For those of you who truly believe that all the world’s stage and you are its lead actor, the performing arts await you. For decades now, Bangalore has seen some fine drama schools open shop in all corners of the city. And if you are keen on proving your acting chops, they’ll help you do it. LBB scouts for the best theatre classes in the city.
Bring Out Your Inner Drama Queen At These Theatre Classes In Bangalore
Yours Truly Theatre
This popular theatre group holds workshops for adults, kids, and corporates. Their basic theatre workshops delve into the nuances of theatre production, helps your understand expressions and characterizations, and gets you to think out of the box. With classes happening on the weekend between 10 AM and 2 PM, this is a good place to pick up theatre.
Bangalore Little Theatre
One of the city’s oldest theatre groups, BLT (as it is known fondly) has been around since 1960 and has staged over 200 plays. Their annual SPOT (Summer Project on Theatre) workshop is an intense training-cum-production project that will see you nurture the thespian in you. SPOT has completed over 30 programmes since it first started, so you know your stage career is in very capable hands.
If you know of kiddos who are keen on theatre, do check out Jagriti’s Theatre Arts Program (TAP), that spans nine months and includes lessons in writing, body awareness, and voice training. For the adults, you can sign up for any of the regular workshops including one on Basic Acting, that covers breathing and voice, understanding the stage, and performing text.
Helmed by renowned film director Nagathihalli Chandrashekar, Tent Cinema is an out-and-out acting school, that’s not restricted to the theatre space. If you are serious about an acting career, then, sign up for their Intensive Acting Classes that’s aimed at amateur actors and theatre lovers. They also have workshops for children and another one for adults, that explores the various facets of the craft. With multiple workshops for film editing and scriptwriting, even get certifications here.
National School of Drama
The prestigious drama school has a centre in Bangalore, and their one-year, full-time course is ideal for those who want to prove their acting chops and take centre stage. Divided up into semesters, you will learn the tribal arts, music, folk theatre, and other aspects of drama with this course.
Bangalore School of Speech and Drama
This space conducts classes in theatre for the little ones. There’s also a Summer Theatre Workshop – that lasts for two weeks and also hosts a production – for the kids. If you belong to the adult category, however, the drama school regularly hosts workshops that help you embrace the actor in you.
While they conduct workshops for everyone from corporates to children, it is their Big Step initiative that you need to watch out for. From acting to directing, lighting, production, and makeup for the stage – you can choose to pursue the passion of your choice. With one day comprehensive workshops to three-day and 12 week courses, check them out.
Suchitra Cinema & Cultural Academy
The Centre for Film and Drama, that’s part of the Suchitra Academy, offers short term certificate courses in acting and the dramatic arts. This course is conducted in collaboration with the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and is ideal for those who are serious about acting as a career. Located in Banashankari, this is convenient for people who live in that part of the city.
Located in Koramangala, Our Theatre is a group that conducts courses that are specific to body movements and visual arts. If you're looking to pick up a niche skill like voice modulation, check them out for crash courses on the same. Priced reasonably, this place is definitely worth checking out.