India is the first country in South Asia to set up Theatre Schools for training people in contemporary Theatre practices. The National School of Drama in India, for example, is seven decades old. There are, Regional Schools of Drama, university drama departments and actor training workshops, functioning all over the country. India has also helped many South Asian Countries to set up drama schools in their own countries. This workshop is an attempt to take stock of the training situation in India, in Theatre in general, and actor training Practices in specific.
Let us look at the context in which this Workshop is being planned. India has, apart from the classical tradition in Theatre, live traditions in, Folk Theatre Practice, Popular Commercial Theatre Practice, Amateur Theatre Practice, theatre Repertory companies, Educational Theatre, Street Theatre etc. Theatre in India is practiced in multiple languages, in Rural as well as urban centers. In this sense Theatre practice in India is truly rich and varied. In addition to this great repository of culture, we also have a vast entertainment industry that is in need of trained actors and technicians. There are both, a need to draw strength from all these sources and to also service the needs of these different sectors, while shaping theatre training institutions. An attempt shall be made at the workshop, to review the content and scope of the existing training institutions, as well as redraw future policy frame work for training in Theatre.
This Workshop, Planned according to the mandate given under the Tagore Centre of IIAS, wants to bring together, theatre trainers, Institutional heads of theatre schools, actors, and a few performances. Some of the key issues that we hope to tackle in the workshop are:
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