What is Thespo 21?
With the 21th 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
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 150 plays across the country. In the month of July, we officially launched the new Thespo year with ‘The First Call’ at Prithvi and is now spreading the word across the country. This year we are already in talks to build a production, with help from a UK theatre maker, surrounding every vital theme of ‘sexual violation’ and ‘consent’. In addition, we will also have Theatre Bugs, Natyakala, TAP and other new Thespo initiatives which are in the planning that we shall soon update you about.
“I support Thespo because this city needs initiatives like this. For our soul.” - Vishal Dadlani
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!