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.

Workshops@Meta

Making Meaning in Performance by Jehan Manekshaw

Workshop with Jehan Manekshaw

14th March 2020 12pm - 3pm (with a short lunch break) Kamani Auditorium, Rehearsal Hall basement

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. He has been the guest faculty at Ninasam Theatre Institute, Attakallari Centre for Movement Arts, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Shinshu University, Japan, and the National School of Drama’s T.I.E division in Agartala. He also has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, UK, and Japan. He recently received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his work in the advancement of the practice of Theatre.

The Art of Directing

Workshop by Mohit Takalkar

16th March 2020 12pm - 3pm (with a short lunch break) Kamani Auditorium, Rehearsal Hall basement

Breaking down the craft of direction in theatre, the workshop will guide the participants on how to bring together various elements of theatre production in order to create a successful play. The session will focus on working with performers, composers, stage designers, costume designers, choreographers and other members of the professional crew; learning and exploring the numerous visual, dramatic, and technical cues and finally, to ensure that the storyline shines through for the audience to enjoy the show

About Mohit Takalkar

Mohit’s first tryst with theatre was at the Progressive Dramatic Association (PDA) before he set up his own theatre group Aasakta in Pune in 2003. He has been active in various aspects of theatre for more than twenty years and his plays have toured across India and the world. Mohit has directed over thirty plays in various languages such as Marathi, Hindi, Urdu, English, Rajasthani and Kannada. Some of his notable works include Girish Karnad’s Yayati in 1999, Chaheta, Mein Huun Yusuf Aur Ye Hai Mera Bhai, F-1/105, Garbo, Tu, Kashmir Kashmir, Matra Ratra and Chotyashya Suttit. He assisted celebrated director Tim Supple during his production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mohit is also a well-known film editor and screen director. His debut feature, The Bright Day, premiered at the Toronto International Festival and was also screened at various film festivals across London, New York and Shanghai. His next feature, Medium Spicy, is slated to release in June 2020. A Charles Wallace Scholar with a Postgraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Exeter, Mohit is a recipient of various awards including the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, Homi Bhabha Fellowship, Shankar Nag Theatre Award, Aditya Vikram Birla Kalakiran Puraskar, Amrish Puri Award, Sahitya Rangbhoomi Fellowship, Zee Gaurav Puraskar, Mama Varerkar Puraskar, and Maharashtra State Award amongst many others.

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Workshop with Quasar Thakore Padamsee

17th March 2020 12pm - 3pm (with a short lunch break) Kamani Auditorium, Rehearsal Hall Basement

Used as a tool meant to trigger laughs in comedic plays, audience interaction can also be used as a plot device to push forward a social message by implicating the audience as witnesses. In this workshop, the participants will work on ways to forge connections with the audience with a focus on improvisation skills required to create an immersive theatre-watching experience.

About Quasar Thakore Padamsee

Quasar is a theatre-holic and lover of all things theatrical. Since 1999, he has directed and produced over 25 plays with QTP; including A Peasant of El Salvador, Project S.T.R.I.P., So Many Socks, Minorities and many others about contemporary social concerns. Internationally, he has worked on Tim Supple’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the aerial drama Mind Walking. He is a founding member of Thespo - a youth theatre initiative. And at present, he is also serving on the festival committee of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. He works as a lighting designer, stage manager, leads workshops and is a passionate crusader for the survival of theatre in the public consciousness.

Making Meaning in Performance

Workshop with Jehan Manekshaw

14th March 2020 12pm - 3pm (with a short lunch break) Kamani Auditorium, Rehearsal Hall basement

Making Meaning in Performance by Jehan Manekshaw

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. He has been the guest faculty at Ninasam Theatre Institute, Attakallari Centre for Movement Arts, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Shinshu University, Japan, and the National School of Drama’s T.I.E division in Agartala. He also has directed numerous plays in different languages in India, the US, UK, and Japan. He recently received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his work in the advancement of the practice of Theatre.