Associate Professor, National School of Drama, New Delhi (India)
Abhilash Pillai (Dr.), present associate professor at the National School of Drama (NSD) in New Delhi, has had a wide and varied career in theatre.
He has directed plays in different countries in various languages, contributed articles on theatre in leading publications, participated in seminars, and conducted workshops in different regions of India and abroad.
Abhilash’s productions draw on a wide array of materials but are presented in a contemporary aesthetic style. He has been involved in several collaborations both international and national as director and has initiated the first ever collaboration in India connecting NSD and the Grand Circus, Kerala, culminating in Clowns & Clouds, which he directed.
Abhilash has been chief technical coordinator of BRM (the international theatre festival of India) from 2008 to 2013 and curator/artistic director for national and international theatre festivals in Kerala from 2009 onwards. He has authored the biography, C.N. Sreekantan Nair – A Vision and Mission of a Theatre Activist (2007) published by the Central Sahithya Akademi.
A visiting faculty and board member in multiple universities, Abhilash initiated the inaugural student exchange programme between Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London and NSD when he was dean at the latter institution (2008 - 2011).
Abhilash holds a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; a diploma in theatre production and stage management from RADA, London; a postgraduate diploma in design and direction from NSD; and a graduate degree in theatre arts from Calicut University, Kerala.
He is a recipient of various honour awards, including the Sanskriti Award (2002-03) and Kerala Sangeet Natak Award (2012) for his achievements in the field of theatre.