Born in 1958 in Sahaspur, Jajpur, Odisha, Shri Satyabrata Rout graduated in Science from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack in 1977. Later, he obtained his postgraduate degree in Theatre Arts from the National School of Drama (1983) with specialization in Design. Shri Rout has also studied traditional theatre, mask making and scenography of Noh and Kabuki Theatre at Waseda University, Toyota under the Japan Foundation Fellowship, 1999. After obtaining his PhD from the Department of English, Choudhury Charan Singh University, Meerut (2008), Shri Rout is currently pursuing his D.Lit. in Theatre Arts from Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh. He is also working as a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, Sarojini Naidu School, University of Hyderabad. Shri Rout has worked with Bharat Bhawan Rangmandal, Bhopal as Technical Director, and with the National School of Drama, New Delhi in the past. Shri Rout has worked with eminent theatre personalities. Some of the acclaimed plays directed by him include Passa (1988), Nagmandal (1993), Urubhangam (1994), Baji (1998),Hayvadan (2002), Rashomon (2005), Pygmalion (2007), 30 days in September (2008), Evam Indrajit (2010), Waiting for Godot, Matte Eklavya (2011), Mrig Trishna (2012), Animal Farm (2013, 15), and Tumhara Vincent (2015). He is a recipient of the Senior Fellowship from the Ministry of Culture, Government of India (1998-2000) for his research project on Aharya Abhinaya in Indian Tradition. He has been felicitated with the Manohar Singh Smriti Samman 2006 for his multifaceted contribution to the art of theatre. Shri Satyabrata Rout receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a director.