Manjul Bhardwaj has evolved himself as a theatre person. He is equipped with performing skills as an actor, director, writer, facilitator and initiator in theatre. As writer and director, he has written and directed more than 25 plays. He has conducted more than 100 theatre workshops for different Organizations/Institutions/Groups, etc. in India and abroad. He has also conducted more than 150 street theatre workshops for different organizations/institutions/groups etc., in 25 States of India. He has been invited for theatrical tours to Singapore and Germany and conducted 30 theatre workshops for several Theatre Groups/Institutions/Schools/Organizations in Germany, Austria and other countries in Europe.
He has been working in theatre since last 20 years at grassroots level in rural parts of India and abroad. He is a dreamer/visualiser and has the skills to actualize the dreams. He initiated the philosophy of “Theatre of Relevance” in 1992 and practicing it in India and all over the world. He founded Experimental Theatre Foundation in 1992- a pioneer theatre movement in India. ETF – a laboratory of social change through theatre.
He has been trained as a process facilitator by V.V.Giri National Labor Institute; NOIDA, India. He has also intervened in understanding human processes through theatre in ISABS. He has been using theatre as a medium for attitudinal change for corporate world i.e., Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. He has intervened in HR through his concept ‘role of theatre in HR’ in EMPI’s Udai Pareek HR labs in EMPI Business School, Delhi.
He has proved through his work with child labourers in Mumbai and other parts of India that theatre is a medium of change. He is instrumental in rehabilitation of 50,000 child labourers through theatre performances and training. His play “Mera Bachpan” has been performed more than 12,000 times in India and abroad. The theatre world in Europe is inviting him to conduct workshops on “Theatre of Relevance”. His play “Laadli” dealing with the homicide of female fetus has been an eye opener- currently performed in different cities and rural parts of INDIA.
He is closely working with children in difficult situation, deprived women and girls, adolescents (girls and boys), government officials from implementers to policy makers. He is a visiting faculty in a number of institutions, academies and organizations in India & abroad. He has received best actor award for his play “door se kisi ne awaaz di”. He is awarded with the certificate of “Citizen’s Council for Better Tomorrow” presented by governor of Maharashtra at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. He is awarded UNFPA- LAADLI Media award for gender sensitivity for the year 2006-7 in “ Theatre – Street Theatre” category.
Presently; he is working as an actor, director, writer, resource person (trainer/facilitator) and consultant, advisor in theatre, serial and documentary. His play B-7 was premiered in the UNESCO General Assembly; Hanover, Germany. His play “Vishwa – The World” was premiered at Beiersdorf AG (NIVEA cold cream) in Hamburg, Germany. He has recently conducted a series of interactive and participative theatre workshops-cum-performances through a play called “Gudgudee” for tsunami-affected children in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India for UNICEF.