Coconut Theatre’s Chai-Wai and Rangmanch took up a rather ambitious project during COVID-19. It has been bringing together several award-winning playwrights, directors, actors and technicians and provided students of theatre an opportunity to learn from their seniors through their Facebook Live sessions. Currently, global experts have been added to Coconut Theatre’s repertoire with the coming week seeing Writer-Director David Woods from Australia (22nd June), Actor-Director Glenn Hayden, also from Australia (25th June), Writer-Director Ana Cândida Carneiro from the USA (27th June) and Writer-Director Jeff Baron from the USA (30th June).
“The objective is to provide students of theatre an avenue of learning,” share Rashmin Majithia and and Keyur Sheth of Coconut Theatre.”Of the varied sessions numbering nearly 99, the viewer can choose any.” The 30-minute sessions where the veterans share their craft begin at 6 pm on weekdays and there are two on weekends; 5 pm and 6 pm. Stalwart participants include Makarand Deshpande, Nadira Babbar, Nina Kulkarni, Jayati Bhatia, Himani Shivpuri, Suchitra Pillai, KK Raina and many more.
Ace choreographer Jonathan Hollander from the US, the founder of Battery Dance Company, who has educated students in multiple countries across multiple platforms brought the stage alive on June 18th.
Those who have missed him should not miss David Woods, an acclaimed actor, director and playwright from Australia who is also the co-artistic director of Ridiculusmus, a multi-award-winning theatre company that has been producing seriously funny theatre for over 20 years. He will be the mentor du jour on the 22nd of June.
A similarly seasoned veteran is Glenn Hayden, also from Australia, who is a theatre director and arts facilitator with a 36+ year professional life in the performing arts, who is gracing our screens on June 25th, followed by Ana Cândida Carneiro, an award-winning, published playwright from the USA, on the 27th and Jeff Baron, an American novelist, playwright and screenwriter from the USA on the 30th of June.
“The idea was to revive theatre in our own small way as COVID-19 has brought with it a new normal that is not going away anytime soon,” concludes Keyur Sheth.
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