Actor, writer, manager, Jasmine has worked extensively in community and professional theatre in India and Saudi Arabia before coming to Canada. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Co-Director of SAWITRI Theatre Group since 2003.
Jasmine’s most recent stage acting credits include SAWITRI Theatre Group’s productions of Mahesh Dattani’s English play Where There’s A Will (2018) , Gujarati play, Madhu Rye’s Koi Pan Ek Phoolnu Naam Bolo To? (2015) – Tell me the Name of any flower and Mahesh Dattani’s Seven Steps Around the Fire (2013) and Where There’s A Will (2012). Her most recent film credits include, her role in award-winning films, Parvati in Depth of Pyar (2019), Grandma in Street Soldiers (2016) and Kamla in Dowry, (2015). Other credits as listed on Imdb.
Artistic Co-Director, Actor, Writer and Administrator – B.A. in Sociology, Diploma in Creative Writing, British Council (India) – Shruti has worked extensively in professional theatre in India before coming to Canada. She works with Jasmine in artistic programming, communications and general administration.
Having successfully led the team of directors for 9 of playwright Tanuj Khosla’s short plays and Chinu Modi’s one act plays in 2019, Shruti Shah is in rehearsal mode for directing playwright Uday Krishna’s one-act play for Hindi Shorts 2020. She had directed 12 micro-plays in 2018, written by Tanuj Khosla. Her recent stage acting credits include her role in Chinu Modi’s Gujarati one-act Hajara Hajoor, where she plays the Goddess Incarnate. She also played the lead in Madhu Rye’s Koi Pan Ek Phoolnu Naam Bolo To? – Tell me the Name of any flower and Saree Kahaniyan – Saree Stories, and her writing credits include Ab Kya Karey? (What Now?) and Meri Saas Meri Jaan that she co-wrote with Jasmine Sawant. Her recent film acting credits include Neha in Street Soldiers (2016) and Sakshi in Dowry, (screened at the 2015 ReelWorld Film Festival).
Shruti was born and raised in Mumbai, (formerly Bombay) India, the city of dreams. She has loved Bollywood films since she was a little girl, but never pursued a career in films, TV or Radio, because growing up in the 70’s, it was still not considered right for girls to be part of the entertainment/performing industry. Shruti however has remained an avid viewer of these films, and a reader of all things filmi or Bollywood.
An alumnus of Arya Vidya Mandir, Mumbai, Shruti participated in theatre in school and studied Shakespeare, her favorite being the Merchant of Venice. It was very karmic when she was approached to play a part in a professional production of the play while at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The play, directed by Salim Ghouse, went on to stage several performances at prestigious venues as the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA Mumbai), Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai as well as other cities in India. And then there was no looking back – Hamlet, Chekhov, etc. Shruti continued to participate in theatre at all levels, including sound, light, backstage support, wardrobe and makeup. When she worked on the Hindi productions Hera Pheri and Hum Dono she had the opportunity to work with established names in the Bollywood industry as Shubha Khote, Rakesh Bedi, Smita Jayekar, Tom Alter, Avtaar Gill, Anant Mahadeven, Bhavana Balsaver and Shekhar Suman. Her work in professional theatre also involved touring with the productions across the length and breadth of India as well as the Middle East.