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Sushila Arts Academy


Sushila Arts Academy launches a comprehensive Theatre Program for all ages

Sushila Arts Academy is pleased to announce the opening of a new Theatre Program, for all ages and levels of experience, taught by highly credentialed academics and professional and practicing theatre artists, headed by Deborah Merola, Ph.D.Winter Term 2013 starts February 1 to April 29, 2013 with courses held at the Sushila Arts Academy in Maharajgunj, Nepal.

Children's and Youth Theatre

  • Childrens Theatre will offer after-school and Saturday classes, holiday and summer arts camps, and special theatre productions for children.
  • Youth Theatre will offer special end-of-week and weekend courses, and holiday and summer intensives in theatre and film, with internship and production opportunities

Childrens Theatre is a fun introduction to acting and playmaking with special kids productions.

Offered Winter Term, 2013:
Theatre Tumble: an activity oriented program for young children, taught by well known actor Aashant Sharma.
Beginning Acting: Let’s Make a Play! A children’s theatre production based on the popular children’s book Jack and Betty & The Yak and Yeti!,directed by Deborah Merola
Theatrical Design: Set the Stage, based on the popular children’s book Jack and Betty & The Yak and Yeti!with accomplished artist SunitaRana.

Youth Theatre features exciting courses and intensives in theatre and film, with internship and production opportunities with One World Theatre.

Offered Winter term, 2013:
Youth Acting for Film is taught by rising film star Divya Dev.

Actors' Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.)

The Actors Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) is especially geared for serious artists-in-training and adult professional actors. A Theatre Training Certificate (24 credits) may be awarded from Sushila Arts Academy. The Theatre Program is closely associated with One World Theatre, a professional English-language theatre company.

Offered Winter term, 2013:
Docudrama: Research, Playwriting and Performance, an ensemble course connected to One World Theatre. These classes will be held at the Institute for Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER).

Students may take individual courses and also may accumulate credits for a Theatre Training Certificate from Sushila Arts Academy (24 credits).

  • Theatre Training Courses, Intensives and Workshops (2 credits) will be offeredto artists-in-training and professional artists in acting, directing and playwriting.
  • Production Practicum (2 credits) may be earned by participating as an actor, designer or member for a One World Theatre production.
  • Elective(2 credits) may be chosen from conservatory level offerings at the Sushila Arts Academy, including Ballet, Flamenco Dance, Guitar, Piano, and Art classes.

Theatre Tumble!
Instructor: Aashant Sharma
A delightful tumble into theatre in a safe, fun atmosphere. Learn to make a face, jump in place, be a clown, run around, all fall down, say a rhyme, and have a JOLLY GOOD TIME!

Ages 4 – 7 Tuesdays & Thursdays
4:00-5:00 pm
Sushila Theatre Room 3rd Floor Fee: Rs1,500 per month for 4 classes or Rs ,2500per month for 8 classes

Beginning Acting: Let’s Make a Play!
Instructor: Deborah Merola
A practical theatre course that introduces basic acting skills while creating an original production of the popular adventure Jack and Betty & the Yak and Yeti.AWESOME!

Ages: 8 to 12 Wednesdays: 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Saturdays: 1:30 to 3:30pm
Sushila Theatre Room 3rd Floor Fee: Rs 10,000, 4 hours a week for 12 weeks = 48 hours plus rehearsals and performance
Theatrical Design: Set the Stage!
Instructors: Sunita Rana
A hands-on course designing and constructing the set, props and costumes, using mainly recycled materials, for the original production of Jack and Betty & the Yak and Yeti! SEE YOUR CREATIONS COME ALIVE ON STAGE!
Ages: 10-15 Saturdays: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Sushila Art Room Ground Floor Fee: Rs7,500. Tuition, 2 hours a week for 12 weeks = 24 hours Art Materials Fee: Rs 2,500
Youth Acting for Film
Instructor: DivyaDev
A practical introduction to film acting, including: stage vs. film acting, improvisation, acting with the camera, understanding technical language for film, script analysis, moment-by-moment, and auditions.
Ages: 13-21 Friday 5:00-7:00 pm, Saturday 3:00-6:00 pm Sushila Theatre Room 3rd Floor Fee: Rs 15,000, 5 hours a week for 12 weeks = 60 hours
Docudrama: Research, Playwriting and Performance (2 credits)
Instructor: Deborah Merola, Ph.D.
Docudrama is an exciting new production course intended for artists-in-training and adult professional actors. The course introduces the Western theatrical form that has produced many outstanding contemporary dramas. Artists will decide on a topic of group interest, record and transcribe interviews, assemble and edit a script, and produce and perform their original play with the support of One World Theatre.
Ages: Adults Time: Monday, 5-8 pm Class held at Institute for Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER) Fee: Rs 10,000, 3 hours weekly, plus approximately 5 hours weekly of supported out-of-class activity, for 12 weeks = 8 hours a week x 12 weeks = 96 hours

Actors Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) Courses in Planning

Acting Sequence

Stanislavsky System (offered Spring, 2013)
Acting for Film (offered in Youth Program, Winter and in Theatre Conservatory Spring 2013)

Shakespearean Acting
Jerzy Grotowski and Ritual Theatre
Solo Performance

Directing Sequence
Beginning Directing
Play Production
Advanced Directing

Playwriting Sequence
Docudrama (offered Winter, 2013)
Literary Adaptation
Ensemble Creation

Special Topics in Theatre
Mask and Mime (offered Spring, 2013)
Community Theatre (offered Spring, 2013)
Clowningand Le Coq
Technical Theatre

Production Practicum (2 credits)

Deborah Merola, Ph.D., Director of the Theatre Program
One World Theatre
Participation in a One World Theatre production as an actor, designer, or production member. In planning for the 2013 season: A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O’Neill; Telling a Tale: Kitchen Dramas, an original adaptation of stories by Nepalese girls and women; Three Sisters by Anton Chekov, The Songs of Mirabaiby Sandra Lee Hughes, and Philoctetes by Sophocles.
No fee or stipend

Sushila Theatre Program Faculty

Deborah Merola, Ph.D., Director of the Theatre Program
Dr. Merola is theFounding Artistic Director of One World Theatre (OWT) and a 2003 and 2011 Senior Fulbright in Theatre at Tribhuvan University, in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER), and Aarohan-Gurukul Theatre. Dr. Merola received her Ph.D. from the Scholar/Director Program in Dramatic Arts at the University of California at Berkeley. She has directed over 50 productions, including original adaptations, children’s theatre, and docudramas

DivyaDev, Instructor for Youth Theatre: Acting for Film,
DivyaDev has performed major roles on Kathmandu stages, including: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches;A View from the Bridge, and Ovid’sMetamorphosis. Mr. Pant was Assistant Director to Deborah Merola for Ah, Wilderness!, taught Acting in Theatre at the Global International College (A-Level), and currently is directing JAZBA – the Lover in Art with Murad Ali. DiyvaDev’s film credits include major characters in the upcoming feature films Nagarikand Search, and numerous short films:, including The Silence of Rickshaw and New Recruit. He was Casting Director for the upcoming feature film Khahare, 91.1, wrote the script of the award-winning New Recruit, and directed theshort film If You Know What I Mean!

Ashant Sharma, Instructor for Childrens Theatre: Theatre Tumble

Ashant Sharma is a leading actor in stage productions at Actors’ Studio, Studio 7, One World Theatre and other Kathmandu theatre companies, and in such popular Nepali films as KeYo Maya Ho, Kusume Rumal-2, Aacharya, Kashmiri Galabandi, and Badhshala.. Mr. Sharma is a member of the Actors’ Studio Faculty, where he regularly teachers Improvisation for the Theatre , and also is a much called upon lighting designer.

One World Theatre (OWT) is an English language Theatre company

Dedicated to presenting intercultural, social justice dramas, especially from South Asia, the Western canon, and contemporary American plays that are affordable, experimental, and professional. The inaugural production of Oleanna(November 2011) by David Mamet played to over 750 students at Tribhuvan University-Kirtipur. In 2012, the Experimental Wing of OWT presented Ishq: the Madness of Love, an original dramatic enactment of poetry from Iran/Turkey, India and Nepal; a staged reading of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?,the controversial and compelling play by Edward Albee. Main Stage Productions include: MASTER HAROLD…and the boys by South African playwright Athol Fugard and Ah, Wilderness!the only comedy by Eugene O’Neill. The original, bilingual adaptation of Nepali Aama performed at the 2012 Kathmandu International Theatre Festival and was part of the official celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps in Nepal.

We offer different courses on

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Theatre