V Balakrishnan is an alumnus of Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts and the National School of Drama, New Delhi. He is the Artistic Director of Theatre Nisha, a Chennai based theatre company that he founded in 2000. Under its banner he has directed over 100 plays in English, Hindi and Tamil. He was awarded the Charles Wallace Scholarship to attend an International Residency for Young Directors with the Royal Court Theatre, London in 2002. He has been a theatre practitioner and educator for 26 years, and has acted in over 200 plays. As a playwright, he has written ten one-person plays and seven ensemble plays. In 2019, he received the Hindu Playwright award for his play ‘Sordid’. He received the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching (DAT) in 2017 and most recently, was chosen as a fellow for the Arts for Good Fellowship (2019) organized by the Singapore International Foundation.