of stage productions, with performers raising their arm in salutation of their commitment.
Of course, they both are our resident Repairs and Maintenance experts on anything electrical, civil, structural and artistical!
Shankar R Chugani
Shankar R Chugani, also known as Shunky, is a stand-up comic in Bangalore. He has been a regular at various comedy venues in Bangalore for over three years. He had been a part of the First Comedy Festivals in Bangalore in 2015 and Hyderabad in 2016.
He came to Bangalore in 2010, when he started working as a Tech Support Analyst. In 2012, he switched to Copywriting in a digital advertising agency. In 2013, he began visiting Jagriti as a volunteer and joined the Theatre later that year.
Shunky handles communication at Jagriti and can sometimes be seen handling latecomers because Jagriti has a 'strict no latecomer' policy.
The band of the 3 ladies is a very integral part of the Jagriti family. From housekeeping to maintaining the theatre guest house, making sure visiting companies are well taken care of, and providing much needed cups of tea to rehearsals and the team. There isn’t a day when their love for the Theatre is diminished.
Lakshmi, Bharathi and Sudha are all from the local community.
If you’ve been to Jagriti, you know Sandhya. She’s the one running the box office at show time. When not busy with the box office, Sandhya has administrative duties and manages all the logistics of the Trinity Exam at Jagriti.
Sandhya Rani is a local, born and raised in Ramagondanahalli and this means she understands the very essence and flavour of the community around us, having seen Whitefield change and evolve in the last couple of decades. Most interestingly, she speaks Tribasha - a mixture of Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.