Explore. Express. Evolve.
Welcome To Leela:
An Indian Community
Leela, translates to the Cosmic Play of Consciousness, and finds its roots in the ancient Indian scriptures that describe the Universe as a Divine Play. The Divine creates freely, merely for the joy of it, and out of spontaneous creativity. The heart of Leela’s purpose is to provide an avenue for individuals to explore and express their creativity through collaborative theatre productions, workshops and play readings, and to evolve to their highest potential.
Anklets in the Boardroom is an interactive theatre project based on Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, which uses theatre-based exercises for conflict resolution and healing.
There are 2 phases of this project. In the first phase, Leela will be conducting story circles consisting of 7-8 South Asian women who can share their experiences of discrimination in the workplace. These story circles will be facilitated by a trained coach who will design a safe space for discussion.
In the second phase, Leela will present actual (anonymized) stories in interactive theatre where the audience will participate in the narrative of the stories. The goal is to allow participants to experience the somatics of power, so they can exercise it in the workplace to create meaningful change.
Join us in the story circles to share your experiences today! Click on THIS LINK to register. Story circles will be added on an ongoing basis.
" The writing of the play was original and thought provoking, and the actresses did a brilliant job overall. The play is intense, resonates with people post pandemic and is very timely and well thought out. The use of color, light, shadows and nuances helped to give the audience a sense of the intense feelings and emotions portrayed... Kudos to Sharanya, Lindsay and the wonderful troupe of Austin Leela! for a highly relatable piece of artistic presentation! The team worked hard on this!" - Suchitra Chander
"You guys put on an AMAZING show! I was entralled from the start. What a beautiful, thought-provoking, and skilled performance from your team. And kudos to Lindsay and Sharanya for the script! Totally worth traveling to Austin for this show. Five stars." - C.B.
"The Uninvited Guest was a well executed, thought provoking play! It was a good reminder that we blazed through the last 3 years of pandemic and pandemic-recovery without allowing ourselves to process our experiences and emotions. We all need to pause our hectic lifestyles and have a conversation with our emotionally-struggling inner selves to reconcile." - Arvind Raman
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
Passages of Love - An Evening of Poetry and Prose
An evening where participants shared their favorite passages from stories, poetry, plays (original or otherwise) which center on the theme of love.
APRIL 14, 2013