“So, I’ve been on stage for as long as I can remember maybe since the age of 12 or 13. I wanted to do everything related to theatre and that’s how Improv happened. I guess I was always improvising in my head, like making up songs for myself. I didn’t know that I could do that on stage and have people watch you. When I saw Improv, I knew I wanted to do that.”

“I think some kinds of theatre are more conducive to gender equality than others but across the board, yeah there is a dearth. Improv is a masculine space and comedy, in general, has been the same. We want to break that.”

“While I say this, I have constantly been aware of other kinds of privilege. While perhaps I have been at a disadvantage in some capacity as a woman, the reality is that doing theatre in Bangalore depends a lot on connections. I’ve lived here all my life, I started early, English speaking and I have a master’s degree. These things have given me inroads to people treating me the right way. I know people who are more talented writers than me, more talented actors than me but I have been doing it and they are not, because I have a position of privilege. It’s something that I am very aware of. As someone with privilege, I try opening doors for people who don’t have it.”

“I’ve never had regrets as such in my life but maybe I could have started doing theatre full time a little bit earlier. But I’ve realised that everything that happened, made me this person, today. If it wasn’t the same, I would’ve been a different person. I am Kavya Srinivasan.”