Foundation Course in Acting and Theatre-making (Digital)
Performance | Creation | Dramaturgy
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.
Basic Course Structure:
The course at a Glance/Sample Weekly Timetable
- The Foundation Course will be spread across four Units of five weeks each
- There is a one week break between units
- There will be 2 Creation Labs, one at the end of Unit 2 and the other at the end of Unit 4
- The 26 weeks commencing October 12th will go in this flow
|Week 1-5||Unit 1|
|Week 6-10||Unit 2|
|Week 11||Collaborative Creation Lab 1|
|Week 12-16||Unit 3|
|Week 17-21||Unit 4|
|Week 22||Collaborative Creation Lab 2|
The Weekly Schedule:
There will be:
- 1 Hour of Conditioning Classes 6 Days a week
- 2 hours of online performance classes 6 days a week
- 2 hours of classes in writing, theatre studies, and aesthetics 3 days a week
- Multiple one-on-one sessions through the unit
- Other public lectures, student performance scratch-nights, and online events from time to time
Thus your week will look something like this:
Class 1 AM 2 HRS
|Voice||Performance Classes||Voice||Performance Classes||Movement||Performance Classes|
|30 Min||Self-Reporting Time|
Class 2 PM 2 HRS
2pm – 4pm
|Writing||One on One Sessions with Mentors / Faculty||Context for Theatre||One on One Sessions with Mentors / Facultys||Aesthetics|
|30 Min||Self Reporting Time||Self Reporting Time||Self Reporting Time|
Saturday Sessions (1st 3rd and 5th Saturday of each Unit)
– Curated Conversation
There will be a maximum of 14 students in movement, voice and performance classes, and 28 students in writing, context and aesthetics classes.
Students will show up for one-on-one times at preassigned slots on Tuesday / Thursday afternoons.
Students will be expected to do 4-6 hours of Self-Work/Home-Work each week for performance classes (movement, voice and performance) and 4-6 hours of reading, research and written work for classes on writing, context and aesthetics.
Learning in the digital medium with Drama School Mumbai
The Foundation Course has been designed and optimized for the digital space. It is our belief that this is the journey that every student of theatre needs to begin whether they are in a physical space or not. The basic technical requirements for this course are:
- Access to a personal computer or laptop, with basic audio and video capability
- Access to a personal space in order to attend lectures. You will be given more details about setting up this space for optimal learning once your admission has been confirmed.
- A stable internet connection and electrical connections that can support 2-5 hours daily of online classes, access to a backup option for internet and electricity
In order to support your learning in the digital format:
- We will share a note-taking format and time will be allotted after each lecture for students to write down notes and reflect upon the session as well as ask questions of the facilitator
- Written material, facilitator notes as well as resources for further study will be provided where possible.
- One-on-one time will be scheduled with each faculty member, every unit. This is where the facilitator will work with students individually to plan their learning journey, share feedback and address concerns.
- One-on-one time will be scheduled with your student mentor at fixed intervals through the course to assess your overall progress and learning journey.
- Strand Leads Irawati Karnik and Kallirroi Tziafeta, as well as Head of School Jehan Manekshaw, will be available to students throughout the six months. There will be specific slots announced as Office Hours, where students can talk through any concerns they may be facing. Additionally, a practicing theatre professional will be appointed as Student Convenor to specifically act as a mentor and guide for each student.
Informal scratch nights for students to try out individual creative endeavours inspired by the curriculum or otherwise. Additionally, addas will be held every month to create a casual space for students to hang-out, get to know each other and build connections with peers across DSM’s extended faculty-alumni network.
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.
BA (Theatre Direction) Wesleyan University | MFA (Theatre Direction) Birkbeck, University of London
MFA, Sir J J School of Fine Arts
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. Please write to our Course Advisor Shruti Arora firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can take you through the process.
We also have part-payment and EMI facilities available. Do discuss these with our Course Advisor at the time of confirmation of admission.
Awarding of Course Completion Certificate:
All students will be consistently appraised of their performance in the Course through the one-on-ones. Additionally, there will be written feedback from each faculty member at the end of each unit.
To be awarded the Course Completion Certificate, students must meet the following criteria:
- A minimum attendance of 90% across all units
- Submission of individual and group assignments as required
- Meeting deadlines with standards specified by mentors and facilitators
- Displaying honesty, sincerity and commitment in all their dealings with Drama School Mumbai
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