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Foundation Skills in Acting (FSA) Programme (Online)

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The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.

– Stella Adler


Drama School Mumbai is thrilled to announce 2021’s ONLINE Foundation Skills in Acting Courses

Actors are trained, not born – and just like you would train rigorously for careers in engineering or medicine, you can LEARN the right tools for your craft. The Foundation Skills for Acting (FSA) programme at the Drama School Mumbai has been curated for just such a purpose – training the body, voice, mind and soul. The ultimate aim is to build a strong base that can be adapted to any context, performance or stage.

Key Deliverables:

  • Learn how to unleash your untapped potential as an actor
  • Understand the basics of acting and performance, and build your own toolkit for stage and screen
  • Step into the shoes of your characters, physically, mentally, and emotionally

Craft your acting journey here: https://forms.gle/ET6zPawapDq1cr3v7

* Note: we believe there is an actor inside each one of us – we welcome people from all walks of life to begin their journey into acting. Thus, this workshop is open to all, no prior experience needed.

You can sign up for any one workshop, or all of them – your choice!


All three workshops (as a bundled course): INR 15,000*
Per workshop – INR 6,500

*Only participants who sign up for all 3 workshops will get a certificate of completion.

For more enquiries, write to info@thedramaschoolmumbai.in

Or register here: https://forms.gle/ET6zPawapDq1cr3v7



FSA #1: The Embodied Actor: At Play & In Performance
8th March to 18th March (Every alternate day)
[6 sessions | 2 hours each | 2 weeks]
Time – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Faculty: Tushar Mathew

MFA, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre (California)

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover the physical requirements of an embodied actor.
  • Discover the relationship between playfulness and creating moments of drama.
  • Learn from, and collaborate with fellow participants.
  • Create performance pieces that emerge from your personal spaces.

About Tushar: Tushar Mathew is a theatre maker, actor, and teaching artist. He has a Bachelor’s in Mass Media from Mumbai University, a degree in Acting and Theatre Making from Drama School Mumbai, and an MFA in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, California. He has worked as Instructor and Marketing Director at Dell’Arte, and co-founded the Otherland Theatre Ensemble.

Tushar is currently co-creating a performative audio-visual experience with the Indian Ensemble, Bengaluru, teaches students about climate change with the Paani Foundation, and continues to develop his solo show. At present, he is a faculty at the Drama School Mumbai.



FSA #2: Playing a Scene
5th April to 15th April (Every alternate day)
[6 sessions | 2 hours each | 2 weeks]
Time – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Faculty: Gerish Khemani
Devising Theatre and Performance, London International School of Performing Arts

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover how to make meaning and develop that into a dramatic moment
  • Discover some of the tools essential to build a scene
  • Craft and structure moments that emerge from individual and group improvisations
  • Devise short pieces together

About Gerish: Gerish is a theatre director, writer, actor and teacher. He has trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (Art Haus Berlin) in Devising Theatre and Performance. He won the Hindu Playwright award with his co-writer Akshat Nigam for their play ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’ in 2017.

He runs his own theatre group in Mumbai called The Blind and The Elephant. An extensively physical approach to creating work, using the collective imagination in the room, working towards a playful ensemble and crafting a layered visual universe are some of the guiding principles of his work. He works as a visiting faculty at the Drama School Mumbai and is also a corporate coach.



FSA #3: The Moving Word – Transforming Text to Action
19th April to 29th April
(Every alternate day)
[6 sessions | 2 hours each | 2 weeks]
Time – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Faculty: Amba Suhasini Jhala
B.A. Hons, Classical Acting, The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts

Key Takeaways:

  • A comprehensive toolkit to breakdown text into intention and action that can be used on any piece of text.
  • Discover how to deconstruct the text and fully embody the words.
  • The recognition and release of constricting, tension-related habits that impede the full, free, and flexible analysis of text and character.

About Amba: Amba completed her Two-Year Classical Acting Course from LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) in 2009. She is currently the Artistic Director and co-founder of the theatre company Guild of the Goat. 

For close to a decade now Amba has been conducting highly successful workshops for both adults and children, including for the MFA and BFA programs at the University of Illinois theatre department. Her recent work includes a three-week-long run in Chicago for ‘The Raveling’  devised with Walkabout Theatre, with whom she has been working regularly in the US over the last 4 years. 

Through the course of the pandemic, Amba has not only been conducting online training but has also been a part of a virtual theatre experiment – What you will – a devised show that featured eight performers from around.  

Amba continues her overseas collaborations in the UK and US and has been involved in theatre and acting for the last 18 years with working experience in the different mediums of the performing arts i.e film, television, theatre, scriptwriting and radio. Amba has vast experience with teaching and running training workshops and has also been visiting faculty at DSM, Mumbai where she taught Shakespeare in performance.




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