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,

But first

Be a person who needs people,

People who need people

Are the luckiest people in the world!"

We at Jagriti are blessed. We have 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
  • Shlok Menon
  • Deeya Laki Rajan
  • Binod Bihari Mishra
  • J. Raj Manoj Kumar
  • Sandhya Rani
  • Lakshmi
  • Sudha N
  • Bharathi

Rebecca Spurgeon

team

Rebecca Spurgeon is an Actor, Singer, Teacher and Director. She has a degree in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, 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 for her role in Tara by Mahesh Dattani. Since then, she has acted in over 30 productions. In the last year, she has acted in Oleanna by David Mamet and has also devised and directed Panchatantra Retold and Metamorphosis. When not on stage, Rebecca also works as a light and set designer and has experience as a festival Director, Curator and Tour Manager.

Currently, she is Executive Producer at Jagriti and heads the Theatre Arts Program at Jagriti.

Shlok Menon

team

Shlok Menon is best known for his roles in our very own Rabbit Hole and Panchatantra Retold as well as the Playpen production of Dreamers by Salmin Sheriff. Shlok banked into theatre from the Aviation Industry where he handled Operations for a Corporate Airline in Bangalore and now runs Operations here at Jagriti. He loves music and is fond of playing the guitar while referring to his cell phone for the lyrics and chords.

Deeya Laki Rajan

team

An architect by training, Laki is now Jagriti’s in-house designer and production manager. Over the last year, she has worked in capacity of Production Manager on Jagriti productions of Yayati by Girish Karnad, Societal Woes by Sriram Iyer and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

When she isn’t Photoshopping her way through the day as our Communications Executive, she is managing actors, directors, schedules and almost everything else that goes into making a show happen. Her love for design and theatre, combined with organisational skills makes Jagriti productions run like clockwork.

Binod Bihari Mishra

team

Binod, was a current tester wielding 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 - is our man on the light controls.

Together, Binod and Manoj 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 artistic!

J. Raj Manoj Kumar

team

Manoj left his home town Vellore and came to Bangalore in 1993 and came to us six months after we opened and has been with us since. Besides providing the sound effects, Manoj also engineers sound recordings and audio and video editing.

Together, Binod and Manoj 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 artistic!

Sandhya Rani

team

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.

Lakshmi

team

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.

Sudha N

team

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.

Bharathi

team

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.

Rebecca Spurgeon

Rebecca Spurgeon

Rebecca Spurgeon is an Actor, Singer, Teacher and Director. She has a degree in English Literature from St. Xavier’s College, 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 for her role in Tara by Mahesh Dattani. Since then, she has acted in over 30 productions. In the last year, she has acted in Oleanna by David Mamet and has also devised and directed Panchatantra Retold and Metamorphosis. When not on stage, Rebecca also works as a light and set designer and has experience as a festival Director, Curator and Tour Manager.

Currently, she is Executive Producer at Jagriti and heads the Theatre Arts Program at Jagriti.

Shlok Menon

Shlok Menon

Shlok Menon is best known for his roles in our very own Rabbit Hole and Panchatantra Retold as well as the Playpen production of Dreamers by Salmin Sheriff. Shlok banked into theatre from the Aviation Industry where he handled Operations for a Corporate Airline in Bangalore and now runs Operations here at Jagriti. He loves music and is fond of playing the guitar while referring to his cell phone for the lyrics and chords.

Deeya Laki Rajan

Deeya Laki Rajan

An architect by training, Laki is now Jagriti’s in-house designer and production manager. Over the last year, she has worked in capacity of Production Manager on Jagriti productions of Yayati by Girish Karnad, Societal Woes by Sriram Iyer and Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

When she isn’t Photoshopping her way through the day as our Communications Executive, she is managing actors, directors, schedules and almost everything else that goes into making a show happen. Her love for design and theatre, combined with organisational skills makes Jagriti productions run like clockwork.

Binod Bihari Mishra

Binod Bihari Mishra

Binod, was a current tester wielding 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 - is our man on the light controls.

Together, Binod and Manoj 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 artistic!

J. Raj Manoj Kumar

J. Raj Manoj Kumar

Manoj left his home town Vellore and came to Bangalore in 1993 and came to us six months after we opened and has been with us since. Besides providing the sound effects, Manoj also engineers sound recordings and audio and video editing.

Together, Binod and Manoj 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 artistic!

Sandhya Rani

Sandhya Rani

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.

Lakshmi

Lakshmi

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.

Sudha N

Sudha N

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.

Bharathi

Bharathi

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.

 
 

Jagriti

Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.

The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry. 

The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.

Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.