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Arpita is a writer, director, producer and choreographer with over a decade of experience in professional theatre. After working for Washington Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arpita Mukherjee founded her own theatre company. She has written, produced, and directed several productions. Noted credits - Romeo and Juliet at the Access Theater, How to Succeed as an Ethnically Ambiguous Actor, Eh Dah? Questions for my Father (only produced), Love Times Seven: A Bollywood Musical, My First Time (only directed), Moving Forward, and I AM SAAM. Her work was featured in the South Asian Theatre and Arts Festival at the Smithsonian. She studied Non-Fiction Writing at Columbia University. She currently works on the Broadway-bound Monsoon Wedding, is directing a project in development at the Baruch College, and will be producing and directing Indian Classics in repertory (Devdas and Chokher Bali) at the Theater for the New City in November.
Shubhra Prakash is an actor, singer, voice over artist, theatre maker and short filmmaker. Shubhra served as a voiceover artist for Priya’s Shakti, a multi-platform project supported by Tribeca New Media fund. She wrote, directed and produced a play “For Our Own” at the Planet Connections Theatre Festival 2014 for which she received the Activist Award for getting a great deal of involvement from the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters. She served as festival director of the company’s South Asian International Performing Arts Festival in its inaugural year 2015. As an actor she just completed the workshop reading of Monsoon Wedding the Musical as the lead, Aditi Verma. She has acted in Hypokrit Theatre Company’s Romeo & Juliet as Mercutio, in The Tempest Ladies’ Taming of the Shrew. She also serves as co-founder of Random Fox Productions, her short Funny Faces was the Top 10 picks of Asian American Lab’s 72 hour shootout. Her short film, Three Dates – a short film, which she wrote, directed and produced, was screened at New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 13′.
Nikita Chaudhry is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, teacher, and activist, and is proudly one of the inaugural members of Hypokrit Theatre Company. A Baltimore native and graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, she holds a BFA with honors in Acting with a minor in Performance Studies and an Honors Certificate in Theatre Studies. She completed her senior thesis in the exploration of South Asian American women's identity on the American stage. Her capstone performance discussed the embodiment and physical memory of one's ancestry, specifically as a first-generation American. She debuted this piece in the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival in August 2015 and has since danced, sang, and acted on stage and screen throughout the city and abroad. She believes that by exploring the boundaries of the human body, the arts can deepen and expand universal communication and social change. See more at nikitachaudhry.com
Founder, The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation
Jim Luce began his career as an Assistant Eurobond Portfolio Manager with Daiwa Bank on Wall Street upon his return from studying and working in Tokyo in 1983 at the age of 23.
He left Wall Street following an appearance on the Donahue Show discussing religious addiction and the need for an "anonymous" organization to help those recovering from religious addiction, including followers of the TV evangelists such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Jimmy Swaggart. Luce co-founded Fundamentalists Anonymous, and with the help of Hank Luce and the Henry Luce Foundation, raised $1.1 million from 1985-89 helping build support groups across the U.S. for recovering fundamentalists. He also testified in Congress against the TV evangelists.
Luce returned to Wall Street working with Merrill Lynch in the World Financial Center, leaving just before 9/11. He then served as right-hand man to the founder of a Lazard Frères spin-off in Rockefeller Center, handled all arrangements with his counterpart in Paris.
In 1995 Luce traveled to Indonesia where he met the ten-month old infant who would become his son Mathew, living in squalid conditions in a traditional warehouse-like-orphanage. Because of his revulsion at the condition of orphans in the developing world, Luce was influenced by his child psychologist mother to conceptualize an alternative, which he completed by 1999. His mother died shortly thereafter and Luce used proceeds from her estate to found Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW). He has since raised over $1.5 million for orphaned children in Asia, Africa and Americas. For his work with orphans, Luce was awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition in 2004 (Hon. Charles B. Rangel; 11/04) and again in 2007.
Kyle Rosenberg is a stage manager, lighting designer, and photographer based in New York City. He started his back stage theatre career in the 5th grade with Wizard of Oz, and continued on to stage manage such shows as Three Penny Opera, Eurydice, Street Car Named Desire, A Winter’s Tale, and dozens of others. He has worked with a variety of NYC theatre companies as well as several in Cuba. Kyle’s photography includes headshots for many actors, production photos for theatre companies, and his personal photographs of a variety of subjects.
Board Member, The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation
Sameer Garg is a Director in the Aerospace, Defense and Government Services Group at RBC Capital Markets. In this capacity, he advises public and private companies on a variety of mergers and acquisitions and capital raising solutions. Prior to joining RBC, Sameer was a Vice President in the Industrials Group at Deutsche Bank. He began his career as an aerospace engineer designing propulsion systems for low-earth orbit missions at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Sameer currently serves as the member of the board of directors and Chair of the Long-term Capital Committee at The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation as well as a member of the board of directors for a New York City based non-profit, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP).