Plays on contemporary themes of Diversity and Inclusion, Women Empowerment, Conscious & Unconscious Biases
AMBIKA - A poignant reflection on being a woman
- This play is the story of three female colleagues, Sameera, Swati and Meeta, as narrated by their mutual friend Ambika.
- Each story, highlights the dilemmas and confusions of being raised in a patriarchal society that validates women for submitting power while rewarding women for asserting power at work. Ambika is perfectly set to open up a dialogue on Women Empowerment and Leadership. It throws up powerful issues for discussion amongst women seeking to develop their Leadership i.e assert, both professionally and personally.
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “Women, Power and Self-Worth”.
Leveraging Ambika: a poignant reflection on being a woman for Reflective Conversations
- This play can be used to open up a dialogue on Women and Leadership in a patriarchal society.
- Highlights the confusion of being validated to give up power personally and the feeling of disempowerment that takes away from the confidence for women to lead successfully within organisations.
- The story of 3 women- Arti, Shobha and Laxmi- all from different generations and socio-economic backgrounds who resonate on their individual experiences of marriage. The play examines the expectations, disappointments and opportunities marriage poses for women in patriarchal societies and whether marriage can be the acid test for Equality, Friendship and Commitment. The play compels Reflection to see marriage in perspective and urges all women to conduct themselves with self-confidence. It is perfect to compliment Gender Sensitization, Diversity and Women Empowerment agendas.
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “The relevance of Diversity and Inclusion as an importa
- nt Organizational Agenda”.
Leveraging Deja Vu for Reflective Conversations:
- Explores and simplifies the expectations from marriage, an institution that in our country often leaves women feeling disempowered.
- Equality, Respect and Friendship in marriage is reiterated by the true stories of 3 couples inspiring the audience to empower spouses and feel empowered themselves.
- Can be used to create self-worth and confidence for both, married and unmarried men / women in the audience.
- This father-son dialogue highlights the conflict of ideologies and perceptions between the 2 major generations at work today: Gen Y and Gen X or “Boomers”. They are represented by Rahul and his father respectively as they discuss everything from careers and relationships to technology. Their dialogue Busts All Myths associated with Gen Y and leaves the audience with ideas on Leading, Managing and Retaining this talent. Gen Y, themselves will relate to Rahul’s journey of self-discovery as he navigates through the course of his career.
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “Is Compassion a pre-requisite to Employee Engagement?”.
Leveraging Rainbow Shadows for Reflective Conversations:
- This play is ideal to open up the dialogue on Generational Diversity.
- Explores how the lens has shifted on Careers and Choices.
- The play is rooted in research and busts myths associated with Gen Y and Millennials.
- Enhances understanding across Generation which is key to Learning Collaborations and fostering relationships to create an enabling Culture.
- Moving beyond age and socio-economic boundaries, this play presents a realistic and balanced portrayal of the diverse lives lead by Indian women using 11 female characters with their respective male counterparts as examples . Beaten but not lost, vulnerable but not broken, each of these women challenge the audience’s Mental Stereotypes. They depict the woman’s inherent power to triumph her circumstances and more importantly, survive. A must-watch for all HR & OD professionals, this play is an eye-opening experience that will help augment Gender Sensitization and Gender Diversity agendas within organisations. It can be followed by a useful facilitated dialogue on Busting Stereotypes on Women.
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “Busting Gender Stereotypes”.
Leveraging Woman Phenomenal for Reflective Conversations:
- The play is ideal to discover the true power residing with women to give a boost to your Gender Diversity Program.
- It applies to women across socio-economic classes, age and qualification and celebrates their inherent power.
- “Women Phenomenal” Invites women to find this treasure trove of power and motivate themselves to rise above discrimination.
Shava Shava! We Are From Gurgava
- This play is the story of the Taneja Family -based in Gurgaon- rooted in tradition and culture they are proud of- like any Indian family. This 3 Act Play showcases their regular Banter within closed doors -full of stereotypes, prejudices, Biases so deeply embedded that they are blissfully unaware of both – their assumptions being non validated as well as that their views may be damaging to themselves and to the Society. The blissful unawareness trance is broken- one day when Big Brother Madan Taneja arrives from Canada. The Taneja Family could be any of us, in fact most of us, and located anywhere other than Gurgaon. The bias is operative in the title itself.
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “Overcoming Conscious & Unconscious Biases- Building Inclusion”.
Leveraging Shava! Shava! We are from Gurgava for Reflective Conversations:
- This play can be used to open up a dialogue and create awareness about Leaders’ or employees’ Biases, both conscious and unconscious that can reduce the organisation’s ability to leverage Cognitive and other diversities and become a true Meritocracy, a Magnet for Talent.
- It can also be a conversation starter on being respectful even privately, and accepting differences in a diverse society.
He said, She said
- Sometimes it’s hard to see the lines drawn until we’ve crossed them. That’s when we must rely on those around us to pull us back. Sharad Dixit learns these hard truths when his junior Deeksha files a complaint for sexual harassment against him. It is now the job of the Internal Complaints Committee to analyze what He Said, She Said and decide where these lines are marked and on which side of them, Sharad and Deeksha stand. This play is a winner for Diversity and Inclusion agendas, featuring a committee full of colleagues of diverse backgrounds, the true nature of sexual harassment and the many grey areas involved, in assessing
- Followed by a meaning-making Panel Discussion featuring professionals on “exploring Cognitive diversity – How Values , Beliefs, Assumptions impact our decisions.
Leveraging He Said, She Said for Reflective Conversations:
- Explores the deeply held Values, Beliefs, Assumptions that are so diversely present in groups and committees.
- Highlights how decision-making can be wrought with Biases and Personal prejudices that employees must watch out, for when asked to join a committee.
- “He Said, She Said “ explores differing mindsets in the backdrop of a Sexual Harassment story where the camera is on the Investigating Committee.
Come Out Come Out – Wherever You are
- A sensitive theme that our society struggles to acknowledge and handle maturely. Despite growing awareness in India of the link between Diversity and enhanced Business performance, the subject of sexual orientation and LGBT has been largely overlooked. Shrouded in taboo and stigma, Organizations have mostly steered away from including this theme in their Corporate diversity agenda. This is an attempt to engage with the dilemmas, turmoil’s and unhappiness associated with not being treated fairly- both by society and in workplaces through the Play.
- This will be followed by a Panel Discussion featuring HR Leaders and other Senior Professionals.
Leveraging Come out, Come out – Wherever You are!
- This play is ideal to open up the dialogue on Alternate sexualities and gender identities in the workplace
- Explores the lens through which this group views community, colleagues, equal opportunities at work
- The Play is rooted in research and busts myths associated with the LGBTQ community
- Enhances understanding of less talked about aspect of Diversity and Inclusion which is a key to Learning collaborations and fostering relationships to create a relevant, enabling culture.