Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion with uplifting theatre during unsettling times
As a community theatre group, Ebong TheatriX (ET) embraces Diversity and Inclusion with our mission of DiversET. ET believes Diversity is a strength, not a weakness. Diversity needs to be celebrated, and not hidden in a closet. In keeping with our mission, we choose plays with Diverse content. Our members, content providers, and audience base represent Diverse races, Diverse religions, Diverse geographical areas, Diverse age groups or demographics, and of course Diverse genders—men, women, and LGBTQIA+. In the spirit of inclusion, we want to remove the barriers between ‘Us and Them’—unite everybody and leave no one behind.
Through performing arts, ET aims to promote harmony through community events, charitable donations, and festivals. From Black Lives Matter to pandemic victims to Afghan refugees—ET’s helping hands and community outreach events extend to various segments of Montgomery county residents.
STRATEGY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Mita started her association with stage from her early college days at Jadavpur University and have continued that passion. She was one of founding member of the North Carolina Theater Workshop. She recently acted in Na Lekha Chithi and Bidyut Eshechilo Porshu
COMMUNICATIONS AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Arindam Ghosh has written, directed, and acted in several plays. Performing since he was eight, his formal training in theater started at Jadavpur University where he took classes with various Bengali theater personalities including Suman Mukhopadhyay and Soumitro Bose. He acted in a number of critically acclaimed productions including winning awards at the National Theater Competition for Indian Universities. He continued his interest in theater after immigrating to the U.S. and was an active member of the South Asian theater community in Boston for over ten years. In addition to acting in various plays in Boston, he also formed a theater group – Natuke Public. Among the productions staged by Natuke Public, which includes Kinoo Kahaere Thater (which he directed), Abar Chapa Pora Manush, a political satire which he co-wrote and co-directed, won numerous awards including the Best Production at Bangamela 2012. He wrote and directed Kabuliwala, which has been performed all over the U.S. and won the best script award at the Basanta Utsav Street Theater Festival 2014 judged by Debshanker Halder. His recent performances include Barita Tui Achish Kemon?, Keep Your Fingers to Yourself, Bratya, and Aarakan er Raani. He has worked with kids and dancers to write and direct several musicals including Ichchedana and Kinoo Goalar Gali theke Broadway, which wasl staged at NABC 2016 in NY.
In addition to theater, Arindam is also a filmmaker specializing in production of micro-budget films on Indian stories with global theme. His first production Shyamal Uncle Turns off the Lights was world premiered in Busan International Film Festival and in U.S., it was premiered at the Musuem of Modern Arts in NY. It has been shown in more than twenty-five film festivals winning the prize for Outstanding International Feature at ReelWorld Film Festival. His second film, Peace Haven (starring Soumitra Chatterjee, Paran Bandyopadhyay, and Arun Mukherjee), for which he has co-written the script and which won the prestigious Script Development Award from the Asian Cinema Fund.
Shampa Basu is an eminent actor from the Washington DC area who recently was Assistant Director for a play Shesh Rakkha and has appeared in a short film “Ek Ladki Ek Sapna.” She has acted in Bratya, Keep Your Fingers to Yourself, Shesh Raksha, The Final Chapter.
Dibyendu Paul has been active in theatre for more than three decades, and has directed more than twenty plays of which more than a dozen were based on scripts written by him. He has received training in various forms of theatrical arts through workshops and classes in India and in the US. Dibyendu has conducted several theatre workshops and has set-up theatre groups with local enthusiasts in Kolkata, North Carolina, and the Washington DC area. He has organized several theatre festivals featuring one act play, street theatre, and audio theatre forms. He was featured in NPR’s State of Things by Frank Stasio for his work on reaching out to mainstream theatre with ethnic and multi-lingual plays. Dibyendu has a strong passion for delivering novelty in theatre using his own scripts on contemporary themes. Dibyendu has been invited to present his play Barita Tui Achis Kemon at the Nandikar Festival in December 2016.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES