The Company Theatre
about The Company Theatre
Since 1993, TCT has created performances ranging from physical mime and absurdist drama to clown narratives and musical comedies. Alongside performances, TCT has also conducted workshops and master classes, organized theatre festivals and contributed to developing an energized performance culture around India.
The Company Theatre (TCT) was formed in 1993 with a singular commitment to theatre and the performance arts. It is an ensemble of professionals who work with an inter-disciplinary & multi-cultural approach to diverse art forms, rooted in a search for the truth of human experience. TCT has since created performances ranging from physical mime and absurdist drama to clown narratives and musical comedies. These productions have travelled to audiences from historical venues like the Globe in London UK to theatres in small towns of India. Alongside performances, TCT has also conducted workshops and master classes, organized theatre festivals and contributed to developing an energized performance culture around India. The Company Theatre has relentlessly worked towards establishing an International Residency for Theatre Research and Performance in the countryside of Maharashtra called Workspace located in Kamshet. Workspace offer’s an environment for concentrated and relaxed laboratory work in performance art.
Atul Kumar is The Company Theatre’s Founder Member and Artistic Director. An acclaimed actor and director with more than 30 years of stage experience, Atul has dabbled in different languages and forms of theatre & has showcased his work all over India & abroad. His basic performance training was in the traditional Indian Dance and Martial Art forms of Kathakali and Kalerippayettu in Kerala. He also learnt more about the art form from his various travels abroad where he got to work with Compagnie Philippe Genty in Paris- France & Sacramento Theatre Company in California- USA. Atul was recently invited by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the UK to direct for their International Theatre Festival. Amongst many grants, he has been awarded French Cultural Fellowship, Charles Wallace Scholarship and Chevening Fellowship to develop his theatre pursuits in Europe. He has served as a steering committee member of the International Network for Cultural Diversity, Canada and often participates in conferences, seminars and forums that are concerned with larger issues of art and culture. Atul also occasionally works in film and television as well.
TCT has produced plays like The Blue Mug, Numbers in the Dark, Noises Off, Lady with Lapdog, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, The Chairs, Richard III, Voices, Smell, Hair and many others. They also manage production for Cinematograph’s Hamlet-The Clown Prince.