This masterclass offers insights into the design of a participatory performance by looking at the dramaturgy of such a production. The masterclass will include a workshop that will allow participants to experience a participatory performance while also analyse and understand the dramaturgical elements at play in the performance.
This masterclass will allow participants to develop an understanding of how a participatory performance can be design.
About the Facilitator
Kok Heng Leun is a prominent figure in the Singapore arts scene, having built his artistic career as a theatre director, playwright, dramaturg and educator. He is known for engaging the community on various issues through the arts, championing civic discourse across different segments of society.
Having begun his work in the theatre almost 30 years ago, some notable directorial works include Drift , Trick or Threat, Manifesto and Underclass. His explorations with multi-disciplinary engaged arts has produced works like site-specific theatre ubin, Project Mending Sky (2008, 2009 and 2012), a series on environmental issues, Both Sides, Now (2013, 2014 and 2017-2019), a project that seeks to normalise end-of-life conversations and It Won't Be Too Long, which touched on the dynamics of space in Singapore. Tanah•Air 水•土：A Play In Two Parts was about the dispossession of the indigenous Malays and Orang Seletar of Singapore.
Heng Leun's contributions to the arts have landed him awards from the National Arts Council, Singapore – the Young Artist Award (2000), Cultural Fellowship (2014), and the highest artistic accolade, the Cultural Medallion (2022). He also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2016 to 2018, representing the arts sector.
Fundings and Subsidies
Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative
In loving memory of the late Christina Sergeant, TSPDI is an SDEA initiative that provides subsidies to SDEA events, masterclasses and professional development programmes.
Applicants must be:
- Associate or Ordinary members
- Show proof or an interest in regular professional development
- Show how skills and knowledge learnt will benefit a larger community
- Currently be based in Singapore or contributing to the Singapore Drama Education landscape
As part of the commitment for being a recipient, you are expected to provide a short sharing on how attending this programme has benefitted you. This could be in the form of a quick video or a written statement. We may use these materials for archival, the facilitation of feedback, and marketing for future programs.
Chosen applicants will receive up to SGD$500 subsidies for the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2023.
Registration Deadline: Sunday, 28 May 2023, 11:59pm
Successful candidates will be notified by: Friday, 16 June, 11:59pm
Shortlisted candidates may be asked for an interview between 29 May - 15 June 2023.
School and Corporate Bundles are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Theatre Arts Conference 2023
Creatives, by nature, observe, raise questions, stimulate thought, and develop agency. As we dig our roots deeper to find meaning in our current contexts, practices, and environments, we branch wide to explore new ways of doing and ways of being in an increasingly complex world. Themed Rooting Deep, Branching Wide: Strengthening Practices and Expanding Possibilities, we aim to examine these current and evolving ways, especially within the realms of education, community, and performance.
Artists, educators, practitioners, and researchers will be presenting a diverse range of presentations, workshops, keynotes, and masterclasses through the lenses of Practices & Pedagogies, Spaces & Places, and Causes & Communities.
Taking place from 30th June to 2nd July 2023, the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference will be conducted both on and offline so you can join us whether you're in Singapore or across the world.