Support 'Our Theatre' to continue its ongoing 'Actor Training Program'

Dear Patrons, Friend and Artists,

Our Theatre needs your support for continuing its ongoing ‘Actor Training Program’. [July 2017 – June 2018]

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 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 7 participants in this program; Poorvi Sardar, Abhishek Chauhan, Abhitej Gupta, Rahul Thomas, Aravind Ratheesh, Aditya Nair and Yashwanth Sathu. The monthly fee per person for over 40 hours of work comes to Rs 5000/- (approx.).

We are seeking financial support for the following
  1. Production budget (60,000/-).
  2. To hire  different ‘work-spaces/studios’ (30,000/-).
  3. To partially support the participants (some being full time theatre artists) to pay their monthly fee for next 7 months (10,000 * 7 = 70,000/-).
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:

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 January 2018
Dear Patron

Warm New Year Greetings!

Hope this mail finds you well.

We are happy to share with you that we are gearing up towards our first public ticketed performance for the 20th of Jan at Atta Galata. You will be receiving an email with program details soon.

An important activity as part of the 'Training Program' is to perform in public spaces. we are pleased to share that our first outing turned to be a very exciting one.

Here is a short video we made from that performance

We are also happy to share with you that we have managed to get quite close to our target amount . We are short just by around Rs 45,000/-.We shall be grateful if you can help us spread the word to achieve the target amount by end of Jan

Thank you once again for supporting this program !

Vivek Vijayakumaran
artistic director
Our Theatre

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raised of Rs.175,000 goal

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Promit donated Rs.2,500

All the best!

Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
Deepak donated Rs.1,000

Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri jindagi.. Happy to help you chauhan..

JP donated Rs.2,500

Keep up the great work, guys.

Anonymous donated $50

All the best

Aravind donated Rs.500