BSSD was established in June 1998. What started out as a little class in Dr Zulfia’s living room is now the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama as we know it. It was born as a culmination of a quest to have a credible institute that would impart the knowledge and skills of Communication, Oratory and Theatre .In 2001 BSSD acquired affiliation with the Trinity Guildhall College (London) . Additionally in 2010 it got affiliated to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, LAMDA (London). Based in Bangalore, BSSD has consistently been a pioneer in the field of theatre, communication skills and personality development. Over the past 23 years more than 7000 students of all ages have benefited from it’s program. Every year exams are conducted by visiting faculty from LAMDA. Students of the school perform an annual production open to the public as an exercise in theatre. Besides enjoying the opportunity of such large scale exposure, they are also trained in oratory and communication skills, thus bringing laurels to their respective schools at the interschool arena. The Bangalore School of Speech and Drama, currently has no other counterparts in the city. It is a one of a kind institute that gives its students an environment to learn, grow and develop a critical appreciation of the performing arts, specifically theatre. At BSSD we strive to create a generation of articulate, free thinking leaders.
Dr. Zulfia Shaikh
The founder and director of the Bangalore school of speech and drama, she is the visionary responsible for the growth of children’s theatre and the communication education industry in Bengaluru. A doctor by trade, Dr. Zulfia Shaikh discovered a need for theatre and communication for students of all ages. A veteran theatre practitioner she has directed and acted for over 23 years.
In June 2001, Dr. Zulfia Shaikh founded the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama (BSSD) to try and expand the reach of the performance arts and communication skills to a wider part of the populous, in order to foster a new generation of Indian children who would approach the world stage undaunted and thrive on equal footing with the superpowers of the day. Single handedly, she created a niche for children’s theatre through systematically cultivating a curriculum, complete with examinations and milestones, to track the holistic development of children who enrolled in the program. One of the pillars on which the school is built is the guarantee of a world-class education. In order to achieve this, Dr. Zulfia Shaikh was the first person in Bengaluru to associate with the Trinity College London. This partnership provided the school with expertise as well as an examination board to help us deliver quality education to the students of Bangalore. Dr. Zulfia Shaikh is an exhibition award winner from the Trinity College London. She is the only Indian to attempt dual Licentiate Level Teaching in Communication Skills and Drama (LTCL), which is the highest grade of examination conducted by the Trinity College London, and grants her the certification to craft curricula as well as conduct examinations on behalf of the Trinity College London, in all the commonwealth nations. Not only did Dr. Zulfia Shaikh complete the LTCL examinations, but beat the highest recorded score for communication skills, and set a new world record for the highest recorded score in the world for the LTCL examination.
Through over a decade of focused efforts, Dr. Zulfia Shaikh has created a learning environment that not only teaches skills, but reaffirms behaviors that supplement the development of a confident, articulate, and fearless generation of Indian leaders.