Culture Monks along with Moonfool, UK, organized a 7 day international residency at Tepantor Theatre Village, Shantiniketan West Bengal, India in November 2015.

The residency was a great success and here are some images and feedback from the participants.


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“The site specific alongside the singing and choreographed movements made Shakespeare very digestible”.

“ACT truly aims for living up to the expectations of creating a heightened reality on stage. No drama or production or a story telling medium should overlook such a process even if it is filtered or edited in later stages of productions to nuanced levels. I would suggest every actor to experience this training, especially in India”

“… it has had a profound affect on me both EMOTIONALLY and PHYSICALLY like never before. A life changing experience… The atmosphere never ever put me in a vulnerable position so it felt like I had been doing this for a long time”.

“This workshop has changed the way I look at things. It has taught me to be more open, more expressive and always be full of energy. I came out a completely different person than the one who initially walked-in”.

“There were some very special moments when everything fell into place. I experienced a kind of fullness whilst acting, using my body, using the space, saying my lines and meaning them, listening to my fellow actor, and listening to the music at the same time.
It’s given me an insight into composition and arrangement that I’d been seeking for a long time, but never quite managed to find.
ACT seamlessly connects the training, text and performance without being abstract. Everything about the workshop was practical, although in hindsight one can be certain of the theoretical backing”.

“The workshop helped me be more in sync with my instincts and just trust it no matter what. The workshop helped me push my limits.
The workshop exceeded my expectations. It actually gave me more than what I was looking for”.

About Anna Helena McLean:

On graduating in Music & Drama from Royal Holloway,Anna-Helena became a principal member of leading experimental physical theatre company Gardzienice in Poland for 7 years. She is the Creative Founder & Artistic Director of Moon Fool, Actor – Chorus – Text (ACT) and ACTYouth she leads international music & theatre exchange work worldwide.She has been a guest director & trainer for BA & MA actors at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland annually since 2004, as well as working in association with the NSD in Delhi, and drama schools and universities throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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