Meet Our Team!
Shekinah Jacob is a playwright who trained with mentors from the Royal Court Theatre, London, she has also directed several shows for Open House. She is a Charles Wallace scholar who holds a Masters in Writing for Performance from the University of London and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theatre at the University of Victoria, Wellington.
Her new play titled Kitchdi Tales was chosen for the Asian Playwrights Lab in New Zealand in December 2018.
She wrote the internationally acclaimed Ali.J, which opened at the Fringe festival in Edinburgh. With the play receiving a four-star review from The Scotsman, the Fringe Review calling it a highly recommended show, and The British Theatre guide terming it a unique rarity, the play was staged at Indian venues as well.
Her other plays include The Long Way Home produced by Evam entertainment, the musical Queen of Hearts and a monologue titled We are Water aired on BBC radio. She has also freelanced for The Hindu newspaper, Firstpost, and the RZIM magazine Engage.
She is mostly in denial about being CEO and has to be coaxed away from her writing to sign papers and attend to logisticsbut she loves connecting with people through the arts and is passionate about the craft of storytelling through various mediums.
Our new COO Sruti Arthur is the glam face of music at Open House Productions. She is a vocalist and cellist who has taught music at several international schools. Sruti was part of the choir and string quartet in San Antonio, Texas, a vocalist with the jazz group Infusion and is currently the lead singer with the acoustic music group Releven 36. She was a voice coach and trainer at Your Music Base, Bangalore, has trained children for choir events such as the Magnificat and MADD fest, and taught Cello at the Harmony School of Music. Sruti has performed as a cellist for a string quartet with the Bangalore School of Music Orchestra and as a soloist in the Glorious choir.Having passed several music exams with Merit in subjects such as Cello, Music Theory and Voice, Sruti is equipped with both technical skills and practical experience teaching children of all ages. She recently trained a 50 student elementary choir with 3 part-harmony for a music fest and is familiar with western, classical, contemporary, jazz, and gospelstyles of music. A graduate of journalism, psychology and English Literature, and an alumnus of Woodstock International School, Mussoorie, she loves baking and reading in her spare time.
Sharon holds a double Masters in Psychology, and is a Chevening Scholar who trained in clinical and forensic psychology at King’s College London. This training as a psychologist and her heart for vulnerable women and children have given her work stints at the NHS (UK), CMC (Vellore), and with several NGOs over the course of her career.
Sharon now seeks to combine her love of baking and crafts to this mix of psychology and social work to use her skills in the niche field of art/drama therapy at Open House. As the director of our social program she uses her many talents to put her time where her heart is- with the marginalised women and children in our society. she also remains responsible for managing organisation finances and social media marketing and publicity.
Sharon runs Open House Kitchen, taking backing order for corporate as well as personal events. No surprise that she is known as our Chief Happiness Officer- we love to watch her juggle social projects and baking orders while sharing her special brand of sunshine with all who enter the doors of Open House!
Paul is a certified Zumba trainer who has been teaching zumba since 2013. He loves to dance and can perform dance forms such as hip-hop, bollywood, krumping, freestyle and breakdance. He has participated in several dance competitions and has also been teaching dance to children and adults for over 7 years. Paul works with us as a trainer for dance and Zumba and we love watching him perform.
Reba Hannah Samuel
Reba is a Bangalore based singer and performer. She has sung at various venues and events around the city such as Indigo XP, Take 5, Under25 Summit 2017, and SteppinOut Night Market. She has also performed in plays across the country. She played the lead role in a short film and has also done voice overs. She recently enjoyed learning the nuances of acting and improvisation from English actor and director, Tim Crouch.
Reba is also a Drama and Western Vocal trainer. With a degree in Business Administration, Reba also works as our manager focusing on business development and financial management. Her radiant smile and amazing gifts make her a hit with all the children she teaches; audiences continue to be spellbound by her voice and stage presence, making her our Jack of all trades and master of quite a few!