Karishma Bhagani is a director, producer, writer and historian. She recently graduated with a double major in Drama and History at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Born and bred in Mombasa, Kenya, Karishma has always had a keen interest in expanding performance opportunities and the arts sector within East Africa. Her research interests include, the intersections between rasa and traditional forms of oral storytelling in East and West Africa, and the manner in which performance is used as a tool for political mobilization.
She is interested in understanding the mythological, religious and spiritual seeds of performance traditions in and around the continent. Karishma’s most recent works include directing a reading of Adam Ashraf’s Jamestown/Williamsburg, assistant directing Asiimwe Deborah Kawe’s Appointment with God as part of the Playwrights Realm Festival, assistant directing the off-Broadway reading of Eh Dah? Questions for my Father, the Tisch STUDENTWorks production of The Gods Are Not to Blame(Producer and Director) and Tisch STAGEWorks mainstage production of One Flea Spare (Assistant Director).
Karishma currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director for the Tebere Arts Foundation in Uganda, Associate Producer for the Nairobi Musical Theatre Initiative in Kenya and the Education Apprentice for community partnerships at the Roundabout Theatre Company in NYC.