Krishna Istha is a performer, live artist and theatre maker. Their performance work looks at transformations (physical and political), gender politics and queer culture using subversive text, cabaret elements and comedy.
From 2013 to 2015, Krishna was a member of the National Theatre of England’s Young Studio. They trained and graduated from Central Saint Martins with a degree in Performance Design and Practice.
In 2015, Krishna was named as ‘One to watch’ on the Rainbow List 2015 (the annual celebration of the 100 most influential LGBT+ people in the UK).
In 2017, Krishna was the recipient of Arts House CultureLAB grant (Melbourne, Australia) and Globe Community Funds for The Cocoa Butter Club Australia.
Krishna’s first taste of making avante garde, form trans-gressing, trash-but-not-trash work started with their involvement with Duckie in London in 2013. Some big names Krishna has since worked with internationally – The Southbank Centre (London), Soho Theatre (London), Chelsea Theatre (London), National theatre (London), Arcola Theatre (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Pleasance Theatre (London), Brighton Dome (London), Latitude festival (UK), Unity Theatre (Liverpool), Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Abron Arts Centre (NYC), La Mama (NYC), La Mama Courthouse (Melbourne), Malthouse theatre (Melbourne), First Draft (Sydney), Sydney Festival, and at the International festival of feminism and public spaces (Germany).
Krishna also curates and co-produces The Cocoa Butter Club Australia alongside Dani Boi (drag activist and community organiser). The Cocoa Butter Club is a cabaret and performance night that showcases and celebrates indigenous and/or performers of colour. The events run quarterly at The Melba Spiegeltent in Melbourne. In January 2018, The Cocoa Butter Club Australia staged a sold-out show at Arts Centre Melbourne (the largest performing arts venue in Australia) as part of Midsumma Festival. You can find out more about TCBC at www.thecocoabutterclub.com/au