Stages Theatre Group has decided to place a new commitment and emphasis on the physical training of its artistes. An actor’s greatest asset is his body and we have started a series of workshops aimed at providing systematic and continuous physical skills learning to our actors.
Our objective, through these workshops, is to discover new dimensions to our understanding of our bodies – through experimentation with skills drawn from different disciplines. We have, thus far, been experimenting with yoga and martial arts.
We began with running these programmes ourselves, with the skills and experience we had. But then we moved on to making links with international artistes skilled in different physical disciplines. Click here to learn more about our artistes training in the Indian martial art Kalari.
We will be very happy to work with you if you feel you have a skill that you would like to teach us – this could be anything from tap dancing, to juggling, to kathak, to voice training to martial arts.
If you would like to work with a group of committed and enthusiastic actors in re-discovering new links between what the body can do and what it can say, please do get in touch with us. Click here to find out ways you can get involved.
If you are an actor who can make a solid commitment to sustained physical training, please write to us.
In keeping with our determination to grow into proficient (first) bilingual artistes and (later) trilingual artistes, all of us are involved in a language programme aimed at improving our current language skills. Our aim is not just to achieve a token knowledge of a language but rather the ability to think and create in the language.
We have managed to secure the commitment of very good language teachers who are interested in the unique challenge of teaching language to performers. If you are an artiste who would like to join our classes and improve on your English, Sinhala or Tamil, please do write to us.
If you are interested in supporting our artistes’ pursuit of better language skills – either through sponsorship, donations or sharing of expertise, please do get in touch.
You may be interested to know that the next language we hope to learn is sign language. Click here to support this.
LECTURES AND TALKS
In order to encourage artistes to be cutting edge and effective not only in their skills but also their knowledge, we have started a programme of inviting academics, activists, social workers and professionals from other fields to come speak to us on issues that they find pressing and important.
The more passionate our speakers are about what they want to share with us, the better these lectures work. As artistes, we are interested, not only in facts, but also in the human drive to pursue, to understand, to unearth, to share.
If you are an artiste and would like to attend these lectures, please contact us.
If, on the other hand, you are someone who has a theory, or a story, or an unanswered question and you want to share this with a group of artistes, we would love to have you come speak to us. Do get in touch. If there is any other way you think you can support this programme – click here.
We have begun workshops on the surrounding skills of theatre craft. There is very little training in Sri Lankan in these areas for theatre artistes. Our goal is to draw from local and international trainers and develop our skills in the surround areas of stage craft – such as design, stage management, and production work. This programme will begin in early 2015.
If you are an artiste interested in improving your skills and knowledge in theatre craft, please get in touch with us.
If you are a local or international professional, trained in the areas of stage craft, and would like to share your knowledge with a group of Sri Lankan artistes, we would love to hear from you. If there is any other way you would like to contribute to this programme, do get in touch.
In order for us to systematically increase our shared knowledge of scripts and trends in theatre (and even film), we meet to read and discuss scripts and also watch and discuss performances. Our focus is on both the development of local and of international theatre – its history and its current state.
This programme is open to local artistes to join. Please contact us if you wish to be kept informed.
We also invite local and international playwrights, who may be interested to have their work performed in Sri Lanka, to use this opportunity to share your work with us. Please contact us. If you like to support this programme – click here.
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
With the objective of moving into full time professional theatre, we will also be investing in training our artistes in administrative and organizational skills – such as IT skills, typing, secretarial, business, finance and marketing.
This programme is yet to begin.