PGDAT (PG Diploma in Applied Theatre)

This online and offline integrated course helps students to explore various possibilities of getting engaged in a society in various different creative ways. This course develops an understanding towards the use of applied theatre in various fields such as Schools, NGOs, Corporate & Industries, Various Community Spaces, Prisons, Special Education Need etc. and also equip students with necessary skill sets. During this course students will develop an ability to handle a group of specific participants using various dramatic tools and involve them in a process of learning and exploration.

ATI Foundation’s P G Diploma in Applied Theatre focuses on

  • Theatre for Community Development
  • Theatre in Education
  • Theatre for Learning and Development
Course Details

The PGDAT is a practice based nine month long online and offline integrated program. As a student, you have to attend four days of classroom training every month at our Pune campus. Some of the courses, report writing, assignments and submissions have to be completed online. In this way working professionals can also join the program and you can get engaged in practice while studying applied theatre. This course focuses on developing your understanding about applied theatre practices and provides a perspective to get engaged in the field of your interest. Students will learn in four different ways:


Practice based workshops will enable students to learn and practice applied theater methodologies. The workshops will develop facilitation skills and help learn instruction design, pedagogy of participation, ability to handle questions and discover learning from the process

Theory Courses

There will be few theory courses that students will attend online. This will help them to develop a deep understanding about the subject and gain perspective towards practice. It will also provide an opportunity to develop interest in research and publication.

Master Class

While studying the core subjects it is also important to have exposure about the field you are working in. We have thus developed a master class series to learn various innovative practices in Applied Theatre. These master classes will be conducted in both online and workshop format. This will help you to build your network with practitioners in this field and learn more about how to develop practices on your own.


Each student has to complete a specific duration of internship during the course tenure. We consider Internship as a very significant and essential part of the course. A small group internship will enhance your practice and improve your analytical skills. As a student, you will get a chance to work in your interest areas which will also help to decide your future roadmap.

Why ATI Foundation


We have qualified and experienced faculty in their respective areas. They have not only studied applied theatre but also practiced and made a difference in the society through their practices.


Our campus is located at Mumbai, the cultural capital of Maharashtra. A well-equipped classroom, ample parking space and an inclusive space will help students to learn in a very supportive environment. It is also convenient if you decide to travel from nearby cities.


ATI Foundation's approach towards this course is very practical and hence we have provided continuous mentoring support, separate modules in art and cultural entrepreneurship and encouragement to students in research. ATI Foundation is the first institute to offer online and offline integrated courses to make learning more effective, time saving and cost effective.

Academic Advisory Committee

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.

Career Opportunities

Though Applied Theatre is a new idea in Indian societies it has a huge potential in various different fields. The process based work helps students as well as adults to overcome various undiscovered issues and unspoken problems and thus applied theatre is a very promising method to use in various diverse areas to work with people. Some of the areas students can think of post PGDAT are:


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