2 Day Intensive Workshop in Corporeal Mime with Vini Carvalho

Vini Carvalho in action

Corporeal Mime is an aspect of physical theater. It’s objective is to place drama inside the moving human body by allowing the actor to show thought through movement. It “makes the invisible visible” through the presence of the body. Developed by Etienne Decroux, Corporeal Mime is unlike pantomime that substitutes speech with gesture. The objectives of Corporeal Mime are to enable the actor to become more autonomous in creating metaphor-based physical theater pieces, which may include text, but are not based on text, i.e. to give the actor greater access to physical metaphors that work in traditional plays, and to increase the actor’s strength, agility, flexibility and imaginative powers.


This month we have an intensive Corporeal Mime workshop conducted by Vini Carvalho. He has been developing his practice as a movement teacher and performer for the past nine years, teaching various workshops and classes in theatre, neutral mask and mime. He trained at the International School of Corporeal Mime for four years in London and graduated in Performing Arts from University of Campinas, Brazil. Vini has also worked and studied with a number of companies and theatre practitioners, such as Theatre de l’Ange Fou, Alice K, LUME, Tiche Viana and Leris Colombaione. He is the artistic director of Fool’s Cap Theatre.

Through technical and creative exercises the workshop will focus on the following-

  • Articulation of the body and space
  • Counterweights: creating actions of ‘push, pull, lift’
  • Dynamo-rhythms: playing with different rhythms in movement
  • Walks
- Improvisations based on the technique
  • Figures- short movement sequences based on daily actions
  • Pieces from the repertoire of the technique

Through the workshop the participants will be able to enhance their  stage presence, precision, confidence in movement, balance, coordination, dynamics and rhythm, muscular tone and flexibility. At the same time the participants will gain an understanding of the basic technique and style of Corporeal Mime. .

Don’t miss this chance to dive into the world of mime and movement-based performance!

Date: 16th and 17th February

Time: 8 am to 2 pm

Fee: Rs 4500

Venue: Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh,

Dr Bhalerao Marg,

Charni Road Kele Wadi,


Age limit: Over 16 years

To apply send in your CV and a cover letter stating your reasons for wanting to do this workshop to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in

Carvalho Flier

Dress code: Tight workout/dancewear clothing or clothing that does not restrict movement and will allow your tutor to see your work more clearly.

In order to get the most from the workshop you should be able to-

  • Follow spoken instructions
  • Work within groups and pairs safely
  • Be able to undertake a movement class

unSEEN: A Devised Solo Performance

Process TheatreZ@theDSM

DSM Student Convenor and Process TheatreZ Co-founder Kalyanee Mulay in unSEEN

unSEEN is a devised performance piece based on Rabindranath Tagore’s letter- ‘Ramabai-er Baktritar Upalakhse’ written in 1891. Tagore, one of India’s most celebrated thinkers, wrote the letter as a response to the celebrated social reformer Pandita Ramabai’s speech asserting that a “woman can do anything that man can except drinking alcohol.” Originally written in Bengali and published in the Bharti periodical, in this highly disputable response to Ramabai, Tagore points out how nature has made women weaker than men both physically and intellectually – to which women must comply.

unSEEN is a critique of the ways in which patriarchal society perceives femininity. It is an examination of the Nobel laureate’s misconstrued notion of womanhood.

Tagore is renowned for being an unwavering if anachronistic champion of the ‘feminine’ at a time when the world was yet to wake up to feminism. His oeuvre bears an extraordinary commitment to women’s issues and an empathetic understanding of the same. unSEEN then reveals the irony as well as a pervasive helplessness of this revered intellectual trying to pinpoint markers of masculine superiority, in a social system he himself questioned repeatedly.

unSEEN unfolds through the exploration of  a woman’s self, her body, the male gaze over that female body, her biological cycle (menstruation, motherhood, pain and surrender) and her deification. Each of these aspects of womanhood is complemented with three specific elements in the play – sound installation, non-verbal performance and the recitation of the text itself.

Kalyanee Mulay, the solo performer of unSEEN says that the play is “a small step towards reclaiming the female body not only in performance but also in the social context.”

unSEEN is Process TheaterZ’s first production. Formed in 2012, the company aims at collaborative work, on a national level, among theater artists, designers, performers, fine artists, writer, directors and musicians with the main objective of exploring contemporary theater languages.

Directior: Vishnupad Barwe

Performer: Kalyanee Mulay

Light design: Gajanan Zarmekar and Arpita Dhagat

Object design: Satish Gaokar

Translation: Anwesh Singbal (Konkani) Geeta Joshi and Antara Bhide (English)

Date: 28th January 2017

Timing: 7-9 pm

unSEEN: Process TheatreZ@theDSM

For tickets or information regarding the performance, please call 9619336336.

2 Day Intensive Workshop in Fitzmaurice Voicework with Sara Matchett

Sara Matchett comes down to the DSM this January!

The Drama School Mumbai is delighted to bring Sara Matchett back to Mumbai! Sara is a senior lecturer at the Department of Drama, University of Cape Town, and associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. She will conduct a two day long, intensive voice training workshop at the DSM this January.

Fitzmaurice Voicework is an unique system of theatre voice practice that integrates Euro-American voice training methods with adaptations of somatic body work including yoga, bioenergetics and shiatsu. The system is divided into two main components: Destructuring and Restructuring. Destructuring refers to a series of physical positions that are used to encourage the breath and voice to be free from habitual tensions, allowing for the discovery of a more authentic and spontaneous vocal expression. In Restructuring, this spontaneous and sometimes chaotic expression is channeled into a healthy voice that is free from tension, and is flexible, focused and emotionally connected.

The breath is investigated as the impulse as well as thread that connects body, voice, imagination and language. This ultimately serves to enhance the live sensorial presence of the performer in relation to themselves, their fellow performers and to the audience.

Sara Matchett’s teaching profile centres around practical and academic courses which include, voice, acting, theatre-making, applied drama/theatre, and performance analysis. She is presently completing her PhD at the University of Cape Town where her study aims to investigate the soma, the relation between breath and emotion and breath and image, in an attempt to make performance that is inspired by a biography of the body. She is also the co-founder and artistic director of The Mothertongue Project which focuses on women’s theatre with particular reference to cross-community professional theatre, as a means of facilitating conversations across differences. Her most recent work with The Mothertongue Project, is Walk: South Africa, which was made in conversation with Maya Krishna Rao’s Walk. The performance is a response to rape culture and violence against women. Walk:South Africa will be performed at the VIFA in Bhopal.

Date: 19th and 20th January

Time: 8am to 2pm

Cost: 4500/-

Venue: Bhalerao Auditorium, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Dr Bhalerao Marg, Charni Road Kele Wadi, Mumbai-400002

To apply for this 2 day intensive training, email your updated CV to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in with a cover letter explaining your reasons for applying. For more information or for any queries write into info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in.

Weekend Acting Programme with Shruti Sridharan



The Weekend Acting Programme is for theatre enthusiasts, who want to use theatre techniques in their respective areas or professions. So whether you are a teacher looking to understand how to hold a class’ attention or a corporate looking to amp up on those presentation skills or simply someone looking for a more engaging way to spend your weekends – this workshop could be your ticket to a better you! The structure of the workshop is designed to ease beginners into key skills for both private and professional life. Though the workshop aims at self-improvement, there will be an emphasis on good storytelling and aesthetics.

Week 1: Look at ourselves –  physically, vocally, emotionally

Week 2: Look at how we got to where we are

Week 3: Take on a character to understand what it is like to be another person

Week 4: Comfort zones and how to work outside them and Final performances.

This January, the Weekend Acting Programme will be facilitated by Shruti Sridharan. She has an M.A. in Theatre from the Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai. She has performed under the direction of various stalwarts of theatre. Some notable performances include Madhavi with K.S. Rajendran,  Mashirq-I-Hoor with Hema Singh and Insulting The Audience with Rehaan Engineer. Shruit was nominated for best supporting actress at Thespo for her role in Aashad Ka Ek Din directed by Chandan Roy Sanyal.

She has spent three years working as a drama instructor with Theatre Professionals and recently finished a two and a half year stint with Steps Drama, a drama-based corporate learning and development consultancy. She last performed in QTP’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit – a critically acclaimed play by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour.

Dates:  7th, 8th ,14th, 15th ,21st, 22nd , 28th and 29th  January

Cost: Rs. 8000

Venue: 3rd & 5th Floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Dr Bhalerao Marg, Charni Road Kele Wadi, Mumbai-400002

To register for the Workshop, do fill in this form. For more information or for any queries write into info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in.


Katha Gaayan @TheDSM: A lecture-demonstration in Katha-Gaayan storytelling by Ajay Kumar

Performance traces it’s origins back to storytelling. India has a rich heritage of oral traditions from Padvani in Chhattisgarh to Kathakali Kerala to Baul storytelling in West Bengal.

Storytelling has ever been dependent on singing – entire narratives were initially presented as a musical arrangement with one or many performers. The emphasis was not so much on performance as on the nuances of singing. Over time, traditions evolved and body movement, gestures and postures added a visual layer to the hitherto aural experience. And then performers developed the third layer of character – developing body movement and dialogue according to the idiosyncrasies of the character and situation. In the Hindi-Urdu tradition, this practice came to be known variously as Katha-goyee, Kissa-faroshee, Baat-poshee or simply Katha-Gaayan.


This Saturday evening, catch NSD alumni and The DSM faculty Ajay Kumar take you through the process of turning ordinary in to extraordinary through the simple act of storytelling. He will present the stories of Vijaydan Detha – a prolific writer from Rajasthan whose stories inspired Habib Tanvir’s Charandas Chor and 2005’s Shahrukh Khan – starrer Paheli. 

7 PM | 17th December | 5th Floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Charni Road East, Mumbai | Entry Free | Call 9619336336 for details

Incidentally, another story by Vijaydan Detha made splashes at NCPA’s Centrestage Festival this year – Dohri Zindagi. Directed by former Theatre Professionals facilitator Gurleen Judge – Dohri Zindagi, which explores what it is to love in a homophobic society, will makes it’s way to The DSM on the 24th of December. This play will be part of the Hive Around Town series. To book tickets for the show, log on to bookmyshow.

NCPA Centrestage theatre preview & press Conference at Experimental Theatre, NCPA on 16/11/2017. Photo By : NARENDRA DANGIYA
NCPA Centrestage theatre preview & press Conference at Experimental Theatre, NCPA on 16/11/2017.




Foundation Skills in Acting: A Workshop with Deshik Vansadia

“Acting is an everlasting search for truth”

– Laurence Olivier

(Legendary British Thespian and first Director of the National Theatre, London)


               Participants at a past Foundation Skills in Acting workshop

Acting is has been described variously as an art, a craft, a reaction and a state of being. At the DSM we believe, acting, indeed drama as a whole, is a function of doing. And hence our Foundation Skills in Acting workshops focus on practical approaches to character and stagework. These workshops are held 3 to 4 times in a year and conducted each time by well-trained, experienced actors. The first in the series this year was conducted by Shruti Mishra. It took participants through the exercises of Jacques Lecoq in order to facilitate a discovery of core areas of acting: movement, voice and the development of strong performance by understanding dramatic texts. Then we had Neeraj Shirvaikar who brought the characterization sensibilities of Theatre of Cruelty to the floor.

This time round,  Deshik Vansadia (Stella Adler Academy of Acting, Shakespeare & Company) brings his passion for Shakespeare to The Drama School, Mumbai to deliver Foundation Skills in Acting.

    Deshik (first from the left) in action during a rehearsal of Hamlet for radio

Deshik has played various parts in the plays of Shakespeare in India and abroad – the most notable being Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Clotten in Cymbeline and Angelo in Measure for Measure. He has directed and performed in radio plays for All India Radio. In Mumbai, his performances in The Boy who stopped Smiling and Dhara ki Kahani have received much acclaim. Read more about Deshik’s efforts to bring Shakespeare alive for a contemporary audience in India here.


Key Workshop Takeaways:

  • Acting is doing. Not feeling. Not showing  
  • How to live in the space
  • Brewing down the script to playable actions
  • Shedding inhibitions and making way for the truth

Dates: 12th-16th December    | Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm   | Fees: Rs.  5000/-

Venue: 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.

To register for the workshop, fill in this form right away!

Kudiyattam Drumming: a Masterclass by Rajeev Kalamandalam


Kudiyattam Drumming: a Masterclass by Rajeev Kalamandalam

Dates:  15th – 17th November
Time: 8am – 1pm
Fees: Rs. 6,000/-
Venue: Bhalerao Auditorium, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.

About the Instructor:

Rajeev Kalamandalam

A graduate of Kerala Kalamandalam, the leading performing arts school in Kerala, Rajeev has studied under eminent gurus Padmasree P.K. Narayanan Nambiar and Kalamandalam Eswaranunni. He has travelled extensively inside India and abroad as a mizhavu player for master performers like Padmabhushan (late) Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar, Guru Venu G., Kalamandalam Rama Chakyar, and Ammannur Kuttan Chakyar among others. He currently works as senior mizhavu staff artiste at the Ammannur Chachuchakyar Smaraka Gurukulam in Irinjalakuda, Kerala. He has taught Kudiyattam drumming across India, including the National School of Drama, in Sweden, and is guest faculty at ITI Singapore. He was a recipient of the Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar 2011 award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Workshop takeaways:

  • Understanding and learning Kudiyattam drumming techniques and rhythms
  • Developing a range of rhythmic patterns to work with within a performance
  • Building an intuitive sense of rhythm within the actor
  • Exploring the relationship between rhythm and performance
  • Strengthening characterisations using rhythmic exercises.

To Apply:

Send in a cover letter stating why you would like to be a part of this workshop along with an updated CV to  info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in

Foundation Skills in Acting: Lecoq's 20 Movements

This monsoon, The Drama School, Mumbai brings you a workshop with Shruti Mishra to understand a character through body movement.

Dates: 1st to 6th August 2016
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue:5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.
Fees: Rs. 6000/-

Workshop Takeaways:

– Introduction to movement theatre
– Approaching character through the Body
– Seven Levels of Tension
– Lecoq’s 20 Movements
– A new way of looking at Space
– Constructing a Physical Structure for Movement while Performing

About the Instructor: Shruti Mishra

School for Theatre Creators, Chicago | Wutao School, Paris | Helikos International School for Theatre Creation, Florence

Shruti is a professionally trained Physical Theatre actor and Wutao artist. She also teaches Kathak internationally. She has also choreographed dance events and musicals for ESPN and the Shaolin Festival in China. Shruti helped establish Padatik International in Kolkata. She trains aspiring professional dancers at the Terence Lewis Dance Company. She is currently working in Yatagarasu, a play directed by Yuki Ellias, dealing with issues of growing up. 

To Apply :

Send in your CV with a cover letter that tells us why you would like to be part of this workshop to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in or call 9619336336 for details.


Koogu: A Solo Performance by Anish Victor @thedramaschoomumbai

Koogu: A Solo Performance by Anish Victor @thedramaschoomumbai

The First Point of Departure

Anish Victor is one of the founders of rafiki. He is an accomplished light designer, actor and theatremaker. Koogu is the first of a series of pieces that together form a project called ‘Points of Departure’. It was developed in collaboration with Michel Casanovas.

‘Points of Departure’ will be completed in 2017 and is a way to test the boundaries of theatre and push performance beyond conventional definitions.

Koogu, meaning ‘shout’ or ‘call’ in Kannada. It is based on real life events, and uses text, dance, sound, song and music in order to provide the audience with fresh ways of sensing a performance. The play has no set, uses simple lighting and promises to be a real treat in the intimate black box space of The Drama School, Mumbai. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

To know more about the performance, please visit www.bannikoogi.wordpress.com .


When: 22nd June 2016 @7pm

Where: 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.

Donor Passes Available on BookMyShow for Rs. 200

For details: Call 9619336336 / Mail info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in