Shakthi is a Western Sydney storyteller with Sri Lankan heritage and Tamil ancestry. His debut play, Counting and Cracking, completed a sold out season at the 2019 Sydney Festival and won seven Helpmann Awards, with Belvoir. Eamon Flack was the associate writer. His most recent play, co-written and directed with Eamon, was The Jungle and the Sea, again with Belvoir. It received rave reviews and had a profound impact on the Sri Lankan community. It won four Sydney Theatre Awards in January 2023, including Best Mainstage Production.