TrainingWorkshops at Ranga Shankara are driven by the idea of enhancing the skills of the theatre community and ensuring that we engender trained and skilled theatre practitioners of all aspects of theatre. Ranga Shankara actively seeks out participants, contacting local theatre troupes and often subsidizing registration costs for their members. We look for partners when we conduct our skills workshops so that we can make the best Indian and international faculty available to our participants.
Training -- Bareeri. NatakA academy.
October 2005 and October 2006
Ranga Shankara continues its commitment to developing newer and better informed audiences for theatre with its BAREERI writing program for theatre critics, creating and sustaining a culture of discerning theatre in the city.
The program began with the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2005 and was supported by the National School of Drama, New Delhi and the Karnataka Natak Akademi. The first Bareeri program saw fifteen journalists from the districts of Karnataka brought to Bangalore for an intensive two week-long writing workshop during the festival. The workshops were led by nationally known theatre critic Keval Arora from New Delhi and culture commentator Sadanand Menon from Chennai. Local commentators and critics such as Bhaskar Rao and G K Govind Rao were also part of the faculty. The program was conducted in English and Kannada.
Since then, three of the participants have become active theatre critics in their districts and write regularly about theatre.
BAREERI at the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2006 focused on working journalists from Bangalore. The workshop ran for three days and was conducted in English by Keval Arora and Sadanand Menon.
LIGHTING AND STAGE DESIGN
In partnership with the National School Drama, Ranga Shankara designed and executed a ten day workshop for lighting and stage design for 21 members of local troupes. Local troupes were invited to send their members to attend the workshop which was led by MS Sathyu and Goutam Majumdar (from NSD).
With the support of the Goethe Institut, Ranga Shankara was able to provide another skills workshop for young practitioners run by Jan Weisbrodt, Lighting Designer of Schnawwl Theater Mannheim. The workshop was held around the time of the Schnawwl Theatre performances at Ranga Shankara which provided an immediate context for the skills that were learned and shared.
Vibhavari Deshpande, trained in the GRIPS theatre school, and Padmavati Rao conducted a ten-day workshop for children and young people in order to find the cast and crew of Ranga Shankara’s home production for children, Gumma Banda Gumma.
ACTING AND MORE
Neeraj Kabi and the Pravah Theatre Company, Bombay, conducted a workshop for theatre practitioners that included acting, mask making and exposure to the techniques and traditions of Yakshagana.
BODY AND MOVEMENT
Gracias Devraj from the Schnawwl Theatre, Mannheim, conducted a ten-day workshop for body and movement.