A Conscious Stream Productions is a house which writes, develops and produces plays with a South Asian slant but for a global audience. The vision is to break the stereotypical stories that circle around the south asian community and really bring the realities, creative depth, intensity, philosophy and culture of South Asians to the world.
Shivali Gopal Bhammer – Co-Founder and Play Writer
Shivali was born in London, having studied Economics & Philosophy, she embarked on a career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs but quickly left to pursue her artistic passions. She was signed to Sony Music BMG and has released two chart topping devotional albums, The Bhajan Project and Urban Temple (released by Eros International). Shivali also holds a diploma in Acting, Kathak (classical Indian dance) and Ballet. As a writer she has published for newspapers such as The Financial Times, prominent magazines globally on topics of philosophy and faith, and has an active creative blog. Borders in a Bedroom is her first written play to be staged as part of the Tamasha Festival 2016. She remains an active public speaker and can be found on the stage performing in either dance, singing or some other fanciful improvised creation. www.shivali.co.uk / firstname.lastname@example.org / twitter: @shivaliartist / facebook : shivaliartist
Shezi Sardar – Co-Founder and Actor
Shezi is an actor, producer, and lawyer based in New York City. Having obtained a J.D. from Emory University and a certificate from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in international commercial arbitration, Shezi embarked on a dual acting and legal career, serving as one of the youngest, nominated board members of the International Trade Committee under the NYC Bar Association. Shezi can be seen in guest star network roles on Law & Order: SVU, The Mysteries of Laura, Elementary, The Blacklist, and Madam Secretary, and numerous independent films. He was selected for the highly competitive NBC Scene Showcase in 2013, and is executive producer and lead actor on a multi-episode, original comedy series focused on the tech startup world. He’s trained with The William Esper Studio, The Barrow Group, and HB Studio.
Celine Rosenthal – Director
Celine is an NYU Tisch alum, Tony Nominated Producer (Leap of Faith, Seminar), and graduate of The New School for Drama’s MFA Directing program. She is a founding member of Neela Theatre Project in Mumbai, and a proud Musical Theatre Factory Board Member. Her work has been seen at NYMF, New York City Center, MMAC, 54 Below, 59E59, and in the Broadway’s Future Songbook Series at Lincoln Center. Recent Projects include Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, David Grieg’s Yellow Moon, Bekah Brunstetter’s Little Man. For more information, please visit: http://celinerosenthal.nyc
Radhika Menawat – Stage Manager
Radhika is a multitalented dancer who started training in the classical Indian dance form of Bharatnatyam at the age of 4 from internationally recognized Ms. Chaula Thacker. In 2006, after many years of rigorous training and dedication, she completed her Bharatnatyam Arangentram from the Chauladevi Institute of Dance and Yoga, in Michigan. Prior to moving to New York City, she continued to dance with her dance troupe Nadanta and stage managed their annual summer production. In New York City Radhika is a dancer and choreographer for Ajna Dance Company. She has also performed and competed in US and Canada including the Super Bowl XL multicultural show entitled “Nations in Rhythm Detroit!” She uses her classical foundation as a base for her expressive and energetic dance.
Benjamin-Ernest Abraham (Assistant Director)
Ben is new to the New York Theatre scene and is ecstatic to be assistant directing Borders in the Bedroom. Recent directing credits include: Ant (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Waiting for Moondog (ESPA Detention Series), Old School (Step1 Theatre Project 24-Hour Play Festival), Cursed (ESPA Detention Series), Crave (Loyola University Maryland). He would like to thank Celine Rosenthal for being a wonderful mentor and friend.