Deepan Sivaraman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Deepan Sivaraman in 2012

Deepan Sivaraman is an Indian Theatre director, Scenographer and Academic.[1] He is the founder of Oxygen Theatre Company based in Thrissur, Kerala.

Sivaraman received Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2003,[2] Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Award and Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards in 2011 and 2010 respectively.[1] Deepan served as the Artistic Director for the International Theatre Festival of Kerala(ITFOK) for 2014 edition which had a curatorial focus on transition, gender and spectatorship.[3] Deepan Sivaraman currently is an Associate Professor of Performance Studies at School of Culture and Creative Expressions at the Ambedkar University in Delhi.

Early Life and career[edit]

Deepan started his career as a carpenter in early 90s which helped him to pursue his theatre studies later on. After graduating from School of Drama Thrissur, Calicut University he undertook an MA in Performance practice at Pondicherry University and started practicing as a freelancer. Later he returned to academics and earned an MPhil degree in theatre from School of Letters from Mahatma Gandhi University Kottayam. In 2003 he was awarded Charles Wallace India Trust Scholarship to study MA in Scenography at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design London. Following his graduation from CSM he worked as a Studio Tutor and Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London-CSM until he moved to Wimbledon College of Art to pursue his Doctoral studies. He continued teaching scenography at Wimbledon College of Art until he returned to India in 2012.

During his life in India and Europe he taught at many institutions as a visiting faculty teaching scenography and performance making. During the last 20 years of his theatre career he worked on several productions as a director and scenographer and some of the notable productions have travelled to festivals such as Edinburgh, Avignon, Almeda, ITFOK, BRM and META etc. He was honoured with Sankeet Natak Akademi Award (Kerala) for theatre direction in 2012. His most famous play Spinal Cord received 10 nominations for Mahindra Excellence Theatre Award (META) and won seven awards including the best play of the year, best director and best scenographer. Along with his theatre colleagues he found Oxygen Theatre Company in 2008 based in Kerala.

Notable works[edit]

Ubu Roi-National School of Drama Delhi(2012)
Peer Gynt-Produced by Oxygen Theatre Company Kerala(2010)
Spinal Cord-Produced by Oxygen Theatre Company(2009)


  • 2010 - Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards.[15]
  • 2012 - Kerala Sangeet Nataka Akademi Award.[16]


  1. ^ a b Punjani, Deepa. "Mrs". Critical Stages (June 2013: Issue 8). 
  2. ^ Menon, Anasuya (March 14, 2012). "Wallace Route to Education". Hindu Group. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Ganesh, Deepa (April 18, 2014). "For Visual Language". Frontline. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Sadanandan, Smitha (2002-06-17). "Woman redifined". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "A study in scenography". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Nair, Shilpa (2010-11-27). "Deep into Theatre". Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  7. ^ Nath, Dipanitha (8 May 2012). "National Award,Inshallah Football,Ashvin Kumar,Film on Social CauseSkeletons in the King's Cupboard". The Indian Express. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Utpal K, Banarjee (2013-05-28). "Epic of the ordinary". The Pioneer. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Project Nostalgia - a theatre performance". AUD Institutional Memory Project. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Nath, Dipanita (August 7, 2014). "A play on sexual violence will take you into a discomfort zone". The Indian Express. The Indian Express. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ Nath, Dipanitha (8 February 2015). "Mrs". Indian Express. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Shrabasti, Mallik (2015-03-28). "A Walk Through Memory Lane". The Pioneer. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Utpal K, Banarjee (2015-05-18). "Method to Madness". The Pioneer. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Lal, Amrith (17 April 2016). "It Takes a Village". Indian Express. Retrieved 22 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Ramunath, Renu (2010-06-20). "A study in scenography". Indian Express. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  16. ^ "Sangeetha Nataka Akademi awards announced". The Hindu. 11 January 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2014.