"What's in a name?" Asks Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet. For Indians, a lot! Dhruv's name is taken from the Hindu mythos of Dhruva, and is also the name of Polaris, the Pole Star. It roughly translates to constant, immovable, or fixed.
His last name is pulled directly from the South Indian Hindu brahmins of Tamil Nadu.
Born in Hoffman Estates, Illinois and raised in the suburbs of the Windy City itself, Dhruv was whisked away at the tender age of twelve and relocated to Chennai, India, where he spent three years of his life. He returned to the United States to continue high school in Plano, Texas. It was here where his dreams of being an actor were fully realized after he was cast as Valentine in his high school's University Interscholastic League production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
After graduating Plano East Senior High School in 2017, he attended the reputable Ithaca College to obtain his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting degree (with minors in English and History). However, he took a leave of absence halfway through his sophomore year in December of 2018, reauditioning at a handful of top tier conservatories and programs whilst taking some time to focus on his mental heath and wellbeing (6 months of winter in upstate New York is pretty brutal).
After garnering offers at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Rose Bruford, Dhruv will be attending LAMDA in the fall, working towards his BA (Hons) Professional Acting degree. He will be living in London, England for the next three years.
Professionally, he is currently in Dallas working with Shakespeare Dallas, as they mounted a production of As You Like It, with Dhruv portraying the role of Silvius, the shepherd. The production runs until July 19th, and tickets are available here: https://www.prekindle.com/events/shakespearedallas
Up next, you can catch him back in New York City, as he works with Rude Grooms for his third time, in his biggest role yet... Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Performances will run from August 14th to August 25th.