'Acting is about making the other actor look good on stage'! This is the basis of Rajesh P.I's acting approach. 'When you make the other actor look good, you automatically look good too.' This synergy between fellow actors of giving and taking can lead to some fantastic improv and even great theatre. When the Improv actor approaches her/his work with a sense of awareness of the 'other', magic can happen. It can transform the quality of the Improv. It can take you down a path that you never knew existed. You discover facets within you which you never believed was even there. You begin to touch your audience in ways that you never thought possible and then you become a pioneer, a leader, a change agent, your Improv can then breathe and leave the audience mesmerized.
About the instructor:
Rajesh P.I is a theatre trainer and acting coach for the last 25 years. He started his career in 1993 and initially juggled between theatre and a day job. In 2000, he took the plunge to do theatre full time and has not looked back at a corporate career ever since. He co-founded Script Peoples Theatre in 1995 and the group went on to run the Theatre In Education Department at Christ University.
In 2015, Rajesh left his earlier theatre group and founded The Actors Collective, Over the years, he has directed and acted in numerous plays. But Rajesh is better known as a theatre trainer. He has trained thousands of participants over the years. He has also forayed into cinema and has essayed key roles in 1 Indie film (Twenty Plus, 2001), 1 Malayalam film (Rockstar, 2015), 4 Kannada films (Last Bus, 2016), (Road King, the first ever film to be shot on Skype - Under Production), (Mataash, Under Production), (Chase, Under Production). Rajesh's main love is the improv-based theatre form Playback Theatre.
This theatre form that plays back audience real-life stories in real-time is what is closest to his heart. Started in 1975, Playback Theatre is today a global movement spanning more than 60 countries around the world. He started practising this form in 2000 and is today one of the leading exponents of this form in India. His group performs twice every month and have developed a perfect synthesis between real-life story, form and metaphor in a way that makes improv a heartfelt experience for the audience.
Rajesh is the India Representative of the International Playback Theatre Network (IPTN). In 2019 his group will host the International Playback Theatre Conference along with Christ, Deemed to be University. This once in four years event which will attract hundreds of Playbackers from around the world is coming to India for the very first time. Improv for Rajesh is more than just technique, it is a way of life which encompasses compassion, empathy and the universal connectedness of the human spirit.