The funniest lines of the show are awarded to Touchstone (Ajinkya Desai), the exiled court jester or fool. Desai, another reason to see the production, is a UCSD alumna who majored in engineering and plays Touchstone with exaggeration and exuberance.                                                              -UCSD Guardian, As You Like It, USD/Old Globe

Namaste. Meet Ajinkya! 

He graduated with an MFA from The Old Globe/ University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theater Program.

Before that: Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego

AND Before that: B.Tech., Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur

He is fluent in three languages

English, Hindi, Marathi (vernacular Mumbai). 

and is learning German too! 


object movement festival

May 2018

"Untold stories From the War with the Newts"

Inspired by a classic Karel Capek's Czech science fiction novel, the show recounts an alternate history of the 1930s:

the western world discovers, exploits, educates, arms, and is ultimately overthrown by a species of highly intelligent newt!

Featuring five actor/puppeteers and two musicians, it brings together live music, high drama, expert slapstick and Czech puppets!


February 2018


Sea Breeze Film Festival, 2018

Director: Richard Wollner


A hacker, UMESH, finds himself in a situation that does not look beneficial to him or his family life! 


Theatrical Reel


'AMERICAN IDOL for playwrights'

The Doctor (Ph.D.) in Spite of Himself

East Coast premiere

31st season of the Audelco-winning Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festival

A Pakistani doctoral student, SULAIMAN, is frustrated with the academia, reluctant to join the engineering industry and instead, wants to pursue a more artistic career in the U.S.A. A sudden turn of events forces him into a dilemma. His choices, nevertheless, are so stymied by and susceptible to his circumstances, that despite his delightful enthusiasm to make a giant leap, we find ourselves praying for him!


The Old Globe (tour), Director: Jerry Ruiz


Photo by: Jim Cox

"Because of the traveling nature of this show, it is scaled back in terms of props and sets, but not in talent as this group of players brings the humor with them at the same level as if they were walking the stage in Balboa Park. "

- E.H. Reiter, BWW Review, Nov. 12th 2017





Friday, June 29: 7:30pm 

Saturday, June 30: 2pm

Sunday, July 1: 4pm 

Short Plays from Metropolitan Operas


"Pintauro was the playwright of such works as Snow Orchid, seen Off-Broadway and in London, as well as Men’s Lives, which inaugurated Bay Street Theater."



Rosen's Son

Charlie's Farewell

Parekeet Eulogy

Birds In The Church

Soft Dude


Bus Stop Diner

Two Eclair

Uncle Chick