Sankar Venkateswaran
Sankar Venkateswaran


Artistic Director

Born in 1979, Sankar Venkateswaran is a theatre director from Kerala, India. Sankar graduated from Calicut University School of Drama and Fine Arts, after which he completed Theatre Training and Research Programme (presently Intercultural Theatre Institute), Singapore.


In 2007, Sankar founded the collective Theatre Roots & Wings and directed acclaimed productions including Sahyande Makan- The Elephant Project (2008), a collaboration work with Japanese actor Micari, Shogo Ohta's The Water Station (2011) which traveled to Kyoto, Japan, as part of Kyoto Experiment 2016, and Henrik Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken (2012) created with German dancer Urs Dietrich. His latest production is Criminal Tribes Act (2017) which premiered at Zurich Theater Spektakel. His latest work is Indian Rope Trick (2020) which was co-produced with Kyoto University of Art and Design's Kyoto Performing Arts Center and Theater Commons Tokyo.


Sankar was invited to direct Tage der Dunkelheit (Days of Darkness)(2016) and INDIKA (2017) for Munich Volkstheater, Guruthilathe Nadatha Galike (2013), and Maurice Maeterlinck's Interior (2020) for NINASAM Theatre Institute, and Urubhangam (2009) for Shinshu University, among others.


He served as the Artistic Director for International Theatre Festival of Kerala (ITFoK) in 2015 and 2016. He was the jury member for Zurcher Theatre Spektakel 2016.


Presently, Sankar is establishing a cultural space in Kerala, where he closely works with the indigenous communities of the Silent Valley region. Through the process “Time that went without knowing” was created in 2016.


Sankar is a recipient of International Ibsen Scholarships 2013 (Teater Ibsen, Norway), and Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2011 (Government of India).