Applied Theatre India Foundation, popularly known as “ATI Foundation” is India’s first academic institute to offer formal education in the field of Applied Theatre. Inspired by Theatre Resource, ATI Foundation is dedicated towards education and interdisciplinary research in Applied Theatre. Though applied theatre is a fairly a new idea in the Indian society, it is very much useful in diverse areas. Applied Theatre simply means application of theatre to help people learn. This methodology is used in schools, old age homes, government and non-government organizations, business and industries. ATI Foundation covers essential aspects of this methodology and provides students with practical exposure to applied theatre practices on a national and international spectrum.
To make India respectful and resourceful through Applied Theatre education.
- To make applied theatre a part of mainstream education in India
- To promote cultural entrepreneurship in the Indian society
- To promote interdisciplinary research in the area of applied theatre
Dialogue, Diversity and Inclusivity are the three core values that ATI Foundation believes in. Our entire structure is based on these values and we strongly believe that these values also reflect in each part of the society.
Kaustubh has completed his MA in Applied Theatre from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is also a founder of an applied theatre company in India, Theatre Resource. He has been working with various organizations, industries and corporate as a drama based training consultant. He was a faculty at FLAME University Pune before he established Theatre Resource. He also teaches at National School of Drama (TIE centre) Tripura as a guest faculty. He initiated the first Drama Based Facilitation program post which he has put in efforts to form Applied Theatre India Foundation.
Radhika is the co-founder and artistic director of First Drop Theatre, Bangalore and an Expressive Arts Therapy practitioner. She specializes in applied theatre formats such as Playback theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed and is a leadership graduate from the Centre for Playback Theatre, USA. Her journey of self-exploration has taken her from the world of academics (Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from Germany) to the corporate world (Consultant in the Healthcare vertical) before plunging full time into the world of theatre and expressive arts (movement, visual art, drama, poetry etc.), combining the two in her work across different age groups, and different functional and hierarchical groups in the Corporate, Healthcare and Educational sectors.
Manasee is a child educator and a Play Therapy Practitioner, and the founder of ‘Jidnyasa Kids’, Pune. She loves spinning stories, for adults and children alike. She is working on bringing stories to the classroom, to make academic learning an intrinsic and enjoyable process for children. She conducts workshops for parents, teachers and professionals on Storytelling. M.S. Computer Science by education, founder of an IT services company by profession, Manasee chose to give her vocation a complete redo, when she decided to follow her passion of working in the child development field. She works with renowned NGO’s like Doorstep Schools, Khelghar, Swanand Jankalyan to work on bringing a little joy to children through stories.
Learning is our primary focus and hence we have an academic advisory committee who constantly reviews the syllabus to make it relevant with the changing times. The committee consists of international faculty and industry experts.
Helen is a Professor of Theatre and Performance at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has taught for BA and PGCE courses since 2000. Her research is now focused on contemporary theatre and applied performance. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Associate Fellow of Homerton College, University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the University of Stockholm. Helen has written various books on applied theatre which is her greatest contribution to the field. She won the prestigious Distinguished Book Award in 2012 and David Bradby Prize in 2019.
Vijai is a Camp Director at National School of Drama (TIE Wing), Tripura. He holds M.A. degree from Gorakhpur University and received a Diploma in Dramatic Art from Bharatendu Natya Academy, Luchnow. He was awarded “Mrinal Sharma Smriti Chinha” for Best Student by B. N. A. and received fellowship in the field of theatre by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. He has worked as an Actor / Teacher in TIE Company of National School of Drama, Delhi for almost a decade and then appointed as an Assistant Camp Director of NSD (TIE Wing) at Tripura.
Selina is a Principal Lecturer, Course Leader (MA Applied Theatre & PG Cert Applied Theatre with Young People) at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018. Her research and practice focuses on theatre that invites the possibility of change, both in contemporary plays and in participatory performance. She has been an advisor on the development of a PG Cert in Applied Theatre at The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile since 2015.
Jui has worked in the field of art and culture as a dance artist, dance teacher and as an arts manager. She had completed her MA in Indian Classical Dance tradition, Bharatanatyam. As a dance teacher she has taught for more than a decade in various settings and also performed at various festivals. Jui has also completed her M.A. Cultural Policy and Management, City University, London UK in 2010 and has worked as an arts/heritage management consultant and her core area of work has been business planning, fundraising, marketing, programming and administration. She has served as a member of the Executive Committee and Governing Board of West Zone Cultural Centre (WZCC), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India for the years 2014-2018. She was a First Secretary (Culture, Education and Information), Indian Cultural Centre at Prague for Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR), Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India from 2018 to 2019.