Deepsikha is a costume designer and costume historian teaching at Hunter College CUNY. In September 2023 she finished her Ph.D. from CUNY Graduate Center with her dissertation entitled, SPECTACLE ON THE FRINGE: MASKS, MATERIALITY, AND MOVEMENT IN SOUTH ASIA, under the mentorship of Peter Eckersall, Jim Wilson, and Claudia Orenstein.  She is looking forward to sharing more about this research.  She is currently in conversation with several presses for the publication of this research. 

At Hunter College she enjoys teaching a diverse student body helping them visualize play scripts and ideas into living, breathing characters. She also helps students learn to sew, make patterns, make masks, run wardrobe, and create their work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially South Asia including India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka and their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks, and makeup. At Hunter College, she teaches courses in Costume, Fashion Cultural Studies; Costume Design; Visual Elements of Design; Introduction to Theatre, World Theatre, Costume Crafts; Costume Technology; and Stage Makeup. Here she was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor in 2015.

In 2019 Deeps published peer-reviewed articles for Dress (Taylor and Francis) and Asian Theatre Journal. She published a book review in Fashion Theory (Taylor and Francis). She conducted ethnographic research on mask making in Assam, India.

Deeps was awarded the Best Costume Design Award at United Solo in 2017 for her designs for Hide Your Fires.

See more: http://unitedsolo.org/us/the-2017-united-solo-awards-have-been-announced/

Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 by United Solo for the production of artist Yokko's Butoh Medea


Deeps grew up in India spending her growing years observing traditional Indian textiles and crafts around her.

She received her Bachelors degree in fashion design from the reputed National Institute of Fashion Technology where she received a letter of special appreciation for her thesis collection on adapted clothing for children with cerebral palsy.

She also received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from University of Madras. She worked in the global manufacturing industry where she worked in the sampling department overseeing knitwear clothing- coordinating manufacturing from samples to bulk orders in factories in India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

In 2003 she moved to the US to receive her MFA in costume design from Florida State University. Over the years she has worked at several theatres and operas across the US including Santa Fe Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Utah Shakespearean Festival among others.

She has taught at SUNY Albany and is now a tenured lecturer at Hunter College CUNY.

In recent years she has focused on studying and documenting costumes from Asia, especially masks and costumes in Indian theatre, dance and films. She has presented on these topics at several international venues including USITT and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at CUNY Graduate Center.



Masks created by students at SUNY Albany in Costume Crafts class.