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Unrehearsed Futures – Conversations in Theatre Pedagogy

Key Objectives:

  • Initiate a global conversation on drama practice and pedagogy
  • Enable and nurture meaningful exchange between drama practitioners, teachers and students from various drama schools across various countries
  • Create a unified dialogue about global best practices and emerging trends in drama pedagogy and theatre training and practices. 
  • Explore the idea and examples of the ‘future’ of theatre, its purpose, its manifestations, its role in individual life, and society.
  • Give traditional perspectives a global platform and promote cross-cultural syncretism 
  • Document divergent and convergent thought and present them in an accessible format for wider use through an online journal and other forms of downloadable content
  • Build a connected community across the planet who will be a part of the ongoing conversation. 
  • Be a space for new collaborations and initiatives to emerge.

The first series was initiated and moderated by the Drama School Mumbai, and set the stage for questions faced by drama schools and the teachers and students of theatre.

In October 2020, the Drama School Mumbai collaborated with Embodied Poetics, for a second series titled: Response-ability: Theatre Pedagogy in Changing Times.

Curated and moderated by Amy Russell, Founder & Director at Embodied Poetics, the conversations hoped to deepen the dialogue on themes and trends that have emerged in the past few months, with keynote speakers bringing in their diverse approaches to working in theatre and performance during the pandemic.

For the second series, taking off in April 2021, Embodied Poetics and the Drama School Mumbai are pleased to be joined by the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies.

Curators Mbongeni N Mtshali and Mwenya Kabwe will work with Amy Russell and Jehan Manekshaw, to bring other exciting contributors onboard to explore our ‘unrehearsed futures’.

In December 2022, Ben Samuels, an award-winning producer and writer, and artistic director of Limbik came on board as a curator for Unrehearsed Futures. We are pleased to share that he will continue curating for the fourth series as well, bringing on exciting and intuitive guests to explore the many possible futures.

The conversations with participants from across the globe, will continue to look at questions of performance, pedagogy, practice, critique, and investigate themes of intersectionality, hybridity, advocacy, and through those, find the opportunities that lie ahead for theatre’s transcendence to a new resilience and relevance.

SEASON 5: Theatre In The Active, New Directions

Previous seasons navigated the teaching of theatre amidst disruption (Season 1), explored performance, pedagogy, and advocacy for resilience and relevance (Season 2), delved into the creative possibilities of disequilibrium in our ‘chaosmos’ (Season 3), and envisioned future collective pathways for humanity and our planet (Season 4).

This Season is a call by Unrehearsed Futures to transition from dialogue to action, emphasising theatre’s role in social transformation. Led by a new cohort of guest curators, each on their own quests to unearth new insights, this season encourages participants to move from theoretical discussion to practical engagement in the world.

It’s about taking theatre’s potential for ongoing transformation into the field, affecting the profound social change it’s capable of. This evolution represents a dynamic shift towards embodying theatre’s insights and methodologies in real-world contexts, championing its capacity as a powerful tool for understanding and influencing our environment.

We look forward to your participation in this planetary conversation, sharing ideas, reflections, and responses for continuous evolution.

Founding Curators

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Guest curators: Season 5

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Season 5

Reportage: Season 4

Reportage: Season 3

Reportage: Season 2

Reportage: Season 1

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