Indian Ink Theatre Company

Jacob Rajan, Writer and Actor

Jacob is a founding partner of Indian Ink and co-wrote all of Indian Ink’s plays as well as performing in many of them. He is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama school, Otago University (B.Sc Microbiology) and Wellington Teacher’s College. Jacob is an Arts Foundation Laureate and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to theatre.

Justin Lewis, Writer and Actor

Justin is a founding partner of Indian Ink. He has co-written and directed all of Indian Ink’s plays. He was one of the founders of Auckland’s Q Theatre and received a Kaupapa Oranga Award for his services to theatre. Justin is a graduate of the John Bolton Theatre School and the University of Auckland

The Company

The artistic partnership of Jacob Rajan and Justin Lewis is now comfortably in its second decade. Inspired by a love of mask and story they continue to pursue their idea of the ‘Serious Laugh’-opening mouths with laughter to slip serious ideas in.With a series of remarkable productions of intimate scale that blend western theatrical traditions with eastern flavours they’ve shaped Indian Ink to become one of  New Zealand’s most successful theatre companies –13 national and international awards, significant critical acclaim, standing ovations and sell out seasons in New Zealand and overseas. Since 1997 over 400,000 people have had their lives enriched by these original plays. The aim is to leave an indelible imprint on your heart; that’s why they’re calledIndianInk.