Akshita Nanda was born and raised in Pune, India and has lived in Singapore since 1995. Armed with her NUS Honors degree and a pen, Akshita knows what to do with radioactive spiders and a full spectrum of human emotions. Apart from being a columnist for arts and culture for The Straits Times since 2007, Akshita has an award winning novel to her name - Nimita's Place was shortlisted for the 2017 Epigram Books Fiction Prize. Up and coming, her latest novel Beauty Queens of Bishan will be published by Penguin Random House SEA and released later this year.
Edith Podesta is an theatre maker, choreographer and actor. In 2017, she was awarded Best Original Script and Production of the Year at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her production BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species. Edith is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Young & W!LD, a division of W!LD RICE Limited.
Nimita's Place: Staged Reading
Daisy Namdar Irani
Daisy is best known for originating the role of Daisy in the much loved TV series "Under one Roof” and as the director of a number of Asian Television Award winning shows. She has worked with the major theatre companies in Singapore, the latest being “Displaced Persons Welcome Dinner” by Checkpoint Theatre. She received the Life Theatre Best Actress Award for her performance in HuM Theatre's "The Prisoner of Mumbai Mansion". Daisy is the founder and creative director of HuM Theatre. She has been a juror for the International Emmys since 2008.
Armed with a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology from Singapore Polytechnic and currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Acting at LaSalle, College of the Arts, Indumathi Tamilselvan is an all-rounded freelance actor/educator and a fervent believer in the use of theatre to better understand and shape the world we live in. Her works on stage include Ancient Civilization Museum: Neon Light DreamingEventand After Dark Festival, Children’s Musical Theatre: Gloobaloo, BABES Forum Theatre Production:Dear Nobody, AWARE’s Forum Theatre: Just A Bad Day, and Singapore Discovery Centre’s National Day; School Assembly Showcase Tour: Who stole my Pineapple Tarts?
Manisha Joshi (MJ) is an emerging freelance actor/educator who is currently taking her B.A(Hons) in Acting at LASALLE, and wants to discover more about performances involving social issues. She has performed and spearheaded various School productions, Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) Competitions in her Secondary and Junior College Drama Club, and represented her school in the National Story Challenge organised by The Theatre Practice. Aside from theatre, she has emceed for college functions, directed her JC's Drama show and expanded her abilities by choreographing dance routines for school competitions. Ever since then, physicality has been her utmost speciality.
Mehr Dudeja is an Indian actor and voiceover artist. Her selected theatre credits include: ‘Miss India’ (DASTAK Hindi Theatre Festival) directed by Neelu Dogra, ‘The Insiders’ directed by Jo Kukathas, ‘Trick or Threat’ directed by Rei Poh, ‘Temple’ directed by Natalie Hennedige, and ‘This Is Not SITI Company’ directed by SITI Company. Mehr received her BA(Hons) in Acting in 2018 from LASALLE, College of the Arts. Mehr is bilingual and is interested in intercultural artistic collaboration.
Namrata Juneja is a second year Musical Theatre major who enjoys show tunes, fashion and cooking. She has previously worked as a lifestyle writer, an editor, a stylist and is on her way to becoming a full-time performing artist now. Namrata is passionate about telling stories and believes that the arts have the power to spearhead change, giving people a voice when they don’t have one.
Nicole is a budding actor and drama educator. With a diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology, one of her proudest works is Jiak Kantang - a Theatre in Education programme exploring how youth relate to being Singaporean. She has also acted in Pull up by One Man Riot, Anything Can Happen / Something Must Happen as part of the Young and W!LD programme, and multiple school assembly showcases in collaboration with organizations like the Singapore Discovery Centre, Singapore Red Cross, and Singapore Kindness Movement.