The Stage is Materializing: Material and materiality in theatre

What do tea cups, salt shakers, Dame Judi Dench, and bits of PVC tubes all have in common? They have all played prominent roles in critically acclaimed and thought-provoking theatre around the world.   Material has always been part of the general world of theatrical performance, serving as props, sets, costumes, make up, lights and sound. Everything we see when we watch a play which isn’t a human body is technically “material” of course. Yet, when we speak of “Material Theatre”,...


FLYING SOLO: Maya Krishna Rao in conversation with Nimi Ravindran

Loved and respected by theatre-makers across the country and abroad, the indefatigable Maya Krishna Rao continues to be an inspiration for the next generation of artists. Although we know of her as a powerhouse performer, Maya has juggled many hats over the years, including that of teacher, educator and mentor. Having premiered her latest show in Delhi she talks to Nimi Ravindran about life, work, politics and her new show, intriguingly titled: Loose Woman N: Solo performers often refer to...


In Discussion: Theatre Festivals of India - Value and Judgement

In Discussion: Theatre Festivals of India – Value and Judgement by Shruti Achesh  _______________________________________________________________ One Night Only at the Hindu Theatre Fest 2018 Photo Courtesy The Hindu Mahabharat at the Vinod Doshi Festival Pune 2018 Photo Courtesy Katkatha Hampi Utsav Photo Courtesy – Travel Triangle DRIFT Photo Courtesy – The Hindu ...


Finding the Classic in the Contemporary: An interview with Mangai

In conversation with Lavanya Narayanan                Mangai (aka. V Padma) at her home in Chennai. Pic Courtesy: The Hindu V. Padma sits in a chair in her cozy home. Surrounding her is her in-home library: a bibliophile’s wonderland, it holds what many theatre students can only dream of. But for Padma, or Mangai – as she is known in the theatre arena – the books represent much more than a petty fascination. They are her life. “I am an academician,” she admits proudly. And yet,...


DSM Open Day Comes to Hyderabad in March 2018

Get a chance to experience world-class training and know more about the PG Diploma in Acting and Theatre making at Drama School Mumbai through the Open Day Series. This month, we hit the city of pearls and biryani – Hyderabad. This free acting workshop will be facilitated Puja Sarup.About the Instructor: Puja Sarup MA (Theatre Arts), University of Mumbai | Helikos International School for Theatre Creation, Italy Puja Sarup is a core team member and faculty of Improv and Devising at...


Atul Pethe with Kalyanee Mulay and Parna Pethe : Conversations@theDSM

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. – Eleanor Roosevelt For those familiar with the intersections of art and activism, Atul Pethe is a name to be lauded. For the past 35 years, he has been highlighting the stories from the fringes through his experimental plays, writings and documentaries. He combined forces with the Pune Nagar Mahapalika Kamgar Union to stage Satyashodhak, a play about the life of Jyotiba and Savitribai Phule. His Ringan...


Maati - Drama School Mumbai Student Production 2018

“To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.” ― Federico García LorcaIn a world where a her value is determined by the capacity for first bearing and then rearing children, what’s a barren woman to do? Where does an incessant obsession with fertility, sterility, life and death lead? How far can you bend before you snap? Every year, DSM students perform a full length production, working with some of the best theatre directors in...


Applications for Post Graduate Diploma in Acting and Theatre-making for 2018-2019 open on 1st March 2018!

“… you have to be your own champion, be your own superstar, blaze your own path and say YES to every opportunity…” – Sutton Foster (award-winning Broadway Actor) Theatre is a tough nut to crack. But actors are born on stage. The Drama School Mumbai has been the pioneer in training individuals in acting, theatre-making and entrepreneurship for the past 5 years. Applications for the PG Diploma in Acting & Theatre-making open on the 1st of March 2018 This is a one...


"The more awards an artist wins, the less insecure he becomes" - An interview with Ramu Ramanathan

Photo credit: Junoon Mumbai Local Ramu Ramanathan is not a new name in the Indian theatre circuit. In fact, it is a very popular one. He has, to his credentials, some of the most prolific awards in the industry. Recently, Ramu was awarded with the NDTV-Serendipity Arts’ ‘Arts Spectrum’ award in the Performing Arts category. We spoke to him on what it means to be an effective playwright and how he manages to be a journalist and editor by the day and a writer and director by the...


Thespo & Drama School Mumbai: Natyakala Workshop in Baroda

Thespo & The Drama School Mumbai have joined hands to conduct a series of workshops called ‘Natyakala’. Spanning across various cities over 3 months, Natyakala plans to engage the youth across the country, spreading the love for theatre and nurturing the passion they already hold within. Natyakala is a foundation level acting workshop. The workshop will focus on vocals. It will cover breathing techniques, voice modulation and projection. It is an exciting workshop that will help...