The Difference in Between: Madhyantar, a DSM student showcase

DSM Batch 2018 -19 Mumbai present an evening of new theatreEvery year, students from the Post-Graduate Programme in Acting & Theatre-making at DSM, put together a student showcase. This is their first ever public performance and we call it Madhyantar.  A student showcase means the students write, direct, act in and stage-manage everything. They have help of course. This year, we had faculty member Kalliroi Tziafeta mentoring them for a week. DSM...


The Drama School Mumbai Gets A New Logo!

Dear Family, As the Drama School Mumbai grows into its own – and stands free from its parent, Theatre Professionals, it was time to remove the TPPL presence from its logo and identity.While we started with a simple crop, and went on many journeys near and far – we finally came to this place, where we can celebrate the school as we know it, the DSM – and those letters can stand proud and in their own right. In this logo, are the TPPL company colours, a sense of the...


The Guru-Shishya Parampara with Sunil Shanbag and Sapan Saran

Written by Gaurangi Dang The fourth instalment of Conversations@theDSM saw theatre thespian Sunil Shanbag, and writer, poet, actress Sapan Saran 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 interviewed the latter on 8 July at the Purandare Hall in Sahitya Sangh.I first met Sunil Sir two...


Aadyant 2017 - Not the end, but the beginning

  Aadyant is the annual showcase of the DSM’s graduating batch, where the students conceptualise 15 minute performances, write them, direct them, act in them. The conceptualising student has to helm an important responsibility in that performance, that is the condition. Everyone else can then take over other responsibilities related to the performance. This year, we had five performances, written by Adarsh Gourav, Shruti Sunder, Khushbu Baid, Chrisann Pereira and Komal Khanna. Aadyant...


The Curious Case of a Farmer/Writer

At the third instalment of the lecture series, the conversation revolved around the celebrated play Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla. The playwright, Rajkumar Tangde, was interviewed by the lead actor of the play, Kailash Waghmare. Both Rajkumar and Kailash, apart from being colleagues, are also great friends and mentor each other throughout their artistic endeavours. Historical figures have often been used by political parties to their own end. In the state politics of Maharashtra,...


The "Paraya" who became a playwright

Conversation @theDSM: Shafaat Khan with Akshay Shimpi by Gaurangi Dang   Gaurangi Dang is an alumnus of The Drama School Mumbai. She has been working with Ramu Ramanathan since she graduated from the DSM. He was the one who told her about the talk. After the talk, Gaurangi annoyed him with questions. The next day he said that DSM wanted a write up about the talk and if Gaurangi would be interested in doing it or should he ask Akshay Shimpi instead. Gaurangi said that he should ask Akshay...


Starting at Drama School? Here’s 5 Things to Keep in Mind

From the great and established institutions like RADA to the newer innovative academies like Ecole Jacques Lecoq, this is the time of year for drama schools across the world to open their doors to scores of students eager to learn and waiting to plunge into a whole  world of new experiences. However, for anyone who has spent any amount of time in any conventional education system – which is essentially most of us – drama school can seem a daunting experience. Most schools and...


Kunal Kapoor @thedramaschoolmumbai

Crowdfunding is the current buzzword for raising large and small amounts of money for almost about everything, by asking a large crowd of individuals for support instead of relying on direct sponsorships. It has become the go to strategy for artists all over the world with every one from Amamda Palmer, Don Cheadle, James Franco and Zach Braf becoming strong advocates of the process.  Our very own Kunal Kapoor is one of the three founding partners of Ketto, an online space to crowdfund social...