Associate Professor · August 2003 to present · New Delhi, India
Teaching Acting, Design, and Direction for theater
Abhilash Pillai has 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. A Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2012, he has directed plays in various Indian languages and English; has contributed articles on theatre in leading publications in India and the U.K; and has attended seminars and conducted workshops. His works draw on a wide array of materials but are presented in a contemporary aesthetic style. He has been involved in several collaborations, international and national, and initiated the first-ever collaboration between NSD and the Grand Circus, Kerala, culminating in a production he directed, Clowns & Clouds. He was the Dean, Academics of NSD between 2008-2011. Mr. Pillai has been honored with the Sanskriti Award 200203 and Kerala Sangeet Natak Award-2012 for his achievements in the field of theatre.