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Gale

● We'll mention your name in the funders' section of our Festival magazine and Thespo Ink, January 2017 edition
● You'll receive a personalised digital post-it from our team!

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Cloudburst

● You'll receive a physical copy of the Festival magazine
● We'll send you a special Thespo 18 badge
● Rewards from Gale

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Deluge

● We'll send you an exclusively designed 'Friend of Thespo' T-Shirt, that is ONLY available through our campaign
● Thank you for sticking with us! We'll send you a Thespo fridge magnet
● Rewards from Cloudburst

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Monsoon

● Come join us! We'll send you two tickets for any one play at the festival
● You'll receive a personalized postcard from Team Thespo!
● Rewards from Deluge

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Tempest

● See your name up there! We'll have your name displayed in the funders' credit section at the venue gallery!
● You'll receive an invitation to our awards night at Godrej Theatre, NCPA
● You'll receive a flex bag and a 'Friend of Thespo' sticker along with it
● Rewards from Monsoon

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Cyclone

● You're part of our circle now! We'll send you an invitation for one of the international performances followed by a Q/A session with the cast
● You'll receive 2 tickets to any two plays at the festival (including the tickets from Monsoon)
● We'll send you a personalized "you helped us storm the stage" mug
● Rewards from Tempest

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Hurricane

● We'll mention your contribution in the announcement before the International project performances
● You'll receive a personally signed poster by the international performance teams
● Rewards from Cyclone

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Tornado

● We'll mention your name in "Thespo 18 Energised by...." during the announcement, before the workshop and on the international performance poster
● You'll get to attend one workshop at the festival
● We'll feature a one-half page ad of any NGO of your choice in the festival magazine
● Rewards from Hurricane

*Cost of International shipping and travel to be borne by the backer and will be mailed during the time of shipment.

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Tsunami

● Remember us always! You'll get to take home with you one bound copy of a play that performed at Thespo 18
● We'll send you 2 tickets to all the plays at the festival (including the tickets from cyclone)
● We'll feature a full page ad of any institution/NGO of your choice in the festival magazine
● Rewards from Tornado

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About the project

This is the eighteenth festival being conducted by Thespo, a youth theatre movement for and by under-25 year olds. This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better!

What is Thespo?

Thespo is a youth theatre movement that began in 1999 (Mumbai, India) as an evening of 3 one-act plays. The aim was to recognise, promote and showcase the best youth theatre in India. This has remained our core belief over the last seventeen years, and now, we’ve evolved with year round activities that involve performances, workshops, partnerships and a bi-monthly e-zine called ‘Thespo Ink’.

This theatre movement culminates in a week-long youth theatre festival every December in Mumbai where scores of participants come together to organise the festival, stage full-length productions, short performances, attend workshops, build bridges across different schools of theatre, find friendships across thousands of miles, learn about theatre and form a living, thriving, dynamic community of like-minded young individuals!

Over the years, Thespo has managed to build a community of young theatre enthusiast    

           

 

Create a new theatre going audience

 

Mentored thousands of youngsters in various aspects of theatre

       

 

Tapped new talent annually through the festival  

 

      

 

Who is Thespo for?

Thespo is for and by, youngsters 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. 

 

Why Thespo?

Thespo invites teams across the country and beyond borders and helps form an integral part of the process of building a global community of youth 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 wheel, comes across in every aspect of the festival: whether it is the mentorship the selected plays get, the workshops during the festival, the curated performances that give further opportunities for training for those participants, and even the organizing 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! 

 

What is Thespo 18?

With the 18th 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 of theatrewalas!

The festival will take place from 12th to 18th December 2016, at Prithvi Theatre and Godrej Dance Theatre (NCPA), Mumbai, India.

 

How is Thespo 18 better than Thespo 17?

Every year, we try to make our festival bigger and better; we learn from our experiences, and as a result, each year’s festival is a bit better and more prepared than the previous year’s. Apart from that, this year, we have expanded and have gotten registrations from cities and towns that have never registered before, such as Dharampur (Tripura) and Varanasi!

Besides that, this year, we’ve got eight international workshops! This means that participants get to interact with and learn from people they wouldn’t normally get to meet! These eight workshops, in addition to the others that are conducted by local artists, cover a wide expanse of theatre techniques and methods. While curating the workshops, we’ve paid special attention to ensure that many different aspects of theatre are covered, opening the festival up to theatre enthusiasts of all shapes and sizes. 

 

What’s happening at the festival this year?

This year we have 143 teams that have registered their full-length productions across 21 cities and 12 languages! Our screening panel, Vivek Madan and Akash Mohimen, have been travelling across 12 cities to watch the plays live and provide intensive feedback to every team. Of the 143 plays, we will bring down the best ones for the festival. Apart from full-length productions, we will also have short duration plays, live music performances and unique theatre workshops!

We additionally have international artists coming down to conduct interesting workshops and collaborations. These include:

Besides the puppetry workshop culminating performance, Trina Haldar of Mashi Theatre, UK, will also be conducting a clowning workshop for performers. Collaborators Noah Beck and Wilf Petherbridge will also each be conducting workshops on movement and music respectively.

Other workshops at the festival include one on writing for a solo performance, by Daniel Bye; a session on the Suzuki method of performance, by Josephine Joy; Sarah Punshon’s workshop on creating stage pictures, a masterclass for directors; and two workshops for theatre enthusiasts to better understand and perform Shakespeare, by Paul Goodwin.

With our international workshops, we endeavour to provide exposure to new art forms and techniques and to cultivate collaborations across cultures.

Team Thespo

Why crowdfunding?

Thespo has been always been a crowd-funded movement as we struggle to find corporate support. We look at individuals to support the movement by creating a community of theatre lovers called ‘Friends of Thespo’. Last year, at Thespo 17 (2015), it was the first time that we went online with our campaign on Wishberry. It helped us communicate better with our Friends and gave us the opportunity to reach out to newer audiences!

How will the money be used?

Rs. 405000 in Travel & Acco

Rs. 200000 in Production

Rs. 145000 in Venue

Rs. 125000 in Publicity Expenditure

Rs. 75000 in Honorarium

Rs. 50000 in Admin Cost


What are the risks and challenges associated with your project?

The major risk we have is that young people may not come in large numbers to attend the workshops for them. We would need to ensure that our publicity is good enough that we reach out to the young people who can make the most of the workshops that we are curating.

What happens if you 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; you too are now a part. The money will completely go into the efforts of our artists and the logistics, which together make theatre happen, year after year!

Team

Suraj Subramanian 

Festival Manager 

Spriha Nakhare 

Festival Manager 

Meghana Telang

Festival Manager 

Srishti Ray

Festival Manager 


Reviews

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Mini

10 December, 2016

Good luck!


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Raveesh Jaiswal

10 December, 2016

Theatre for life!


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Rachel Lopez

9 December, 2016

Thespo, you'll always have my heart. I know you can do it. Here's to filling Tata Theatre and Brabourne Stadium with young theatre lovers one day!


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Amy Fernandes

9 December, 2016

Lots of wintery warmth to all !


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Abhishek dutta

9 December, 2016

All the best for your upcoming festival


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Vivek Madan

9 December, 2016

Hey. This is actually a contribution from Abhishek Majumdar, he was unable to make a payment from Abu Dhabi for some reason; he was keen to contribute. Please credit him as FoT and make sure he gets the goodies, etc. and not me. Thanks.


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Nandini Mehra

8 December, 2016

Wish Thespo and everyone who works so hard to make this happen year after year all the very best :)


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Harsha Khorana

7 December, 2016

Thespo and QTP are undoubtedly the sound of youth theatre in urban India. Please back this wish!


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Denzil Smith

6 December, 2016

All the best Q and team! Long live Thespo!


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Sanj Anderson

6 December, 2016

Well done to all at team Thespo for your continued and tireless enthusiasm and work each year. The world is so much better for your contribution. Xxxx


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Girish Ananthanarayana

5 December, 2016

Good Luck with everything.


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Anshuman

5 December, 2016

All the Best Team THESPO18. More Power to you & the fest this year.


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Sunipa Samadder

5 December, 2016

good wishes!!


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Shubham Jejani

5 December, 2016

Best of luck for the campaign :D


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Aakash Prabhakar

4 December, 2016

Better luck next time!


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Ama Zakir

4 December, 2016

Good luck!


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Sheena Sitlani

3 December, 2016

I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!!!


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Lalit Sathe

3 December, 2016

All The best Thespo 18


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Vivin Mathew Easo

3 December, 2016

VIVA LA THESPO!!! :-)


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Sunil Shanbag

2 December, 2016

good luck with the festival !


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Viraf Pocha

2 December, 2016

Go Guys. All the very best for another hugely successful edition.


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Sheetal Garg

2 December, 2016

All the Best... We shall rock :)


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Amanda Cardoz

2 December, 2016

All the best guys!! Sparkle brightly <3


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Diivit

29 November, 2016

There will always be theatre in everything we do. There will always be art and creation in our pursuits. There will always be passion. And there will always be support for everyone who's a follower of this calling.


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Avantika Akerkar

28 November, 2016

Always a pleasure to support Thespo!


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Shruti Sridharan

26 November, 2016

I hope my drop in the ocean helps you all storm the shore!!! Love, light and hugs to each one of you!!! Muah muah muah!!!


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Divyang Thakkar

23 November, 2016

The mother ship must always sail :)


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Harriet Roy

13 November, 2016

Best of luck from one festival to another.


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Bhagi R

1 November, 2016

Storming the stage since 1999, thank you Thespo for still keeping the spark alive. A yearly wish for bigger, better and more bad-ass, so keep Dreaming Out Loud. With all my gratitude, faith, and always the lowe :)


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Kashin Shetty

25 October, 2016

Can't wait for this year guys !! 😊


We've got news

Articles on Thespo

28 October, 2016

"If you don’t know what theatre is, come spend some time with us. You may enjoy it, you may not. But come by. Let’s have fun! We have a large slogan in our office which says ‘Theatre Saves Lives’, and a lot of us truly believe in that!"

Read on to know more on StageCulture 

http://blog.stageculture.com/theatre/thespo-a-youth-theatre-movement/


And we're here with the 6th edition of Thespo Ink - Colour it Theatre!
This time we have Wilfred John Nash Petherbridge, a talented young musician from UK writing in about collaboration and creating music, Meghana Telang protesting disharmony between her generation and Shakespeare!
Siddharth Menon joins us for a Quick 8 and renowned playwright Mahesh Dattani recommends what young theatre nuts should read.

Don't miss the little note by Sahithya Iyer where she talks about her thoughts on the cover page.
Share your thoughts, ideas, work and anything theatrical on ink@thespo.org.
Happy reading!

https://issuu.com/thespoindia/docs/thespo_ink_edition_vi_20160915


Check out these few other articles about Thespo 

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/thespo-turns-18-quasar-padamsee-toral-shah-look-back-at-the-theatre-fest/17434198


Watch Namit Das and Ali Fazal talk about their first time at Thespo 

https://youtu.be/x8-Gm_Or8i0


https://youtu.be/I08RaWYGgd8