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Breaking Open Characters






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3 Months Special Free Access For Limited Period

What You
Will Learn

What You Will Learn

This course teaches you different ways to look at characters from real life and build them further through observation, investigation and imagination. The course will take you on a journey wherein you will discover entry points to getting into the skin of a character.


Observation of self and others


Tool kit to create your own characters


Character-driven closing performance


Insight into the world of characters


Observation of self and others


Use of imagination

Puja Sarup

Can you imagine a life without movies… a life without songs, and plays? There are many interesting characters around us… characters that make us laugh, characters that make us cry, characters that make us believe.”


Know Your Facilitator

  • Actor and Theatre Director, Co-Founder of Patchwork Ensemble
  • Alumna of Hèlikos International School of Theatre Creation, Italy
  • 50+ characters played in 17 years of acting and theatre-making

Course Modules

Course Overview

‘Breaking Open Characters’ is a course for every performing artiste, actor, and storyteller.

As you embark on your journey of observation and exploration, you will be introduced to the course content, your facilitator and you will know a little more about what you will need before you begin.

Observing Self and Others

देख भाई देख

In this module, you will be introduced to body postures and mannerisms. You will hone your observational skills and voice to find and develop a character.

Key Takeaways

  • The art of observation in drama
  • Quick and impactful warm-ups
  • Introduction to a monologue

Investigating Characters

सवाल जवाब का खेल

In this module, we will give you the tools to investigate and research. You will learn how to conduct a search to find information about your characters.

Key Takeaways

  • Resources for conducting character research
  • Discovering clues and hints
  • Introduction to character building questionnaire

Art of Imagination

ख़यालों की दुनिया

In this module, you will embark on a journey to explore the tools of imagination that will help you in acting and character development.

Key Takeaways

  • The power of listening
  • Storytelling, objects, and characters
  • Complete character building questionnaire

Transforming into a Character

भेस बदलना

In this module, you will learn how to completely transform into your character’s mind and body, and perform it with a monologue.

Key Takeaways

  • Animal exercises
  • Character voice and body language
  • Costume and makeup
  • Final Performance

Going Forward

The facilitator will share a summary of the course and help you draw some conclusions from the experience.

As you continue your journey as an Ekalavya, you will have the support of your facilitator as they share some final tips and tricks.


Benefits of the Certification

Upon completing the course, you will earn a certificate of completion, jointly endorsed by Ekalavya Online School of Drama and Drama School Mumbai.



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Access to
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Is this course
for you?

Is this course for you?

Learn how to take command over your character, share stories that excite,
and inspire your audience. Whether you are an aspiring actor looking to
hone your skills, or you just want to discover your creative potential,
this course will equip you with the right tools.

Learn how to take command over your character, share stories that excite, and inspire your audience. Whether you are an aspiring actor looking to hone your skills, or you just want to discover your creative potential, this course will equip you with the right tools.




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Rethinking Theatre Education

At Ekalavya, we find innovative solutions to reimagine formal theatre education with a learning model that is designed to be effective online. Our key focus is to make the element of practice an integral part of the learning experience.

Ekalavya’s Unique Features
Affordable Rs. 8,000
Manageable Commitment Self-paced, flexible courses that can be combined with other prospects
Unique Format Interactive and experiential digital courses
Time Required Anytime, Anywhere
Pace of Learning Customizable and flexible submission timelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to all the questions that might simmer in your mind before you take the course.

If these FAQs do not answer your queries, feel free to reach us at connect@ekalavya.art.

What skill sets do I need to enroll in this course?

Every course has been designed for people who have little to no experience in theatre as well as for people who are already engaged in the practice of the dramatic arts. All you need is the desire to learn and the dedication to excel.

How will this course benefit me if I want to pursue acting?

‘Breaking Open Characters’ provides you important insight into the way to create and build impactful characters. You can render clear, specific characters through observation, interpretation and by developing an imaginative eye - all of which require analysis and careful study that this course will cover.

How long will it take for me to complete this course?

This course has 3 hours of active video content which includes a lot of fun exercises. We recommend spending at least 6 to 10 hours practicing these exercises. After all, practice makes perfect. You should also spare 3 hours for a character-driven performance task that you will need to submit at the end of the course.

How long will I have access to the course materials?

Once you enrol, you will have access to all the course materials for three months.