Roysten was born in Kerala, South India. He did his schooling in Good Shepherd International School, Ooty and it was here that he started writing and directing plays. Little did he know then that he would continue doing this for life? He went to study commerce in college but dropped out twice after enrolling in two different colleges. Bored with commerce and business, which he had to do at his parent’s insistence some strange providence made him ask himself what he had enjoyed most in his life till then and the only thing he could think of were the plays he had done in school. Off he discarded the family business, joined drama school, and informed his parents after he had taken admission.

Roy graduated from the national school of drama in 1994 and then went to apprentice with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the same year. He came back to India in 1995, founded the Indian Shakespeare Company, and as the name suggests his initial work was lot of Straight Shakespeare. A major turning point in Roy’s life was in 1999 when he devised and directed Othello a play in black and white, which was his first original work. It went on to win the Scotsman fringe first award and since then has toured extensively around the world. This work got him national and international recognition and what followed was a spate of original works, which he conceived and directed. Some of these plays were produced in India and some in Europe.

He then started to work, with out of work street performers (Magicians, Jugglers, Impersonators, Snake charmers, Acrobats, Musicians, and Puppeteers etc.) This work got noticed in Italy and he was invited to conceive and direct a play on Fellini in Rimini, which is Fellini’s hometown in Italy . In that same winter he came down to India and created a play called the Spirit of Anne Frank, which starred the biggest female stars in the country. Soon after this he went on to do his first feature film In Othello that was his first step into cinema. He recently started to work with musicians creating theatre in music and his two productions The Manganiyar seduction with 50 Manganiyar musicians and A hundred Charmers with a hundred snake charmers is currently on world tour. Roysten just finished directing his latest production at the Historic red fort in New Delhi with 2000 folk artists. He is creating an International Center for Comtemporary Traditional Performances in Jaisalmer, which should be ready by 2015. Roysten is also working on his new production titled " The Soul Kitchen" which should open in 2013.

He is creating an International Center for Comtemporary Traditional Performances in Jaisalmer, which should be ready by 2018. Roysten Premiered his new work “The Kitchen” which premiered in August 2013 and is on a 3 continent tour from June.

He is also working on a new production with the Manganiyar children titled “The Manganiyar Classroom” which will premier in May at Bangalore.



THEATRE PRODUCTIONS BY ROYSTEN ABEL

Merchant of Venice 1993, National School of Drama, New Delhi
Moliere by Bulgakov 1994, National Repertory, New Delhi
Measure for Measure 1995, United Players Guild, New Delhi
Macbeth 1996, United Players Guild, New Delhi
Mahanirvan 1997, Sri Ram Repertory Co., New Delhi
Wesker’s One- women Plays 1998, British Council, New Delhi


Othello – a Play in Black and White -1999, Indian Shakespeare Company, New Delhi
WON THE SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD AT THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL AND PERFORMED AT THE CAIRO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

Romeo and Juliet in Technicolor

2000, National School of Drama, New Delhi
Goodbye Desdemona 2000, Indian Shakespeare Company, New Delhi
London, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Netherlands
Othello – a Play in Black and White 2001, Harare international festival of arts.
Goodbye Desdemona 2001, Harare international festival of arts.
Much ado about Nautanki 2001, New Delhi.
At the Fringe – A Beggars Opera… 2001, Edinburgh Fringe, Rome, Sicily.
Love: a distant dialogue? 2002 India, Italy.Japan.
At the fringe a beggars opera 2 2002 Torino, Modena, Rimini, (Italy).
Dami al meno un raje di sole 2002 Italy.
(A play based on the legendary filmmaker Fellini done in Fellini’s home town Rimini, Italy.)
The Spirit of Anne Frank 2002 Delhi, Bangalore, Calcutta, Ahmedabad.
In Othello (Film) 2003.
Jiyo Indo Spanish play 2004 -250 performances in Barcelona (Spain).
Brain child by Farooq Dhondy 2005 New Delhi.
Ladki Seedhi Rahegi 2005 New Delhi.
Mother I did not eat the butter 2005 New Delhi.
Just justice 2006 New Delhi.
Othello In Black and white 2006 Germany , France.
Jiyo 2006 Spain.
Premiered Girish Karnad’s flowers 2006 Bangalore and Bombay.
The Manganiyar Seduction 2006 Delhi.
A Hundred Charmers 2006 Delhi.
The Manganiyar Seduction 2007 Bombay, Rome, Salzburg.
A hundred Charmers 2007 Naples (Italy).
Othello in Black and white 2008 Belgium, Netherlands.
The Manganiyar seduction 2008 Halle (Germany), Salzburg, Zagreb (Croatia), Vienna, Krakow (Poland).
The Manganiyar seduction 2009 Wiesbaden(Germany), Lyon (France), Amsterdam(Holland), Dublin(Ireland)
The Manganiyar seduction 2010 Sydney (Australia), London (UK), Singapore
The Manganiyar seduction 2010 BITE Festival Barbican center UK
The Manganiyar seduction 2010 Singapore Arts Festival Esplanade Therather
The Manganiyar seduction 2010 Marine Bay Sands Singapore
The Manganiyar seduction 2010 Lincoln Center White Light Festival, Rose theater- New York
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Perth International Arts Festival- Australia
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Auckland Arts Festival- New Zealand
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 The Kennedy Center- Washington DC
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Womad- Abudhabi
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Quateir De Ete- Paris
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Alstadt Therbst Kulture Festival- Dusseldorf
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Melbourne Festival
The Manganiyar seduction 2011 Hong Kong Arts Festival
Old Town 2012 The National Repertory- India
The Manganiyar seduction 2012 Penang International Arts Festival
The Manganiyar seduction 2012 Womad UK
The Manganiyar seduction 2012 Nh7 Weekender India
The Manganiyar seduction 2012 Royal Opera House Muscat
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Attakalari Biennale Bangalore,India
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Michigan USA
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Lincoln center New York, USA
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 North Carolina USA
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Gainsville,Florida,USA2013 Gainsville,Florida, USA
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Miami Florida USA
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 Bangalore India
The Manganiyar seduction 2013 New Delhi India
The Kitchen 2013 Bangalore India
The Kitchen 2014 Kerala India