|Name:||Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares|
1st Floor, Film Industry Welfare Trust House,
near S.N.D.T College, next to Ajivasan Hall,
Juhu Road, Santacruz (West)
|Telephone Number:||+91 8080801761|
Globally renowned actor Anupam Kher launched the Actor Prepares training institute in 2005 to train individuals who are keen on taking up acting as a professional career. The sphere of acting is vast, with opportunities in the fields of television soaps, advertising clips, theatre shows, short films and commercial films. Then there is the current popular world of Web Series telecast on online platforms. No matter which of these fields will be your career launch, you need a good foundation to take off from. Actor Prepares can be that platform to take off. Interested individuals, including kids and teens, can also attend workshops on film acting, stage acting, screenwriting, mime, dance, etc which are scheduled separately from the regular courses.
Note that while the medium of instruction for all the courses is primarily Hindi, students can request for a translation into English if they do not understand some specific instruction, as faculty do have fluency in English as well.
Prominent features of Actor Prepares
FacultyFaculty at the Actor Prepares training institute are highly qualified with none having fewer than a dozen years of experience and all with backgrounds in one or multiple forms of acting. Their acumen, expertise and ability to motivate fledgling actors is known to be very good. Even professional actors who are already in the industry have been known to benefit from their training. There are not just theoretical sessions and practicals, but also exercises, detailed sessions on specific scenes, intense discussions and interactions with established national and international celebrities, including movie makers, script writers, and actors, who come as visiting faculty.
InfrastructureIt goes without saying that the facilities at the Actor Prepares training institute are very good, too, with professional theatre studios and spacious areas to conduct rehearsals and full-fledged performances. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is also available for film screenings and to play back the recordings of performances. There is even a library that offers research material. Students who are enrolled for the Diploma Course in Acting are provided with wholesome meals and breakfasts from the in-house pantry on full working days.
The location of the two centres in Mumbai, one at Santacruz and the other at Andheri, are easily accessible by public transport. While there is no provision for accommodation, the official website helpfully provides a few portals that list student housing options for outstation students.
PlacementsIt is possible for a student who has successfully completed an acting course to get an opportunity to attend an audition through the Actor Prepares Talent Company and have their profile showcased through promotional avenues that it uses, but there is no guarantee of an actual placement. General guidance on the future career path, including advice on legal aspects, will be provided, though.
How to join Actor PreparesA student cannot walk-in or sign up for a course at the Actor Prepares training institute and expect to get admission right away. Much like its general set-up, there is a professional approach to admissions as well. First and foremost, even before applying for admission to a course, students should be 100% sure that they are serious about joining and are also physically fit and mentally healthy to participate in the intensive training sessions. Discipline and punctuality are a must, with 75% attendance mandatory in order to receive the Diploma or Certificate, as applicable, on the completion of the schedule of the course. It is advisable to carefully go through the admission guidelines, as well as the terms and conditions that have been put up at the official website and not make any hasty application.
- You do not need to have any background or qualifications or experience in acting or writing to join a course.
- Age no bar, but those who are 18 years and below must submit a consent letter from a parent.
- It is necessary to be able to be able to speak, write and read either Hindi or English.
The first step to apply for admission to a course at the Actor Prepares training institute is to pay a registration fee of Rs.250/- which is not refundable along with the detailed application form. The screening process includes submitting an audition video for an acting course and a writing sample for the writing course.
The following documents should be scanned and uploaded on being selected-
- One passport size photo.
- Identification and proof of permanent address proof. This could be the passport or Aadhaar Card.
- Student Declaration form signed by the student enrolling for the course.
The above is required to be submitted within a week of getting intimation that you have been selected for a course, failing which you will lose your seat and it will be offered to another student.
Once you join a course and start attend the training classes, you must bring along the receipt of the fee paid as well as the ID card that has been issued to you each time you come to the centre. Entry to the training centre may not be permitted without these two requirements.
Actor Prepares Training Institute Courses and FeesFor the complete list of courses and fees, students can scroll down this page to check the brief details of each below. The tuition fees for a couple of the courses can be paid in installments, but for most, you need to pay it in entirety at one go. The mode of payment options include a bank Transfer or with cash or by cheque (this to be done 20 days before the due date) or with a credit card. The course fees will not be refunded unless a batch is cancelled which is a possibility if there are fewer than ten students who have enrolled for that batch. A scholarship may be offered to a student who is from a low-income family. This will be given on successfully completing the course and if the management considers him/her to be eligible for it. Tip: Don't miss out on early-bird discounts that are put up at the official website!
A change in schedule for a course, if any, will be informed to the students. Note that props and costumes are not part of the course fees and classes in makeup are not conducted at this training institute.
Other than the courses listed below, the institute conducts professional programs as well. These include-
- Theatre program for seniors for those above 50 years.
- Beginners and Advanced acting workshops for kids and teens, with separate batches for children between 7 to 10 years and those between 11 to 15 years of age.
- Personal acting workshop to train senior actors.
- Story writing workshop.
- Personality development workshop.
- Hindi language voice, speech and diction workshop.
- Bollywood dance.
- Corporate workshop.
- Summer theatre workshop for children for camera and stage acting.