The Drama School Mumbai to commence new batches

The Drama School, Mumbai’s One-Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre Making (Batch of 2014-15) is going to commence shortly.


In the inaugural year:

  • 16 students underwent 26 weeks of training and rehearsal

  • 2 brand new productions premiered at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh in Girgaum

(contributing to its revival and re-emergence as a performance venue)

  • Housefull shows at Prithvi Theatre. In all, 7 performances executed, 13 more planned

and now…

The Drama School, Mumbai (DSM) embarks on the second year’s task: to run a further evolved version of its inaugural course, the One-Year Certificate Course in Acting and Theatre Making, under the guidance of principal faculty/advisors:

  • Jehan Manekshaw (MFA in Theatre Direction, University of London)

  • Geetanjali Kulkarni (Acting Graduate from the National School of Drama)

  • Yuki Ellias (Training from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and pedagogical training from LISPA)

  • Deshik Vansadia (MA from the Stella Adler Acting Institute)

  • Mahesh Dattani (Eminent Playwright and Director, Sahitya Akademi Award Winner)

Their five-year goal, to become a globally recognised institution for training in all aspects of the Dramatic Arts,

  • Offering a two-year post graduate diploma in Theatre Making

  • With a third-year specialisation in Direction, Design, Script-writing, Dramaturgy, and/or Producing

  • Having an internationally-recognised accreditation

  • Attracting faculty and students from across the world

The OYCC Course Structure for 2014-15

6 Months of Training:

  • Condition and strengthen the body and voice daily.

  • Learn and apply the fundamentals of acting in movement and speech.

  • Engage with different styles of theatre across the six months.

  • Regularly create small pieces of theatre for public showing and sharing.

1 ½ Months of working under a professional theatre director:

  • Students will rehearse a new production under professional conditions.

  • They will work on a classic text to devise and create a new adaptation for a new audience.

  • They will also take on a backstage/production responsibility area as part of their training.

2 Months of extensive touring to multiple venues and cities  

  • They will learn from performing in front of different audiences, in different spaces.

  • They will learn what it is to tour a full-fledged production.

  • They will develop a self-reflection feedback practice.

2 Months of internships and independent research, study and creation work

  • Students will intern with theatre groups from across the city (and outside as well),

  • They will work with each other to create new pieces of theatre,  independently , and present their self-directed, performed, designed pieces at the end of the year.

Application Criteria

The minimum criteria for application is that you should be an individual with a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work/life experience, and that you should be able to demonstrate an active interest in making a career in the field of performing arts.

Information Sessions:

Mumbai: 1st April | 5pm to 8pm| Haute Haveli, Andheri (West), Mumbai

5th April | 5pm to 8pm | Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, Girguam, Mumbai

Bangalore: 9th April | 5pm to 8pm | Atta Galatta, Koramangala, Bangalore 95

10th April: Kirori Mal College | Time to be confirmed

11th April: South Campus, Delhi University | Venue to be confirmed

Pune: 12th April | Venue to be confirmed

Application Deadline: 30th April

Admission Results:  1st June

Course Commences: 30th June

The Home of the DSM

The DSM is located at the Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh in Girgaum – famous in the 1950s for being the foundry of Marathi theatre practice, and for many years having its own training institute. Under the kind patronage of Dr. Bal Bhalerao, the DSM  has been given a home in a theatre which gives its students a chance to train in a real theatre environment in the heart of the city.

The DSM’s Background

The DSM has been started by Theatre Professionals, a theatre training, education, and professional capacity-building organisation headquartered in Mumbai.  

Last year’s faculty included: Geetanjali Kulkarni (NSD), Padma Damodaran (MA, East 15 Acting School), Yuki Ellias (London International School of Performing Arts, London; École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris), Deepal Doshi (MFA, Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre, LA), Deshik Vansadia (Shakespeare and Co., Stella Adler Acting), as well as highly accomplished Theatre Directors Sankar Venkateswaran (Artistic Director, Theatre Roots and Wings; Theatre Training Research and Practice Institute, Singapore), Daniel Goldman (Artistic Director, Tangram Theatre Company & CASA Festival of Latin American Theatre in London; Andamio 90 School of Dramatic Arts, Buenos Aires; École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris), Benjamin Samuels (LISPA, Brown University) among many other faculty members at the DSM.  

Each of the faculty members have been trained in or have engaged with some of the best drama schools in the world, therefore lending an unrivalled credibility to DSM even before it has started.

About Theatre Professionals

Founded in 2008 by Jehan Sam Manekshaw and Tasneem Fatehi, Theatre Professionals is the company behind The Drama School, Mumbai, and has had extensive experience in creating workshops for actors hungry for new knowledge here in the city. Their workshops have been attended by Kalki Koechlin (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Gulshan Deviah (Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela ),  Kunal Kapoor (Rang De Basanti), Swara Bhaskar (Raanjhanaa), Richa Chadda (Gangs of Wasseypur), Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur)  and many more, all of whom have launched successful careers in film, television, theatre and many of whom have continued their training both at institutions in India and abroad.