David Bengali

Video Projection & content design (Usa)

David Bengali is a Projections and Lighting designer based in New York. Recent projects include: Jules Verne: from the Earth to the Moon(BAM), Ring Of Fire (Endstation Theatre), The Golden Drum Year (Radical Evolution), Kill Me Like You Mean It (Stolen Chair), Square Peg Round Hole (Tectonic Theater Project), Two Point Oh (59E59), The Tempest (CSC/Young Company), Marie Christine (3LD), I Forgive You Ronald Reagan (Theatre Row), The Orion Experience (XL), Look Upon Our Lowliness (The Movement Theatre Co.), Cav/Pag (Tri Cities Opera), Little Nemo in Slumberland (Sarasota Opera), The Sensational Josephine Baker (Emerging Artists Theatre – Theatre Row), Ephrat Asherie Dance, Jamal Jackson Dance, The New Victory. He holds an MFA from the Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU Tisch.


Anika Nayak

Lightning design (Usa)

Anika Nayak (they/she) is a Boston-based theater artist focusing on Stage Management, Electrician Work, and Teaching.

Anika’s love for theater began as a young child taking classes at Wheelock Family Theater and traveling the world with ANIKAYA Dance Theater. They grew up surrounded by art and with a deep love and admiration for creative language and communication. Anika has found a deep passion for stage management, sewing the pieces of theater into a tapestry of stories.

Anika focuses on creating non hierarchical and collaborative spaces in which theater and art can be created and experienced as what she believes is at it’s core, a universal language of being.

Anika most recently has been the Production Stage Manager for the UMass Amherst Theater Department, Production Stage Manager for White Snake Opera, resident Master Electrician for Moonbox Theater, Technical Director and Stage Manager for ANIKAYA Dance Theater, and is a regular teaching artist at Wheelock Family Theater.

Their work with has taken them throughout New England as well as internationally to Ramallah, Palestine; Cape Town, South Africa and Maputo, Mozambique with ANIKAYA’s Conference of the Birds. 

She is currently pursuing a certificate in Intimacy Direction and Choreography as the next step in expanding her theater repertoire and creating safe and inclusive workspaces.


Pouya Jahanshahi

Graphic art content consultant (Usa - Iran)

Pouya Jahanshahi is an Iranian-American Graphic Designer, and Educator, currently Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Oklahoma State University. Mr. Jahanshahi received his MFA in Graphic Design and Integrated Media, from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). 

Previously his MA studies were completed at California State University of Fullerton (CSUF) in Graphic Design, with emphasis on Semiotics and Motion Graphics. His research and projects focus on the development of what he terms Hybrid Visual Cultures and the unique behavior of semiotics in such environments. This perspective pertaining to Visual Hybridity is what guides his vision, visible in his works across mediums being exhibited internationally. 

While presenting on such related issues internationally, his current projects include the upcoming independent documentary film: “Pasaj: The Visual Language of Iranian Graphic Design”. Furthermore he is co-founder of the Art and Design collectives “Pasaj Collaborative” and “Local / Not Local”, producing and exhibiting curatorial collections pertaining the rise of Perso-Arabic Graphic Design in national and international venues