@N@f@N@ is a multidisciplinary company founded by me, Anand Rajaram. For more info on @N@f@N@, please click on About @N@f@N@ in the links above.
I am an actor/improvisor, mime, performance artist, puppeteer, writer, director and teacher and driving force behind @N@f@N@.
Selective Theatre experience includes:
~ A Midsummer Night's Dream (Robin Starvling) and Shrew
(Hortensio) presented at the Dream in High Park (CanStage's
annual summer Shakespeare in the Park series), and Rice Boy,
also with CanStage. I will be appearing in the remount of
Rice Boy at the Stratford Festival, Summer/Fall 2009. ~ Three years of touring with CORPUS, a Toronto dance-theatre company, presenting the Dora-nominated Nuit Blanche (created with the performers) in Toronto, Peterborough, Sudbury and across Quebec, and their signature show, A Flock of Flyers, in Ottawa, (where we won the Gold Medal in Street Theatre at the Francophonie Games, competing with other countries that are part of the French Commonwealth), and shows in Toronto,
Vancouver, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Belgium, The
Netherlands, England, Wales and Benin (West Africa). I was
also part of Series One of the subsequent Four Square tv show
segment based on A Flock of Flyers. ~ The Illusion, with Ottawa's Odyssey Theatre ~ City for Sale, Red River Rebellion and Laurier with the legendary Toronto company, VideoCabaret. ~ Created Reloaded (Canadian Comedy Award), Bird Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Dora and Canadian Comedy Award Nominations) and Tip of the Melting Iceberg with the Toronto Second City, made famous by past alumni (John Candy, Eugene Levy, Dan Ackroyd, Andrea Martin, Dave Thomas, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and many, many others). I also was a mentor (along with Paul Bates, Matt Baram and Naomi Snieckus) to contestants on the CBC Reality Series, Second City's Next Comedy Legend. ~ I have also presented three shows created by and starring me at the Summerworks theatre festival: * Cowboys & Indians (an hour-long mime show with accompaniment by musical madman Bob Wiseman, for which we won the Spotlight Award and were invited to perform at the Brampton Indie Arts festival and in cities in the Yukon) * Communist 'Til Payday (a multidisciplinary solo show, the first produced under @N@f@N@) and * Hys Unauthoryzed Lyfe & Tymes (originally performed with Vanessa AvRuskin, Bob Wiseman and Khareme Lambie, but in development now as a solo, multimedia, live interactive cartoon theatre show) ~ In addition to Rice Boy and Cowboys & Indians, I am also
currently working with Puppetmongers on Chris Earle's
adaptation of Charles Dickens' Hard Times, to be presented in
Fall/Winter 2009, and directing Sharada Krishnamoorthi's
adaptation of The Mice and the Elephants with the
Panchatantra Collective, Spring 2009.
Select Film and Television credits include:
~ My Own Country, directed by award-winning director, Mira Nair
~ Death Threat by Zarqa Nawaz, creator of
Little Mosque on the Prairie
~ Fly by Jigar Talati, director of the film of Russell Peter's Red,
White and Brown stand-up comedy show at Madison Square
~ The Boom by Maninder Chana, writer/director of the upcoming
feature films, Bollywood Zombie and Sikhs On Ice
~ The Pickle and the Patriarch by Jay Field (Genie-nominated)
~ The Good Friday, starring Tygh Runyan and a number of
celebrated Bollywood actors
~ You Are Here by Daniel Cockburn
~ Silent But Deadly, starring Jason Mewes
~ Suck by Rob Stefaniuk, featuring a cool and crazy fantastic cast
~ A recurring role in the six-part miniseries, Across The River To
~ Guest appearances in Punched Up and The Jon Dore Show (Season 2, Episode 205, Jon Gets Competitive) viewable on
the Comedy Network's website.
Select Voice work includes:
~ Many radio dramas on CBC, including a live-to-air presentation
of Funny Boy, directed by Deepa Mehta (Oscar-nominated)
~ Voice and animatronic puppetry of Snit on Snit Station
~ Lead characters on Teletoon's The Dating Guy and Disney's Five
Boys and a Garden Hose animated series
I have also taught shadow puppetry in schools through a grant from the Ontario Arts Council, created and performed as an
Igloo Turtle, written plays and sketches and directed my own and others' work.
Phew. Anything else you would like to know?