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.



Workshop with Anirudh Nair

8th March 2019 12pm - 3pm Jhankar Hall, Kamani Auditorium

This workshop will explore silence, stillness, and slowness in performance. Is it possible to be still on stage and yet command the attention of an audience? How can slowness and stillness work both as an incredible training tool for the actor and also as a profound aesthetic device in theatre-making?

About Anirudh Nair

Anirudh Nair is a theatre-practitioner based in New Delhi. An alumnus of the University Of Exeter, his training practices have been shaped by his close association with the ACTOR-CHORUS-TEXT (ACT) ensemble, an international group of theatre artists led by British director Anna-Helena McLean. Anirudh is also co-founder of Guild of the Goat, a new theatre company based in New Delhi.

Sounding Through Your Body

Workshop with Hetal Varia

9th March 2019 12pm - 3pm Jhankar Hall, Kamani Auditorium

This workshop explores the idea of how our body influences the act of voicing. Our body and breath decide the way we sound, speak and/or sing and there are ways to expand our vocal potential.

About Hetal Varia

Hetal Varia is an alumnus of Voice Studies from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She is a singer, actor and a voice coach. She also teaches voice conditioning at the Drama School Mumbai as faculty and was the only Indian to have been invited to facilitate a Masterclass at the International Network of Voice at RCSSD. 

Let’s Tell A Story

Workshop by Koumarane Valavane

10th March 2019 12pm - 3pm Jhankar Hall, Kamani Auditorium

A story starts with a spark which gives life to characters, words, sounds, music, images, space etc. A story thus exists in multiple ways.

About Koumarane Valavane

Koumarane Valavane, a Franco-Indian, who left for France in his early years to study, started practising theatre at a very young age. In the University of Marseille, he, along with his friends, created a cultural association named “centre culturel de Luminy ” and made theatre its primary element. After completing his research in Theoretical Physics, he founded his own theatre company “Natya”. Before returning to India in 2006, for 3 years he worked as an actor at Theatre du Soleil, the renowned theatre company in Paris.

Making Meaning in Performance

Workshop with Jehan Manekshaw

11th March 2019 12pm - 3pm Jhankar Hall, Kamani Auditorium

This workshop explores the multiple ways in which a performer can communicate meaning while acting or being directed. It explores in detail how an audience interprets any movement or gesture on stage.

About Jehan Manekshaw

Jehan Manekshaw founded Theatre Professionals in 2008 and is the Head of School at the Drama School Mumbai. As a Core Team member of Theatre Professionals Education, his efforts are towards devising end-to-end solutions for educational institutions who want an autonomous drama department.