The Repertory Company is the regular performing wing of the School. It was set up in 1964 with only four actors,, namely Shri Ramamurthy, Ms. Meena Williams, Ms Sudha Shivpuri and Shri Om Shivpuri. with the dual purpose of establishing professional theatre on the one hand and continuing with regular experimental work on the other hand. In 1976, the Repertory Company became a full-fledged unit inducting eight new artistes on its regular staff. Late Sh. Manohar Singh, a stalwart of theatre and cinema was the first Chief of the Repertory Company.
The company presented works of various playwrights and directors who have been associated with it from time to time. The objective of the Repertory Company was to provide a platform to the graduates of the school in their academic interest and to perform plays professionally. However, with the passage of time, it became one of NSD’s major institutions working on contemporary and modern plays and introducing experimental works on a regular basis. Apart from doing productions, it also organises its own Festival in the summers, where past and new productions are introduced and staged.
Besides staging plays in Delhi on a regular basis, the Repertory Company also undertakes performance tours to different parts of the country and abroad. The Company is currently headed by Sh. Suresh Sharma and comprises a group of 20 regular artistes.These artistes are assisted by a number of casual artistes who are mostly passed out Graduates of the School and a team of administrative and technical staff. Over the years, the Repertory Company has produced a variety of plays ranging from stylized musicals to realistic contemporary Indian drama to translations and adaptations of foreign plays. Many artistes of the Repertory Company have emerged as celebrities in theatre, cinema and television. The Company has toured extensively all over India and has made several successful trips to Germany, Poland, Britain, Nepal, Mauritius, China and Bangladesh.
The National School of Drama Repertory Company is housed at 1, Bahawalpur House, Bhagwandas Road, New Delhi-110001. The Company organizes its own festivals every summer. During this festival old and new productions are selected and staged. It also performs extensively on tours in India and abroad.
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