S. Shakthidharan is a Western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. He’s a writer, director and producer of theatre and film, and composer of original music. His debut play, Counting and Cracking, completed a sold out season with profound community impact and rave reviews at the 2019 Sydney Festival, and won 7 Helpmann Awards, with Belvoir. Shakthi is the Artistic Director of Kurinji, Lead Artistic Consultant at Co-Curious, and was the Founder and Artistic Director of CuriousWorks from 2003-2018. He was the inaugural Associate Artist at Carriageworks and is a recipient of both the Phillip Parson’s and Kirk Robson awards.