Ovation Starters

Rs. 200
  • Get a quirky shout out on our Facebook, Instagram page and our festival magazine 

When you contribute via this slab, you help us with refreshments (food and beverages for participants and crew members).

Even a mere contribution of 200 can cover a lot of costs, like refreshments for every participant and crew member during the festival. Thespo will make the best use of your contribution.

Plot Builders

Rs. 1,000
  • You get a Special mention in our Thespo Ink
  • We will send you a copy of our Festival magazine 
  • Along with a personalized letter to show our gratitude
  • And the rewards from Ovation Starters 

When you contribute via this slab, you help us with the workshop venues and festival posters. Workshops are crucial to our movement’s mission of giving the youth the chance to hone their craft and train with domestic and international theatre makers. Your contribution will help us acquire venues for these workshops. Some part of this will also go towards creating and distributing our festival posters.

Idea Illuminators

Rs. 2,500
  • A Thespo Badge to add to your collection
  • Don’t forget the rewards from Plot Builders

When you contribute via this slab, you help Thespo conduct Saturday Open House and aid the growing and ever popular Theatre Bugs community (a Thespo initiative)

Keeping true to our motto of building a community, Thespo conducts a Saturday Open House to reach out to new under 25 theatre wallahs in the form of a group meeting. Thespo also has an initiative rightly called Theatre Bugs that allows young people to watch plays together (usually with some discount) and hosts a discussion with the cast and crew of the show post the performance.

Nurturing Narrators

Rs. 5,000
  • An exclusive Friend of Thespo T-shirt, just for you
  • And also a set of Bookmarks
  • You will also be getting the rewards from Idea Illuminators

When you contribute through this slab, you help us cover the stipend for the production cost of the theatre teams that get selected for the festival.

Thespo holds its doors wide open for plays from all over India (and even further!), in any language, any genre and any number of cast and crew. We cover the production stipend for all teams and also transport costs for the teams that come down for the festival from various parts of the country. 

Actor Enablers

Rs. 7,500
  • An exclusive diary Customized for our Friends of Thespo
  • Fridge Magnet, for you to stick with us
  • Not to mention the rewards from Nurturing Narrators

When you contribute via this slab, you help us set up at Prithvi Theatre for the festival week and also help us generate documentation for the festival.

Thespo hosts its festival in the month of December at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu. Your contribution will help us pull off the weeklong festival smoothly. We also document the entire festival that culminates into a Festival Film. You will add the spark to our fireworks

Backstage Believers

Rs. 10,000
  • A Friend of Thespo bottle to keep you hydrated
  • Not to mention the rewards from Nurturing Narrators

When you contribute via this slab, you help us set up at Prithvi Theatre for the festival week and also help us generate documentation for the festival.

For the teams, especially the outstation teams, this is often the first time they are performing at an actual theatre. They come across additional costs regarding sets, costumes, censorship and a hundred other things they never had to worry about before. Your contribution makes a world of difference to them.

Performance Purveyor

Rs. 15,000
  • Let us host you with two play Tickets for our festival 
  • Adding to which, you’ll also be getting a Be Dramatic! tote bag
  • Not to mention the rewards from Backstage Believers

When you contribute via this slab, you help us provide Mentorship for the curated plays, which in turn help the participants to enhance their theatrical nuances.

Plays that are curated from our screening process are introduced to our mentorship program which involves them getting support and advice from experienced mentor for specific aspects of the play. You help get the Festival to the best that it can be.

Dramatic Distributor

Rs. 25,000
  • For the love of Theatre! Two tickets to Thespo at Prithvi January and February shows 
  • And obviously the rewards from Performance Purveyor

When you contribute via this slab, you help the outstation teams with their travel and accommodation for the Festival.

Thespo takes care of the travel of the outstation teams to and from the Festival and their accommodation during the festival. All we want them to worry about is giving an outstanding performance

Master of Binge

Rs. 50,000
  • One Workshop of your choice in our festival
  • Get your glam on as you get invited to our Awards Night
  • Half page ad in festival magazine
  • Don’t forget the rewards from Dramatic Distributor

When you contribute to this slab, you help us with our Domestic and International collaborations and give a push to the fringe performances.

More so than often, we have domestic and international theatre makers come down to the festival and interact with the youth. This could be via workshops, performance or an intensive program that culminates into a fringe performance at the Festival

Community Creator

Rs. 1,00,000
  • Friends of Thespo Umbrella, to keep you safe from the monsoons/falling set
  • Full page ad in our festival Magazine
  • You will also be getting a special mention in our Festival film
  • Need we say, Rewards also from Master of Binge

When you contribute to this slab, you help us create a global community of young theatre professionals.

Right from the workshops, collaborations, screenings, performances and yearlong initiatives – Thespo is actively working towards building a global community of young theatre professionals.  Come be a driving hand for India’s biggest youth theatre movement.

What is Thespo 21?

With the 21st edition of the annual youth theatre festival, we take a step forward to achieve our goal of nurturing a global community of young theatre professionals. Apart from full-length productions and performances, we have a number of workshops and collaborations that further build the skills of the next generation theatrewalas! 

“Thespo is one of the most important theatre movements in the last 50 years.”– Alyque Padamsee

Who is Thespo for?

Thespo is a youth theatre movement for and by, youngsters who are under the age of 25. It is an opportunity for anyone interested in any aspect of theatre. The growth of Thespo from a one-evening event to a year-round movement has happened not only with overwhelming participation and performances but also with the initiatives taken by enthusiastic organizing teams that build the festival year after year.

“A lot of energy in the room, young artists … It’s nice that people are so enthusiastic about Thespo and it’s growing every year which is a testimony of it’s success.” – Richa Chadda

Why Thespo?

Thespo invites teams from across the country to help them become an integral part of building a global community of emerging theatre professionals. It gives young talent a platform to perform on, at par with professional theatre groups in the city. Our endeavour to train and build a better theatre being, comes across in every aspect of the festival: whether it is the mentorship the selected performances get, the workshops during the festival, the curated performances that give further opportunities for training for those participants, and even the organising team, who learn how to handle such a large theatre event, at such a young age!

When you fund Thespo, you’re helping to build a community that trains young enthusiasts, and prepares them to take on the theatre world!

“Thespo is a platform which provides amateurs and actors with an opportunity to showcase their talents. There is no better platform than Thespo in Mumbai and in India.” – Nimrat Kaur

What are our plans for this year?

This year we plan to watch over 200 plays across the country. In the month of July, we launched Thespo 21 with a fun orientation called ‘The First Call’ at Prithvi  and proceeded to have several other such orientations all over India. The year ahead is filled with various intermediate workshop, interesting collaborations and community building. In addition, we also have Theatre Bugs, Natyakala, TAP and a new Thespo initiative, Saturday Open House.

“I support Thespo because this city needs initiatives like this. For our soul.” – Vishal Dadlani

Why crowdfunding?

One year when the corporate support failed us, Thespo turned to its friends for help and a crowdfunding movement was born! We look at individuals to support the movement by creating a community of theatre lovers called ‘Friends of Thespo aka FOT’. FOT is now a thriving community of theatre-goers, patrons of the art, ex-Thespoans and so on who help us take the movement forwards every year.

“Thespo is everything to me. Where I am and wherever I will go, is because of Thespo, which happened to me when I was 19.” – Pawan Kumar

What are the risks and challenges associated with our project?

Thespo aims at building a community of theatre professionals across the country. But the biggest challenge we face is to reach out to newer cities for the screening and workshops due to a lack of funds. Besides this, a large amount is invested in booking spaces and collaborating with our mentors to make this festival.

“Thespo is the only one of its kind platform for youth theatre in India.” – Arundhati Nag

What happens if we don’t raise enough money?

If we don’t raise the money, we cut down on costs. The efforts that we normally want to put into building this theatre community will have to be watered down. While we will still do our best to manage with what we have, we know we can do a much better job with your support!
How are we going to prove that we won’t just take all the money and run away?
We are certainly not in the theatre to make money! We believe in what we do and have faith in the power of theatre. It is the people that make it a wonderful world to be a part of; as do you. The money will completely go into the efforts of our artists and the logistics, which together make the art happen, year after year!

For contributors out of India, reach us at fot@thespo.org

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