Diploma in Acting:
Opening a pathway for aspiring actors
Sri Lanka's youth shows much enthusiasm to enter the folds of stage
and screen acting. Expert guidance that carefully harnesses the inner
talents of potential actors and actresses and crafts them into skilled
artistes plays a significant role in this regard. Further, there is a
considerable segment of youth who aspire to be screenwriters,
playwrights and directors of theatre and cinema. In this regard what has
been initiated by Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF)
or popularly known as 'Somalatha Subasinghe Play House' is a
praiseworthy endeavour. Under the expert supervision and personal
guidance of seasoned actress of the stage and screen, Kaushalya
Fernando, who is also a theatre directress at the LCYTF has introduced a
Diploma in Acting program that aims to provide a formal training course
to aspiring actors who are ambitious and committed to work hard to
achieve artistic excellence.
limited only to the art of acting, the programme includes all round
training that includes script writing and analysis, directing, dance
performance and vocal training.
For over three decades the Somalatha Subasinghe Play House has been a
training ground that produced numerous talented youth who have made a
name in both the theatre and film industry at professional level in Sri
The Somalatha Subasinghe Play House was established by Somalatha
Subasinghe in 1981 and later it was incorporated in the Parliament of
Sri Lanka under LCYTF Act No 3 of 2007.
duration of the program is five to six months. Within the period,
twenty-five in class sessions will be conducted on weekly basis. There
will be one to two sessions per week mostly on Saturdays, Sundays or/and
other public holidays.
Principally the course will focus on acting, directing, script
writing and dance theatre. Participants will have therefore have the
opportunity to learn free and structured movements, posturing, body
flexibility and physical balance, vocal training, pronunciation, voice
projection, directing and script writing which will build on character
analysis, improvisation, plotting scenes, etc.
The main resource persons conducting the program will be Kaushalya
Fernando and Prasanna Mahagamage who as artistes have a wealth of
experience in theatre training and teaching in Sri Lanka having also
gained international exposure. In addition, numerous other professional
artistes from specialised fields will also conduct sessions to give a
diversified well rounded training for participants.
who wish to join the program in acting, should possess a love for the
theatre and be prepared to offer her/his full commitment to the
The selection of candidates is said to be through an interview. The
program is scheduled to commence in late April 2016.
Application and details of the program is available on
www.playhousekotte.org or facebook/Playhousekotte.org. applicants can
also write to The Coordinator, Somalatha Subasinghe Play House, 166/1,
Parliament Road, Kumbukgahaduwa, Kotte 10100 or call 075 9858001, 075