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Time to get dramatic

Indulge in your love for theatre and polish your stage skills by becoming a part of these summer workshops in the Capital.

art and culture Updated: May 12, 2012 00:59 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times

If you are passionate about theatre, this is the best time to learn its nuances. From acting techniques, stage production and script writing, to voice modulation and body language — workshops being organised in the city this summer aim at imparting practical knowledge on varied aspects of theatre.

Here, we list six summer workshops in the Capital that can help you hone your stage skills:

Asmita Theatre Group
The theatre group known for highlighting social issues through street plays is holding two workshops at the moment. The weekend worskhop being organised along with the ongoing summer theatre festival takes forward the motto of the group — theatre for change, theatre for society. The last edition of the workshop got a response from around 90 participants. The programme will last for eight weeks and will teach the basics of theatre.

where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
when: May 18 onwards
Cost: Free
Tel: 9540656537 (Ask for Shilpi Marwah)

Sparsh Natyarang
Workshops by this group are divided on the basis of age. There’s a month-long workshop for participants for the age group 8-16 years, where they work on productions based on contemporary issues. For participants above the age of 18, the programme enrolls those who want to pursue theatre as a career. Stage presence, expressions, voice modulation, and a number of other theatre techniques are taught as a part of the workshop. At the culmination, a theatre production is staged by the participants. Registrations are now open.
Where: C 4/7, third floor, Acharya Niketan, Mayur Vihar Phase 1
Cost: R4,000
When: Next month
tel: 9810286707

Barry John’s Acting Studio
This acting school, which can boast of imparting skills to actors such as Shah Rukh Khan, will be holding Young Artists Club, a month-long theatre workshop. The workshop focuses on participants between the age of 8 to17 years, and aims at improving the students’ abilities in key areas including breathing and voice, creativity, movement, performance skills, mime, language development and script writing. To register, download the form from the website of the group.

Where: Lok Kala Manch 20, Lodhi Institutional Area, Lodhi Road
Cost: R8,000
When: May 17 onwards
tel: 9716114477

The Actor Factor society
The ongoing workshop, Sunday Auditions, stretches for about six months. In order to participate, those interested are supposed to mail the society a resume highlighting their theatre experience. The final selection is made after a round of auditions and is solely merit based. For the first half of the workshop, the participants are trained and then the rehearsals for the production begin.
Where: First Floor, Khasra No 49, Pandit Ji Wali 3 Number Gali, Village Said-Ul-Azaib, IGNOU Road
when: Ongoing
Cost: Free
tel: 9873581424

Ateliers Theatre Workshop
Called ASAP (After School Art Programmes), this 12-day long theatre workshop will be organised across seven centres in the city and NCR. The main aim of the workshop is to work with and add to the imagination and creativity of participants. The programme will cover a myriad of topics related to theatre such as story telling, role play, script writing and more.
The workshop will culminate with a theatre performance, with the participants taking stage to show off their acquired skills. Check the Facebook page of the society for recent updates. To register, visit the website of the group,

WHERE: Ateliers Studio, 680, third floor, Mukherjee Nagar
WHEN: June 5-25
COST: R3,500 for a 12 day workshop
TEL: 9891092386

The Looking Glass Project
The project is an initiative of the theatrical community, Tadpole Repertory. The project aims at arming people of all ages — from children to working adults — with a creative outlet and space to appreciate theatre. Under the project, four summer theatre workshops are being organised. Called The Actor’s Playhouse, the programme is for participants between the age of 17 to 21 years and will seek to draw a blueprint of the actor’s body through games and exercises, helping participants to understand stage gestures and motion. Registrations are open.

where: A-60, basement, Hauz Khas
when: June 11 - 24
Cost: R3,000
Tel: 9811392916

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First Published: May 11, 2012 17:39 IST