Art at Stages, Salons, Streets and Stories
Bruce Guthrie, Lynne Fernandez, Tim Brinkman and Varun Gupta with Sadhana Rao
Designation. HEAD OF THEATRE & FILM at the NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS in Mumbai, India.
Bruce Has been involved in the Arts sector For several years .
:Directing credits include: SEA WALL (Add Art Festival, NCPA Mumbai); CONSTELLATIONS (NCPA, Mumbai); MAN TO MAN (Wilton’s Music Hall, UK tour & Brooklyn Academy of Music); RENT: 20th Anniversary Production (St James Theatre & UK tour); THE LAST MERMAID with Charlotte Church (Festival of voice Wales Millennium Centre); LOTTY’S WAR (UK Tour); BAKERSFIELD MIST starring Kathleen Turner & Ian McDiarmid (Duchess Theatre); AN INCIDENT AT THE BORDER by Kieran Lynn (Finborough & Trafalgar Studios); THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, OTHELLO & TWELFTH NIGHT for Singapore Repertory Theatre (Fort Canning Park, Singapore); STORIES BY HEART written by and starring multi award-winning actor John Lithgow (Lyttelton NT).
:Leadership roles: Member of The Guildford School of Acting’s Advisory Board; Artistic Director of the NATIONAL YOUTH THEATRE OF WALES, directing THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE in 2015 and ROMEO & JULIET in 2016; Associate Artist for Papatango 2011 & 2012.
:Concerts & Events: HRH The Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Celebration SW7: Sam Warburton’s Testimonial Year for NSPCC Wales 2018 & 2019; The Welsh Guards Centenary Celebration in 2015 for the Welsh Guards Charity; St David’s Day Celebration for HRH The Prince of Wales 2013.
:Training: BA Honours in Acting at Guildford School of Acting. As a Director: The National Theatre Studio and with Howard Davies, Sir Richard Eyre, Deborah Warner & Sam Mendes.
Lynne Fernandez is a trained Psychologist and spent the first years of her professional life working with seriously disturbed young adults, at a facility in Bangalore, India.
The next phase of her life saw her work as a successful Tour Director with a high-end Travel company, which allowed her to travel extensively across India and Nepal, during which she would lecture on Indian culture and wildlife.
She has worked as an actress and light designer with many notable directors including Barry John, Joy Michael, Ranjit Kapoor, and Lillete Dubey, and was amongst the first practicing light designers (and perhaps the first woman Lighting Directors) in India. Her theatre work has been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in the West End and off-Broadway.
Lynne came to Nrityagram in 1993 as Production and Technical consultant to the newly founded Ensemble. She stayed on as Technical Director and in 1997 was appointed Managing Trustee of the Odissi Dance Centre Trust which oversees Nrityagram Village, School and Ensemble.
As Lighting Director of Nrityagram, Lynne has lit the Ensemble on stages across India (from NCPA, Mumbai to Konarak, Orissa, Music Academy, Chennai to the Purana Qila, Delhi) and the globe, including The Joyce Theatre, New York, Sydney Opera House, Royal Festival Hall, London, The Esplanade, Singapore, and others.
As Managing Trustee, she is responsible for administration, fund-raising and project development. Her recent projects include Kula, a residence where arts practitioners can live and create new work, and a Performing Arts Centre comprising a theatre, exhibition space and rehearsal studios.
She has also overseen the emergence of the Nrityagram Ensemble on to the international arena.
Sadhana is a research-led writer and curator in the Arts & Culture spaces.
She writes on Arts, Film festivals, Music, Crafts, Travel, Literature, & Socio-Economics for leading newspapers, magazines and Journals including The Hindu, The Economic Times, Deccan Chronicle, Tehelka, Housecalls, Shruti etc. Her writing style knits history with the literary and the classical with the contemporary.
Building on the plinth of her research and writing experience, Sadhana has been a Contributor, Curator, Speaker and Moderator for music, literature, art and film segments at festivals and platforms including Mahindra Kabira Festival, Cannes Film Festival, AVID Learning, Royal Opera House Mumbai, Think Fest, Bangalore Literature Festival, Bangalore International Centre, Jaipur Literature Festival, FICCI – Creative Industries as well as Corporate summits. Sadhana works with artists and conservatories across genres to weave narrative-backed lecture demonstrations. Her academic conclaves blend pedagogy with performances.
Continuing her volunteering at SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth), since her days at Miranda House and Delhi School of Social Work she has participated in a number of programs that have taken Gurus and Masters in the Arts to intersect with students in schools and colleges. Her sustained interest in Arts’ pedagogies, she founded Art Links Learning to create age appropriate curriculum for imparting Music and Arts Intelligence.
A Masters in Social Work from Delhi University, she honed her research, consulting and execution skills at the Administrative Staff College of India.
Living in Bangalore she continues to be a student of the Arts.
Chief Executive – new Performing Arts Centre, Mumbai
A brief biog – Tim has over 30 years’ experience in the theatre sector concentrating on international and national performing arts buildings. He’s led several large scale venues including time as Director of the award winning Hall for Cornwall and as Chief Executive of Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia’s busiest performing arts venue.
Designation: Photographer & Co-Founder Chennai Photo Biennale
Varun Gupta is a commercial photographer, serial-entrepreneur, digital ad-man and a lover of analogue photography who co-founded Chennai Photo Biennale in 2015. His alma maters include Light & Life Academy and the College of Wooster, US. In 2006, he founded Travelling Lens – a company that conducted specialised photography workshops and holidays in remote areas of India. In 2010, Varun began work with Art Chennai (a city-wide arts event) to manage their photography exhibitions with a focus on public engagement through which they organised large exhibitions in train stations and beaches in Chennai.
Photo Seva is one of his long-term portraiture projects where he travels to make portraits of local communities across India with a large-format camera and B&W film. His personal work, a reflection of his nomadic existence has been shown by galleries in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Kochin and Pondicherry. Varun is based in Chennai, India.
* Some speakers in this session are participating virtually via Zoom.