Kirtana Kumar is an actor, director, dramaturg, theatre pedagogue and film-maker. She is a trustee of Visthar and Women Artists’ Group and the creative director of Little Jasmine Productions and Theatre Lab. She has been the recipient of several awards both for her directorial as well as performance work including the MacArthur Fellowship, India Foundation for the Arts New Performance Award, Oberhausen Award amongst others. She has been working with theatre and the development sector through workshops, trainings and performance for the last 25 years. She maintains a special interest in issues of gender, sexuality, peace and social justice. She writes on performance and film. She runs an artists’ residency program at Infinite Souls Farm and Artists’ Retreat. She lives there with her dogs, buffaloes, horses, chickens and her main man, Konarak Reddy.