Meet our 2020 Cohort of Fellows
About The Fellowship
We seek dedicated, serious-minded, highly motivated individuals who seek to embark upon a professional theatre career and wish to learn everything that goes behind-the-scenes in terms of managing a creative practice or organization. Fellows will be directly exposed to the daily operations of Kaivalya Plays and offered the opportunity to train with a skilled group of artists, managers, directors and designers. During the Fellowship, Fellows are encouraged to fulfill as many career-building goals and objectives as possible, gaining both practical experience and professional contacts through the Fellowship. In addition to their specialized training, participants gain additional insight into the art and operations of a professional theatre organization through regularly scheduled meetings and seminars led by guest speakers and members of Kaivalya Plays’ senior team.
Please note this Fellowship does not offer artistic training – we will not train you to become better actors, writers or directors. This is an opportunity to grow in the specific activities that are crucial to the behind-the-scenes running of a successful theatre company, festival, or space – such as programming, marketing, budgeting, project management, fund-raising, among others.
The Fellowship is fully remote (ie you can apply and join from anywhere) and is open to everyone aged 18 and above, currently living in India. Fellows will receive a fixed stipend for the entire duration of the Fellowship.
Got more questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below.
Overview of the Fellowship
Location: Fully remote and online
Duration: 2.5 months (June 15 to Aug 31)
Commitment: 10-20 hours every week
Stipend: INR 10,000 total stipend
No Of Fellows: 3
The Fellows will work directly with the Artistic Director and Production Manager of Kaivalya Plays to learn the ins and outs of day-to-day operations, communications, content creation, project planning and ideation, grant writing and message drafting, event and financial planning, box-office registration, collection, reconciliation, and reporting. Fellows will also drive independent projects from start to finish.
The Fellows will also undertake hands-on training in online softwares critical to the growth of a creative arts organization, such as Wix for website building, Google Suite for creating presentations, Instamojo & other payment applications for managing funds, Insider Business and other event management platforms, among other tools and technologies.
Who Is This Fellowship For
Kaivalya Plays seeks applicants who have already acquired basic training and experience in their field and are ready for the next step toward a career in professional theatre.
Ideal candidates should be curious about the processes involved in staging a production, eager about innovative approaches and strategies to marketing theatre, ambitions about scaling a production organization and ready to join a professional, artistic community.
Our goal is to help our Fellows transition successfully from being an independent freelancer into the world of professional management. The Fellowship aims to equip them with the tools and knowledge to grow their individual artistic practice or contribute towards the growth of another theatre collective, venue or festival they are associated with or will join in the future.
Please note this Fellowship does not offer artistic training – if you wish to become an actor, writer or director, this is not the right opportunity for you.
Timeline of the Fellowship
May 16: Applications open at 7PM IST
June 6: Applications close at 11:59PM IST
June 7 to June 12: Online interviews for shortlisted candidates
June 13: Declaration of shortlisted candidates
June 15: Commencement of Fellowship
Aug 31: End of Fellowship
Application Process for the Fellowship
You can apply using the online application form on the Kaivalya Plays website, where you’ll answer questions about your prior experience, motivation to apply, and how this Fellowship fits into your long-term professional plans. If we find your application suitable, we will shortlist you for an interview (or two) with the Kaivalya Plays team. Please note that given we are a small team, we would be unable to provide individual feedback on the unsuccessful applications.
The final list of shortlisted candidates will be declared on June 10th and the Fellowship will commence from June 15th.
Q. What is the eligibility to apply to the fellowship?Ans. The Fellowship is open to all Indian citizens residing anywhere in India, aged 18 and above. Applicants must also have a PAN No. and registered bank account.
Q. Where will this Fellowship be held? Is it a remote Fellowship?Ans. This is a fully remote, online Fellowship wherein you’ll work under the guidance of Kaivalya Plays’ team members to research specific areas, develop cultural management skills and execute independent projects. The Fellowship will consist of virtual remote meetings held on Zoom. All work will be shared, discussed and executed through digital platforms between the Fellows and Kaivalya Plays team. Given these conditions, the shortlisted Fellows are expected to have a working laptop with a strong internet connection throughout the duration of their Fellowship.
Q. Who can apply? Are there any minimum requirements?Ans. The Fellowship is open to everyone and anyone to apply. The ideal candidate is someone who: Has prior experience as a theatre performer, director, manager or curator as an individual or part of a larger collective Has prior experience in the project management, communications, fund-raising or marketing in the creative industries Is an early-stage creative entrepreneur who has dabbled in a multitude of things We’d also love to hear from those with experience in other performing and visual arts disciplines (dance, music, film, singing, design), but please note this is a theatre management Fellowship and we expect you to have an active interest in the making, analysis, and production of theatre. Since this is a remote Fellowship, the shortlisted Fellows are expected to have a working laptop with a strong internet connection throughout the duration of their Fellowship.
Q. What is the application process? How can I apply? How many Fellows will you be shortlisting?Ans. The application process is quite straightforward, consisting of an online application form followed by interviews. You can apply using the online application form on the Kaivalya Plays website, where you’ll answer questions about your prior experience, motivation to apply, and how this Fellowship fits into your long-term professional plans. If we find your application suitable, we will shortlist you for an interview (or two) with the Kaivalya Plays team. Please note that given we are a small team, we would be unable to provide individual feedback on the unsuccessful applications. The final list of shortlisted candidates will be declared on June 10th and the Fellowship will commence from June 15th. We are looking to select 2 Fellows in the first cohort of this Fellowship. This number may change depending on the final quantity and merit of the applications we receive.
Q. What is the duration of the Fellowship? What are the timelines?Ans. The Fellowship will commence on June 15, 2020 and will end on August, 2020. The tentative timeline is as follows: May 17: Applications open at 7PM IST June 6: Applications close at 11:59PM IST June 7 to June 12: Online interviews for shortlisted candidates June 13: Declaration of shortlisted candidates June 15: Commencement of Fellowship Aug 31: End of Fellowship Please note these timelines are subject to change.
Q. What is the time commitment? Is this a full-time or part-time Fellowship?Ans. This is a part-time Fellowship wherein you’d be expected to put in 10-20 hours of work every week, starting from June 15, 2020 to August 31, 2020. Shortlisted Fellows can continue to pursue other academic, professional, or personal projects as long as it does not interfere or impact with their commitment here. The Fellows must make themselves available for the entire duration of the Fellowship.
Q. Is there a stipend? What do I receive upon the completion of the Fellowship?Ans. Each Fellow will be given an all-inclusive stipend of INR 10,000/- for the entire duration of the Fellowship. The stipend shall be processed in installments at the end of every month. The Fellows will also receive an official certificate and letter of recommendation from Kaivalya Plays. On the basis of performance and work requirements, one or more Fellow(s) may be extended an offer to join the Kaivalya Plays team in a core role beyond their Fellowship. The specific details of such an arrangement will be shared with the Fellow upon completion of their Fellowship.
Q. Is there anything else I need to know? If you had to give me a reason, why should I not apply for this Fellowship?"Ans. Please note this Fellowship is not meant for individuals who wish to become actors or directors. This Fellowship does not offer creative training in those disciplines. You will not gain skills related to acting or directing. If performing and directing is where your heart lies, there are multiple opportunities out there for you to explore, this is not one of them. The intent of this Fellowship is to bring a practical and pedagogical approach to theatre management and all that it entails – strategic communications, marketing, programming, budgeting, outreach, sales, project management, and more. This is an opportunity to grow in the specific activities that are crucial to the behind-the-scenes running of a successful theatre company, festival, or space.
Q. Who is organizing this Fellowship? Whom will I interact and learn from on a day-to-day basis?This Fellowship is an initiative by Kaivalya Plays, a Delhi-based independent theatre group led by Varoon P. Anand as Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh as Production Manager. Since 2012, they have worked with multiple national and international institutions like Instituto Cervantes, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Indian Habitat Centre, Little Theatre Group, Oddbird Theatre, Embassy of Spain and others to create work across theatre, visual arts, and immersive experience.
About Kaivalya Plays
Kaivalya Plays is a Delhi-based collective of independent theatre practitioners led by Varoon P. Anand as its Artistic Director and Gaurav Singh Nijjer as Production Manager.
Registered in New Delhi as a society since 2013, Kaivalya Plays has strived to increase the presence of women in theatre, mentor new talent and design innovative experiences for spectators. Over the course of six years, they have worked consistently, been very noisy, and built associations with the institutions all across India.
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Kaivalya Plays is committed to encouraging the growth of the theatre community and the next generation of theatre-makers, builders and educators in India.
The Theatre Management Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind training initiative focused on strategic management and creative administration in the field of theatre.