Deepan Sivaraman

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Deepan Sivaraman
ദീപൻ ശിവരാമൻ
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Deepan Sivaraman in 2012
Deepan Sivaraman

Alma materCentral Saint Martins, Wimbledon College of Arts
OccupationTheatre director, scenographer and academic
WebsiteOxygen Theatre Company

Deepan Sivaraman is an Indian theatre director, scenographer and academic.[1] He is the founder of Oxygen Theatre Company based in Delhi. He is from 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[permanent dead link] (Kerala) for theatre direction in 2012. His most famous play Spinal Cord received 10 nominations for Mahindra Excellence Theatre Award[permanent dead link] (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[permanent dead link] in 2008 based in Kerala.

The Legend of Khasak Khasakkinte Itihasam – The Play a Milestone[edit]

Deepan involved with KM Kunjambu Smaraka Kalasamaithi.(KMK) Trikaripur for the project of The Legends of Khasak Khasakkinte Itihasam with the local village actors, it was a unique theatre project that has no similarities in the recent Indian theatre history in the terms of its production of working with village actors and the way in which the entire village got part of it. The trans – chronic post-modern novel of O. V. Vijayan, The Legends of Khasak Khasakkinte Itihasam is revived onto the stage, in the Land of dark native myths and tantalizing legends – Kasaragod. The geographical memory of Khasak is transplanted to the landscape of Kasaragod. The tree of life, Revered Time, Slits of spreading self and sins and mythicized nature of Khasak takes a re-birth to burn down into the body ofspectator. The performance fuses native religious rituals and native art forms in separately. The three months of theatre camp for the regional artists were a refreshing wind to the cultural present of Kerala, which proved that the rural art gatherings were not extinct in the cultural space. From the last remaining sapling spread a green hope which rushed the village into a spring of artistic thought. There were muted tunes, silenced slogans and an unbroken harmony which united the whole village onto the theatre. Portraying, or interpreting Khasak into its multidimensional plurality was a challenge to any medium, to which this theatrical interpretation stands as an exemption. The characters of Khasak Allapicha Mollakka, Maimuna, Appukili, Naizam Ali, Kuttandan Pushari and Ravi meet the spectators in the aesthetically subverted, politically deconstructed, surreal space.[4][5][6]

Directorial works along with its design[edit]

Year Title Credit
2018 Dark Things Scenographer and co-director with Dr. Anuradha Kapur
2018 Nationalism Project Director, Scenographer
2015 The Legends of Khasak Director, Scenographer[7]
2015 The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Director, Scenographer[8]
2014 It’s Cold in Here Director, Scenographer[9]
2014 Project Nostalgia Director, Scenographer[10]
2013 The Little Prince Director, Scenographer
2011 Ubu Roi Director, Scenographer & Dramaturge[11]
2010 Peer Gynt Director Scenographer, Dramaturge[12]
2009 Spinal Cord Director, Scenographer & Dramaturge[13]
2004 The circle of the seasons Director, Scenographer
2004 Dream of Death Director, Scenographer
2002 Kamala Director, Scenographer[14]
1998 Lord of the Flies Director, Dramaturge
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)

Scenography works[edit]

Year Title Director Producer
2018 The Girl in the Drain Dr. Anuradha Kapur National School of Drama Delhi
2017 Naked Voices Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry National School of Drama Delhi
2016 Talatum Abhialsh Pillai Serendipity Art Trust Delhi
2016 Bitter Fruit Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry National School of Drama Delhi[15]
2012 Virasat Dr. Anuradha Kapur National School of Drama Delhi.[16]
2008 The Little India Emily Grey Trestle Theatre, UK
2006 Palm Grove Tales Abhilash Pillai School of Drama Thrissur
2003 Siddartha Jyothish MG Abhinaya Theatre Centre Thiruvananthapuram
2002 Bhagvadujjukeeyam Jyothish MG Abhinaya Theatre Centre Thiruvananthapuram
2001 Verdigris Abhilash Pillai Abhinaya Theatre Centre Thiruvananthapuram
2000 Thatri Realizing Self J Shailaja Kriya Collective Thiruvananthapuram

Major Theatre Festivals participated[edit]

  • 2019 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala Kerala, Dark Things
  • 2018 – Wuzhen International Theatre Festival Shanghai, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
  • 2018 – YULICA International theatre festival Krakow, Nationalism Project.
  • 2017 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala 9th Edition, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
  • 2016 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala 8th Edition, The Legends of Khasak
  • 2016 – Bharat Rang Mahotsav Delhi, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
  • 2013 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala 7th Edition, Virasat
  • 2012 – International Theatre Festival National School of Drama Delhi, Peer Gynt
  • 2011 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala 5th Edition, Peer Gynt
  • 2011 – National theatre Festival of Kerala, Peer Gynt
  • 2010 – Ibsen Festival New Delhi, Peer Gynt
  • 2010 – Mahindra Excellence in theatre Awards New Delhi, Spinal Cord
  • 2010 – Rangayana National Theatre Festival Bangalore, Spinal Cord
  • 2009 – International Theatre Festival National School of Drama Delhi, Spinal Cord
  • 2009 – International Theatre Festival of Kerala, Spinal Cord
  • 2009 – National Theatre Festival Thiruvananthapuram Kerala, Spinal Cord
  • 2007 – Avignon Theatre Festival France, Siddhartha
  • 2006 – Prithvi Theatre Festival Mumbai, Bagavdajjukam
  • 2006 – South Asian Theatre Festival New Delhi, Siddhartha
  • 2004 – International Theatre Festival National School of Drama New Delhi, Siddhartha
  • 2003 – International Theatre Festival National School of Drama Delhi, Bagavadajjukam
  • 2001 – International Theatre Festival National School of Drama New Delhi, Verdigris
  • 2000 – Festival De Alameda Lisbon Portugal, Verdigris
  • 2000 – Asian Woman Theatre Festival New Delhi, Thathri Realising Self


  • 2010 – Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards[17]
  • 2012 – Kerala Sangeet Nataka Akademi Award[18]


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