4 Best Theatre Groups to Join in Mumbai

By | December 5, 2017

Put down the names of all the best actors in Hindi cinema (Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Nawazuddin Siddiqui etc) and you’ll find that they all have significant years of theatre experience. For any actor who is serious about his craft and wants to excel in his career, joining a theatre group in Mumbai is considered the ideal next step.

Theatre Vs Acting School
Yes, you can join a proper acting school too but the kind of exposure you will get on stage, techniques you’ll learn by interacting with fellow artists, and the confidence you’ll get by performing in front of live audience is unmatched. Of course, a film school has its own advantages but nothing beats the realism, unpredictability, and self-belief that a theatre performance gives.

So, whether you are a newbie who wants to learn acting or a professional who wants to hone his skills, these are some of the top theatre groups to join in Mumbai. Be ready for tight schedules and hard work, and most importantly, have patience, your time too will come.

Best Theatre Groups in Mumbai
1) Ekjute Theatre Group
Entertaining audiences for more than 35 years, Ekjute is a well-known theatre group that was founded by NSD alumni and real-life husband-wife Raj and Nadira Babbar. It is considered one of the earliest theatre companies in Mumbai, and is famous for improving the quality and scale of theatre productions. Ekjute has adapted the works of many famous playwrights like Bertolt Brecht, John Osborne, and many more. Having performed all over India at several prestigious theatre festivals, Ekjute is a great place to take your skill to the next level. The group has also performed in countries like UK, USA, Singapore, Germany, Iran, Bahrain and many more.

Ekjute also organizes theatre workshops for aspiring actors and children. These workshops train actors on different aspects like acting, voice modulation, dialogue delivery, costume designing, dance, and much more. The workshops are taken by Mrs. Nadira Babbar and other popular theatre artists, and typically cost around 50,000 Rs for a month’s training. Classes happen for 3 hours every day between 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Contact Information
Address
Ekjute Theatre Group
Nepathya 20, Gulmohar Road,
Swastik Society, JVPD Scheme, Juhu
Mumbai – 400049

Phone Numbers
98199 97761
9820674981
93237 38846

Website
http://www.ekjute.com/index.shtml

E-mail
ekjute@gmail.com

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/ekjutetheatregroup/

2) Ansh Theatre Group
Founded in the year 1993 by actor and director Makarand Deshpande, Ansh has made quite a name for itself because of its unique plays and marvelous performances. In fact, Makarand’s work has attracted many great artists like Anurag Kashyap, Vishal Bhardwaj, Ratna Pathak Shah and many more. The greatest thing about Ansh is that it gives free workshop to aspiring actors, but expect lot of hard work. The group has performed over 50 plays and some of their most popular plays have been Imli Papita Tarbuz, Karodo Mein Ek, Miss Beautiful and many more.

The group also organizes master classes on acting which are taken by famous personalities like Kay Kay Menon, Sonali Kulkarni, and many more. These master classes are held in places like NCPA, Prithvi Theatre etc. For both wannabe and professional actors, Ansh is certainly one of the best theatre groups in Mumbai.

Contact Information
Website
http://anshtheatregroup.com/

E-mail
marketing@anshtheatregroup.com

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/anshtheatre/

3) Rangshila Theatre Group
Founded in the year 2008 by Avneesh Mishra, Rangshila Theatre Group is a relatively younger but pretty popular theatre group in Mumbai. Avneesh founded the group with a vision to take theatre to every corner of India, and has a dedicated team of young enthusiasts to make this possible. The group has performed in various prestigious festivals like Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and have also performed in many cities across India. Having performed more than 200 shows across India, Rangshila is a great place for an actor to better his craft.

The group also organizes theatre workshops and acting classes which are mostly held on the weekends. These acting workshops are called ‘Parados to Stage’ which means the side entrance used by actors during a performance. The syllabus of these workshops have been made by experts from NSD, FTII, and BNA, while the training itself is given by master actors themselves. The classes include acting, voice modulation, physical exercise, scene work, improvisation, and much more. Program duration is 3 months, and classes are held every Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Contact Information
Address
Oakland Park, Lokhandwala
Mumbai – 400053

Phone Number
91-9967371457

Website
http://www.rangshila.com/Default.htm

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/Rangshila

4) Motley Theatre Group
The brainchild of the great actor Naseeruddin Shah and his friend Benjamin Gilani, Motley is one of the most famous theatre groups in Mumbai. The group mostly performs English plays, and adapts great works like Ionesco’s The Lesson, Albee’s Zoo Story and many more. The path-breaking moment for the group came with the production of Julius Caesar which was received greatly by the audiences. For the last couple of years the group has also been performing in Hindi to reach out to more people.

From 1979 till date, the group has performed many plays across India and abroad, and has touched almost every genre possible. For any aspiring artist who is looking to join a theatre group in Mumbai, Motley would be a dream come true.

Contact Information
Address
204, Perry Cross Road, Bandra West,
Mumbai – 400050

Phone Number
+(91)-22-26404670
098201 54838

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/MotleyTheater/

So you have read our picks for the best theatre groups in Mumbai. If you are really serious about this craft, then joining any one of these theatre groups should be on the top of your list. Be ready to slog it out, and Best of Luck from the team at Bollywood Career.

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22 thoughts on “4 Best Theatre Groups to Join in Mumbai

    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      There is no fees Yogesh. You have to contact these groups and tell them about your interest in joining them. You may have to start off by doing small roles but gradually you’ll get the attention you need.

      Reply
  1. Raja Singh

    Thank You for the information.
    But i have one question in my mind why there is no address for the Ansh Theatre Group. This is not only in your article sir but i had search this for long time but getting the same result. (NO ADDRESS) why….???

    Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      Maybe they don’t have a fixed place as of now, get in touch with them on their Facebook Page, that would be my advice.

      Reply
  2. Pranjal

    There is no fees in joining these huge theatre group????

    Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      There is no fees for joining these theatre groups.
      Contact them and tell them that you want to join, in the beginning you may be given small responsibilities but once you gain foothold then things would start to change.

      Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      There is no fees Raj. Please contact these theatre groups through their website or Facebook Pages. Tell them that you are interested in joining them. Initially, they’ll give you small responsibilities but slowly you’ll start getting bigger responsibilities.

      If you are not able to reach out to them then I would suggest attending one of their plays and meeting the actors after the play gets over.

      Reply
  3. Sachin

    I want to pursue Direction. Can I join any of these groups?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      Hi Sachin,
      Yes, you can assist them in directing plays. You won’t be given the director’s job at the start so you’ll have to start by doing smaller things and gaining their trust.
      You can also try to assist some filmmaker because you’ll learn a lot more by assisting in films then by assisting in plays (especially for those who want to become directors).

      Reply
  4. Vinod Singh

    I wish to join the group. Please guide me how to proceed.

    Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      Hi Vinod,
      If you know someone who has joined these groups then they can definitely introduce you. If you don’t know anyone then Facebook can help you find theatre actors. You can also call them or visit their office (if they have one), see the contact info on their website or Facebook page. Other idea would be to watch one of their upcoming plays, after the play gets over just simply go and introduce yourself, tell them that you want to join their group.

      Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      Yes, anyone can join. There is no age for doing what you like.

      Regards,
      Bollywood Career

      Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      Hi Nikhil,
      There are no terms or conditions. Anyone can enter a theatre group.

      Reply
    1. Bollywood Career Post author

      There is no condition to get into theatre. Just get in touch and tell them that you are willing to contribute to their group. Tell them that you are willing to learn and put in hard work.

      Reply

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