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Foundation Course in Acting and Theatre-making (Digital)

Performance | Creation | Dramaturgy

The Foundation Course in Acting and Theatre-making (Digital) is a six month, full-time course in fundamentals of performance-making. This course will be conducted completely online and covers handpicked elements of theatre training that can absolutely be taught, practised and applied in the digital format.

Do note, applicants need to be at least 21 years old to be part of the Foundation Course.

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Do note, applicants need to be at least 21 years old to be part of the Foundation Course.  

Train as an Actor-Creator: 

  • Explore multiple approaches to skill-building as an actor
  • Build an awareness of your physical instrument through body and voice training
  • Practice the fundamentals of performance-making
  • Build the capacity to write with clarity and articulation in both fiction and nonfiction contexts
  • Analyze the social function of theatre and apply this understanding to the process of creation
  • Work with facilitators and mentors one-on-one and devise a unique path of learning for yourself
  • Start the process of contextualizing you work and find your own artistic voice

The 3 Pillars of the Programme:


The Foundation Course has been designed to build your awareness as a performer. You will be introduced to a variety of tools to help you build an understanding of your instrument as well as develop an awareness of your environment. The objective is to build physical and mental discipline in order to align your body and imagination to thereby facilitate the act of creation. 

To help you build your toolkit as a performer, the course will introduce various global approaches like the Feldenkrais Method, Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Mary Overlie’s Viewpoints Training, Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and Lecoq’s Technique.


The course provides various opportunities for you to apply your performance-making skills to creating storytelling experiences for your mentors, faculty and fellow students. There will be two Creation Labs. The Creation Labs will focus on writing skills and the creation of scripts. We will also explore the possibilities of creating work collaboratively in the digital space.


Dramaturgy refers to the critical analysis of theatre pieces, the process of creation, and consumption and how they fit into the world we live in. The foundations of dramaturgical thinking lie in understanding theatre as a process and performance as a creative output for society.  How meaning is made, how it is understood by the viewer, and how to analyze work critically and dispassionately in order to improve it. 

At DSM, we emphasize the social function of theatre – why is something relevant, what makes it good or bad and most importantly how to apply this understanding to creating performance experiences that are not just aesthetic but also authentic. There is a consistent process of self-assessment and reflection. We focus on critical thinking and analytical skills and their application to the craft of creation.  

To know more about the strands that fall under each pillar, download our Curriculum Descriptor Course Document.

Learning Theatre Online

Academic Team:

The team is headed by Jehan Manekshaw, Head of School. The Foundation Course has been designed and will be led by Irawati Karnik and Kallirroi Tziafeta. DSM’s Faculty is pulled from some of the leading actors, directors, theatre-makers and creators in the country. 

Jehan Manekshaw

BA (Theatre Direction) Wesleyan University | MFA (Theatre Direction) Birkbeck, University of London

Irawati Karnik

MFA, Sir J J School of Fine Arts

Kallirroi Tziafeta

BA (Theatre Studies) Athens Drama School | Physical Theatre & Devising, LISPA

Fees, Bursaries and Scholarships:

The fees for the Foundation Course in Acting and Theatre-making 2020-21 is 1.8 lakh. 

There are multiple need-based scholarships and bursaries available. Our Course Advisor will take you through the application process step-by-step once you send in your application. 

We also have part-payment and EMI facilities available. Do discuss these with our Course Advisor at the time of confirmation of admission. 

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Do note, applicants need to be at least 21 years old to be part of the Foundation Course.