Arts Council of Sri Lanka
State Drama Advisory Board

State Drama Advisory Board is established for the purpose of advising and assisting the Arts council on the general advancement of the theatre and Drama and to support a vibrant community of Sri Lankan playwrights, directors, actors, costume and scenic designers etc, theatre groups and organizations so that the public can experience the highest standard of Theatre and Drama in Sri Lanka.

 

Panel Profile

Prof. Patrick Rathnayaka
Chair Person

Prof. Patrick Rathnayaka has been appointed the new Chair person of State Drama Advisory Board.


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WARUNA ALAHAKOON
Member

Waruna Alahakoon is a national level administrator, facilitator and point of contact in Drama and Theatre education in government school system of Sri Lanka. He is a Deputy Director of Education (Drama and Theatre / Aesthetics) at the Ministry of Education. After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts in 1999 at the University of Kelaniya, Waruna enrolled into the government service as a school teacher for Drama and Theatre, and subsequently appointed to the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service (SLEAS). Being a long served panel member of the Drama Panel of the Arts Council, Waruna has contributed as an adjudicator in state drama, short drama, literary, television and children’s theatre festivals by representing the Arts Council for consecutive years. He also works as a visiting lecturer for several Universities, and a resource person in the National Institute of Education and the Provincial Departments of Education and Zonal Education offices, sharing his scope of


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Dr. Pulsara Liyanage
Member

Dr. Pulsara Liyanage has been appointed the new Member of State Drama Advisory Board.


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Palitha Silva
Member

Palitha Silva has been appointed the new Member of State Drama Advisory Board.


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E. M. D. UPALI
Member

Award winning drama producer; E. M. D. Upali is a playwright, author, translator, poet, lecturer, Attorney-at-Law and a Notary Public. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons. Sinhala Spl) with a Second Upper Class from the University of Colombo in 1981 and the Masters in Sinhala at the University of Kelaniya in 2000. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Archeology PGIAR (Merit) from the University of Kelaniya. Upali has directed 6 stage plays to date and has contributed a number of literary contents including a novel, a collection of poems, an adventure fiction for youth, 4 drama scripts and 2 collections of short stories. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Kelaniya and a Practicing Lawyer since 1992.


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Senevirathna Rudrigo
Member

Senevirathna Rudrigo has been appointed the new Member of State Drama Advisory Board.


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Pathmasiri Fernando
Member

Pathmasiri Fernando has been appointed the new Member of State Drama Advisory Board.


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Ashoka Handagama
Member

Ashoka Handagama has been appointed the new Member of State Drama Advisory Board.


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Tharupathi Munasinghe
Member

Tharupathi Munasinghe has been appointed the new Chair person of State Drama Advisory Board.


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