World Theatre Day – initiated by International Theatre Institute, in 1961 – reminds us of the worlds that come together to make the stage. Celebrated all over the world on 27th March each year, World Theatre Day is an opportunity to celebrate everything we love about the tempestuous theatre.
This year, Isabelle Huppert reminded us of the universality of the craft, of its relevance, of its humbling and voyeuristic ability to strip people of their false egos.
She writes, “…Theatre is always reborn from its ashes, shedding only its previous conventions in its new-fangled forms: that is how it stays alive... Theatre protects us; it shelters us…I believe that theatre loves us…as much as we love it…”
This World Theatre Day, we reached out to a bevy of actors, writers, directors, technical artistes to find out what they want to #GetMore of.
He stole our hearts with ‘Permanent Roommates’, but has been stealing stage-space for way longer. An actor & writer, his work cuts across mediums with him breaking into film, the digital medium and of course- the Stage.
Veteran theatre maker Rajit Kapur needs no introduction. Charming and ever so gracious with a career spanning decades, he is an inspiration to many!
She was born on to the stage, and doesn’t plan to make an exit anytime soon. From establishing Prithvi Theatre and providing artistes equal grounds for performance to co-running Junoon; she is a passionate cultural activist.
Founder of Theatre Professionals, who are instrumental in introducing theatre to the public sphere, Jehan Manekshaw is yet another dedicated activist of the stage. He is, additionally, the co-founder of Drama School Mumbai; and has recently been awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for his contribution to the world of theatre.
Akarsh has a prolific career spanning decades and crossing genres & mediums. Writer, actor, director, and entrepreneur; we hope his hat-rack is spacious enough.
Actor for the stage & screen, and musician Namit Das has made a name for himself ever since his first tryst with the stage in 2002.
Anurupa creates epic theatre infusing masks, sculptures, puppetry, and shadow-work, and is the founder of Katkatha – a group that works tirelessly to promote puppet theatre in India.
Mathivanan is a living example of how incorporating a love for the stage with multiple mediums can take you places. Founder of Stray Factory, co-founder of Rascalas, actor, director, and consultant; it’s a wonder he found the time to reply to us.
Theatre would be nowhere without the multi-tendril’d backbone, part of which is light and sound design. Yael Crishna is the woman to go to when you need your scene to be enhanced with the perfect tech!
Vinay Varma is one of the pillars of Hyderabad’s theatre fraternity, and has relentlessly pushed for making theatre inclusive, welcoming and relatable.
Along with being one of the founders of Bengaluru’s chapter of theatre troupe Dramanon, Sharanya has written & directed one of India’s contemporary classic productions – ‘Akshayambara’ – a play which incorporates the ancient art of Yakshagana with the tale of Mahabharat’s Draupadi.
And while the theatre community works tirelessly to #GetMore, the show must go on…
Yuki deals with experimentation, and how! She has brought disco to opera, and our favourite elephant Ganesha to justice. Actor, director, and choreographer, Yuki breaks barriers.