A mentorship programme for theatre enthusiasts

Sakal Times
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Over the course of a year, the IAPAR will be investing in the development of those with an active interest in becoming diverse, proactive and engaging theatre practitioners

The International Association for Performing Arts and Research (IAPAR) Mentorship Programme offers youth the chance to learn behind-the-scenes work in theatre and performing arts. Its aim is to provide interested students with an opportunity to learn about theatre in a hands-on way, to learn by doing, learn through working. 

Over the course of a year, the IAPAR will be investing in the development of those with an active interest in becoming diverse, proactive and engaging theatre practitioners. The mentorship programme will comprise workshops focusing on the promotion of a skill related to theatre, play reading sessions, play watching sessions, discussions and masterclasses led by experts in their field, said a press release. 

Under the guidance of IAPAR’s founder director Vidyanidhee (Prasad) Vanarase, a limited number of participants will work together in a targeted programme designed to introduce them to the basic conventions of drama, an introduction to the existing theatre practices in India as well as other countries and the discipline of working for the stage. The programme will also look at the entrepreneurial aspect of arts and artist’s survival. 

How it works
1. Participants must register for the programme at the beginning of the mentorship programme.
2. The programme will run over 36 sessions from July 2018 to March 2019 (nine months), which means on an average, four sessions a month.
3. An average session would be between 60 and 90 minutes. 
4. A session would be designed in a way so as to facilitate multiple opportunities for the participants, including workshops / masterclasses, talks, watching performances of a play, followed by discussions, interactions with practising artists from across the globe, and so on...
5. There would be individual one-on-one sessions, focusing on individual needs and questions. 
6. The schedule (date, time, venue) of the sessions will be declared at the beginning of each month.
7. Participants are encouraged to take part in every session. Missing a session will lead to gaps in understanding as the programme is designed as a cumulative process.
8. Participants also get access to a selected number of workshops and performances at the IAPAR International Theatre Festival 2018.
9. Deserving participants may get an opportunity to be a part of ongoing projects and performances of IAPAR.

Eligibility
The IAPAR team would like to work with new as well as experienced practitioners. Participants will be selected on the basis of their existing engagement, interest and demonstrable passion for theatre. They must have completed Std X exams to be eligible for the programme. 

Application Deadline (June 25, 2018).
Applicants will be informed by June 30 about their acceptance in the programme. There may be an interview round in the last week of June. For details, write to iapar.contact@gmail.com ST

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