Satish Vasant Alekar is a Marathi playwright, actor, and theatre director. He is a founder member of the Theatre Academy of Pune, and is most known for his plays, Mahanirvan (1974), Mahapoor (1975), Atirekee (1990), Pidhijat (2003), Mickey ani Memsahib (1973), and Begum Barve (1979). He also directed these plays for the Academy. Today, along with Mahesh Elkunchwar and Vijay Tendulkar, he is one of the most influential and progressive playwrights not just in modern Marathi theatre, but also in larger modern Indian theatre.
He was also the Head of Centre for Performing Arts, University of Pune (1996–2009), which he founded, after forgoing the Directorship of NSD and previously remained an adjunct professor at various universities in the USA, at the Duke University, Durhum, NC (1994), Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University as a Fulbright Scholar (2003). and Dept. of Theatre and Film Studies, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (2005).
He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Playwriting (Marathi) in 1994, by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama. He received the "Padamshree" in January 2012. Since 2013, Satish Alekar is nominated by Savitribai Phule Pune University, as Distinguished Professor on the campus. He is also known for his screen acting both in Marathi and Hindi feature films. He is seen in the character roles of award winning films like Ventilator (2016).