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To harness the power of art for a more peaceful, equal, just and inclusive society.


A world in which art is integral to our lives, and helps us become more creative, curious and compassionate human beings.


We produce and tour theatre, music and dance productions that continue to perform across the country and internationally.


Is the umbrella under which all our gender centric work and programs are housed. This includes Gender Bender, our annual gender centric arts festival.



We offer short/long term residencies to local and international artists on creative and/or research-oriented projects.


Sandbox Collective is envisioned as a creative and fluid space for artistic exchange,

and our work reflects the sum of the roles we play.


We conceive, conceptualise and curate theatre and arts festivals, for cultural organisations, venues, corporates and other institutions.



We provide India-centric arts and gender related research assistance and mentorship facilities to international artists and organisations.


We curate art trips and theatre-based workshops for children and adults. We also create programs to engage local communities through performances, seminars, discussions and other artist-led engagements as part of our work in the field of arts education.



We produce international shows and tour them across India, as well as new productions  created in India by International companies.

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Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Nimi Ravindran is a writer, theatre director and educator who has worked in the theatre for  20 years in various capacities. She was  artistic director of Just Theatre, a Bangalore-based theatre group  where she produced and directed numerous theatre projects. She served in the core group of Ranga Shankara till 2007 and is on the advisory board of  The Company Theatre, Workspace in Kamshet. Maharashtra. She holds a Senior Fellowship in Theatre from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. In an earlier life she worked as a journalist, covering arts and culture, and was Assistant Editor at India Today magazine.


Co-Founder / Artistic Director

Shiva Pathak is an actor, consultant and arts manager. She has worked in the theatre for over 15 years. Her tryst with performing arts began during her college days as an actor and production manager;  she has since then worked on projects with some of India’s leading arts organisations – Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Ranga Shankara and India Foundation for the Arts – before starting Sandbox Collective in 2013. She is Director, Bhasha Centre and a Trustee of Toto Funds the Arts. She is also an Art Think South Asia Fellow 2016-17.


Director Programmes

Raabiya Jayaram is a documentary film maker who helped set up the video archive for the Archive and Research Center for Ethnomusicology at the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon. As Director Roughcut Productions she has worked on numerous documentary films on a variety of issues ranging from rural development to gender and sexuality. She has also been involved with the arts both as a performer and arts manager.


Visual Designer 

Aakriti Chandervanshi is a visual artist, curator and designer from India. As an architectural graduate from Sir J J College of Architecture, the roots of her practice emerge from her keen interest in the historicities of the built environment and relevant debates around the discourse on their conservation. Her dissertation explores relating architecture with psychology (titled ‘Animals in Translation) following which she designed a Centre for Animal Assisted Therapy, which she’s currently pursuing to bring to life in the present day. She is devoted to her work and pets, perhaps not as equally as she would like.


Programme Coordinator

Leya Mammen is a performer, facilitator and production manager based in Bangalore. She graduated from Christ University, Bangalore in 2021 and has since worked with various organisations like Teach for India, Toto Funds the Arts, Lokadharmi Theatre, Our Theatre and Thespo. She aims to create and support art for socio-political causes.



Rimini Protokoll, Germany

Handlebards, UK

Cie Nicole Seiler, Switzerland

Gilles Jobin, Switzerland

Trickster P, Switzerland

Mixed Pickles, Germany

Felix Ott Company, Berlin

Corinne Maier, Switzerland

Yana Thoennes and Magdalena Maria, Germany

Eduardo Conceicao, Germany

Benjamin Brix, Germany

Leisa Shelton, Australia

Ulf Evren, Sweden


The Company Theatre, Mumbai

Adishakti, Pondicherry

Nrityagram, Bangalore

Patchworks Ensemble, Mumbai

The Tadpole Repertory, New Delhi

ThinkArts, Kolkata

Tamasha Theatre, Mumbai

Theatre Professionals, Mumbai

Perch, Chennai

Tram Theatre, Mumbai

Tahatto, Bangalore

Theatreact, Mumbai

The Little Jasmine, Bangalore

MadBall- Deepal Doshi, Mumbai

Wordman, Bangalore

The Storm Factory, Bangalore

Drama Queen, Bangalore

Vikram Dhote, Mumbai

Nicolas Grandi and Lata Mani, Bangalore

Veda Agarwal, Pune

Mandeep Raikhy, New Delhi

Lost Post Initiative, Bangalore

Dastaan Live, New Delhi


Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan

Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

British Council

Santiago a Mil, Chile

Samosa festival , Kenya

Soorya Festival, Kerala

National Children’s Festival, Changanacherry, Kerala

National Children’s Festival, Guwahati

Under the Sal Tree, Assam

Ebong Amra, Kolkata

October Jam, Bangalore

Art in Transit, Bangalore

Old World Theatre Festival, New Delhi

Comedy Festival , Coimbatore

NIV Friends of Art Festival, New Delhi

Deccan Herald Theatre Festival, Bangalore

Ranga Shankara, Bangalore

Navras-Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

ITFoK, Trissur

Kamshet Arts Festival, Kamshet

Kampala International Theatre Festival, Uganda

WOW Festival, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa

Tanztage Berlin 2020, Berlin



Concern India, Mumbai

Magic Bus, Mumbai

QUEST Alliance, Bangalore

Fields of View, Bangalore

Capco, Bangalore

VM Ware, Bangalore

Addicts Golfing Society of Southern India, Bangalore

Rotary Club, Indiranagar

4CoWs, Bangalore

JSW, Bellary

Arshinagar Project, Kolkata

Maraa, Bangalore

CnT Architects, Bangalore

Origami, Bangalore

Studio 33, Bangalore

ArThink South Asia, Delhi

Sangam House, Bangalore

BeaglesLoft, Bangalore

Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore

Indo American Chamber of Commerce – POSH Asya

Odd Bird, Delhi

Sitara Studio, Mumbai

Harkat Studio, Mumbai

Terence Lewis Studio, Mumbai

Lost the Plot, Pune

The Giving Tree, Imphal

Studio Nilima, Guwahati

Folkland , Aizawl


The Ladies Finger, Bangalore

Khoj, Mumbai

TIFA, Pune

Gaysi, Mumbai

Radio Active, Bangalore

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