Rising Circle Theater Collective is dedicated to broadening the scope of storytelling on the American stage. We accomplish this by providing an artistic home for artists of color that empowers them to seek out unheard stories of people of color – inspiring the creation of theater that challenges cultural misperceptions in an effort to bridge social divides.
Founded in 2000, Rod Bowen and Deepa Purohit, both artists of color and educators, created Rising Circle Theater Collective to address the lack of stories and roles on stage that represent the diverse cultural communities of New York City. Rising Circle was born as a home for artists of color seeking to create and lead the development of new, original work for the theater. Rising Circle investigates, creates, and develops original plays that specifically draw from the stories and experiences of people of color. Rising Circle also actively envisions ways in which theatre can have a greater impact on various communities represented in and affected by our plays.
Board of Directors
Nandita Shenoy, President
Actor, Writer, Director
Peter Rider, Vice President
Sean Hickey, Treasurer
Composer; National Sales & Business Development Manager, Naxos of America, Inc.
Greig Sargeant, Secretary
Deepa Purohit, Founder and Board Member
Actor/Writer; CEO and Executive Voice and Speech Coach – Finding Your Authentic Voice,
Director of Voice and Speech Coaching – Teach For America
Founder and Board Member Emeritus
Thanya Polonio Provine, Esq.
Board Member Emeritus
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