MASTER DOPE SERIES WORKSHOPS

All practicing theatrewalas! Gifted actors or backstage magic-creators! Here’s your opportunity to learn or further hone your skills working under the true masters of the stagecraft.

A stage artist does not operate in isolation. Dramatic Arts’ innate inter-disciplinary nature demands actors and technicians to be ultra-proficient with all aspects of the stagecraft, so that they are able to delve into the unknown with the power of total knowledge to challenge the limits. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the medium of theatre becomes critical in achieving ‘precision in performance’.

It started in August 2013, and is organized once a month. Actor Factor’s Master Dope Series offers vital training in different aspects of the stagecraft through meticulously-planned, super-specialized workshops.

So, whether it’s an actor and his work with ‘Text’, ‘Voice and Speech’, or ‘Body in Space’; or it’s about ‘Make-up’ artistry or ‘Prop’ and ‘Masque-making’; sessions on ‘Scenic Design’ or ‘Play-writing’; ‘Puppetry’ or ‘Mime’; studying ‘Dramatic Forms and Styles’, the use of ‘Multimedia’ or even sharing of unique ‘Methodologies’ which the true masters of the stagecraft have painstakingly evolved over their long years of creative work, the Master Dope Series includes all this and more.

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Previous Workshops

PHYSICAL ACTING

With

Moos d'Herripon

The two-day intensive workshop offers you an opportunity to understand the basics of physical acting involving techniques developed by Ariane Mnouskine and Jacques Lecoq. The participants will work on understanding how to sync the internal and external gestures of an actor's body and how an actor's moving in a given space can create an emotional response and meaning for the audience.

MEISNER TECHNIQUE

With

Tom Edward Kane

This 3-day workshop is designed to give to a peep into the actor training technique developed by Sanford Meisner- acting teacher extraordinaire- who has influenced some of the greatest actors of the 20th, and 21st centuries. 

MASK MAKING

With

Shehla Hashmi

Through this 4-day, hands-on workshop on mask making you will learn different methods of creating exciting masks for your plays and/or other interests, using waste/used materials only.

MOVEMENT IN THEATRE THROUGH TRADITION
DANCE FORMS

With

Manishikha Baul

The 3-day workshop is a basic introduction to an understanding of body-time-space through elemental blocks of Odissi. It aims to offer a fair play with movements, the meaning-making of it and the broad utilization of it.

PRESENCE

With

Arka Mukhopadhyay

This workshop is an introduction to the performer’s inner creative process – the awakening of awareness of the physical and psychological centre of energy and presence, the transformation of energy from the daily-life level to a heightened performative, extra-daily level and the circulation of energy and its organization into performance action, through specific intentions and choices.

KALARIPAYATTU

FOR ACTORS

With

Sumesh PB

The 2- day workshop is designed to help aspiring as well as working actors to develop physical and mental alertness, strength, stamina and flexibility using simple but powerful techniques based on Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art from Kerala.

CONCEPTS OF SCENIC DESIGN

With

Deepan Sivaraman

The 3-day intensive workshop in scenic design will take you through various stages of designing a performance space, starting from the initial conceptual drawing to making of a final model box. In this creative process apart from learning the technicalities of designing a theatre set, you will also be introduced to the new concepts of scenography; understanding the significance of spatial configuration between audience and performer. 

DISCOVERING BREATH

With

Apoorva Gupta Jalan

The 2- day workshop is designed to help aspiring as well as working actors to discover the relationship of breath with your presence on stage or on camera. You will explore simple but powerful techniques to help you to clear your mental clutter and be in a state of balance. 

PREPARING VOICE

FOR ACTING

With

Vaishali Chakravarty

A 2-day intensive workshop especially designed for the new and aspiring actors who need to understand the importance of voice in acting and learn the fundamental techniques to get their voice ready to portray any given character, on stage or in front of camera.

FUNDAMENTALS

OF ACTING

With

Sukumar Tudu

A 2-day intensive workshop especially designed for the new and aspiring actors who believe in laying a strong foundation of work discipline before they can actually begin their careers, on stage or in front of camera. 

CONCENTRATION
FOR ACTORS

With

Sunit Sinha

This 2-day workshop is designed for actors working on stage and/or in front of camera to know the right exercises and work with methods to develop powers of concentration. Prefixed with exercises for Relaxation and affixed by basic sensory work, the objective of these sessions will not just be to deal with private distractions and preoccupations, but also attune an actor’s body and mind to discover the vertical, inner life of a character being played that flows beneath the actions. 

CONTEMPORARY THEATRE PRACTICES

With

Shantanu Bose

Especially devised for the working stage actors, writers, designers and directors, this 3-day workshop will help you explore and learn about cutting-edge, contemporary practices in World Theatre, empowering you to push your creative boundaries, in order to consistently produce innovative and groundbreaking pieces of work.

VIEWPOINTS

With

Aditi Biswas

Based on Anne Bogart and Tina Landau's system of Viewpoints, the workshop focuses on developing techniques of composition that provides actors and performers an opportunity to explore new moments in theatre. 

ACTOR & TEXT ANALYSIS

With

Indira Prasad Bahuguna

Especially devised for working actors, students, teachers and theatre-lovers who want to explore and master the craft of mining a script, this workshop offers to lead you through a simple process to discover essential theories and methods that underlie most modern acting training. 

BODY & SPACE

With

Niranjani Iyer

Centering around, the legendary French actor and teacher, Jacques Lecoq’s most defining principle that the essence of theatre is the body in space, where the movement in itself in not the focus, the focus is the movement in space, Niranjani Iyer, an alumnus of L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, in her 3-day long workshop, will delve into the significance of ‘Space’ as a dramatic resource and ‘the body’ as a point of departure to make theatre.

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