Theatre Professionals came into being with the aim of creating world-class standards for theatre practice in India.
Our key contribution to this is to the use of training; to build a new breed of individuals who can practice theatre to a standard of professionalism and can develop full time careers using theatre as their primary skillset.
In the evolution of this training methodology, we have developed strong competencies in the field of drama based learning, and have begun to fully unleash the power of drama as a highly effective experience-based learning medium. We now bring the best practices we have from the rehearsal room into numerous classrooms and boardrooms, to bring the benefits of learning through drama to as wide an audience as possible.
In the course of our 8 year career, our team of we have developed a very strong repertoire of drama based pedagogical methods. Which we now deploy in the following initiatives:
The Young People’s Theatre Programme that focusses on young learners and delivers learning journeys through drama to children as well as the people and organizations that work with them
Corporate Training where key organizational skills and behaviours are role-modeled, explored and dissected through drama-based modules
The Drama School, Mumbai where our team of highly-qualified faculty work to forge a new generation of actor-creator-entrepreneurs – individuals who will evolve to create the world-class standard for the stage that is our vision.
Please do go through our website to know more about how we can make drama to work for your needs.
Jehan Manekshaw and Tasneem Fatehi came together in the year 2008 to answer the question how best to bring drama in to the lives of people as a tool for experiential learning. Their journey started with one school in Mumbai and now extends to a network of nearly 40 organizations that stretches across 8 cities.
(BA, Theatre Direction, Wesleyan University, USA | MFA Theatre Directing, Birkbeck, University of London)
Jehan Manekshaw is the Founder Director of Theatre Professionals.
Jehan has taught as guest faculty at Ninsasam Theatre Institute, Attakallari Centre for Movement Arts, and St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is also a co-convener on the faculty panel of The Drama School, Mumbai.
As a Core Team member of the Young People’s Theatre Programme, Jehan’s efforts are towards devising end-to-end solutions for educational institutions who want an autonomous Drama department. He often supervises internal teacher training for YPTP’s facilitators, and occasionally steps in to the classroom as a substitute instructor. Jehan also regularly designs different formats for Annual Day engagements for schools seeking alternatives to the traditional Annual Day.
When not working as the Director of Theatre Professionals, Jehan directs plays across languages and cultures; his credits include directing Shakespeare’s Othello in Kannada at the Ninasam Theatre Institute in Karnataka, and Eklavya in Japanese at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, in Japan.
Major in English Literature from St.Xavier’s College.
As a doyen of the Trinity Programme for Speech and Drama for over a decade, Tasneem has extensive hands-on experience and knowledge of Bombay’s schools and teaching culture. She started out administering TPPL’s professional Actor Training Workshops and now oversees the Young People’s Theatre Programme as it grows from strength to strength. When she’s not busy seeing that every school’s academic and teaching needs are being met, Tasneem finds time to step into the classroom and keep connected with what she loves best, teaching children.
At TPPL, she is the in-house mentor for classroom realities and guides the processes for annual days and the drama in school programme for our team of nearly 20 instructors.
Masters in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School Of Business, France
B Sc (IT) from Mumbai University
Pankti has a strong interest in the cultural sector and in entrepreneurship and is really keen on creating corporate structures with artistic values. She has been closely involved with the Kabir Festival Mumbai since its inception, managing marketing and publicity. She also has worked with Magic Bus, an NGO which uses sports for development, and Amadeus, a global distribution network for Travel.
When Pankti is not working to get TPPL’s organisational structures in place to make sure we’re a company that keeps both our team and our stakeholders happy, she takes off to tick another destination off her bucket-list.
In July 2013, Theatre Professionals founded The Drama School, Mumbai.
The Drama School, Mumbai was born out of an urgent need. Formal, contemporary training in the craft of theatre in India is sorely lacking, in addition opportunities to go abroad and study at centres of dramatic excellence in the Americas, Europe, or the Far East are out of reach for many. The DSM aspires to fill this need here at home, in India.
The DSM’s vision is to two-fold: First, to forge a new generation of actor-creator-entrepreneurs, who will go on in their careers to perform, create and produce work to a new standard of storytelling. The Second, to promote the awareness of theatre and its processes to a wider audience interested in exploring and understanding the medium for themselves.
The Drama School, Mumbai has been made possible, with logistical, financial and administrative support from Theatre Professionals, venue support from The Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh, and most importantly pedagogical support from an amazing collective of highly experienced and trained faculty who strive to turn this into an institution of teaching excellence.
To find out more about the Drama School, the faculty and the courses they offer:
“…the environment in these classes is beginning to be seen as a benchmark for the ideal educational space… TPPL has shown a great interest in understanding the school and its students.”
School Enrichment Coordinator – SIES
“Theatre Professionals’ Drama Methodology has strongly contributed to getting rewarding results… overall focus, listening, and comprehension have become stronger”
Principal, Aditya Birla World Academy
The Young People’s Theatre Programme strives to bring enriched levels of learning through the experiences of drama to as many young learners as possible. We do this both through direct interactions with children, and through empowering educators with tools with which to do the same.
Our team of trained and experienced drama practitioners, all of whom have a passion and understanding to work with children, offer a range of engagements with which to do this:
At the core of the YPTP is the belief that Drama provides experiences that embody learning – learning that stays with you for life.
Meet our trainers, see our case studies, and look at details on how you can engage with us.
The training needs of a company are diverse and emergent. Moreover, the current trends dictate the need for maximum impact created in the most timely method possible. In such a scenario, drama and experiential learning become the pillar-stones of learning & organizational development, helping foster a more sensitive, evolved and involved workforce.
TPPL delivers need-based training modules that are created specifically for the client company. We create bespoke programmes for soft-skills, leadership skills as well as diversity and inclusion training through Drama and Theatre workshops that have established and recognized as one of the most powerful learning methodologies today because they are predicated on the involvement of the participant.
“If you cannot increase reflective power in people, you might as well NOT teach, because reflection is the only thing we have which allows knowing something to be assimilated for further use.”
– Dorothy Heathcote, The seminal authority on Drama’s role in learning.
To understand how we can contribute to the learning and enrichment of your employees and the development of your organization, do get in touch.