profile - DR. UPENDRA K R

Dr. Upendra K R
Expert- Theater and education

Dr. Upendra K.R. is a professional trainer, Artist and Director in the domain of Theatre and Education. He holds position of Director of the organization F.A.C.E’ (Foundation for Artists and Craftsmen Empowerment) which works for empowerment of artists and craftsman’s.

He has twelve plus years of experience in Theatre, Training Children and adolescents, youths, artists, teachers through performing arts mainly Drama. His expertise are in Psycho-Physical aspects, self-participation and self-enquiry. His major emphasis has been on alertness and awareness playing a role in our life with a sense of beauty and liveliness.

Educational Qualification:
  • Ph.D in Performing arts from Kerala Kalamandalam Deemed University
  • Diploma in Theatre Arts, NINASAM theatre Institute, Heggodu, Karnataka.
  • M.A and M.Phil in Public Administration, B A (Sociology), Diploma in Industrial Safety and Psychology
Professional career
As Trainer
To college students in NITTE, VIJAYA college and many colleges at Bangalore
To teachers and children of different Schools across Karnataka and Taminadu.
To doctors, nurses and IT professionals.
To various theatre groups in Bangalore and in Chennai for actors preparation.
Work experience in children theatre

Conducted workshop for a group of 75 children for ‘Aptha samuha’ , for 250 children, in ‘Natana’ Mysore and in Ranga Jhatre’ Bangalore

Directed children plays – The Apricot Jar(English), ‘Vali moksham’(kannada) and skits

Work experience in puppetry

Directed and performed in puppet show in Ranga Shankara theatre festival’s carnival

Directed a play ‘Sundara Vana’, puppet based production for children in Mysore Natana Theatre Group.

Directed a shadow puppet performance “Lanka Lakshmi” for the Tholpava Koothu Puppet Research centre, Koonathara,Kerala , performed in International Film Festival, Trivendrum, Kerala

Directed a glove puppet performance “What Do I Give “for the Doctuer Clowns, France (India)

Director , Sri Venkateshwara Gombeatta Mandali, (string puppetry) Bangalore.

As an Actor

One year as actor and as administrative in charge in the NINASAM repertory company toured all over Karnataka.

Acted in the play -
  • “PRODIGAL SON “(English) “MOONDRU SOORARGAL” (Tamil) .
  • “PARITHYEKTHA”, “OOZHI KOOTHU” (Tamil ), “Vali Moksham”
Worked with the following Directors

Mr. Philip, Mr Louis, Dr Velu Saravanan.Sri, B R Venkataramana Aithal, Sri. K V Akshara, Sri. Chennakeshava, Sri Ragunandhana, Sri Abhilash Pillai, Mr. Ekbal Ahamed, Mr.Veli Rangarajan.