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 applied theatre an integral part of the core education system and organizational culture in India, where the tools of creative and dramatic exploration lead to a world of more positive and respectful interactions.
- 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.
Prof. Indira J. Parikh is the President of Antardisha (Directions from Within). Antardisha is a private entity creating a space for individuals, collectivities, organizations and institutions to have a dialogue to discover themselves, to review their past, to reflect on the present
‘Here and Now’ and renew themselves for the future. Prof. Parikh is the Founder President of FLAME University, Pune from 2005 to 2015. She has also conceptualized the models of management development programs anchored in thresholds of Life, Life Space and Work Space, Life Roles and Identity. Her focus is on transformation and lifelong learning, development and growth. She has been a consultant and conducted diagnostic studies for organizations. She has designed and conducted leadership and institution building programs in public sector, private sector and multinational organizations. She is the founder member of Sumedhas Academy of Human Context. Prof. Parikh has done M.Ed from University of Rochester, New York USA and the Doctorate from Gujarat University. She was a faculty at IIM-Ahmedabad for over 30 years and Dean from 2002 to 2005. She has taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France) and Texas A&M University. Prof. Parikh has been honored with several life time achievement awards both nationally and internationally for her contribution in Education, HR and for her work with Women. She has written numerous articles published in National & International Journals and is the co-author/ author of several books. Recently, Prof. Parikh has joined DALHAM Foundation. It is a not-for-profit, mission driven organization engaged into advancing and promoting creative and liberal education.
Swaroop’s selfless service is not only confined to the walls of one classroom, but to the rural arena where her scope for caring, compassion and selfless service is unique. She teaches a wide range of students, from Primary Schools all the way up to post-graduate students. Swaroop Rawal
has been awarded Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education (2006) and a Doctor of Letters (2017) both from the University of Worcester, UK. A life skills educator uses drama-in-education to teach; her work covers a wide canvas of many states in India including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand. Karnataka and Pondicherry. Presently teaching post-graduate students appearing for their MSW & MSW-HR degree at Sardar Patel University. She was on the list of the top ten teachers for the Global Teacher prize, 2019. She has been a non-governmental member of central advisory board of education India. She has also been on honourable positions like Board of Studies of the School of Entrepreneurship & Family Business Management, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, Board of Studies- Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies, Member of Advisory board, Jamnabai Narsee International School, Mumbai, Founder of Early Childhood Association, India, Editorial board member of Educational Journal of Living Theories, Member of Governing Council of Save the Children-International, Board Member of Humanitarian Aid International, Team member writing working paper for Art Education and Teacher Education – NEP 2020 with NCERT.
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.
Mr. M. Nassar, an eminent Indian actor, has had a prolific career spanning Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, English, Hindi, and Bengali cinema. Currently, he holds the prestigious position of President of the Nadigar Sangam and consistently pursues excellence in his craft. Some of his iconic roles include films like Roja, Bombay, Chachi 420, Rowdy Rathore, Baahubali and many more, earning him numerous awards, including State Film Awards, the Norway Tamil Film Festival Award, and Nandi Awards.
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.
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.