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- Winner of 'Innovation in Training & Development'  - Asia's Excellence Award 2017

- Leadership award for Diversity & Inclusion -  World HRD congress 2017

- Nandini has been featured as Young Artists Changing the Course of Theatre in India and her group Yours Truly Theatre has been rated as the top 20 groups in India by Broadway World

- Directed Mid Summer Nights Dream for Deccan Hearld Theatre Festival 2015

- Finalist of the Young Creative Entrepreneur award by the
British Council in 2011.

- Presented TEDx talk at MSRIT
(M. S. Ramaiah Institute, Bangalore) on 'Unlearn the Familiar' in November 2012.  

- She along with her group represented India at the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival as well as at the European Theatre festival in 2012. She also performed and conducted workshops across Europe – in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany.

Nandini Rao
Co Founder & Artistic Director - Yours truly theatre |  Winner of 'Innovation in Training & Development'  - Asia's Excellence Award i Leadership award for Diversity & Inclusion -  World HRD congress 2017 | Recognized by British council as young creative entreprenuer award | Tedx talk speaker | Independent Consultant - Communication, Training & Theatre 

She hails from one of the Bangalore's oldest family 'Prabhath' known for keeping arts & theatre alive over four generations. Her sheer madness for creativity led her to pursued her academics in Fine Arts ( Applied Arts & Design) from Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishat and parellely got her training in theatre from international trainer and well known directors nationally.

With more than 18 plus years of overall theatre experience, She is one of the few leading women Theatre Directors in India and her first love towards direction led her to scripting plays, acting onstage, training actor, volunteering on every facet of performance, visualising light, sound, cosutme, set design and ofcourse the biggest feat of creating and sustaining theatre group over 15 years.

She scripted and directed her first play ' Pair of glasses' for Peace Festival post godhra incident in 2002. From then she scripted multiple plays and initial work included Music for eyes, Maya, Friend philosopher & guide, Clt+Alt+Del. Subsequent years she developed unique style of devising theatre production with heavy influence of improvisation in recent productions like Common Man, Bhagwaan Dhoondo, CM (V2) , Hastag Vengance and Mid Summer Nights Dream which opened the Deccan Hearld Theatre Festival in 2014

Professional Background in Communication , Creativity & Design, Learning & Development

Nandini currently works as an consultant under the banner Yours Truly - Theatre Applied specializing in applying theatre in communication, learning & development areas along with topics revolving around organizational development, including culture, diversity & inclusion, gender and compliance among others. She also supports organizations by using theatre-based role-playing activities to construct powerful training and practice programs.
With over 15 years of professional corporate experience in communication and branding & training, she has a solid and well-rounded organizational view and has worked closely with business heads, marketing, HR & L&D and senior management & CXOs. She has worked with companies such as Infosys, Tech Mahindra, AXA Technologies as well as various advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB Mudra and Percept Gulf. 

Some of the clients she has worked with include:
MNC Companies – Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Volvo, Akamai, Nutanix, Oxford University Press, DDB Mudra advertising agency, American India Foundation, Bosch
Hospital & Health care – Manipal Hospital, Cloud Nine
Retail - Pantaloons ( Aditya Birla Group) , Target  PSU & Manufacturing - HAL Management Academy, BEL - Bharat Electronics Limited , United Spirits – Diageo | Start ups - HackerEarth


Formats of Theatre

Nandini has been trained & certified in international formats of theatre :

Playback Theatre
Forum Theatre
Improv short and long forms
Boals Rainbow of Desire

Psychodrama, Art , Drama & group therapy

With her creativity DNA she has been able to infuse the conventional theatre methodolgies along with extensive Improvisation theatre to devise new formats of theatre like

Complete the story
Black Rainbow Project
Mushaira Theatre
Kannada Kavya Chilume
Perspective Theatre
Clown Improv

Media & Articles

Your Story.com :It’s Show Time! Bangalore based Yours Truly brings Improv and Innovative Theatre to India

TimesofIndia -Playback theatre – a blend of acting, therapy and fun

Dailymail.uk - How working through the drama: How theatre helps office workers in conflict resolution 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2763607/How-working-drama-How-theatre-helps-office-workers-conflict-resolution.html#ixzz58JqdfcLz 
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Indian Express :Staging stories behind childhood family shots

India Today : Summer vocations


deccanherald.com -City theatre group proves to be 'Yours Truly' in Europe

bangalorefirst.in - Reality strikes with playback

Professionalism in theatre
Theatre In Prison