The DSM Comes to Thane

Open Day Series: Akshay Shimpi in Thane! The first DSM Open Day workshop in Thane! After successfully conducting workshops across Mumbai, Pune and Delhi, DSM Open Day comes to Thane for the very first time! Thane has traditionally been a place which cares about its arts and culture. And it is with the same love for the arts and theatre that DSM visits the city. Get a chance to experience world-class training and know more about the Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Theatre-making at The…


Rooted: The Story of India's Rural Theatre

Indian theatre is deeply rooted, not just in the traditions of Sanskrit Drama as explained in Bharata’s Natyashastra, but also very significantly in folk dance and music, as well as tribal rituals and ceremonies. Post the Victorian hangover there have been attempts by organisations like the Indian People’s Theatre Association, the Progressive Writer’s Association and the Youth Cultural Institute (none by the government) to rescue vernacular theatre from the shadow of the proscenium-based…


Shadows of Fire: NaireetBasak@theDSM

Shadows Of Fire is a solo performance that emerged from Butoh. It delves into the subconscious of the body and mind and tries to call out to the fire hidden within us. This fire physically has no shadow, but emerges every time it is evoked. This piece explores the birth of an untamed creature, its growth and its play with the different elements found in nature. It looks for freedom from all these, with help from the balance of the ambers and blues in a body, but gets stuck in a dilemma of…


2 Day Intensive Workshop in Corporeal Mime with Vini Carvalho

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,…


2016's Biggest Theatre Moments

The creative industry is always in flux. So much so that it is easy to be unaware of the passage of time. Which is why we decided to talk to prominent theatre-makers from India and abroad to get some of 2016's biggest Theatre Moments down for you. Here you'll find news, unmissable events, productions and collaborations that transpired in 2016. India Theatre Strikes the Hinterlands Few organizations can claim to have singlehandedly galvanized the theatre scene in a city. Rangashakara is one of…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…