Deepsikha is a costume designer and costume historian teaching at Hunter College CUNY. Here 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 own work. She helps students gain an understanding of performance traditions from Asia, especially India their visual aspects in textiles, crafts, masks and makeup.
At Hunter College she teaches courses in Introduction to Theatre, Costume Design, Costume Crafts, Costume Technology and Stage Makeup. Here she was awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Mentor in 2015.
Deepsikha was awarded the Best Costume Design Award in 2014 by United Solo for the production of artist Yokko's Butoh Medea.

DEEPS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE SHE JUST WON THE
BEST COSTUME DESIGN AWARD AT UNITED SOLO 2017 FOR HER DESIGNS FOR Hide Your Fires.
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Bio
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.
http://rubinmuseum.org/events/event/surviving-chau-06-24-2015








  • In 2018 Deeps' presentation Can Non-Traditional Design & Direction Illuminate the Unknowns? will be in the USITT Diversity, Inclusion and Community panel.
  • In 2018 Deeps is honored to be a Hunter College Mellon Foundation Arts Fellowship mentor to theatre department student Joshwald Martinez for promoting diversity in the arts.
  • In 2017 Deeps is honored to be a Hunter College Mellon Foundation Arts Fellowship mentor to theatre department student Joyce Lim for promoting diversity in the arts.
  • This year Deeps has also joined as the Dance Director for the Indian American Arts Council to help mount the Erasing Borders Dance Festival.

        This festival brings eminent Indian Classical dancers             from around the world to the NYC stage. For more on this see 

   http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2017/index.htm

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