Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts curator, producer, director, and cultural leader. Rohit was awarded the prestigious Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award in 2018. He is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award in the Large Theatre Category for Significant Artistic Achievement (2017) and the recipient of the Shiamak Vancouver Community Award (by Bollywood star/choreographer Shiamak Davar) in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of Entertainment and Theatre Arts (2017).
A recent co-creator and co-director of Bard on the Beach’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Rohit Chokhani is the first South Asian of Indian descent to direct at Bard, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. His fresh, bold take on the production was voted as one of the top 10 shows in Vancouver for 2019 and enjoyed a sold-out 6-week run, entertaining over 12,000 audience members. Chokhani’s reimagination of Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black was voted one of the top 20 shows on Vancouver stages in 2017, and won the Pick of the Fringe Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival. Chokhani founded Project SAT (South Asian Theatre), co-created the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts, was a Producer-in-Residence at the National Arts Centre - English Theatre, and held the position of General Manager for Touchstone Theatre and Urban Ink Productions.
Throughout the past eight years, Rohit Chokhani has been involved in over 30 artistic productions, which garnered four Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, 28 Jessie Award nominations, three Vancouver Fringe Festival Awards, and four META Award nominations. Rohit grew up in Bombay (Mumbai), home to Bollywood, the centre of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant performing arts industry. He comes from the Maratha and Marwari lineage of India, which is historically rooted in oral traditions and art forms. His work often provides a platform for historically marginalized artists within the mainstream through community driven objectives. Rohit is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable and sustainable by providing representation for the unrepresented.
Veteran Vancouver Critic Colin Thomas Raves Rohit Chokhani's work
Colin says - It’s been coming but, for me, it feels like 2019 was the year that the South Asian presence in Vancouver theatre definitively arrived. Rohit Chokhani, the artistic director of Diwali in BC, has been a huge player in all of this. With its ongoing partner The Cultch and a plethora of other partners ...Read more
All’s Well That Ends Well voted amongst best theatre productions for 2019
Vancouver Presents and Colin Thomas have both voted All's Well amongst best theatre production for 2019. Vancouver presents stated - "Set during the final year of British rule in India, Shakespeare’s sexist, classist romp was reimagined into a poignant piece of theatre"
Dream Come True
A recent co-creator and co-director of Bard on the Beach’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Rohit Chokhani is the first South Asian of Indian descent to direct at Bard, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. This critically acclaimed production was voted as one of the best shows in Vancouver for 2019. Its entire 6 weeks run sold out with audiences raving the production.