Rajeev Varma is an experienced writer, director, producer and actor.
In 1995 he graduated with a Diploma in Acting from The Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts. Since then he has worked extensively in film, television and theatre in New Zealand, and has run his own theatre company, which has toured internationally for over 10 years.
Raj’s television credits include roles in Xena: Warrior Princess, Young Hercules, Burying Brian, P.E.T. Detectives, Serial Killers, Mike King Tonight, Bogans, Shortland Street, Flatmates, Letter to Blanchy, Cleopatra 2525, The Philanthropist and Paul Mercurio’s Got No Game.
His feature Film credits include 1nite, The Box, The Price of Milk, Toy Love, We’re Here to Help, Summertime and Curry Munchers.
Short Film credits include Letters About the Weather, Playing Possum, Discount Taxi Driver, Cloning Bacchus, Passion of the Heist, The Numbing Heart and Act of a Dying Man.
In 1995 Rajeev created The Rising Generation Theatre Company, through which he produced and acted in Play Lunch, Spies Spy or Die and Versus, all written by Toa Fraser. He produced the premiere season of Bare by Toa Fraser and also produced, acted, devised and starred in Look Me in the Eye at the Silo Theatre in 1999.
In 2003, he created his second theatre company, The Untouchables Collective, New Zealand’s first South Asian theatre company. With a company of 19 actors, writers and designers, the collective premiered its first production, Yatra, at the Wellington Fringe Festival 2004, to sold-out crowds and critical acclaim. The show went on to enjoy a five month sold out run at the Huron Club at the Soho Playhouse, New York. In 2011 they toured to Canada, Malaysia and London.
Raj was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2003 Chapman Tripp National Theatre Awards in New Zealand for his portrayal of Casper in Taki Rua’s production of Awhi Tapu.
Rajeev has also facilitated third year graduating students’ solo shows at Toi Whakaari, New Zealand’s National School of Drama in 2003.
Raj immigrated to America in 2006 and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife. Most recently Raj has been cast as the principal lead in Brown Nation, a sitcom pilot produced by Infamous Coconuts in New York.