Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi

آرٹس کونسل آف پاکستان کراچی‎

ACTDA – Arts Council Theatre Academy


The idea of opening the Arts Council Theatre Academy was first introduced by Mr. Muhammad Ahmed Shah in 2007 for which necessary planning, research, meetings and opinions were taken to perceive the pros and cons of the idea.
A 10-day workshop was held in December 2007 for experimenting the idea to observe the need of the Theatre academy.
Following the workshop a play was performed in Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi’s auditorium which garnered phenomenal success and was highly appreciated by the audience.
After the successful completion of the workshop it was decided to start a proper course of Theatre classes with a duration of 3 months where students will learn acting starting from its basics and till the advance level.
Advertisements were published in the leading newspapers and marketing of the academy was done to create awareness of the initiative.
The response from the people was above expectations and more than 100 applications were received only for Theatre course.
After a detailed screening process, 40 candidates were selected and the course was officially kick-start on 17th November, 2008 after an official orientation ceremony by the Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi.
The Theatre course included subjects like Theatre History, Stage Placement & Body Movement, Team Confidence & Trust Building, Characterization, Diction Script Writing, Direction and Class Exercises to enhance imagination, body language and self-confidence.
Now in 2019, ACTA is running successfully and is now offering a 1 year certificate course.


  • Acting
  • Diction
  • History of Theatre
  • Improvisation
  • Lighting
  • Movement
  • Script Writing
  • Theatre Makeup/Lights/Set Design
  • Voice & Projection

1 year certificate course consisting of 4 trimesters.

Head of Faculty (Honorary)



Dance, the movement of the body in a rhythmic way, usually to music and within a given space, for the purpose of expressing an idea or emotion, releasing energy, or simply taking delight in the movement itself.

Dance is a powerful impulse, but the art of dance is that impulse channeled by skillful performers into something that becomes intensely expressive and that may delight spectators who feel no wish to dance themselves. These two concepts of the art of dance—dance as a powerful impulse and dance as a skillfully choreographed art practiced largely by a professional few—are the two most important connecting ideas running through any consideration of the subject. In dance, the connection between the two concepts is stronger than in some other arts, and neither can exist without the other.


  • Kathak
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Hip Hop
  • Bollywood
  • Folk

1 Year Certification Course

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