Q. Tell me about your
A. National School of Drama (NSD) is an autonomous organization
under the Ministry of Culture, established in 1959 to meet the
growing need for developing a National Theatre in India. The School
has two performing wings – i) The NSD Repertory Company
(Repertory) which does professional and experimental theatre in
and around the country and also abroad, ii) Theatre-in-Education
Company (Sanskaar Rang Toli), which is purely devoted to educate
children and perform children plays in and around the country
and also abroad.
The School also has an extension program, a publication program,
TIE for children, an annual festival, and regular performances.
Q. What is the duration of your course?
A. It is a three year course leading to post graduate diploma
in dramatic arts.
Q. What are the qualifications required?
A. The candidate should be a graduate in any discipline with at
least 10 years experience in stage productions and must not exceed
30 years of age.
Q. I am a graduate but I do not have relevant experience
in theatre what should I do?
A. National School of Drama is an government institution and has
set parameters for selection of candidates, failing which results
in a cancellation of candidature. The set parameters are therefore
essential and must be fulfilled for admission to the course.
Q. Is this course recognized?
A.The Diploma in Dramatic Arts has been recognized by the Government
of India for the purpose of recruitment to superior posts and
services under the Central Government, where specialization in
the field of Dramatics is required. It has also been equated with
an M.A. Degree in Dramatics by the Association of Indian Universities
for appointment as teachers in colleges and universities and for
the purpose of registration to Ph.D.
Q. What is the maximum number of times that I can apply?
A. Not more than three times.
Q. Where should I get the relevant experience in theatre
if I am new to this field?
A. There are many courses run by many theatre institutions, amateur
groups and theatre persons around the country. Please consult
them and work under their supervision and guidance till you achieve
the set parameters.
Q. What is required to get into the Repertory?
A. Repertory is a professional performing wing of NSD and recruitment
for artists (casual) is advertised in the leading newspapers around
Q. Is it necessary that I should be an NSD graduate to
get into Repertory?
A. No, it is not necessary. It is based on talent and your experience.
Q. Does NSD offer any courses for undergraduates?
A. Yes, from time to time the Extension Program conducts Acting
/ Production workshops with candidates who are undergraduates
in various parts of the county. For more details you can see the
current activity of Extension Program.
Q. Is there any course for children?
A. Yes, National School of Drama’s wing Theatre-in-Education
or Sanskaar Rang Toli conducts workshops in summers and also continues
these workshops around the year with Sunday club and Saturday
club workshops. Children between the age group of 8 to 16 can
participate in the workshops.
Q. Are children workshops done in NSD?
A. There are many centers all around Delhi including NSD. Preference
is given to candidates according to their choice and availability
Q. Is there any fees?
A. Yes there is a nominal fee to get enrolled in Children’s
workshop. It is advertised from time to time in leading newspapers