Rohit Chokhani is a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award-winning arts curator, as well as a director and cultural leader. Currently, he is the Artistic Director for Diwali in B.C. 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 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 received critical acclaim and enjoyed a sold out 6-week run, entertaining over 12,000 audience members. Chokhani’s directorial debut - a 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 also founded Project SAT (South Asian Theatre), co-created the Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts and was a Producer-in-Residence at the National Arts Centre - English Theatre. Throughout the past eight years, Rohit Chokhani has been involved in various capacities with over 30 theatrical 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, and the centre of the Indian subcontinent’s vibrant performing arts industry. He is highly passionate about making performing arts equitable and sustainable.
DIWALI IN B.C. TO TAKE PLACE OCTOBER 5 TO NOVEMBER 18, 2018
Six-Week event explores and celebrates ‘ new horizons’ through theatre, dance, and culturally specific workshops across Vancouver, Coquitlam, Vernon, Maple Ridge, and Nanaimo
Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts (2018)
South Asian Arts Society Presents The Monsoon Festival of Performing Arts
August 9-19, 2018
Programming for Project SAT 2018 has been announced
Workshop facilitators include INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS Meena Natarajan and Dipanker Mukherjee From Pangea World Theater, and Indo-Canadian Award-Winning Playwright and Novelist Anosh Irani.
Dream Come True
Rohit Chokhani became the first South Asian of Indian Descent to direct (Official title co-creator / co-director) at Bard on the Beach (Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival) through his codirection of a fresh, bold staging of All’s Well That Ends Well that is set in India during the waning days of British occupation and the cusp of Indian independence.
This critically accclaimed production had its entire 6 week run sold out with audiences raving the production. Its Evocative music and dance transported over 12000 people to India, as this tumultuous love story of star crossed lovers unfolded against a backdrop of dramatic societal change.