About the Program:

Indian Ensemble, with the support of Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation conducted an intensive Theatre Making Programme in 2013.

This was a three-month program introducing participants to devising, writing and directing plays. We received applications from all over the country and finally, 11 selected participants attended the program with Abhishek Majumdar and Sandeep Shikhar as core faculty and a host of guest faculty members that included Irawati Karnik, Anmol Vellani, Sunil Shanbagh, Neel Chaudhuri, Sameer Vidwans, Sophia Stepf among others.

As a continuing tradition, the program was conducted completely free of charge, with the generous help of The Riad Mahmood Education and Arts Foundation, so that students from diverse rural and urban backgrounds could participate in this learning experience.

The students of this program were exposed to 12-16 hours of classes and rehearsals everyday.

The program culminated with final presentations to an open audience in Bangalore.

Participants from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Cochin, West Bengal and Lucknow have gone on to stage plays and create interesting work in their own spaces. They continue to receive accolades and further create opportunities for others.