People with Stagefright…..

Who are the main people with Stagefright?

Freddy Koikaran, Creative Director

Freddy Koikaran, Creative Director

Conceived sometime in the late 90’s, but created only in 2004, Stagefright Productions is the brainchild of Freddy Koikaran, a theatre and music artist who has been active on stage since 1991.

Freddy’s professional background in advertising, voiceovers, retail, radio and training dates back to 1994, when he first migrated to Chennai, but his theatre and music backgrounds extend to 1991, when he first began performing on stage.

He started out in music, in college, and eventually began singing professional jingles for English ad spots and locally produced English albums. In more recent times, he has sung professionally in Tamil and Telugu for the Disney channel, and he has also performed playback numbers for music directors Vidyasagar and Ramesh Vinayagam. Freddy regularly performs on stage and enjoys singing classic rock songs.

As far as his theatre career goes, he began with The Living Theatre, a group based in Cochin, and after joining the Madras Christian College, performed in two plays there and proceeded to work with every group that he could in Chennai. Finally, in 1996, he directed his first short play, and then in 2002, he co-directed the Little Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime, “Robin Hood: Wanted For Good!” Two years later, “Grease” hit the stage to much acclaim, and there has been no turning back, with Freddy having directed about 15 different shows since then, many of them with casts as large as 35 people or more.. Some of these shows are:

  • Beethoven: The Sound of Silence (2004)
  • Fourplay (2005)
  • Five of Hearts (2006)
  • Murder at the Diner (2006)
  • Love Bites (2006)
  • Death and the Maiden (2007)
  • A Night at the Musical (2009)
  • Chicago (2009)

Freddy has also acted in two English movies, both locally produced. One was with Michael Muthu of the Boardwalkers, while the other was for Vijay Prabhakaran of Darktree Productions. However, theatre remains his constant love!

Neesha John-Koikaran, Production Head

Neesha John-Koikaran, Production Head

Neesha John-Koikaran works as the production manager for most Stagefright shows. Having completed her qualification to teach dyslexic children and having a Montessori background as well, Neesha worked with a number of schools in the city, including the American International School and Abacus Montessori before moving onto other interests. She has worked in retail and training, but the backstage aspects of theatre are what get her excited.

She has sung with the Madras Musical Association and has also performed in with the Little Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime.

Having handled backstage entirely, as well as production responsibilities, Neesha has a very holistic view with regard to staging shows and is adept at ensuring that all angles are covered. She now functions as Production Head for Stagefright.

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19 Comments

  1. Hello,

    Greetings from ICAT!!

    Kindly mail us the details of your shows which are staged in Chennai. We would like to buy bulk tickets for our college students. For further details about us, please visit http://www.icat.ac.in

    We are also planning to have an acting workshop for our 3D Animation students.

    Regards
    Suchithra .R
    Manager – Students Service
    ICAT
    Chennai
    98841 90777 / 044 – 42934208

  2. Hi Fred and Nish,
    Reading about your new shows and seeing the pictures really feels great. You are doing such a terrific JOB. I miss it all like crazy sitting here in Switzerland.
    Lots of love and great wishes.
    Satcho (vipluv)

    • Satcho!

      Thanks for your wishes! What are you doing in Switzerland? I trust that all is well..

  3. Hi,
    we are looking for a comedy play as a part of our fundraiser for a charity organisation.We are from Madurai.Can you do a play in madurai for a audience of 600 people…We look for a romantic comedy play for a duration of 1 to 1.30 hours.
    Please let us know your charges.We are from the ladies circle in madurai (ladies wing of the roundtable )and we use the funds raised for building classrooms for needy schools around madurai.
    Raji ashok

    • Dear Raji,

      Thank you for your note. Can you let me know when you are looking to have this show staged?

      Regards,

      Fred

  4. We prefer to have it in the month of april 2010

  5. Hi, I am a theatre actor based in Chennai interested in an opportunity. Could you please let me know if there any auditions happening. Please add me to your mailing / sms list as well. My email is harshagarwal20@gmail.com , Cell: 9840444916. Thanks. Harsh

    • Hi Harsh,

      Thanks for you e-mail. We are in the process of working on another show. I will let you know when we have auditions scheduled. But even otherwise, keep your eyes and ears open for notices in and around the city.

      Fred

      • Thanks da.. 🙂

  6. Hi Fred..

    am new to chennai..as in say a year old.. 🙂 was part of theatre in terms of backstage..have always wanted to be a part of theater..esp musical plays..I missed the audition for Dirty Dancing..wanted to know if there is still a chance.

    Waiting to hear from you.

    -Rashmi

    • There absolutely still IS a chance!!!! What are you interested in?

      • well…I have always loved dancing and acting…have danced all through my life..but never really gt the chance to act..and now, am nt sure if I would be able to do it..”Stagefright” it is!!! 🙂

      • Chee chee chee… don’t be silly. You have nothing to lose. And as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? Call me at 98404 87198 if you want to audition for us!

        Fred

  7. hey,
    i heard about the dirty dancing show…where can i book the ticket in advance…i dnt wana miss them….

    • We are just getting the link up… it will be available at dirtydancewithus.wordpress.com. You will be able to book online or have them home delivered. Kindly bear with us for a few days while the link is created.

      Freddy

  8. Hi,
    I am looking for weekend theater classes in chennai. please do reply if you conduct theater classes on weekend.

    • Hi Divya,

      We are currently running a 10-day workshop called SPOTLIGHT, which is targeted at school kids who are on holidays. Once that concludes, we will be having evening classes for working people. These may be held during the week, in the evenings.

      Freddy

  9. Hi there,am a working professional but very keen to pursue my passion in theatre. Keen to know aboutthe opportunities …

    Regards


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