- PhD (Theatre Studies), National University of Singapore, Singapore
- BA Honors (Theatre Studies), National University of Singapore, Singapore
Dr Nidya Shanthini Manokara is a dance and theatre practitioner-researcher, educator, performer and dramaturg.
Classically trained in bharatanatyam, she received her Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2014. In her doctoral thesis, she draws on her classical bharatanatyam training to explore affective registers of ‘love’ in modern iterations of the practice. In her collaborative performance-as-research projects, Dr Shanthini often pries at the intersection of movement, dance and theatre to critically analyse performance-making. She has also presented papers on her works at multiple international conferences with a number of publications to her name.
Prior to joining LASALLE in a full-time position in 2023, Dr Shanthini had been a part-time lecturer. She has also taught a range of film, theatre and performance courses at NUS and NTU Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. She has served as an external assessor with the National Arts Council and is currently the resident dramaturg with contemporary dance company, RAW Moves.