“There’s a kid in the middle of nowhere who’s sitting there living for Tony performances. Singing and flipping along with the Pippins, and Wickeds, and Kinkys, Matildas, and Mormons’s. So we might reassure that kid, and do something to spur that kid, ‘cause I promise you, all of us up here tonight, we were that kid.” -Neil Patrick Harris
Rohan is an enthusiastic performer in all senses of the word; singing, acting and dancing. He developed a love for the culmination of all three arts in musical theatre at a very young age and has trained in them all respectively at various levels over the years. He has energetically pursued musical theatre for his entire life up to now and hopes to continue doing so for as long as possible. Rohan is currently continuing his training in all three areas at the post-secondary level and plans on taking advantage of many performance opportunities with the goal of one day being able to perform on the professional stage.
Rohan has fully immersed himself in all aspects of musical theatre training. He is most heavily trained in dance, having started at the young age of 4, but did not start training in more traditional and theatrical styles until he was 12. At the age of 12, Rohan transitioned from cultural Indian dancing to ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. Since then, he has trained and competed at a competitive dance studio, attended a performing arts high school and performed with its resident dance repertory company, and trained and performed with a professional Toronto-based modern dance company. Rohan also has many years of vocal training, beginning when he enrolled at a local music school, Merriam School of Music, which he attended for five years. Since then, he has gone on to train with some great local private vocal coaches, and now studies intensely at Sheridan College.
For two summers, Rohan has attended the Open Jar Institute, a musical theatre training workshop in New York City for high school students. It is a week-long program full of master classes with Broadway professionals with a focus on training in dancing, singing, acting and audition technique. Rohan has taken much away from his experiences at Open Jar and has benefited very much from participating in classes and participating in workshops with the likes of Jeff Whiting, Susan Stroman, Stacia Fernandes, John Kander, James Gray, Joshua Buscher and so many more. Most recently, Rohan attended The Performing Arts Project, a three-week theatre intensive based in North Carolina. This was a truly unique experience as it not only provided a high level music, acting and dance training, but also focused on exploration of the creative process. Rohan had the opportunity to learn from and create pieces with some extremely notable peers and teachers, including Broadway veterans Gavin Creel, Cameron Adams, Nick Blaemire, Deidre Goodwin, Mary Ann Lamb, Grady McLeod Bowman, and Margo Seibert, as well as some other highly respected multi-faceted artists such as Alejandro Rodrigues, Robbie Roth, Michael Maresca, Neil Patrick Stewart, and Jonathan Bernstein. These experiences were significant to Rohan’s training and pushed him along his journey of pursuing musical theatre as a career and of developing his artistic voice. He learned so much from these workshops and hopes that he will be able to work with these people again in a professional context.
Rohan is currently in his second year of the Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. He studies acting, singing and dancing intensely with some of Canada’s best teachers, and takes various classes in many other facets of the performing arts. Rohan is extremely grateful to be developing his skills in such an incredible environment and is excited to use this training to pursue a successful career as a performer, creator, and well-rounded artist.
Rohan began performing in community theatre productions at a very young age. He participated in youth community productions of The Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Into the Woods, Once on this Island, Seussical and Footloose. At the age of 13, Rohan participated in a workshop with a Toronto-based theatre company, Acting Up Stage, which provided 5 days of workshops with local theatre professionals and educators and rehearsals for a culminating cabaret performance entitled One Song Glory. More recently, Rohan played the lead role of Robert Martin in his performing arts high school’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone, and in his final year played the role of Harry Houdini in their production of Ragtime, and was also the production’s Dance Captain.
Since beginning his training at Sheridan College, Rohan’s focus has mainly been on his training. However, this summer he will be traveling to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island where he will participate in the Young Company performance and training program at the Confederation Centre for the Arts with the Charlottetown Festival.