Shekinah Jacob is a playwright who trained with mentors from the Royal Court Theatre, London. 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 and will be developed at a Residency in Melbourne in October, 2019.
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.
Nivi Kevichusa is a research scholar who has extensive experience working with underprivileged children and marginalised populations. She had several stints teaching as a volunteer in India and abroad, and has volunteered in teaching children and youth in schools and universities in New Delhi, Vietnam and North Thailand through YWAM. Her teaching experience also include teaching young girls in ‘Sisterhood Network’ and ‘Abigail’s Home’, both NGOs located in India.
She has also completed a Justice Apprenticeship with IJM ( International Justice Mission), Bangalore, as part of the Aftercare program for modern day slaves in the state of Karnataka. Nivi has initiated several programs at her local church such as the ‘Pink Conference’ for women of all ages, race and background. She has also written and directed a musical called "Nelly The Musical," based on the memiors of Nehemiah.She has co-directed Charles Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" and directed Tim Rice and Andrew Loyd Webber’s rendition of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with a sixty member choir back in her hometown Dimapur. She is a graduate of Jesus and Mary College, DU, and completed her Mdiv and Mth in Ethics from SAIACS, Bangalore.
With her love for leading teams, and her heart for social issues in the public sphere, Nivi will be working towards brand building and networking with various local artists, as well as growing the social wing of Open House Theatre for the Marginalized where she will be working with various shelters in Bangalore.
Peter Christopher, heads Revelation Bay Productions. For the past 15+ years he has worked on several documentaries, films, music videos and TV shows mainly focusing on social, moral and Justice issues.
Currently, he heads Edupier Project that is working on creating video based - Value education curriculum for schools in India, that are contextual, relevant and thought provoking for kids of this generation.
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 is a Bangalore based singer, actress and voice-over artist. She has performed around the country in plays with Open House such as Queen of Hearts, Waiting and What Child Is This.
Singing and acting has always been her passion. She is now preparing for her Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) in Acting.
Over the past few years Gabriel Daniel has released two albums; the first album won a Radio City Best Young Indie Artist in India (jury’s choice) award at the Radio City 2015 Freedom Awards and the second was a full-length alternative-rock collective album called “Conflicting,” that was the Rolling Stone India Editor’s pick when released. Gabriel has toured across the country with a band and as a soloist, playing guitar in a variety of styles such as the singer-songwriter and alternative rock style for over ten years. He creates his own music, and has recorded and published an EP called triple.
Some of his Live Performances include:
Back to Life, Chandigarh: played an acoustic set in front of about two thousand people at Back To Life, a charity concert to raise money for cancer research.
Bacardi NH7 Weekender, Bengaluru: opened the second day of the festival at the Jack and Jones All Star Jamm stage, with a second member playing the keys and the ukulele.
TEDxBengaluru: performed an original set within his talk about mental health and love at the conference, alongside some of the most wonderful and innovative leading minds from the country.
The Gig Week, New Delhi: did an acoustic singer-songwriter set for the one week annual music festival in Delhi.
SoFar, Bangalore: played an intimate and secret gig with world renowned SoFar sounds. Conflicting solo tour: played a solo tour across the country post-album release.
The Resolution Tour: played as a band at The Humming Tree BLR, The Bar Cat DEL, and Upstairs Club CHD.
His musical influences include bands such as Switchfoot, Relient K, Jon Foreman, Fiction Family, Bethel, Norah Jones, Kimbra, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Damien Rice, Ben Howard, Tesseract, and The Cranberries. And his musical style consist of indie, progressive rock, math rock, electronica and pop.
He will be taking guitar lessons at Open House, as well as assisting our Director of Operations on other music related events at OH.
Find his music at youtube.com/watch?v=5392q-gmoss)
Ted has a degree in Theatre Studies from Christ University, Bangalore. He was the Student coordinator for “The Taming of the Shrew”, a play presented before the British High Commissioner in 2016. He is currently teaching in Christ University as part of the team to showcase Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
He has also helped in stage direction, props, costumes, lighting, voice and speech training/ modulation, characterization, body language training, script and scene analysis, stage awareness, expressions, video and audio production, and as a make-up artist. Some of the plays he has been a part of are Saavre, The Anointing, Rechauffe’, The Agony and Ecstasy, A Man for All Seasons, As You Like It, The Lion King, Taming of the Shrew, A street Car Named Desire, Antigone Jeanne D’arc, Romeo and Juliet.
He will be conducting theatre classes at Open House Productions, as well as helping out with the theatre for the marginalized from 2020.