Department of Theatre ArtsTwo programmes
Prof. Anandhakrishnan B.
About the Department
The Theatre Arts Discipline of S.N. School strongly believes that creating good theatre is
an arduous activity and there is no simple formula to achieve it. As an academic discipline within a University system, Theatre Arts concentrates on giving training in seminal concepts, basic principles and practices of drama and theatre to create a successful theatre in society, where live interaction can lead to new terrains of experience and intellect. The course pattern is aimed at the integration of theory with practice, art with technology, and artists with audience. It addresses the core and frontier areas of theatre art, while maintaining flexibility to adapt the art for many different contexts.
The objective of our programmes is to empower students through rigorous training, to practice and appropriate the art of theatre to new contexts thrown up by the rapidly changing contemporary culture and technology. To do this, thorough knowledge of the history and theory of performance is imperative so that a theatre artist understands the field as full of choices and can chart out his or her own path in society and market.
We endeavour to balance training in the practical aspects of theatre with the historical and theoretical aspects. The aim is to train multi-faceted theatre artists, integrating theory with practice, imagination with technology, and art with the practical issues of management and marketing in diverse contexts of the globalised market.
Apart from experienced permanent Faculty, the Department also organizes workshops with prominent experts in theatre from India and abroad. The Department has strong international presence as it has research and practice projects funded by United Kingdom-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Norwegian Embassy, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
We continuously work with Indian Society for Theatre Research (ISTR) and International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) to develop the practical and research capabilities of the faculty and students.