Dramaturgical Strategies for Devised Performance

  • 23 Nov 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (UTC+08:00)
  • LASALLE College of the Arts
  • 14


  • Requires e-billing
  • Requires e-billing

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Contemporary performance relies on diverse elements to produce meaning. These elements are not always textual, but may instead be generally categorised as either time, body, or space because an action on stage will be done by someone, somewhere, and it will last for some time. In this sense, we can say contemporary performance is much more ‘dramaturgical’ than ‘dramatic’.

In this workshop, we will learn about the definition and practice of dramaturgy. We will also learn basic strategies to generate and compose material, and how these strategies can work when working with K12 students. In doing so, we will also reflect on how our teaching practice entails a kind of ‘dramaturgical’ thinking that is not so unlike to that of staging a show.

Workshop Objectives:

  • To learn the basic definition of dramaturgy, and about the practice of the dramaturg.
  • To develop dramaturgical strategies that can be applied in CCA classes.
  • To reflect on the dramaturgical strategies teachers and instructors use as part of their pedagogy practice.

Recommended for Drama CCA Instructors.

About the Facilitator

Dr Felipe Cervera is an award-winning theatre scholar and maker. Based in Singapore since 2012, he works internationally as an academic and has worked extensively in the local theatre scene as an actor and as a director. At LASALLE, he oversees Contextual Studies in the School of Dance and Theatre and works on various committees that develop learning, teaching, and research innovations in the College.

Felipe’s research interests are collaborative pedagogies, research methodologies, and outer space's social and artistic production. He has published widely on these and other topics in international peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. He is also a regular contributor to international and local forums, where he is invited to speak about different theatre and performance research topics.

As an actor and director, he has worked internationally across The Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia. His latest directorial work was titled Miss British (2019), a commission by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts centre.

Felipe is Editor of Global Performance Studies and Associate Editor of Performance Research. He sits on the Board of Directors of Performance Studies international (PSi) and on the Executive Committee of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) in the UK.

Funding and Subsidies

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Funding

e2i, an initiative of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), aims to support all freelance Drama CCA Instructors with a 50% subsidy for all Level Up! Fest 2022 workshops.

The subsidy is stackable with the SDEA member discount.

Applicants must:

  • Be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Register for the workshop(s) prior to the e2i funding application
  • Not be a MOE Teacher or Staff

Click here to find out more and apply for the subsidy.

Application for e2i funding will close on 20th November 2022.

Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI)

In loving memory of the late Christina Sergeant, TSPDI is an SDEA initiative that offers subsidies for members to attend SDEA events, workshops, and masterclasses.

Chosen applicants will receive 50% off the nett invoiced amount (amount after other subsidies) for Level Up! Fest 2022 programmes in funding.

Click here to find out more and apply for the initiative.

Application for TSPDI will close on 11th November 2022, and all successful applicants will be notified by 14th November 2022.

Level Up! Fest 2022: Symposium for Drama CCA Educators

In partnership with the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the LASALLE College of the Arts, SDEA presents Level Up! Fest 2022, a two-day symposium for the Drama CCA Instructors and Teachers-in-charge.

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognise, celebrate, and bring focus to the importance of the professional development of the theatre/drama educator.

This year, Level Up! Fest is specially curated for Drama CCA Instructors and Drama CCA Teachers-in-charge to advance capabilities and develop more holistic Drama CCA experiences for students in today's world.

Gain new knowledge and strategies from nine workshops designed and facilitated by faculty members from NAFA School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre and LASALLE School of Dance and Theatre. Get inspired by talks conducted by industry leaders. From introductory programmes to in-depth skills development workshops, there is something for everyone!

SDEA Members will be able to enjoy a 20% discount on registration fees as well as apply for the Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI) for additional support.

Workshop spaces are limited! Join us in the many opportunities this November for you to Level Up!

SDEA is a Registered Charity from 20 February 2020 and is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Company Scheme
for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025

Singapore Drama Educators Association is a registered charity (UEN: T02SS0123G) 
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