CLASS ACT - 2018

Teaching Literature Through Drama

1-Month Weekend Training Program For Teachers

About The Program

The 1-month weekend workshop intends to give more than 36 hours of training to primary and middle school teachers, who must understand the importance of drama in teaching literature and learn the fundamental drama techniques to make their sessions more lively, enjoyable and far more effective. In eight extensive sessions you will learn how to adapt prose and poetry into performance pieces, advise their students to take up suitable roles and help them to put up their best performance. You will be introduced to the contemporary drama process applied in schools worldwide and the basics of performance through voice, speech, movement and design. On successfully completing the program you will receive a certificate of participation from the Actor Factor Theatre Company.


The program module has been designed keeping in mind the requirements of today’s classroom. It is based on the contemporary drama techniques being applied in top institutions worldwide. It rejects the mumbo-jumbo of drama and focuses only on the essential and applied aspects that are truly important for a teacher to be effective in the classroom.


1. Introduction to the basics of drama

2. Introduction to literature from a performer's point-of-view

3. Introduction to Drama-Literature Circle

4. Introduction to poetry and reproducing it through drama

5. Introduction to storytelling using poetry and puppetry

6. Introduction to prose through dram-lit circle

7. Introduction to process drama


1. 20 drama based activities tailor made for Indian classrooms

2. Innovative lesson plans

3. List of most recommended plays, prose and poetry for class work.

4. 15 min vocal and physical warm up module for teachers and students

Program Director

Vaishali Chakravarty

ATCL & LTCL Trinity College London

Vaishali Chakravarty is a contemporary theatre practitioner, scholar and educator. In her distinguished career, Vaishali has worked in several full length productions with the Actor Factor Theatre Company. She is also the Group Artistic Director at Actor Factor. Her performances have always found mention in national news publications.

She helps top schools across the country to revamp their drama curriculum, train their teachers and conduct special training sessions for students . She also conducts contemporary speech & drama and communication skills training programs at her several centres across New Delhi and Cochin.

In addition to learning under theatre veterans like Sabitri Devi and Late Heisnam Kanhailal, Vaishali has formally trained in Drama & Speech and has subsequently been awarded the ‘Associate of Trinity College London – (ATCL) Diploma with Distinction’ in 2013 and 'Licentiate of Trinity College London - (LTCL) Degree with Merit' in 2016 in Speech & Drama and Performance Arts respectively. She recently attended the Shakespeare Summer School at the Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art (RADA), London and was also a participant at the International Drama Teachers’ Conference at the Royal National Theatre, London. Vaishali is also an avid explorer, her search for new expressions in theatre regularly takes her to the remote areas of India to work with the tribal and folk performing artists.


Manjima Chatterjee

Manjima is a drama explorer and playwright. She is currently working with the Shiv Nadar School, Noida as the Head of the Co-Scholastic team facilitating the use of drama in everyday classroom work and conducting drama training session for the students. She conducts specialized training workshops for teachers at various levels to help them integrate drama into their teaching process. She is a co-founder and the general secretary of ‘The Kutumb Foundation’, an NGO that promotes alternate forms of education in Delhi. A graduate from the St Stephen's College and a post graduate from the Delhi School of Economics, Manjima has attended the ‘Theatre For Education And Social Transformation’ (TEST) course from the Shiv Nadar University conducted by Ms Maya Rao and later served as a mentor to 7 learners in the subsequent batch. As a playwright she has won or have been shortlisted for several awards, including The Hindu Metro Playwright Award, BBC Radio's International Playwriting Award and the E-Natya Sanhita award instituted by the Mumbai Theatre Guide.

Garima Arya

Garima is the founder of the 'Dramabaaz Co.' and a puppeteer for an internationally acclaimed educational show for children - 'Galli Galli Sim Sim'. She has been trained in puppetry, story-telling, theatre with Mr. Barry John, Mr. P. Robinson, Noel MacNeal & Mr. Charles Tuthill. She has been awarded the 'Associate Of Trinity College London' dimploma with distiction in performance art. She currently works as a drama teacher at Pathways World School, Noida and practices her passion as a ‘story-teller’.

Masterclass With Dr Ashish Kumar Ghosh

Rhymes And Literature: The Pedagogy Connect

Dr Ghosh is a noted theatre practitioner and educator. He has worked extensively over four decades to promote theatre amongst children and young audiences. A Ph.D. in Political Science Dr Ghosh taught at the University Of Delhi and followed his passion for theatre that made him particularly interested in children's theatre. It turned out to be a window for him to look into the world of the young, and in the process, explore arts intervention in learning and growing up.
In 1986, he initiated the Sahitya Kala Parishad's summer children's theatre workshop with the idea to take this kind of theatre to the humble neighbourhoods in Delhi. The idea would pave the way for more such children’s theatre workshops to come up during the following decades and spread across Delhi as we see it today. In 1989 he founded ‘Anant’, a non-profit society to promote children's theatre. In 2005, he collaborated to create ASSITEJ India, a pan-India body affiliated to the ASSITEJ International that is dedicated to promoting TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) globally. He was also a part of the team that formulated and practiced theatre component of B.El.Ed. curriculum of the University Of Delhi, contributed in developing theatre component for NCERT and other agencies.


Actor Factor Studio- 416/2, 3rd Floor, Ghitorni Market,(Lane opposite Metro-Pillar no. 127) MG Road, New Delhi - 110030 (Closest Metro Station: Ghitorni)


Saturdays & Sundays 17 Nov - 16 Dec 2018

Timings - 4:30 pm to 07:30 pm, 10 Sessions Of 3hrs Each


15000/- per head (Rupees Fifteen Thousand Only)


For more information

Call Vaishali Chakravarty at +91 9871777587