Theatre is the branch of performing arts; concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience, using a combination of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle. Theatre takes many forms as plays, musicals, opera, ballet, illusion, mime, dance, improvisational, theatre, stand-up comedy, pantomime, and non-conventional or contemporary forms like postmodern theatre, postdramatic theatre, or performance art.
Theatre studies is the study of theatrical performance in relation to its literary, physical, psycho-biological, sociological, and historical contexts. It is an interdisciplinary field which also encompasses the study of theatrical aesthetics and semiotics (Helbo & Andre, 1987).
The centre aspires to promote theatre studies and inspire candidates to take theatre as their area of research. The performance wing of the centre would attempt to find out and promote talents. The centre also aims to bring the concept of ‘Theatre in Education’ in academic practice. The movement of including theatre in education has its history in Europe during eighties and gradually the concept has gained its relevance in modern society in accordance with contemporary changes. Finally the centre will aim to inculcate cultural aspects of our students to overall academics and environment.
Moreover, expressive arts like theatre combine psychology and the creative process to promote emotional growth and healing. Expressive art therapy is multi-arts, or intermodal, approach to psychotherapy and counselling uses our inborn desire to create as a therapeutic tool to help initiate change.