(A)cross All Boundaries

Written by Lavanya Narayanan Cross-dressing plays multiple roles in theatre all across the world The man, the woman, and the transgender: all portrayals of Maati, the titular character that takes center-stage in Drama School Mumbai’s Hindi adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Yerma. Director Mahesh Dattani’s reinterpretation, however, is about more than just a woman looking for fulfilment through motherhood. Instead, Maati becomes a vehicle for exploring gender roles and bending them...


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...


Advanced Workshop Programme : Commedia dell'Arte with Marco Ziello

About the InstructorMarco Ziello University of Bologna l Teatro Azione, School of Drama Marco is a theatre actor, director and teacher. He graduated in Performing Arts with Commedia dell’Arte as his specialization from the University of Bologna. He further trained in Commedia dell’Arte at Teatro Azione, School of Drama. Since 2011, Marco has been collaborating with the Porvoo Theatre in Finland as a teacher, director and an actor. He has also been a part of several other...


Performance@theDSM : Museum of Species in Danger

Knowing today’s reality, it will not be wrong to say that safety and freedom of women is in danger. This play is a compilation of monologues of women characters from mythology, modern India from literary works as well. Most of the monologues are written and improvised by the actors themselves. The play attempts to sketch lives of women in India in great detail as to how moving in open spaces is vulnerable to their physical, mental and emotional health. The play has been inspired by...


Conversation@theDSM : Mahesh Dattani with Shanta Gokhale

Mahesh Dattani is a Sahitya Akademi Award winning director working in the Indian theatre industry for over thirty years. Besides directing, Mahesh has also been an actor and playwright. He has a degree in History, Political Science and Economics with post graduation in Marketing and Advertising Marketing. Mahesh has written and directed numerous plays and has also dabbled into making films. His film, Dance Like a Man has won the award for the Best Picture in English awarded by the National...