Help 'Our Theatre' create new original work & run its training program

Dear Patrons, Friend and Artists,

Our Theatre needs your support for continuing its ongoing ‘Actor Training Program’. and to create its next (5th) production.

This program was initiated by Vivek Vijayakumaran
(artistic director, Our Theatre) with a vision to bring in the required seriousness, rigour and discipline towards ‘training’ among young and upcoming actors in Bangalore.

The Trainer
Vivek Vijayakumaran (Actor/Theatre Facilitator)  has been part of a constant learning process for over 10 years facilitated by some of some of India’s  most  renowned theatre stalwarts and masters. Below is a brief profile about the training he has undergone and his work. 

A student of Adil Hussain
(Actor/Actor Trainer).
  • Vivek’s training includes two years of Playback Theatre .A workshop at Adishakti Theatre Arts Laboratory(Pondicherry)
  • Brief training at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and the Kalari Academy of Performing Arts in Contemporary dance and Kalaripayattu (Martial Art)  
  • Trained for over 2 years in Kutiyattam (Classic Sanskrit Theatre) with Shri Sooraj Nambiar and with Shri Venu G in Navarasas.
  • Masterclass with Shri Kanhailal ji and Sabitri ji at Kalakshetra (Manipur) .Trained with Anmol Vellani on Voice and Text.   
He has also worker extensively as a facilitator and storyteller for children across schools,corporate, bookstores, libraries and slums

Participated in a national conference on alternative education methodologies organized by the learning network in West Bengal (2008)      
Recipient of the Inlaks India Theatre Award-2012 .

His latest work BHIMA has been performed across India to much appreciation and acclaim (since 2015) , including at an international festival in Colombo(2016)  and was featured as one of the 10 best plays at META 2017
(Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards) with 7 nominations and 1 win .

Review - Interview
Vivek was recently featured in Forbes India life
(Oct ,2015 issue) as as one of the 12 theatre practitioners who are pushing boundaries and innovating in India today.

The Training Program
It is only on the foundation of strong training that she/he can be prepared for the ever evolving/varying nature of one’s art. They are going to be our actors of tomorrow and it is very important that they raise the bar for all of us.This is the first time at Our Theatre that a ‘training’ program of this magnitude and length is being attempted. The intensive 11-month course comprises 
  • Physical training
  • Exploration of the Navarasas
  • Discovery, reading & performances of classic & contemporary plays 
  • Weekly discussions of socio-political issues. 
Apart from preparing the body, the course inculcates  a strong sense of embracing multiple realities which could inform their aesthetic sensibilities and develops an awareness about the role of theatre in the socio-political-cultural milieu.

We have had 2 public performances (not ticketed) of a play till date  and received tremendous response. 

It is very important for us to work and rehearse in different spaces, to enhance and deepen our understanding of space and its relationship with performer/performance.

We aspire to create a full-fledged production with all the participants to culminate this program, which hopefully will live up to the standards of performance we see in Indian theatre today.Any contribution will go a long way in inspiring the spirit of this program and its participants.

We have 6 participants in this program; Poorvi Sardar, Abhishek Chauhan, Abhitej Gupta, Rahul Thomas, Aravind Ratheesh, and Aditya Nair. They put in a minimum of 40 hours of work per week.

We are seeking financial support for the following
  1. Production budget - includes honarary payments to all collaborators  (2,00,000/-).
  2. To hire  different ‘work-spaces/studios’ (70,000/-).
  3. To partially support the participants (some just starting out as full time theatre artists)  (60,000/-).
We shall be very gratified by your support and you are welcome into any of our sessions or performances to know what difference your contribution is making.

To know more about Our Theatre check out our Facebook Page:

Here is a YouTube link that gives you a peak into our sessions.

Please feel free to reach out to us at  for any queries or questions that you may have.

*More pictures below

Thank you!


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4th June 2018
Dear Patron,

Warm Greetings!

Hope this mail finds you well !

I am writing to share with you that I am finally closing this campaign. I think we ran the campaign long enough to be able to raise the amount that we could.

Eternally grateful to each of you for having supported us. We shall soon write to you from our mail id ''  with details of our play as we get closer to the opening date (20 & 21st July).  Also please feel free to write to us anytime !

Hope to be in touch and continue our relationship !

Thank you once again!

15th May 2018
Dear Patron,

Warm Greetings!

This is to share with you all that , we have finally got the dates for our premiere. Its 20th and 21st of  July at Rangashankara . Its a Friday-Saturday.

Looking forward to present the show to you!

7th May 2018
Dear Patron,

Warm Greetings!

The month of April has been a mixed bag !

On the brighter side , One of our team members 'Aravind'  got married in Thiruvananthapurm on the 15th of April. So this became the 1st time that the rest of us traveled together as a team and it was memorable time that we had.

We also found our sound designer , He will start work in the last week of May.

On the other side  - The writer who was working with us since mid Dec quit our project as she felt unable to deliver in spite of her many sincere efforts. This is definitely a challenging piece to write and it was working quite well when she was writing the smaller sections. But when it came to writing the bigger parts , we just could not find the right rhythm together  and so she finally just decided that this wasn't her cup of tea ! . She off course has contributed immensely for us to reach where we have , and so we will acknowledge her contributions accordingly in our credits.

After much asking around we have met another promising writer towards the end of April and we also had another 'work in progress' showing him. He is yet to send us his first writings , but we are hopeful . Let see

We still have not received the date for our premiere . We are told that we will know in the coming week. So hopefully in my next email we will have the 'date of opening'.

And , we had the biggest contribution this month - 500$

That is all for now

Thank you !

artistic director
Our Theatre

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raised of Rs.340,000 goal

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Supporters (63)

Anonymous donated US $500
4 months ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,001
4 months ago

All the best !!!

Parth donated Rs.2,500
4 months ago

Maccha.. my 2 cents

Siddhartha donated Rs.1,000
4 months ago

Vivek, keep up the good work man.

Deepak donated Rs.5,000
4 months ago

All the best

Jason donated Rs.1,000
4 months ago