Dheepa Ramanujam started her career in the media industry as a TV host in 1995. She has acted in many popular television serials, including Premi directed by the renowned K. Balachander. Around that time, Bombay Gnanam of Mahalakshmi ladies group introduced Dheepa to the stage.
Dheepa has directed a few short films, and worked as Script Supervisor in Achamundu Achamundu, a Tamil feature film shot in USA. She was in charge of the USA portions of Kathai assisting in Direction and production.
Dheepa has directed a documentary series on temples in Madurai, for Vijay TV. In addition she has produced a documentary for an Educational Institute, both in English and Tamil, which was well received by educationists and students from all over Tamil Nadu.
After moving to USA, she took courses on direction and filmmaking. She founded Krea, a Bay Area based theater group with the intention of producing quality plays with the mix of Indian tradition and western techniques.
Dheepa has directed 10 full-length productions and many small skits for adults and children. She has taken her productions to many cities in the USA, Edmonton, Canada, and India. Krea is the only group from North America that has traveled all the way to India to perform.
Currently, she is acting in Tamil movies while waiting for her debut directorial movie project to take off. She appeared as Queen in Kamal Haasan's Uttama Villain in the 7th century part. She has the distinction of being one of the five female TV hosts who briefly appeared in Rajini's Arunachalam.
The other movies she has acted in include, Ithu Namma Aalu as Nayantara's mom, Rajini Murugan as Siva Karthikeyan's mom, Pichaikaran as Vijay Antony's mom and as school principal in Pasanga -2
Dheepa's family lives in the Bay Area, California and she shuttles between India and USA balancing her profession and family.
Jag has been associated with Krea for the past one year. Though a finance guy by profession, theatre is his passion. In his student days, he directed and acted in many dramas,which won accolades in the Inter Collegiate Drama Competitions. His keen sense of attention to detail makes him a good sport on stage as well as off stage. He lives in Saratoga with his supportive wife Shamvi, daughter Apoorva and son Dhruva.
Involved and works with several performing arts groups in music, dance,
theater in the Bay area including Maharashtra Mandal, CALAA, Mountain View
Theater, SF Theater.
KC is appointed as the City Fine Arts Commissioner of Cupertino City.
Started his KREA relationship with building sets for Krea Productions.
By profession , KC runs an International Business Consulting Firm in Redwood
Lives in Cupertino with wife Anupama, son Akshay and daughter Sonia.
Naveen Kumar Nathan
Naveen Kumar Nathan has been associated with Krea right from it's inception and has acted in 6 plays so far. He has also acted in two short movies in the lead roles. As a son of a seasoned stage and TV artist, Naveen had inspirations towards the art world from his childhood.
He was part of the 'Mostly Tamil' Radio show aired from Stanford University as its first co-host for its entire tenure. Apart from his passion towards theater and movies, he loves to tap his toes and shake to the rhythm being a part of a South Indian dance troupe - Sanhiti.
He has a supporting wife Priya and a lovely daughter Mathuvanthi. He shares the responsibility as a co-founder and one of Krea's Board of Directors and provides support in every way to its endeavors. He has visions for Krea and looks forward to getting the organization to achieve its goals walking the path of success along with his friends a.k.a Board of Directors.
Ramanujam aka TAR - Playwright
Ramanujam Thirumalai aka TAR is very passionate about music, theater, script writing and movie making. He is an avid music listener. His maiden script, Kadavulin Kangal for Krea was inaugurated in 2006 at California and was staged at Museum theater, Chennai and the prestigious Ranga Shankara.
His recent work, Seeds and Flowers was received very well by the audience, here in US as well as in India, when Krea took the production to Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai last summer. Krea would be performing this play and also a bilingual modification of this play in San Diego, Edmonton, Canada and also in New Jersey. Has been married to Dheepa and they have a lovely daughter Akshaya who is also interested in theater.
Akshaya Ramanuajam, age 16, is a Junior at Mission San Jose High School. Akshaya loves to participate in all sorts of performing arts ranging from acting to bharatanatyam to Carnatic music to bollywood dancing and singing in her school choir. She follows the footstep of her parents in the artistic field. She enjoys writing in her spare time. She has been a member of the Krea team since 2005.
Aruna Krishnan is a scientist engaged in biomedical research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Although a scientist by profession, she has had a lifelong passion for music, literature and drama. She has directed and acted in many plays staged by the San Francisco Bay area Tamil Manram. She enjoys the theater and movies.
Aruna is also a freelance writer and has frequently written reviews of music, drama and dance performances in the Bay Area in several magazines and blogs. She contributes regularly to the Bay area Tamil magazine 'Thenral'. She enjoys writing poetry. She has written Tamil lyrics for several classical and light classical songs for both dance productions and music CDs. Music sustains and enriches her life. She has had extensive training in Carnatic music. She was a singer with the Bay Area light music group 'Pallavi' and featured in many of the group.s light music concerts.
Aruna hopes that her passion for music and drama combined with her analytical skills acquired from her scientific training will lead her towards a rewarding and fulfilling experience in theater and arts. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband Narayan and daughter Madhulika who support her wholeheartedly in all her endeavors.
Avi Love was born September 12, 1988. He moved from Massachusetts to California as of June, 2007. Avi took part in drama workshops at his high school, an acting class at C.P. Casting in Boston, an Improv class at Big City Improv in San Francisco, and multiple classes at the American Conservatory Theater also in San Francisco. In addition to acting he has also played piano for 12 years and writes his own music. He is currently acting in Rabbit Hole and an unnamed feature film which he is also composing the music for, and he is preparing to apply for the Character Animation program at the California Institute of the Arts.
Geetha Muthukumar - Backstage and Props Management
She has been associated with Krea since 2005. She loves music, cooking and visiting new places with her family. She has a loving husband and helpful daughter Krithika. She loves being part of Krea and loves helping backstage. She works for Kaiser Permanente as a medical assistant.
R. Giridharan - Music Director
A charted accountant by profession, Giri is into music composing, singing, acting, theater and direction. He composes music with his partner Raj and they have composed music for many plays, television shows, jingles and a movie called Uppu. They are looking for a break in Films.
Kanaka Guruprasath has acted in two of Krea's plays - Badam Alwa and Thanimai and she has helped with production in Sruti Bhedham. She is a known face to many Patti Manram enthusiasts. A regular debater during school and college days, she has also acted in Tamil, Hindi and English dramas throughout her school/college life. Kanaka Spoke in Visu's Arattai Arangam in Singapore which was aired on Sun TV. She has also acted in 2 moreTamil plays here in the Bay Area. Her other interests are sports and Music.
Karthik has been associated with Krea since 2005. His other interests include music, gardening and Sanskrit. He also dabbles in woodworking. He loves to be onstage, as he has during Krea's past production 'Sruti Bhedham'. He also enjoys his role in backstage and production. He has a day job as a Hardware Engineer. His wife Revathy and daughter Dyuthy are very supportive of his hobbies.
M.S. Krishnan has written, produced, directed and acted in several plays in the bay area, including "vAnga nambi vAnga", "kEdi bathil", "masAlA muththukkaL", "BumsRUs", "The Dating Game", "ABCD durbAr", "ikkaraikku akkari pachchai" etc. He has also acted in other well-known productions such as "Agnik kunju", "Thanimai", "eNNangaL" and "Ramanujar".
He has composed and choreographed music for dramas and performed in classical music concerts and Light Music programs in Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam, He likes the challenge of exploring new ways to showcase the fascinating interactions across musical, cultural, linguistic and vocational diversities. In his spare time, he dabbles in deep sub-micron design and development of portable consumer electronic products!
Mani Krishnan has been involved with Krea since 2005. He started acting in India in the 70's. Once he moved to US, in the 80's. he got together with the other Theater enthusiasts in the Bay area and has acted in 35 shows so far. Mani is a greta supporter of Krea and helps in Krea's marketing activities.
Muthu is relatively new to the theater community. A software engineer by profession, he tries to whet his creative appetite whenever possible. He is a part of "Sanhiti" a Bay Area dance troupe and has performed for them in the local dance shows. He is also an active member of "Udhavum Karangal" - a non-profit organization and has performed for their fund-raising shows. KREA is his first gig in theater and in his own words he is "thoroughly enjoying the experience"!! And BTW people, he is single and all them pretty girls can contact him directly at
In 1989, one of Nirmal's friends suggested that he sings and before that Nirmal used to be only a "Bathroom singer". Thanks to the numerous friends and well wishers, he has developed an appreciation for music and musicians. And the same friends introduced him to Theater as well.
He has acted in a number of plays, Madras By night, Vanna Kolangal, Kaadhula Poo (The audience cannot forget the image of Nirmal playing the role of Lord Siva), and after a long break with the drama scene, he acted in Krea's productions - Maya and Kadavulin Kangal to name a few. All these performances elicited the accolades that he had never expected.
He would like to thank the friends who had faith in him and provided him with those opportunities and encouraged him throughout. He also would like to thank all the well wishers and the audiences who have attended the shows he had participated in and encouraged to be what he is, more than what he should be!
Prabakar is currently the CTO of Citrix's Application Networking Group.
He previously worked at companies such as NetScaler, Exodus, IBM, HP and
Intel. Prabakar is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE).
His interests include writing and acting. He writes columns and stories
for the Tamil magazine Thendral, and has also published several books.
Prabakar is also involved with charitable organizations such as Udhavum
Karangal and the India Literacy Project.
Prabhakaran Vaidya, born in Mannargudi, the heart land of Tamil culture, Tanjore district, Tamil Nadu, has acted in variety of Tamil plays, right from his school days. His skills were dormant until he moved to Bay area where he found his roots come to life when Dheepa Ramanujam gave him the opportunity. Prabakar has acted in 2 of Krea.s plays.
Prabhakaran is also an active member of the San Jose Chinmaya Mission, a non profit organization, where he attends Acharya Prabodh Chaitanya's spiritual lectures, practices satsang and learns Sanskrit. He loves watching Tamil movies with his sons Adithya and Akshay and wife Raji , although he constantly cribs that many of the Tamil movies are no good!
Raga has been involved in skits/plays from 2005. He has performed at college cultural shows, various Tamil society clubs and recently I performed as a lead in a skit staged on Jan 20th in Bay Area. He has passion towards creativity and would like to use his talents to the fullest.
Rajan Varadarajan has been acting in plays in the Bay Area from 1980. He did the first play for Tamil Manram in 1980 and has acted and directed number of comedy plays. He acted in the main role of Kreacreations' Maya.
He is a Sales professional and has been in the Bay Area for the past 30 years. He lives in San Jose with his wife, who is an Instructional Assistant in San Jose Unified School . He has a son who is married, working as a Marketing consultant and a daughter who is also married working as legal representative for a professional union in San Francisco . Rajan is a proud grand-father for a ten year old girl and loves to play Golf.
"Step out of your comfort zone and push the limits". This has been the operating mantra for Rajiv for the last few years. "You never know what you are capable of until you try different things", he says to himself. Some of his accomplishments in the field of arts in the recent past bear testimony to this spirit. He received critical acclaim from all quarters for the lead role he played in the Tamil play, "Sruti Bedham". The appreciation he received from Mr. K.Balachander is something he never dreamed of when he started as a novice in Bay Area Theater.
He has been an active member of Krea since its inception. He greatly values the experience he has had with the group. He has acted in five plays so far. He has produced and directed three short movies, in addition to acting in two other short movies. His stand-up comedy act for the Tsunami relief program brought down the house and helped raise funds for charity. He is greatly interested in screenwriting, sketching and reading. He loves singing and composing music mainly to impress his adorable wife, Anu.
Rooben Morgan hails from Singapore, and is thrilled to make his debut production with Krea Creations. A graduate of Performance Studies from UC Berkeley, Rooben has been involved in professional and community numerous theatre productions for over 18 years. His
stage credits include Ariel: Midsummer Night's Dream, Polonius: Hamlet, Two Precious Maidens Co-Director: The Imaginary Cuckold, Stage-Manager: Spoon River Anthology.
"A network software engineer by profession and an artist at heart. He has performed in a number of plays including Operettas, Operas and been associated with the live theater for a number of years. He has been with Krea in the past as part of the audience but Seeds and Flowers is the first venture as part of the production. His lovely wife Nitya is also a member of the Krea family helping with the backstage and number of other activities."
Acted in 11 full length plays in College. Did 3 English plays in Bangalore with "Black Coffee" and "Jest". Have done two plays in the Bay Area with KREA.
Suhanya Ramakrishnan is most excited about exploring new things. Her recent foray into dramatics has started off with Krea and Naatak. An avid music enthusiast, she is passionately into carnatic music, has learnt for several years and performs occasionally at local events. She loves to compere and has hosted several shows. She tries hard to do justice to her day job as a hardware engineer amidst her growing hobbies. She is also an active volunteer and patron of Sankara Eye Foundation, a Bay Area non-profit. During other times, she loves to
spend time with friends and kids.
Born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi, Sukanya Sarkar knew the stage would be part of her life from an early age. The Bay Area based theater actress has brought her considerable talents to the Indian theater group, Naatak, Theater Rasa Nova, Ashore, FOSA, ENAD, KREA and New American Conservatory Theater.
One of her recent theatrical roles was as Zulekha, the diabolic courtesan, in the English play 'Begum Sumroo' staged at Project Theater Artaud in San Francisco. Her intense acting as the ferocious mother, along with her stylish choreography in the New Conservatory Theater's
'Hijra' in San Francisco brought high praise from the San Francisco Chronicle. She recently completed successful run of one Bengali play - 'Aniket' and a bi-lingual play (Bengali and English), 'Ron', which was noted not only for her strong acting but singing talents as well.
Sukanya has also starred in independent films, done stage design, stage management, directed short skits, anchored TV interviews, modeled for corporate brochures and acted in community based TV commercials in the Bay Area. You can see more of this rising star at www.aynakus.com
Tara Shankar, is an avid thespian. A freshman at UC Irvine, Tara loves all types of performing arts. She is a passionate singer and participates in numerous musicals in school and community theatres. She also enjoys immersing herself in cultural activities such as Bharata Natyam and Karnatic music. Tara is excited to act in her first Krea Creations show, and is looking forward to what the future holds for her.
Vasanthi is a software Engineer by profession. Her passion is doing stage lighting for plays, dance productions, competitions, various cultural shows and Bharathanatyam Arangetrams. She has been part of Krea from its inception. When 'Sruthi Bedham' was staged in Chennai in 2005, she traveled with the troupe. In addition, to her usual place behind the lights, she played a small role in the same play. She has also coordinated and managed stage lighting for "Rainbow", a movie star studded show. She has also managed stage lighting for the Inter IIT cultural competitions that were held in California. She is very fortunate to have a family who are very supportive of her endeavors.
Vidhya Subramanian is a renowned Bharatanatyam dancer from Chennai, who moved to the United States about 17 years ago. She has won numerous awards and titles in dance and has had a successful performing career in India , France , Germany , Russia , Kenya , Afghanistan & the U.S.A. Vidhya is also the founder and artistic director of Lasya Dance Company, established to promote and preserve the art of Bharatanatyam. Under her artistic direction and choreography, Lasya Dance Company has produced and staged several professional quality presentations that have received critical acclaim.
Apart from dance, her passion for art also includes acting, singing and painting. She has acted in Krea's Sruthi Bedham in 2005 in the bay area and India where the group tougold with the play. Vidhya also has several modeling and commercial work assignments within her experience having appeagold on several advertisements for sarees, jewelry and other products in India. She lives in Cupertino with her husband, two children and a dog.
You can read a more detailed biography of her at www.lasya.org
Vinu Srivatsan played a small role in Krea's Thanimai, and assisted with lighting for Krea's Maya. She hails from an artistic family, but that gene skipped a generation. So she is a plain vanilla desi soccer mom in the bay area juggling work and family. Travel and fusion cooking are her passions - while she manages to get the family bags packed every few months (60 cities in 18 countries), she plans to do the cooking when her kids go off to college!