Acting Shakespeare: Two-Day Intensive Workshop with Paul Goodwin

 

The Course Director for MA in Acting at the Drama Centre London, Paul Goodwin, brings decades of experience and expertise on Shakespeare and acting for Shakespeare to India. The Drama School Mumbai has managed to get a couple of dates from the man and arranged a workshop on Acting Shakespeare.

The 2-Day intensive workshop will delve into the various aspects of voice, breathing, movement, and the verses that will help an actor unlock his true potential in Shakespearean acting.

The workshop will be held on the 13th and the 14th July 2017, from 8 am to 1 pm.

About the Instructor
Paul Goodwin
Course Director, MA Acting at Drama Centre London
MA in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech and Drama
Artistic Director, The Shakespeare Edit (a classical theatre company), London

Paul has been teaching and directing Shakespeare for professional actors and students for more than 30 years. He is the Course Director at the Drama Centre London, alumni of which include: Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Emilia Clarke, to name a few. Prior to the Drama Centre, Paul has worked extensively in Text, Voice and Artist Development at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently working on directing a dramatised version of Shakespeare’s narrative poem – LUCRECE, to be performed in London as well as a production of Twelfth Night at the Vakhtangov school in Moscow

Workshop Takeaways
Open and widen the horizon of the voice and the imagination.
Find the impulse for breath and vocal and physical gesture.
Be free to play within fully explored verse structures.
Use practical tools to unlock Shakespeare for you as an actor

Workshop Structure
Day One: You will be given a piece of Shakespearean text, and through a series of practical exercises explore – through the body, voice and rhythm – the clues that are contained in the text, that lead towards an understanding that can then be communicated to the audience through a soliloquy.

Day Two: Building on the exploratory text work from Day one, you will work on a scene, and with a partner, explore the action in the scene. What characters want, and how, as in life, character is revealed through action. “Suit the action to the word, the word to the action” Hamlet’s advice to the players

Through this 2 day workshop, you will gain practical tools that will unlock Shakespeare for you as an actor, and provide you with a working method that will allow you to be more confident when you approach heightened poetic drama.

Dates: 13th and 14th July | Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Venue: Bhalerao Auditorium, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai.
Fees: ₹4500/-

To Apply :
To Apply : Email a recent C.V. with a cover letter that tells us why you want to participate to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in

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Conversations@theDSM: Sunil Shanbag and Sapan Saran

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Fourth instalment of Conversations@theDSM brings to you theatre maverick Sunil Shanbag, and writer, poet, actress Sapan Saran, who will talk about their initiative Tamaasha Theatre, Sunil Shanbag’s plays, the changing trends in theatre, and the relevance of theatre in today’s world.

Continuing with the Guru-Shishya tradition, Sapan who has grown under the mentorship of Sunil Shanbag will be interviewing the latter.

 

About Sunil Shanbag

Sunil Shanbag is a theatre director and producer based in Mumbai. He started his theatre work with Satyadev Dubey in 1974 and worked with him for ten years as an actor, designer, and director before he founded the Arpana theatre company in 1985 with a group of his theatre colleagues. Arpana remains an active theatre company till date and has several notable productions to its credit including Ramu Ramnathan’s Cotton 56, Polyester 84, Sex, Morality, Censorship written by Shanta Gokhale and Irawati Karnik, Stories in a Song made in collaboration with Shubha Mudgal and Aneesh Pradhan, Club Desire written by Sapan Saran, and more recently, Loretta written by Goan writer Pundalik Naik.

In 2015 he co-founded Tamaasha Theatre with Sapan Saran to broaden their definition of theatre, seed the city with intimate, alternative art venues, and work with younger theatre practitioners. Sunil has been actively involved in theatre training, and documentation projects which include the book Scenes We Made, edited by Shanta Gokhale, which traces the history of experimental theatre in Mumbai from the late 1950s to about 2000. He is also part of the core team of SMART, India’s only strategic management programme for theatre, which has worked with about 30 theatre companies from across India over three years. In addition, Sunil has been an independent documentary filmmaker, been involved as a writer and researcher for large scale television projects such as Bharat Ek Khoj and Surabhi, and community history projects such as museums and oral history archives.

 

About the interviewer: Sapan Saran

Sapan Saran is a poet, writer, and an actor based in Mumbai. She is a founding member of the theatre company, ‘Tamaasha’, which aims to explore new theatre ideas in alternative spaces.

Her association with theatre began with a collaboration with dancer Astad Deboo. She has written Club Desire, and Classics Redux, which have been directed by veteran theatre director Sunil Shanbag, with whom she also co-directed the play Marriage-ology. Her first play, Club Desire, a Theatre Arpana and National Centre for the Performing Arts (India) production, was selected for National School of Drama’s International Theatre Festival, Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015. The Churchgate Couple, a short 10-minute piece from Marriage-ology, written by her, garnered appreciation by critics and audiences alike. She conceived the critically acclaimed production, ‘Blank Page’ in 2015. Her most recent play is ‘Waiting For Naseer’, a quirky, philosophical comedy, that she has written and directed.

She performs regularly as a theatre actor, has modelled in several advertisements, and acted in films. Her poems have been published in several magazines, including the Sahitya Akademi’s Samkaleen Bhartiya Sahitya. Recently, the hindi magazine, Samved, came out with a supplementary book that contained 50 of her poems.

 

About Conversations@theDSM

Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.

The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.

Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.

Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.

Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of TheatreAcross.

 

Date: 8th July 2017

Time: 5 pm

Venue: The Drama School Mumbai, 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.


Conversations@theDSM: Shafat Khan and Akshay Shimpi

 

For the second session, we have chosen the journey of Experimental theatre from Chhabildas movement to theatre in intimate spaces as the topic of discussion. It will also shed light upon the theatre across the world, how the scene is changing from the perspective of playwrights.

For this discussion, we have veteran Marathi playwright and theatre director Shafat Khan who will be interviewed by actor Akshay Shimpi, who also happens to be a faculty at the DSM.

Experimental theatre has grown and has experimented with itself over time. From the first sessions in the halls of Chhabildas High school to rehearsals and performances in specially built, intimate performance spaces. From handling socially aware topics to exploring movement and performance, the experimental theatre has come a long way. Witnessing this growth was Shafat Khan, while being an active part of that movement. He has written and directed Marathi plays over decades and seen the growth and the change of experimental theatre.

About Shafat Khan

Shafat Khan is a veteran writer and director for the Marathi stage and is renowned for powerful, engrossing plays like Mumbaiche Kavle and Shobhayatra. His approach to writing for the stage is an inspired and meticulous one.

His plays include Kisse, Policenama, Gandhi Aadva Yeto, Popatpanchi and Dry-Day.

Shafat Khan recently got awarded for his work by the Sangeet Akademi.

About Akshay Shimpi

Akshay Shimpi is an actor, a theatre graduate, and is currently working as a faculty member at the Drama School, Mumbai.

About Conversations@theDSM

Conversations are a tradition in theatre. And so, the DSM brings an entire series of discussions, talks and conversations, curated for the first weekend of every month. Our purpose in these conversations is twofold. First, we celebrate the bond between guru-shishya. Teachers in school, professors in college, coaches at the gym and directors in the rehearsal hall – all mentors have taught you something through conversations. That something makes you the person you are today.

The second purpose in these conversations is to celebrate Rekha Sabnis.

Rekha Sabnis was a one-woman theatre army. She ran theatre group Abhivyakti from her house. She took care of sets, costumes, bookings, transport, tickets as well as acting and directing. Abhivyakti starting performing at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, the same building that houses the DSM today. Rekha Sabnis was a key force behind the DSM-Sahitya Sangh partnership. And this partnership makes our work forging a new generation of theatre-makers, possible.

Rekha passed away in September last year, studying elements of the Natya Shastra till the very last.

Conversations@theDSM started in April. It is our small way of paying tribute to a great spirit who made theatre a little bit better for us all. These conversations form part of an ongoing series of talks between theatre-makers young and old. The entire series has been curated by Yugandhar Deshpande and Anuja Kale of TheatreAcross.

Date: 13th May 2017
Time: 5 pm
Venue: 5th floor, Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Kele Wadi, Girgaon, Charni Road East, Mumbai 400004.


The DSM Comes to Chennai!

 

Chennai: DSM Open Day series with Tushar Pandey

The DSM’s Open Day series visits for the first time in Chennai! And it is completely free and open to all!

 

At the DSM Open Day, leading theatre-makers, who are also DSM faculty, will show you what students at the school are taught as a part of their training. This is an excellent opportunity for you to witness first hand what makes learning at The Drama School Mumbai the best stepping stone for a bright career in theatre.

After successful Open Days in Bangalore, Mumbai and Pune, the DSM Open Day now comes to Chennai for the FIRST time ever.

 

About the Facilitator

Tushar Pandey

Tushar is an India based Actor, Director and a Teacher. He is an International awardee, with specialisation on Lecoq’s pedagogy from the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and a graduate of the National School of Drama (NSD), India, Tushar has been practising performance since 2003. During the last eight years, he has been associated with various projects in India and the UK, performing, conducting workshops, creating works from classical styles to site-specific contemporary, acrobatic and mask-based works.

Apart from performing and creating work for stage in India, UK, Greece, China, Dubai, Tushar acted in a pivotal role in acclaimed film ‘PINK’, released in 2016, and has also played a lead role in an independent film, ‘Beyond Blue’, which premiered at Marche du (Cannes Film Festival 2015). He received Best Actor special mention at a festival in Rome in December 2015.

Tushar’s work concerns highly visual movement-and-text based combinations of fiction and non-fiction sources and is presently devising works to develop performance language and create new expressions that go beyond existing performance boundaries. Tushar is the co-convener of The Drama School, Mumbai and has been a visiting faculty at National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Oh, and the Open Day is completely FREE and open to all!

To sign up, write to us on info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in or give us a call on 9619336336.


Open Day Series: The DSM comes to your city!

Want to make theatre your career? Well, look no further, because the DSM Open Day Series is HERE!

Get a chance to experience world-class training and know more about the Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Theatre-making at The Drama School Mumbai during its Open Day Series which travels to 7 cities across the next 2 months. Here leading theatre-makers, who also happen to be DSM faculty, will show you what students at the school are taught as a part of their training. This is an excellent opportunity for you to witness first hand what makes learning at The Drama School Mumbai the best stepping stone for a bright career in theatre.

Oh, and the Open Day is completely FREE and open to all!

The Open Day campaign kicks off on the 11th of March with free workshops in Mumbai and Bangalore. If you’re in Mumbai, you have the opportunity to get 2 free sessions by Akshay Shimpi and Roo Jhala-Mclaughlin.

Akshay Shimpi is an alumni of the University of Mumbai Theatre Arts Department and has performed in various plays and short films. Roo graduated from the Oxford School of Drama, UK and specializes in Shakespeare and Theatre-in-Education. These are two workshops that will leave you breathless yet self-aware!

 

In Bangalore, the co-founder and co-convenor of The Drama School Mumbai himself is coming down to bring the rigour and intensity of the school through a 3 hour workshop in the foyer space of Ranga Shankara. Jehan, a Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee, has his Masters in Theatre Direction from Birkbeck, University of London. You can explore the idea of creating meaning onstage through moments of action with Jehan and also talk to him about how exactly does someone become a theatre professional in India. 

Sign up for these right away, because these workshops do tend to fill up real fast! And if you can’t make it to Bangalore or Mumbai on the 11th, get in touch anyway and we’ll keep you posted about the next Open Day closest to you. Also, if you’d like to arrange for an open day in your city, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to work something out for you.

Call +919619336336 to block a spot right away!

 


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,

Mumbai-400002

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

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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

2 Day Intensive Workshop in Fitzmaurice Voicework with Sara Matchett

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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

 

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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.

 


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)

 

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               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.

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    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.

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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

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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