acting + music + writing


Vigneshwar Paduar in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz.

TheatreSquared 2022. Directed by Dexter J. Singleton.

The world premiere of MISTER DICKENS’ HAT at Northlight Theatre (2021)

Mr. E in the 90th Waa-Mu Show The Secret of Camp Elliott at Northwestern University.

The Waa-Mu Show 2021. Directed/Choreographed by Amanda Tanguay.


Youssif/Daniel in KISS by Guillermo Calderón.
Haven Chicago 2019. Directed by Monty Cole.

Reporter/Athlete/Ensemble in Something in the Game: An All American Musical.

American Music Theatre Project 2018. Directed and Choreographed by David H. Bell.

Reel for Film and Television.

music direction

In the summer of 2021, Ruchir served as a music director and music assistant at Maine State Music Theatre, located in Brunswick, Maine, for his first job following graduation from Northwestern. There, he arranged songs for Broadway actors, served as the assistant music director/Keyboard 2 on MSMT’s Equity production of Jersey Boys, and made his professional music direction and piano/conducting debut with Robin & Clarke’s Beauty & The Beast.

Ruchir served as the Music Director and piano conducted Imagine U‘s production of the Emperor’s New Clothes, directed by Amanda Tanguay. “One of the things that’s exciting about this production (is) it provides a way to get young people excited about musical theater and how impactful storytelling can be in this form,” the music director and Communication junior Ruchir Khazanchi said. [Source]

Ruchir contributed as the Associate Music Director for Next to Normal.

Produced by Arts Alliance. Directed by Grace Dolezal-Ng.

Ruchir contributed as Assistant Music Director and Keyboard 2 in Northwestern’s production of A Chorus Line.

Directed by Kurt Domoney.


Check out my song “American Beauty” for the NPR Tiny Desk Competition!
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The 89th Waa-Mu Show presented an original musical “State Of The Art” completely digitally during the Covid-19 pandemic. State of the Art thus became the first-ever new musical to be presented live over Zoom to an international audience. Ruchir was a writing coordinator for the show and collaborated or led the writing on many of the musical’s original songs. Song credits are on the program.

For the Northwestern Class of 2020 School of Communication Digital Convocation, Ruchir collaboratively wrote the music & lyrics to “How Far” along with Emmet Smith. The song was performed by the graduating class of Musical Theatre Certificate students.

a bridge to the moon

The filmed workshop of my new musical film, A Bridge to the Moon, is available for streaming!
Co-written and performed with Michael-Ellen Walden and Emmet Smith.
Directed by Autumn Thelander.
Created in collaboration with the American Music Theatre Project’s senior capstone festival.
“Dreams, loss, climbing toward the stars on string lights. In the face of an environmental crisis, three grieving siblings are tasked with holding their island and family together. When Lil decides to take drastic action in hopes of finding their mother or at the very least, some answers, the limits of their world are tested.Through collaborative music, words, and movement this heartfelt story celebrates the power of a child’s dreams and the risks we will take to care for our community.”
Follow our piece on Instagram as we continue to grow @abridgetothemoon.

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