Satyadev Dubey is an Indian theatre director, actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film actor and director. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1971.
He won the 1978 National Film Award for Best Screenplay for Shyam Benegal's Bhumika and 1980 Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Junoon. In 2011, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.
Satyadev Dubey was born in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh in 1936. He moved Mumbai with an aim to become a cricketer, but ended up joining the 'Theatre Unit', a theatre group run by Ebrahim Alkazi, which also ran a school for many budding artists. Later when Alkazi left for Delhi to head National School of Drama, he took over the 'Theatre Unit', and went on to produce many important plays in Indian theatre.
He produced, Girish Karnad's first play 'Yayati', and also his noted play 'Hayavadana', Badal Sarkar's 'Ebang Indrajit' and 'Pagla Ghoda', Chandrashekhara Kambara’s “Aur Tota Bola” (“Jokumaraswamy” in original Kannada), Mohan Rakesh’s “Aadhe Adhure”, Vijay Tendulkar’s “Khamosh! Adalat Jaari Hai”, and 'A Raincoat For All Occasions' and Jean Anouilh's Antigone in 2007.
He is credited to the discovery of Dharmavir Bharati’s Andha Yug, a play that was written for radio, yet Dubey saw its potential, sent it across to Ebrahim Alkazi at National School of Drama, and the rest is history, in modern Indian theatre, 'when staged in 1962, Andha Yug' brought in a new paradigm in Indian theatre of the times.
He has made two short films 'Aparichay ke Vindhachal' (1965) and 'Tongue In Cheek' (1968), and directed a Marathi feature film, 'Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe' in 1971, based on Vijay Tendulkar's play, which in turn is based on Friedrich Dürrenmatt's story "Die Panne".