Over the past two decades Kanchuka has been actively engaged in theatre as a director, translator, stage manager, makeup artist and set designer. She has conducted workshops at various locations including universities, schools and rural community centres.


  • 2018-2019 Nodutu Aes / Unseen Eyes, a devised play based on Kumari Kumaragamage’s and Bertolt Brecht’s poetry. [More information and photos]
  • 2002-2017 Thatta Gaayikawa, a Sinhala adaptation of Eugène Ionesco’s La Cantatrice  Chauve. Performed at various venues in Colombo and Kandy including Punchi Theatre, Borella, Lumbini Theatre, Colombo, & Hindu Cultural Centre, Kandy, Sri Lanka. [More information and photos]
  • 2014-2015 Subha, a devised theatrical creation based on Rabindranath Tagore’s short story, “Subha.” Performed at E.O.E.Pereira Theatre, Peradeniya, Namel-Malini Punchi Theatre, Borella, and Santinikethan, Kolkata, India [More information and photos]
  • 2007  365 Plays/365 Days by Suzan-Lori Parks. New WORLD Theater, Rooke Theater, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley
  • 2002 The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, E.O.E. Pereira Theater, Peradeniya
  • 2001 Le Petit Prince/Punchi Kumaraya, a trilingual production of an adaptation of Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince (Sinhala/French/English, adaptation by Kanchuka Dharmasiri), Alliance Française of Kandy
  • 2001 Deyyo, Kanchuka Dharmasiri’s translation/adaptation of Woody Allen’s God, E.O.E. Pereira Theater and Sarachchandra Open Air Theater, Peradeniya [More information and photos]
  • 1999 God by Woody Allen. E.O.E. Pereira Theater, Peradeniya [More information and photos]

Stage Managing

  • 2009 Shekadii-Walaaloo: Sister Stories. A Somali community based project directed by Andrea Assaf. Bowker Auditorium, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2008 Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show. By D’Lo, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia
  • 2007 Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show. The Flea Theater, First National Asian American Theater Festival, New York and Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst
  • 2005 Fronteras Desviadas/ Deviant Borders by Dora Arreola and Andrea Assaf, Holden Theater, Amherst College, Amherst

Make up

  • 2003 Dahavale dutu Sihinayak (A Daydream), a play by B.R Sarath Chandrawansa, Sarachchandra Open Air Theater, Peradeniya
  • 2002    Lokenma Lokuma Loku Mai Gaha Yatadi (Under the Most Huge May Tree) A children’s play by B.R. Sarath Chandrawansa, Young Men’s Buddhist Association, Kandy