2019 Aug 20
Jerome De Silva is a well known name in the Sri Lankan drama scene. This pioneer stage play director and producer was recently awarded the title and national honour of Kala Keerthi by President Maithripala Sirisena.
A unique combination of both Josephian and Peterite, Jerome’s 37 year long theatrical journey started on the shoulders of giants like Mrs Wendy Whatmore, Rev. Fr. Claver Perera, Mrs. Oosha Saravanamuttu Wijesinghe and Mrs. Ena Heynnecker. Over his amazing career of more than 75 productions, he has garnered many awards along with some amazing productions like Les Miserables, West Side Story and The Lion King under his belt.
His unique offerings for the Sri Lankan drama industry is based on years of international experience and knowledge. In 1996 he was a fellow at the Salzburg Seminar, Austria and was trained under prominent personalities like Arthur Miller, Andre Brink, David Thacker, Benedict Nightingale and Christopher Bigsby.
His influence in the formation of The Workshop Players has transformed the theatre landscape of Sri Lanka.
Apart from his theatrical endeavors, He’s also Artistic Director of ‘Soul Sounds’ Directed by Soundarie David. He has also trained choirs in Wales, London, India, Australia and Kuwait.
Kala Keerthi is a title awarded “for extraordinary achievements and contributions in arts, culture, and drama” and is the highest national honour for arts.