That Theatre Life: Conversations with Theatre-makers who switched careers to make theatre

A couple of months ago, we decided to ask theatre-makers, what they were doing before they started doing theatre. This is a significant question in India. Here, by many standards, theatre is still a developing industry. We don't know the stories of too many theatre-makers who planned their careers in theatre and pursued them with the same zest that an engineer or architect would. There are no JEEs for acting and no coaching classes to prep you for esteemed institutions you probably only know…


On Originality: The 10 Commandments of Ethical Practice

This past weekend, the whos who of the performing arts community congregated at Harkat Studios. The point in contention: Whose play is it anyway? A coming together to discuss authorship, copyrights, and concepts of originality and inspiration in theatre and the other arts. This event coalesced out of the recent online furor on issues of giving credit within the theatre industry to work that was inspired by work already in existence. To know more about what started this, take a look at our…


On Originality: Insights from Jehan Manekshaw, Founder-Director of Drama School Mumbai

On the recent conversation in our community about originality, adaptation, translation, credit, plagiarism. Moving forward with honesty and integrity A few weeks ago Yuki Ellias posted a question on Facebook. You can read her entire post here. Yuki is a director, actor, pedagogue and one of the most respected theatre-makers in the industry. She spoke specifically about The Company Theatre’s Detective Nau Do Gyarah and its selection by the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) jury as a…


Between the Lines: Priyanka Babbar in conversation with Sunil Shanbag

Theatre-maker and story-teller Priyanka Babbar caught up with Sunil Shanbag between rehearsals and shows to talk about directing this year's DSM Production - Rakt Kalyan, his theatre practice and a few things in between. Image Courtesy: Indian Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty   PB- How was the directing experience at DSM? SS - Interesting, exciting... very rigorous and very demanding. On day one itself, I made it clear to the students that we are not going to hide behind the fact that…