Sankar Venkateswaran
Sankar Venkateswaran


Artistic Director

Born in 1979, Sankar Venkateswaran is a theatre director from Kerala, India. Sankar graduated from Calicut University School of Drama and Fine Arts, after which he completed Theatre Training and Research Programme (presently Intercultural Theatre Institute), Singapore.


In 2007, Sankar founded the collective Theatre Roots & Wings and directed acclaimed productions including “Sahyande Makan- The Elephant Project” (2008), a collaboration work with Japanese actor Micari, Shogo Ohta's "The Water Station" (2011) which traveled to Kyoto, Japan, as part of Kyoto Experiment 2016, and Henrik Ibsen's “When We Dead Awaken” (2012) created with German dancer Urs Dietrich. His latest production is “Criminal Tribes Act” (2017) which premiered at Zurich Theater Spektakel.


Sankar was invited to direct “Tage der Dunkelheit (Days of Darkness)" (2016) and “INDIKA” (2017) for Munich Volkstheater, “Guruthilathe Nadatha Galike” (2013) for NINASAM Theatre Institute, and “Urubhangam” (2009) for Shinshu University, among others.


He served as the Artistic Director for International Theatre Festival of Kerala in 2015 and 2016. He was the jury member for Zurcher Theatre Spektakel 2016.


Presently, Sankar is establishing a cultural space in Kerala, where he closely works with the indigenous communities of the Silent Valley region. Through the process “Time that went without knowing” was created in 2016.


Sankar is a recipient of Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2011 (Government of India), and International Ibsen Scholarships 2013 (Teater Ibsen, Norway).




Founded by Sankar Venkateswaran in 2007, Theatre Roots & Wings has been on the cutting edge of contemporary theatre since its inception. Its first production, Quick Death (2007), opened 3rd International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2010. Making its own inputs to the inquiring and experimenting spirit of contemporary world theatre with its second play Sahyande Makan – The Elephant Project (2008), a collaborative piece with renowned actress Micari from Japan, the company continues to explore the potentials of theatre as an independent medium with acting at its heart.  In 2011, the company co-produced Shogo Ohta's silent play The Water Station with The Japan Foundation, New Delhi with an all-India cast. It was followed by next production, Henrik Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken (2012). Criminal Tribes Act (2017) is the latest production.