After an extensive search, Alberta Theatre Projects is excited to introduce Rohit Chokhani to our family, as Artistic and Executive Director. We are thrilled to have someone of Rohit Chokhani’s calibre and experience joining us. This is an exciting moment in our history. The organization is well-positioned for a successful future, and eager to welcome audiences back to the Martha Cohen Theatre to share stories that entertain and spark meaningful conversations.
Rohit is an award-winning arts leader, passionate about creating a more equitable and inclusive arts and culture community. One of the most sought-after multicultural voices in Canada and internationally, he is an established Executive, Producer and Director, with involvement in over 30 different productions, many of which featured IBPOC theatre-makers. Chokhani has also worked extensively in Digital Entertainment, with many well-known clients such as FOX, Pixar, Disney, Nickelodeon and Majesco.
Before arriving in Calgary, Rohit held leadership roles with numerous organizations, including the Vancouver Fringe Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Urban Ink Productions, Diwali Fest, and South Asian Arts Society. He has served five seasons at Bard on the Beach, Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival, in numerous different capacities. He is the co-creator / co-director of their critically acclaimed and box office hit production, All’s Well That Ends Well (2019). He received acclaim for his uniquely directed reimagination of Anosh Irani’s Bombay Black (2017-2018). Rohit is also the recipient of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (Vancouver) for Significant Artistic Achievement (2017) and the prestigious Vancouver NOW Representation and Inclusion Award (2018).
“It will be my job to understand and respond to the local context and needs of the community in Calgary,” Rohit shared. “After more than a decade of exciting artistic work in Vancouver, B.C, I am delighted to make Calgary my new home and ATP my new creative hub. I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my life and career. I look forward to being part of this passionate journey with our team, board of directors, staff, cast and crew, and Calgary theatre community at large.”
Under Rohit’s guidance, Alberta Theatre Projects will continue to create ground-breaking theatre, and building the next stage of our legacy. We look forward to remaining leaders in new play development, and welcoming creators from every walk of Canadian life to share their stories and lived experiences, by creating viable new opportunities for artists in Alberta.
Rohit Chokhani begins his role as Artistic and Executive Director on November 1, 2021.