Current Associates

Ameet Chana Director 

Ameet previously performed Rifco's in Happy Birthday Sunita, Bollywood 2000 and Bollywood: Yet Another Lovestory for Rifco. He also co-curated the British Asian Festival, was the Assistant Director on Laila The Musical and observed Director Pravesh Kumar on Miss Meena & the Masala Queens.

Theatre credits include Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep/Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court Theatre), Helmet (Traverse/Soho Theatre), Back of the Throat (Old Red Lion), Crazy Horse (Paines Plough), Balti Kings (Tamasha), Wicked! Yaar (Royal National Theatre). TV credits include Eastenders, My Jihad, Doctors, Casualty (BBC), The Bill (Thames Television), The Empress’s New Clothes (Hat Trick Productions). Film credits include Bend It Like Beckham (British Screen), Run Fat Boy Run (Material Ents), Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Yash Raj Films), It Could Be You (Vita Pictures).

Ameet is heavily involved in the British Asian music scene and presented Bhangra Breakdown, a weekly weekend show on the BBC Asian Network. As director he has directed and produced several music videos for leading British Asian artists. 

Sukh Ojla Playwright 

Sukh is an actress, writer and stand up comedian. 

Theatre credits include Future Conditional (Old Vic), Coconut (Park Theatre), Skin Like Butter (The Etcetera), Ladylogue! (Tristan Bates Theatre), There’s Something Simmy, MummyJi Presents (Rifco). TV credits include Black Mirror (Channel 4), Britz (Channel 4), Eastenders, Hospital People (BBC). Film credits include Victoria and Abdul (Stephen Frears).

Sukh won Monologue Slam with her self-penned monologue Settling and is in the process of developing it into a screenplay. Sukh has written and performed stand up comedy for the Alchemy Festival, won the Make The Cut competition at the St James Theatre and recently performed at BBC Asian Network’s Big Comedy Night at Watford Palace Theatre.  

Having workshopped various new writing projects she is now focussing on developing her own writing and producing work with an authentic diasporic voice for the South Asian community.  

Sukh's debut play Pyar Actually which has been developed through the Rifco Associates programme opens at The Woodville autumn 2017.

Amarjit Bassan Playwright 

Amarjit Bassan has been a professional actor for over a decade, performing in acclaimed productions on stage and screen. After graduating from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama he went on to work closely with many production companies including Tamasha, Kali and Rifco where he workshopped the production of The Deranged Marriage and toured with There’s Something About Simmy. He made his West End debut in Stephen Beresford’s critically acclaimed production of Twelfth Night. Amarjit has appeared in many TV productions including Messiah (BBC), Featherboy (ITV) and Black Books (Channel Four). He has acted in various shorts and appeared Jaab Tak Hai Jaan (Yash Raj), Leave to Remain, Henrique Goldman’s film about the killing of John Charles De Menezes. Amarjit’s writing debut Lalit’s Voice, was shortlisted by Film London's London Calling Plus Award and was selected by the British Urban film Festival to have a staged reading at Channel Four HQ. 

Daya Kaur Bharj Playwright/Spoken word 

Daya Kaur Bharj is an 18-year-old writer, director and actress. Recent projects include creating content and articles for an online web series to promote diversity in media, including acting in and assistant directing five short horror films (Made A Difference Entertainment), directed the official music video for The Wolf (State of Georgia), Assistant Producer in a short film Regression (Straw Cat Productions), Camera Operator and Sound Technician for a short documentary Fagee, which is a part of an award winning online web series 1000 Londoners, wrote and directed a short film adaption of Fight Club in the style of Wes Anderson and her own original short comedy film Maya’s Arrested Development and participated in Rifco's writing workshops for young comedy writers, her scripts Taxi Driver and Child Genius were selected to be filmed and produced for Canvas.

Daya made the grand finals of Media Trust’s Vlogstar challenge and was interviewed on BBC World News to spread awareness for Maladaptive Daydreaming. She’s currently working on her YouTube channel, her own writing projects and her debut spoken word piece as a part of the Rifco Associates program. 

Sarah Sayeed Spoken word/Musician

Sarah Sayeed is a writer, actor and musician with over 15 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of artists. Her acting credits have include East London West Sydney directed by Jonzi D (Sydney Festival), MADE (Target Theatre Company). Sarah is currently Experimentor Artist with the New Art Exchange.

In 2017 Sarah was commissioned by Midland Actors Centre to co-write her first full length play Descent with David Calcutt. She has also been commissioned by West End musical composer Kuljit Bhamra and Sound and Music to write musical composition Found, through the Portfolio programme, due to be played live in 2017. 

Rajinderpal Singh Rakhra Designer 

Rajinder is a designer and practitioner and educator in field of interior architecture. Initially training in BA Business Management, National Diploma in Interior Architecture and then PGCE in Education. Working along side academics and practitioners he gained valuable knowledge and skill in furniture design, interior architecture and working in the domestic and commercial sectors, recently completing bespoke interiors for Travel Store and first Canine Bakery store, Ciao Chow in London. As a practitioner he has been involved in curriculum development, tutoring and mentoring on BA Interior and Spatial design and CAD application software VectorWorks. Academic practices include: Kensington and Chelsea College, Chelsea College of Art (UAL), South Essex College and Interactive Design Institute (University of Hertfordshire). His previous experience also includes working as an Art Department Assistant and Assistant Designer in Television and Film. Currently Rajinder is developing a muiltidiscpline design practice. 

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