LEARNING @ META

A SERIES OF WORKSHOPS AND DISCUSSIONS CURATED BY THE DRAMA SCHOOL MUMBAI

Curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), META will conduct Learning@META - a series of workshops and panel discussions which will feature theatre-practitioners and META-nominated stalwarts.

The workshops are an extension of META’s endeavour to nurture Indian theatre and build a community of practitioners dedicated to the craft. It is also aimed at enhancing public engagement with theatre and developing an appreciation for the multitude of skills and techniques involved in putting together quality theatre productions.

This year, the panel discussions will focus on the idea of starting up and running theatre companies.

Talks@Meta

Running a Theatre Company

Moderated by Ragini Singh Khushwaha

8th March 2019 4pm - 5pm Shri Ram Centre

The Tadpole Repertory Story

Neel Chaudhari

About Neel Chaudhari

Neel Chaudhari, a writer and theatre director based in New Delhi, is a founder member of The Tadpole Repertory.He was the Artistic Director of The First City Theatre Foundation (2007-09) where he wrote and directed his first five plays. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in New York, and PLUTO, a collective of international theatre directors.

About The Tadpole Repertory

THE TADPOLE REPERTORY is a Delhi-based theatre collective of actors, writers, musicians and designers dedicated to presenting original writing and devised performances on compelling and contemporary subjects. Tadpole's productions include Taramandal, winner of the Hindu MetroPlus Playwright Award in 2010; currently they are producing Quicksand, Rakshas - an adaptation of Yevgeny Schwartz's The Dragon, and PlastiCity, a play for children and adults. The Repertory also conducts regular theatre workshops through The Looking Glass Project.

The Katkatha Story

Anurupa Roy

About Anurupa Roy

Puppeteer, puppet-theatre director, puppet-designer and multiple-awardee Anurupa Roy is Founder and Managing Trustee of The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, a puppet-theatre group based in Delhi since 1998. She has a diploma in puppet theatre from Dramatiska Institutet, University of Stockholm, and has been trained in traditional glove puppetry from La Scoula Della Guaratelle, Naples, Italy. She has been guest faculty for World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. She has directed over 25 puppet performances for Katkatha, TIE Company, and the National School of Drama.

About Katkatha

The Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust is a Delhi-based puppet theatre company, begun in 1998 and creating a rigorous training system for puppeteers. Katkatha conducts intensive short courses and workshops in puppet techniques, supports interns who learn by following the work of the company.

About Ragini Singh Khushwaha

Ragini, who has an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London, is an arts manager and performance-maker and currently heads Drama School Mumbai as Programme Head. Recently she was part of an international fellowship with ARThink South Asia, training as a future leader in the arts and culture sector. Her last interdisciplinary performance piece titled Don't f*** with my Unicorn was performed in London and was selected as a finalist for the Annual Rich Mix festival. Her documentary, Engayging Lives, portraying queer lives in Mumbai, was shortlisted for the IRIS prize.

Starting a Theatre Company

Moderated by Ragini Singh Khushwaha

9th March 2019 4pm - 5pm Shri Ram Centre

The Aagaaz Theatre Trust Story

Sanyukta Saha

About Sanyukta Saha

Sanyukta, a Delhi-based applied theatre-practitioner, has more than a decade of experience spanning rural and urban India and briefly the UK. She believes that the experience of watching theatre, the opportunity to practise theatre, and the possibility of becoming a theatre-practitioner should be accessible to every child and young person, irrespective of their socio-economic context. Since 2015, she has been a part of the community at Aagaaz Theatre Trust as the Founder and Artistic Director.

About Aagaaz

Aagaaz is an arts-based organisation dedicated to creating inclusive learning spaces that nurture curiosity and critical thought while creating safe spaces for dialogue, in an attempt to weave a more equitable urban fabric. Engaging children and young adults across social and geographical boundaries, Aagaaz relentlessly questions 'what is' to probe 'what could and should be' to learn ways to act and perform beyond just the stage. At the core are 13 adolescents from Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti who are growing into arts practitioners, theatre-makers, and facilitators.

The Third Space Collective Story

Neel Sengupta, Rahul Tewari, Dhwani Vij

About Neel Sengupta

Neel Sengupta is a director, actor and educator, who has been working with young adults in the field of drama for the last 9 years. An alumnus of The Players, Kirori Mal College, he is a recipient of the Tendulkar-Dubey Fellowship 2019 for Excellence in Theatre. Neel has been primarily working with the Tadpole Repertory, Delhi, as a resident director/actor and with the Indian Ensemble, Bangalore, and Bhasha Centre as a collaborator in various directorial roles. He currently teaches drama at the Shiv Nadar School, Noida.

About Rahul Tewari

Rahul Tewari is a freelance theatre and actor based in Delhi most known for his work in the recent Bollywood film Badhaai Ho and the musical rendition of the critically-acclaimed film Monsoon Wedding by Mira Nair. He currently runs a theatre company called Third Space Collective in Delhi and is a drama facilitator at Shiv Nadar School, Noida.

About Dhwani Vij

Dhwani Vij is a theatre director/performer/educator, based in Delhi, who teaches drama to IGCSE students at Step by Step School, Noida. She is one of the founding members of the Delhi-based drama group, Third Space Collective. Her practice is rooted in creating performances that question the world they inhabit.

About Third Space Collective

Third Space Collective (TSC) is a group of theatre-practitioners creating theatre which is of relevance to the times that we live in. The Collective aims to put different art forms, ideas and people together. The group is also involved in facilitating workshops, curating performance laboratories, producing work for other groups and of course, creating performances. Their running productions include Love, Prufrock, a physical theatre piece derived from T.S. Eliot’s Poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (official selection at the Serendipity Festival, Goa, 2018 & Old World International Theatre Festival, Delhi, 2017); Dastaan-e-Bhookh, an adaptation of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class (winner of 6 Thespo Awards at Thespo 15).

About Ragini Singh Khushwaha (Moderator)

Ragini, who has an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths College, London, is an arts manager and performance-maker and currently heads Drama School Mumbai as Programme Head. Recently she was part of an international fellowship with ARThink South Asia, training as a future leader in the arts and culture sector. Her last interdisciplinary performance piece titled Don't f*** with my Unicorn was performed in London and was selected as a finalist for the Annual Rich Mix festival. Her documentary, Engayging Lives, portraying queer lives in Mumbai, was shortlisted for the IRIS prize.

Breathing Life into Spaces for Theatre

Sanjna Kapoor in conversation with Akhil Wable, Hemant Bharat Ram and Sudhanva Deshpande

10th March 2019 4PM-5PM Shri Ram Centre

What goes into sustaining a theatre performance space? And how does one enable it to become a vibrant hub or an “adda” for the arts that contributes to the social fabric of society?

About Sanjna Kapoor

Sanjna Kapoor is co-founder of Junoon, a social enterprise that aims to create platforms for theatre in India. Sanjna is well-known for her passionate work with theatre for over two decades, and for having built Prithvi Theatre into one of India’s premier cultural hubs. She is responsible for having brought to Indian audiences some of India’s and the world’s finest theatre. She has also played a key role as a catalyst for theatre for children.

About Akhil Wable

An alumnus of the Carnegie Mellon University, Akhil Wable is the co-founder of OddBird Theatre & Foundation. His interest in the role and impact of spaces on culture and creativity developed while he led Product Design and Engineering at Facebook and then at Dropbox, and while at a startup he co-founded in between. After moving back to India in 2013, he shifted focus to more localised projects around design, creativity and community. About Hemant Bharat Ram: Hemant Bharat Ram is the executive vice-president of Shri Ram Centre for the performing arts. He has completed a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a promoter for the DCM group, which was started in 1889 by Lala Shri Ram, and is now one of India’s leading conglomerates. Mr. Ram has served as the Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at DCM Ltd. and serves as a Vice Chairman of DCM Engineering Ltd.. He is past president of Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT), and ex-member of National Council of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

About Hemant Bharat Ram

Hemant Bharat Ram is the executive vice-president of Shri Ram Centre for the performing arts. He has completed a Master’s degree in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a promoter for the DCM group, which was started in 1889 by Lala Shri Ram, and is now one of India’s leading conglomerates. Mr. Ram has served as the Chief Technology Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at DCM Ltd. and serves as a Vice Chairman of DCM Engineering Ltd.. He is past president of Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology (MAIT), and ex-member of National Council of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

About Sudhanva Deshpande

Sudhanva Deshpande is Executive Director of Studio Safdar in New Delhi. He is an actor, director and organiser with Jana Natya Manch, and publisher with LeftWord Books.

TRAINING IN THEATRE-MAKING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP :
Understanding the Drama School Mumbai

Presentation by Jehan Manekshaw

11th March 2019 4pm - 5pm Shri Ram Centre

Jehan Manekshaw

About Drama School Mumbai

Started in 2013, the Drama School Mumbai exists to be a centre of excellence in the teaching of the theatrical arts, and through training and advocacy, act as an ecosystem-builder for the theatrical sector. Its flagship course is the one-year programme in Acting and Theatre-Making, taught by a faculty of 30+ highly qualified active theatre practitioners, with degrees from across the world. DSM has graduated 70 alumni who are all active in theatre and its related fields.

Terms and Conditions

1. Attending the workshops require prior registration with the META Secretariat. Please register online at metawards.com or bookmyshow.com

2. Seats are unreserved, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

3. Right of admission reserved.

4. Talks are only open to play ticket-holders.