The Arts for Young Audience scene in Singapore has gained positive interest in the last few years from educators and parents. The use of technology and innovation seemed so distant 2 years ago; however, when COVID-19 happened, practitioners working in the AYA sector had to embrace the unfamiliar and find innovative ways to continue bringing the arts closer to young audiences. This casual panel discussion is an opportunity for our local practitioners to share about the strategies and innovations they’ve discovered during this period, and how these discoveries and possibilities of artmaking can contribute to creating works that remain relevant in the near future.
About the Moderator and Panelists
Moderator Jeremy Leong is a freelance theatre practitioner, storyteller, and drama educator. He is also the Co-Founder of arts for young audiences collective, Zip Zap Zoom Collective. A firm believer that every child is inherently creative and possesses a unique voice, Jeremy aims to cultivate and encourage those qualities in a child through his works.
Luanne has been involved with playmaking and producing works for young people since 1999. She is interested in creating platforms that designs thoughtful experiences for young audiences through the arts and is currently spearheading “The Artground – A curious place to be”, a dedicated arts centre for children in Singapore, developed in collaboration with the National Arts Council (Singapore). Inspired by the poem, 100 Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi, The Artground with its indoor and outdoor play spaces hopes to encourage curiosity, in adults and children, through play.
FAYE LIM improvises, facilitates, performs, dances, makes, and mothers. Her artistic practice is rooted in movement improvisation and in the examination of how power, agency and care affect who is dancing and who experiences freedom on the dance floor. As co-director of Derring-Do Dance, Faye makes body-based artworks and programmes, eg. Body Smarts Through Movement Arts and Rolypoly Family, for diverse children and their families. She also facilitates and teaches dance improvisation and contact improvisation to adults, children and college students. Faye’s training and experience span the fields of the arts, education, non-profit research and sexuality education.
Ian Loy is a theatre-maker based in Singapore since 1999. He graduated from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in 2002 with a Diploma in Drama with Distinction and was also a recipient of the NAC Georgette Chen Arts Scholarship. Since then he has used his forte in theatre arts as a performer and director in school projects and theatre, both independently and with established theatre companies.
Ian Loy founded MySuperFuture Theatrical Productions in 2009. Through the company, he involves himself with many community outreach and theatre projects with people of all ages and abilities, coaching or creating theatre art for them, especially for the young audiences. With this passion, Ian Loy was also invited to be an Associate Artist with the Esplanade from 2018 to 2020. He has been creating theatre for our young audiences since 2009.
Having found her passion in the arts only in her late teens, Elaine has since dedicated her life to advocating the crucial role of the arts in children’s development. Elaine holds a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and is a current PhD candidate with Griffith University. Elaine championed her belief in the importance of the arts for over 25 years and has shared her pedagogy with young children, families, early childhood practitioners and professionals from all around the world. She is the co-founder of The Learning Connections, an arts education organisation since 2009. Through her heavy involvement with various independent and governmental institutions, including Singapore's Early Childhood Development Agency and National Arts Council, Elaine hopes to educate and empower all stakeholders in children’s lives. Her aim is to collaborate and create a holistic ecosystem that would nurture a generation of compassionate, creative and agentic global citizens of today and tomorrow.