Kattaikkuttu Sangam
Transforming Culture
Transforming Lives

Youth Theatre School

Course outline
The programme of the Gurukulam consists of four components:

1.Professional Kattaikkuttu training: providing students with the knowledge, skills and self-understanding necessary for a demanding performing arts career. Their training in Kattaikkuttu is rounded out by workshops, which broaden their horizon. They discover other forms of expression and vocabularies of movement, music and theatre.
2.General education: enabling students to continue (or re-enter) formal education. This is defined by high standards and they complete their education with valid certificates. In addition to the regular subjects, we offer students additional opportunities. These include communicative English taught by native speakers and instruction in computer use. There is also coaching and counselling to address learning and/or behaviour problems.
3.Vocational training: enabling students to learn practical skills, such as tailoring, cooking, housekeeping, making theatre ornaments and costumes and video editing. These skills will provide them access to other vocations and other sources of income in addition to, or as substitute for, a career in the performing arts.
4.Apprenticeship Programme: preparing people for a professional career in the performing arts or a position within the organization.

Admission

Admission to each level is on the basis of selection. A contract is made between the Gurukulam, the Kattaikkuttu student and her/his parents or caregivers. The contract stipulates the rules and obligations and the rewards and returns for the students and the Gurukulam. New admissions take place at the beginning of year 1 and year 2 of every four-year phase.

The most important criteria for admission to the Gurukulam are talent, aptitude, willingness and parental support to become a professional actor, actress or musician. We also take into account the social and economic circumstances of the children's families. The Gurukulam plans on having girls as 50% of its students (in 2002: 14% girls; in 2011: 42% girls).

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