Professor - Scenography, University of Hyderabad, India

This is by far the best theatre I saw ever in my life. Just Wow!


Satya Sir has the ability to read your mind and help you tell what's in there!


His eye for detail is just phenomenal. You have to be fully committed to be able to execute his vision.


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Distinction / Award:

•Mohan Rakesh Samman-2015 :Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi

•Ranga Yatri Samman awarded by Ranga Yatri Theatre Group, Allahabad, U.P (2008).

•Manohar Singh Smriti Samman-2006, by National School of Drama & Ministry of tourism and culture, Govt. of India, for overall contribution to Indian Theatre.

•Senior Fellowship Award, Department of Culture, Govt. of India (2000)



(Persuing D.Lit on New Direction Theories)

•Ph.D – Dept. of English, Chaudhury Charan Singh University, Meerut-2008

•Studied Traditional Theatre, Mask making and Scenography of Noh and Kabuki Theatre at Japan, under Japan Foundation fellowship-1999

•M.A in Theatre Arts Specialised in Design and Direction from National School of Drama, New Delhi-1983

•B.Sc (Honours) – Ravenshaw College, Utkal University, Orissa-1977


Area of Expertise:

•One of the leading Scenographer and play director of the country

•A noted teacher on Theatre direction and design.

•Expertise on Mask making and Prop design


Professional achievements:

•Thirty years of teaching,training and practising contemporaryTheatre.

•Expertise on traditional Indian Theatre Viz. Chhau movement, Indian Classical Theatre, Traditional mask making, etc.

•Conducted more than 100 theatre workshops and teaching programme in regional, national and international platform.

•Working experiences with leading theatre directors of India and abroad which includes; Peter Brook, Richard Schechner, John Martin, Barry John, Fritz Bennewitz, Somiyo Morijori, B.V Karanth, Ratan Thiyam, Habib Tanvir, Bansi Kaul, Juan Combariza, Beatriz Camargo, etc.

•Teachingtraditional and modern Indian theatre, Scenography and direction in most of the Indian Universities, institutions and academic bodies including various Universities and Institutions abroad.

•Presented papers in various seminars/Conferences in India and abroad.

•Designed almost 150 plays for the renowned directors across the globe.

•Choreographed Indian theatre in the International perspective such as; Festival of India, etc.

•Directed more than 50 plays in different Indian languages.

•Taught Indian Theatre in SriLanka, Maldives, Colombia and Mauritius, Bangladesh, England, etc.

•Travelled more than 15 countries in connection with theatre training and research programme.


Major Plays Directed:

Passa, Rashomon, Sant Sagar, Urubhanga, Nagamandala, Mahanirvana, Insaf ka Ghera, Baji, Mrigtrishna, Animal Farm, Hayvadana, A midsummer night’s dream, Karna Katha, Pigmelion, Ashad ka ek din, 30 days in september, Evam Indrajit, Waiting for Godot, Matte Eklavya, Tumhara Vincent etc.


International Productions:

•Communication to Communication- Directed for Voice of Maldives at Male - 1996

•Naga Mandala: (Based on Indian folklore) Written by Girish Karnad: Directed for Tower Hall Theatre Foundation, Colombo, SriLanka-1998

•Hayavadan: Written by Girish Karnad- Directed for Javeriana University,               Bogota, Colombia-2003

•Devised Play: Prepared with the workshop students of Dept. of Culture, Mauritius-2004

•Bio Drama: Spanish play prepared with the students of International School of Drama, Villa de Layva, Colombia-2010

•Eklavya Uvaach: (Based on Indian Myth) Directed in Collaboration with International School of Drama, Villa de Layva and Adima Living School, Karnataka and presented at the International theatre festival at Pasto, Colombia-2011.

•Urubhangam(English): Directed for East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, England -2013

•Nagamandala(English): Directed for East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, England- 2013




  • On the Crossroad of Theatre.(Book related to Theatre) Published by Vijaya Books, Sahadra, Delhi. ISBN: 978-93-81-480-25-0

  • Animal Farm (Odia adaptation of George Orwells political novel)

  • "Godo Aaila Ki?" (An odia adaptation of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot)


Under Publication:

•Scenography: An Indian Perspective (The first ever Indian book on Theatre Design)

(Publication is undertaken by Niyogi Books, Delhi)

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Dr. Satyabrata Rout is a noted theatre director and scenographer. He has developed a unique method of teaching and practicing direction and design, which has been achieved through a long and continuous work experiences with eminent theatre practitioners and scholars, such as: Peter Brook, John Martin, Fritz Bennewitz, Frank Hoffmann, Juan Monsalve, Beatriz Camargo, Barry John, B.V Karanth, HabibTanvir, K.N Panicker, RatanThiyam, BansiKaul, M.K Raina, Dr. AnuradhaKapur, Pr. D.R Ankur, Prof. Raj Bisharia, Prof. Mohan Maharishi, Dr. Mohan Aghashe, Ms. Shiela Bhatia, etc.


Dr. Rout is one of the pioneers of ‘Visual Theatre’ in India, and has authored ‘Scenography: An Indian Perspective’. He has directed number of plays, participated in national and international theatre festivals and conducted numerous theatre workshops across the globe.


His production; Matte Ekalavya (Ekalavya once again) conferred him with the prestigious META (Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Award) award in 2013 in the area of Play direction. His recent play ‘Tumhara Vincent’ (Yours Vincent) bagged the best manuscript award by Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi in 2015.


He has travelled extensively in Europe, America and Asian countries on teaching and training assignments, including East-15 Acting School, England and International Bio-drama School, Colombia.


Presently he teaches design and direction at Department of Theatre Arts, University of Hyderabad.



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Receiving Award from the President of India

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