The Team

Our Belief

“We believe that every actor and filmmaker possesses a unique voice and a form of expression. We aim to help each of our students harness their potential and create a professional career in their chosen field. Every teacher at the studio is a working actor/filmmaker enabling them to bring their real-world and hands-on experience to the studio. At JGS we also produce an array of projects from films, theatre, web-series, television commercials, and scene work. Every student that joins a workshop becomes a member of the studio. We aspire to create a collective of like-minded artists who work together and grow as a family. ”

Jeff Goldberg
(Founder, Director & Faculty)

Hailing from New York and with a decade stint in Paris, France and now 12 years in Mumbai, Jeff’s work as a filmmaker has witnessed his films and screenplays garner official selections and awards at some of the finest film festivals in the world. Jeff continues to write, direct and act for the stage as well.

Vishal Handa
(Teaching Faculty)

British-Indian director, actor and writer Vishal Handa is an established film-maker and theatre director in Mumbai. He shares his time between theatre and film and has directed theatre productions which have toured the country as well as over 20 music videos and several ads. In front of the camera, Vishal has acted in both independent and commercial cinema and has recently finished shooting for a Netflix Series releasing in 2023. He is currently working on a theatre project with the NCPA and National Theatre UK. After completing his training in method acting, Vishal has been teaching at the Jeff Goldberg Studio since 2016 and currently teaches the Intermediate Program and scene classes. He is an incredibly enthusiastic, passionate and innovative teacher who is constantly pushing students to the edge of their potential.

Ashok Pandey
(Teaching Faculty)

Ashok pandey is an actor, director and an acting teacher. He is from Allhabad (U.P) and has been doing theatre since 17 years. Currently he is a teaching faculty at The Jeff Goldberg studio since 7years. He has acted in many films like Saheb Bivi and Gangster, Nautanki Sala, Bullet Raja, Blank and Aaghat. He has directed many Hindi and english plays for the studio, some of which are 12angry Men, Three sisters, MV wisdom, Aadhe Adhure, Sakha Ram Binder, Accidental death of Anarchist, Baby and Do Raha.

Yashhraj Singh
(Teaching Faculty)

A spiritually sexy guy who has studied in an Anglo-Indian school and spent much of his youth in the streets of Bandra exploring new burger places and anything that gives him the next hit of inspiration.
Grown up…and nothing has changed apart from the fact that I get a bit more tanned in the sun while intellectually masturbating about various different ideas and new plays for me to direct and indulge in.
My life’s aim is to prove to the world that acting is simple and not as hectic as it sounds in these “BOOKS”.

Subrahmanian Namboodiri
(Teaching Faculty)

Subrahmanian has been an actor/producer/director active in theatre for the last 7 years at the studio and is now part of our teaching faculty.

Mahathi Ramesh
(Teaching Faculty)

Mahathi has been a keen practitioner of the arts since the age of 4, when she entertained unwilling party guests with her rendition of ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Since then she has learned Carnatic, Hindustani and Western vocals cumulatively for 10 years; graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University and found her true calling as an actor after studying and teaching the method at the Jeff Goldberg Studio. Having done numerous plays, a few short films and even fewer features; she can now be found nerding out about Greek mythology, Spanish poetry and self-deprecating humour.

Aaron Fernandes
(Managing Consultant)

Aaron’s expertise lies in building long term relationships with partners as well as finding immediate solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. He founded Aaron Fernandes Entertainment (AFE) in Mumbai, India in March 2020. AFE offers a wide array of services like international representation, consulting, production, etc. Aaron specializes in contemporary dance but also works across all genres and throughout the globe.

Farah Momin
(Company Manager)

She’s the Wonder Woman but officially goes by the title of Company Manager for JGS. A pro at wearing many hats and making it look smooth and fancy. She possesses a diverse set of skills thus making her exemplary in managing both administrative and leadership roles and her natural organizational skills makes her a vital cog for JGS. Her expertise lie in hiring and staffing, translating the company vision into functional goals, performance monitoring, Operations, Productions, you name it, she does it all with flawless execution.

Mahima Jain
(Head of Admin & Operations)

A super helping hand that helps run the show! Mahima, our Head of Operations, manages our everyday activities, from the office administration to streamlining workshops and shows! She is our go-to person, an all rounder, whilst coming from different experiences in social media, banking and styling!

Afshaan Khan
(Head of Recruitment)

Afhan has always been a people person. She tried her hand at different professions and worked at the top airlines of the world including Qatar Airways before pursuing her passion of acting which finally got her to the Jeff Goldberg Studio. She completed her Diploma in acting at JGS which felt like home and as fate would have, it became a part of the JGS Core Family as the Head of Recruitment. She has been a part of numerous Plays at JGS, NCPA, Royal Opera House, etc. Now she spends her days having fun at the studio and sharing her experience and love for acting with new -comers.

Manohar Chetapalli
(Technicals & Production Head)

Our ‘go-to’ guy for everything at the studio. His work at the studio covers a range of functions from assisting the administration, hospitality and technical work. He is an extremely sincere, efficient, hardworking and talented member of the studio.