Ashish Bhuwania

A B.E. graduate from Oxford College of Engineering, Ashish has spent the last 2 years working for Sunrise Silk Udyog as a Business Relationship and Production Manager, where he was responsible for bringing new clients to the company and provided financial advice. He has also participated at national level in a workshop on Bio- informatics at the Vittal Mallya Science & Research Foundation.

Meera Murthy

A software engineer for the last 6 years, Meera has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science. She is a member of Yours Truly – a theatre group whose mission is bringing theatre to young people, increasing awareness and using theatre as an educational tool. In particular, she is part of Ytangle: an initiative to reach out to children who have limited access to quality entertainment. Shows performed with Yours Truly include Mother’s Touch School and Theatre @ Campus. She has also participated in Yours Truly’s Theatre Basic Workshop.

Priyanka Modi

A senior analyst with HSBC in their Investment Banking division, Priyanka has worked extensively in the financial domain. She has also worked with the McKinsey Knowledge Centre, Gurgaon as a Research Analyst in their corporate finance team. Before joining McKinsey, she worked with construction companies, managing end-to-end finance solutions for multi storeyed residential projects, ranging from vendor negotiations, accounting as well as project financing. Other clients include Davashanti and Associates, Madgul Parks, Lihala & Associates, and K.C Tak & Co.

Vipul Srivastava

BElectronic Engineering from Institute of Technology, BHU, Varanasi and Masters degree in Management Science from Stanford University. Vipul has experience in managing large teams in chip and software design in large corporations including IBM, Western Digital and Hitachi across the globe. He headed India operations for a chip startup that was later acquired by a large US based storage company. He is currently managing mobile phone platform development at a German chip design company. Vipul has over 10 years of experience in acting, writing and direction having worked and trained with various theater groups in India and the USA. He has trained in Playback theater. Utilizing his theater skills in corporate environment, Vipul has effectively managed large teams by providing feedback, resolving conflicts through role-play and mentoring new entrants.

Shilpa Viswanathan

Ten years of experience in customer service, PR and marketing have made Shilpa an expert in corporate training. Particularly in ‘soft skills’ – sales, communication and presentation skills, ‘process skills’ – transition of key processes, train the trainer, and ‘organisation behaviour’ training – team building and management skills. Shilpa has provided training for Xerox Modicorp, Bulls Eye Media, and through Spur Career Solutions, AXA, Siemans and HP. Shilpa has won a number of awards and utiliises role-play as a key component in providing practical, corporate training.

Ashish Joshi

BElectronics (Software Engineering) Project and Program Management from UC Santa Cruz. Trained American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, and VoiceMasters, UK. Ashish co-founded AutoVega and is a management consultant for technology start-ups like Empower Business Solutions. He has performed with California Arts Association, Naatak, and New Conservatory Theatre and produced music and theatre events. He has hosted live-to-air shows on All India Radio, Mumbai, and worked in systems, enterprise, and consumer software product engineering and management, working for multinationals like Tektronix and Sun Microsystems. Corporate clients: Bayer, Friday Films, EduRiser and various companies in the area of e-learning.

Anita Mithra

With a Communications Degree, Anita has worked in marketing and training throughout a range of corporate and media environments, from training HP staff in communication, to being the National Head of Marketing in India for IAPMO, USA. Anita has extensive theatre experience from Shakespeare, to ‘Our Town’ and contemporary works at venues such as ART, Theatre Lab and D&PG. Anita realised the value in using role-playing as a training tool and has utilised this in her corporate training work.

Rahul George

With qualifications in Management, Psychology and Counselling; Rahul is a corporate trainer who uses theatre techniques as an integral part of his workshops. Rahul has recently performed roleplay for Peers and Payers and Goldman Sachs in Bangalore and Mumbai. Prior to developing his training business Rahul worked in advertising in Mumbai. Since founding his company he has conducted programmes for over 8000 professionals, using roleplay to deliver invaluable, experiential learning.

Annelise Piers

BSc (Nutrition and Dietetics), Women’s Christian College, Chennai, Annalise is also currently studying neuro-linguistic programming and leadership. A seasoned corporate coach and specialist in customer service, HR and cross-cultural business communication, Annelise uses her theatre experience to simulate workplace challenges. Annelise has worked with call centre representatives, equity analysts, scientists and IT support. Clients: HCL Technologies, Amba Research, First Source, Cognizant, HP, ITC Infotech, Hindustan Unilever and CBM Saron to name a few. Annelise has been performing role-play for Peers and Payers and Goldman Sachs and ANZ in India since 2010.

Ashish Sen

BA, MA. A journalist and assistant editor with The Business Standard, Ashish has worked in media and development for ActionAid India and VOICES. He has been a trainer and fund-raiser for the public and private sectors. Ashish is currently a communications consultant, trainer and vice president for AMARC. Clients: Global Telling Stories Consultation, Wellcome Trust International, and ‘Mphasis. A director and actor, he has performed all over India. Theatre: The Shadow Box, Keats Was A Tuber and A Groom For My Sister.