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Who We Are

Jehan Manekshaw and Tasneem Fatehi came together in the year 2008 to answer the question how best to bring drama in to the lives of people as a tool for experiential learning. Their journey started with one school in Mumbai and now extends to a network of nearly 40 organizations that stretches across 8 cities.

Jehan Manekshaw

(BA, Theatre Direction, Wesleyan University, USA | MFA Theatre Directing, Birkbeck, University of London)

Jehan Manekshaw is the Founder Director of Theatre Professionals.

Jehan has taught as guest faculty at Ninsasam Theatre Institute, Attakallari Centre for Movement Arts, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is also a co-convener on the faculty panel of The Drama School, Mumbai.

As a Core Team member of the Young People’s Theatre Programme, Jehan’s efforts are towards devising end-to-end solutions for educational institutions who want an autonomous Drama department. He often supervises internal teacher training for YPTP’s facilitators, and occasionally steps in to the classroom as a substitute instructor. Jehan also regularly designs different formats for Annual Day engagements for schools seeking alternatives to the traditional Annual Day.

When not working as the Director of Theatre Professionals, Jehan directs plays across languages and cultures; his credits include directing Shakespeare’s Othello in Kannada at the Ninasam Theatre Institute in Karnataka, and Eklavya in Japanese at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, in Japan.

Tasneem Fatehi

Co-founder

Major in English Literature from St.Xavier’s College.

As a doyen of the Trinity Programme for Speech and Drama for over a decade, Tasneem has extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of Bombay’s schools and teaching culture. She started out administering TPPL’s professional Actor Training Workshops and now oversees the Young People’s Theatre Programme as it grows from strength to strength. When she’s not busy seeing that every school’s academic and teaching needs are being met, Tasneem finds time to step into the classroom and keep connected with what she loves best, teaching children.

At TPPL, she is the in-house mentor for classroom realities and guides the processes for annual days and the drama in school programme for our team of nearly 20 instructors.

Pankti Shah

Company Manager

Masters in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School Of Business, France

B Sc (IT) from Mumbai University

Pankti has a strong interest in the cultural sector and in entrepreneurship and is really keen on creating corporate structures with artistic values. She has been closely involved with the Kabir Festival Mumbai since its inception, managing marketing and publicity. She also has worked with Magic Bus, an NGO which uses sports for development, and Amadeus, a global distribution network for Travel.

When Pankti is not working to get TPPL’s organisational structures in place to make sure we’re a company that keeps both our team and our stakeholders happy, she takes off to tick another destination off her bucket-list.