Anitha Santhanam is a seasoned actor-dancer and director based in Bangalore and cofounder of the group Guduguduppukkari with over a decade of work in dance and theatre. She completed a three year training in physical theatre based on the Lecoq pedagogy at the London international school of performing arts (Lispa) on a scholarship from the Charles Wallace India trust. During her pedagogical year she worked under the guidance of Thomas Pratkki, the director of LISPA specialising in creating theatre processes that combined creativity and self development. Prior to that her movement training includes bharatanatyam, Yoga and Kalaripayattu and a diploma in choreography.

She worked for an international arts collective in the premiere of Herencia Espaniola for the be festival in Birmingham, July 2010. Anitha has conducted workshops in Germany, India and in the UK.  Her work includes both performance and direction with a special focus on creating theatre through the body using the pedagogy of Jacques Lecoq. She is a two time awardee of the CWIT scholarship for artists, administered by the British council.

She is currently a faculty of Integral Theatre on the FECAT program at SMART, Bangalore. From 2010-2013 she was an artist-in-residence at the Srishti School of Design.

With creativity and self-exploration and expression as its core, her work spans performance, therapy and pedagogy.

Key performances and works

As director

What’s the Matter ? (2018)
Fish Tree Moon (2017)
Bhima (2016)
Un-tell re-tell no-tell (2014)
Disbelieve (2013)
The flowering tree (2012)
Dhuddu kasu dabbu currency (2011)

As actor-creator

Ms Meena – directed byRajiv Krishnan- Chennai, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad (2010-2014)
An arrangement of shoes – Rangashankara, Bangalore (2011)
To sea on a sieve – Forever young festival, Bangalore (2011)
Herencia Espaniola – Birmingham European Festival, Birmingham (2011)
Salon mystic – site specific dance theatre – Attakkalari biennale, Bangalore (2009)
Vanaprastham – Madurai, Bangalore (2006), National drama festival, Calicut (2007)
ICCR German tour – Berlin, Frankfurt, Bremen, Rostock (2006)


With shiri dance company:

Ida festival Chennai (2008)
Karthik fine arts, Kala nadam festival (2006)

With stem dance theatre:

Attakkalari international dance festival (2002, 2004)
The other festival, chennai (2002), vasanthahabba (2002)
Sangeet natak akademi’s kathak mahotsav (2002)
Bengaluru Habba (2004)
Festival of South Asian dances , San Antonio (2003)
Global dharma conference, Edison New Jersey (2003)
Festival of contemporary dance, Kolkata (2002)
Natya kala conference, Chennai (2001)


2007, 2009, 2013 | Lispa
A scholarship student through CWIT and Lispa

2003 | Post graduate dipoma in choreography
Merit student

1996 | MA english literature, Stella Maris college, Chennai
Best outgoing student of the department of English

1994 |BA english literature, Women’s christian college, Chennai

Best performer for WCC in intercollegiate cultural[/two_third]