Weekend of Workshops

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January 26-28, 2023 | 2:00pm & 7:30pm
FXK, Reynolds Club

Harlesden High Street

By Abhishek Majumdar
Directed by Antrita Manduva & Maya Ghosal

Harlesden High Street
follows the lives of Rehaan, Ammi, and Karim, three first and second generation Pakistani immigrants, as they strive to create a living amidst the hustle and bustle of West London. It is a witty and heartfelt exploration of the South Asian diasporic experience that captures the everlasting conflict between nostalgia and belonging - the struggle to define home in a foreign country while reminiscing about the bittersweet memories of one’s origin.


Aman Shah (Rehaan)

Ahan Raina (Kareem) is a third-year Philosophy and Law, Letters, and Society major. This is his first time being involved in a University Theater production. Outside of theater, you can probably find him talking about philosophy and social theory, cricket, film (especially the Indian film industry), Sufi music and poetry, and memes. He would also like to remind you that Central Jersey exists, and will not tolerate any New Jersey slander whatsoever.

Maya Ghosal (Ammi)


Antrita Manduva (Co-Director) is a second-year majoring in Statistics, co-directing the show with wonderful Maya! She’s loved working with the cast & crew to bring Harlesden High Street to life, and hopes everyone enjoys the show! She’s happy to tell South-Asian stories through UT and grateful for getting to work with her friends! Catch her grinding at Mansueto or drinking mocha at Hallowed anytime.

Maya Ghosal (Co-Director)

Riya Bindlish (Stage & Production Manager) is a third-year Public Policy and Economics Major. This is her first time working in theatre and loves backstage work! Outside of theatre, Riya enjoys dancing (she’s on the UChicago Bhangra team), traveling, hanging out with her roommates, and writing. She is also a coffee addict.

Madhav Vats (Videographer)

Aurélie Roubinowitz (Lighting Designer)

Spencer Ng (Projection Designer)

Abby Kanes (Committee Liaison)

Queen of Spades

A new musical by Amelia Simonoff, adapted from the short story by Alexander

A new musical by UChicago alumna Amelia Simonoff, Queen of Spades is an adaptation of Alexander Pushkin's short story of the same name. In this tale, the supernatural seeps into the parlors, ballrooms and gambling dens of Imperial Russia as Hermann.


Annie Leonard (Countess)

Kat Mokedi (Princess Pauline)

Suttyn Simon (Lizaveta)

Caroline Lopez (The Bishop)

Genevieve Evans (Tomsky)


Laura Mahaniah (Director)

Belle Nahoom (Stage & Production Manager)

Isabel Schmitz (Vocal Director, she/her) , soprano, is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Music and Comparative Human Development. Opera: Chorus in Suor Angelica and Opera Scenes Showcase at Music on Site 2022 (Wichita, KS), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro with AAMA Salzburg 2022, chorus in Hänsel und Gretel at Berlin Opera Academy 2021 Opernfest. Upcoming: Ensemble in HMS Pinafore (Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company), Zweite Knabe in Zauberflöte and Despina role study in Così fan tutte (Berlin Opera Academy Opernfest 2023). UChicago Theater: Tinder Men/Doctor/Rose and Assistant Vocal Director in Perfect Match, soprano vocalist in Yivdak, Assistant Vocal Director on Be More Chill (April 2023). Isabel will also be singing her own voice recital in May 2023. She has been a member of the Vocal Studies Program since first year, studying with Patrice Michaels, and has been a member of Motet Choir under the direction of Dr. James Kallembach since first year, and started as soprano section leader in the winter of 2022. She teaches voice with and is the Communications Director for the South Side Free Music Program, a UChicago RSO, for which she has taught since first year.

Emma Herzig (Assistant Vocal Director)

Elena Gill (Pianist)

Carolyn Heinzer (Lighting Designer)

Amelia Simonoff (Writer)

Abby Kanes (Committee Liaison)