Come July, Theatre Professionals will open The Drama School, Mumbai. A school in the heart of South Mumbai, whose aim is to forge a new generation of theatre makers. A school structured on the best practices that exist in drama schools across the world.
The first offering of the school, is the One year certificate course in Acting and Theatre-Making which covers Training, Internships, and a Touring Production.
We seek to create the actor-creator-entrepreneur, an individual who:
Our students will be individuals who cultivate integrity, see learning as a lifelong process, and believe in rigour, focus and collaboration as the core pillars upon which to build their craft.
Our curriculum has emerged out of multiple conversations and inputs from our collective of drama-pedagogues, who have taught our workshops across the years. It is a combination of some of the most effective concepts experienced by each of them during their own training, and of methods and practices that they have worked with during their teaching.
It comes at a time where formal contemporary training in the craft of theatre in India is sorely lacking, and opportunities to go abroad to other centres of dramatic excellence is out of reach for many
Fortunately, we are now at a time where a critical mass of highly accomplished, highly trained drama instructors (all of whom actively and regularly perform as well) are located in Mumbai, and jointly are ready and excited to come together to make this programme a reality. Never has planning for such a grand venture, been as joyous as this.
The School will operate out of the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, in Girgaum, returning to the foundry of Marathi theatre practice in Mumbai in the 1950s.
The Drama School Mumbai opens on the 1st of July 2013.
After the first 20 weeks of training, we apply the tools we have learnt. In the rehearsal of two productions under Teacher-Directors, that runs for the final six weeks of the training period.
From Nov 25th-Jan 4th for 6 weeks, students will be divided into two ensembles and will rehearse and prepare all aspects of a production for performance. The productions will be presented for a week in January, which also launches the students 6 months of working on a touring production.
During the next 6 months, the students commit to rehearsing and presenting no less than 20 performances* of the production, as determined by the director, the producing company, and the school.
During these six months, students will also be able to complete their internships, research assignments, and the residency requirements of the program, they will also be introduced to larger networks of practice, and be encouraged to seek out new opportunities for work, creation, and begin their life-long journey of learning and Theatre-Making.
*Subject to change.
The faculty have been five years in the making. We have organised and curated over 50 workshops taught by amazing and passionate practitioners over the last 5 years. During the course of working with these highly qualified instructors, we have had the pleasure of discovering that we all share one main thing in common, a dedication to sharing knowledge and creating a new generation of Theatre Makers.Read More
The Drama School has been an idea 5 years in the making. Understand more about the organisation behind it, and what people have had to say about our teaching history, with the Advanced Workshop Program and the Intensive Drama Program and how they allowed us to create the Drama School, Mumbai.
The course fees are ₹ 2,00,000/-
Applicants who have successfully completed the application process and have been given a letter of admission, are required to pay the fees before 10th June in order to confirm their seat.
Failing which, applicants on the waitlist will be provided seats.
Alternative payment options for the full amount exist for a limited number of applicants with genuine financial difficulties.
Our team is currently busy compiling a list of all institutions and grant agencies who can give partial or full scholarships.
Our Programme Manager for the Drama School is available to advise and assist candidates on making independent applications to these agencies. However, while assistance will be provided, the initiative to apply, and success of the application will depend entirely on the candidate making the application.