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Learn Acting for Free by Joining These Top Theatre Groups

An article on List of Top Theatre Groups located in Major Indian Cities like Pune, Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata and more.

“Some are born actors, while a majority are trained into it.”

And that is why there are so many acting schools that boast of creating superstars. However in India, these kind of acting schools focus mainly on churning out star material and not actors. Which means that instead of working on psychology and methodology behind the acting, students are taught to dance, catwalk, and posing before the camera. This is why, if you are serious about learning to act, your best (and free) bet is to join a theatre group.

But why join a Theatre group and not an acting school ?

Why? Well, because joining a theatre group wont only give you a practical and hands on approach towards learning acting, but you will also be able to connect with so many other talented people and learn what methods work and what don’t when you perform in front of a live audience. And lets admit it, learning to improve in a scripted scene is something that most of the Indian acting schools are yet to start teaching.

So, we are giving you some of the best theatre groups in India that you can join for free:

List Of Top Theatre Groups in India

Asmita Theatre Group (Delhi)

Lead by the renowned playwright, director and activist Arvind Gaur, Asmita is one of the biggest names in Indian Hindi Theatre Groups. Known for its social and politically themed plays, Asmita believes in telling stories that are more relevant to the issues of common man. This group has given Bollywood some prominent actors like Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyaal and Shilpi Marwah. The group tours both national and international locations and doesn’t charge for training. However, in order to get into this group, you need to have a flair and some talent as the number of applications are always soaring. Get in touch with Asmita Theatre on their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/AsmitaTheatre/).

 

Email: asmitatheatre@gmail.com

Contact Phone number:- 9540656537(Shilpi Marwaha), 09899650509(Arvind Gaur),9015402269 (,Gaurav Mishra), 097111 00036,

(For Weekend Theatre Workshop by Asmita Theatre Group, Contact on Above Given Phone Numbers)

 Languages: Hindi, English

 Ansh: A Theatre Group by Makrand Deshpande (Mumbai)

The city of dreams, Mumbai is home to plethora of theatre groups. And a lot of them are headed by renowned artists. One such group is Ansh, lead by veteran TV and film actor Makrand Deshpande. Known for its whacky and edgy stories, Ansh theatre group though provides free workshops and training to newcomers but also expects a lot in return. The schedule is airtight, there is not much space for slacking and passing an audition is like walking on a tightrope. But hey, you will be getting trained under the best of the scene. Give Ansh a try, contact them on their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/anshtheatre/).

Contact: 9930740784;9892443124

Email: theatre.ansh@gmail.com

Language: Hindi , English

 

RangaShankara (Bangalore)- Theatre Group in Karnataka

Bangalore has seen a sudden rise in the numbers of theatre groups. Though small in manpower, these groups are consistently keeping the art alive in the IT city. Though most of the theatre groups charge for training and workshop in this city, some relatively new groups hire new blood and train them for free. One must visit venues like Rangashankara and try their luck with several theatre groups to find the best one.

Contact Address: No. 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560078

Phone numbers: +91-80-26592777, +91-80-26493982

E-mail: programming@rangashankara.in

Languages: Hindi, English, Kannada

Pierrot’s Troupe (Delhi)

Where Mumbai is the mecca of films, Delhi is the cultural capital with the most number of theatre groups and plays. Pierrot’s Troupe is another fantastic group that performs both national and internationally. Though the training and workshop under this group are free, Pierrot’s Troupe focuses on monetisation of their content. It is one of those groups that has the costliest tickets for its plays. Where a theatre group like Asmita (quite renowned) charges between INR 50 to 100 for one play (they also do several plays for free), the tickets for Pierrot’s Troupe range between INR 100 – 600 (which is considered costly in theatre business). Lead by writer, director and actor M. Syeed Alam, the group is home to veteran actors like Tom Alter and Rakesh Bedi.

Contact Phone Number: 098102 55291

Address: . A-687, Sarita Vihar , New Delhi-110076. Ph. 9810255291, 9810460366

Email Address: pierrotstroupe@gmail.com pierrotstroupe@yahoo.com

website: www.pierrotstheatre.com,

Lokdharmi (Kochi)

Kerala doesn’t have many theatre groups, but the one we are mentioning is worth all your hard work. Based in Kochi, this theatre group called Lokdharmi was founded by some of the prominent theatre personalities of India. Besides acting and performance art, Lokdharmi is also about tradition and heritage. With a rich history behind its origin, the theatre group provides free training and support to aspiring actors. However, the catch is the same; you need pass a grilling audition. Contact the group on their website (http://www.lokadharmi.com/page/CONTACT-US.aspx).

Contact Address: Lokadharmi, 44/2257, Convent Road, Vyttila, Kochi

Email: chandradasan@gmail.com, info@lokadharmi.org

Phone: +91-9447414200

 Languages: Malayalam, English

Padatik Theatre (Kolkata) West Bengal

Established in 1972, it is one of the oldest theatre groups of our country. The group owns its own performance space in Kolkata and so it has become a self sustainable venture. The group provides free viewings and training under its young guns program. The only catch, however is that you must be between the age of 16 to 25. Any other age falls under their basic fee structure.

Contact: Padatik Theatre, 6/7 AJC Bose Road, Kolkata – 700 017

Email: padatik@gmail.com, padatiktheatre@gmail.com

Phone: +91 33 228 76087 | +91 33 22813189 (Fax & Phone) | +91 98300 59978

 Languages: Bengali, English

Mentioned above were some of India’s top theatre groups that train newcomers for free, turning them into fine thespians. And since these are one of the best, the procedure to get in is pretty tiresome. Most aspirants dont clear the auditions. But if you not experienced enough to crack these hard auditions, you may find some easy going theatre groups at any performing art centre. For example in Delhi, you can visit  either Sri Ram Centre or Indian Habitat Centre, just walk up to them and ask. Its that simple !

Other Major Theatre Groups in India

Theatre Groups in Pune

Below are the Top Marathi Acting Theatre Groups in Pune

a. Swatantra Acting Theater Group in Pune

Address : NEAR F.C DECCAN,844 AGARKAR ROAD,NEXT TO BMCC, SRI MAHAVIR JAIN VIDYALAYA, MAHARASHTRA, PUNE-4

Phone: +91-9923643335, 9767178857

Email: swatantratheater@gmail.cominfo@swatantratheatre.com

Website:  www.swatantratheatre.com
 b. Maharashtra Cultural Center

Sudarshan Hall, Near Ahilyadevi Girl’s High School
Above bank of Maharashtra, Shaniwar Peth Branch
421/ 422 Shaniwar Peth, Pune

Phone: 020 24430803

Email: pune.mcc@gmail.com

cNatya Sanskar Kala Academy

Address: S No 205 Gopal Krishna Soc, Pataskar Marg, Shukrawar Peth, Pune – 411002, Nr Kala Haud

Ph: +(91)-9422303303, +(91)-20-24478268

Other Indian Famous Theatre Groups

a. Arpana Theatre Group

Phone Number: 9819576871

Email: varun@oranjuice.net

 

Contact Form: http://aadyam.co.in/contact-us.php

b. Bhoomika Theatre Group, Mumbai

Address: Oakland Park,Lokhandwala, Mumbai,Maharashtra

Phone:91-9967371457

Contact Link: http://rangshila.com/contact-us.html

c. Bhoomika Telugu Theatre Group

Address: Door No. 1-8-430/3/1/1, No. 742, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad – 500020

Phone: +91 40 27677562, +91 98498 35505

d. Ekjute Theatre Group, Mumbai

Address: Nepathya 20, Gulmohar Rd, Swastik Society, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049

Phone: 022 2625 6846

e. Evam Theatre Group in Chennai

Evam Entertainment Private Limited
#62/1C, Chamiers Apartments,
Off Chamiers Road, R A Puram,
Chennai – 600028
Phone (on all working days):
+91-44–45026364 (9.30 AM to 5.30 PM) OR
+91-98406-12333 (9.30 AM to 7.00 PM)

f. Crea Shakthi Theatre Group in Chennai

Phone Number: Dushyanth Gunashekar Phone :+91 9940138749, Sandeep Shivaram, Phone: +91 9940019419, Nivash Gopalaswamy Phone: +91 9884710130

g. The Madras Players- Performing Arts Group in India – Chennai

Gopi Nair, Old No. 16, New No. 59, Ormes Road, Kilpauk, Chennai – 600010

Tel: +91-9381911977/ 044-26411977

Email: themadrasplayers@gmail.com

h. Theatre Y- theatre Company Chennai, India

Tel: +91-98840-70796

i. The Boardwalkers Theatre Group in Chennai

No. 25[new], 13[old], 5th Street,
Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar,
Chennai – 20
Phone:  +91 98410 07003
Email: boardwalkers@yahoo.com

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4 Comments

  1. I want to know about the List of Theatre Groups in Mumbai. Please Give us the best details about the best Theatre Groups in India and the fees details

     
    1. Yogesh, Please check out the list completely. We added the contact address of famous theatre groups in Major cities such as chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Bangalore and Hyderabad

       
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