[Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Deep Listening, Sharing Places, and Creating Spaces

  • 30 Jun 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • 16


Registration is closed

This workshop will explore personal and collective narratives around space and place through arts-based practices and deep listening. Participants will map their ancestral connections and use images, movement, sound, and text to develop stories and/or monologues that uncover intergenerational links. How does one trace space and place through bodies/images/text/visuals/sound? How does one weave meaning through the shared and unshared…the silences and the absences…alongside the presence of self and other?

Participants will take away practical exercises to excavate memories related to space and place that link ‘then’ with ‘now’ and create subtexts to intergenerational links. We will use a range of approaches including image theatre, soundscapes, creative writing, and movement to tell and to share stories.

About the Facilitator

Professor Ananda Breed has served as a practitioner and researcher to explore how local arts-based cultural forms can be used to enhance mental health and wellbeing and to inform curriculum and youth policy working with and for children, young people, artists, educators, civil society workers, and decision-makers to address global challenges. The research has been informed by co-production, indigenous knowledge, and lived experience to create a space for dialogue and change. In particular, Breed has used arts-based methods to create a 'two-way form of communication' between children and young people and decision-makers to address everyday conflict and everyday peace through the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) project. MAP has engaged with over 152 partnering organisations across Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia, and Nepal and delivered over 519 engagement activities, and produced 147 artistic outputs. In addition, Breed served as Principal Investigator of a UKRI GCRF Newton Fund project entitled 'MAP at Home: online psychosocial support in Rwanda through the Arts' to connect marginalised mental health service users with mental health service providers during the pandemic that has now been scaled up to national level.

This underpinning research has informed her professional practice and consultancy work for British Embassy, IREX Europe, USAID, and UNICEF and produced numerous publications including her monograph Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation (Breed, 2014), co-edited book The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance; Volume One – Mainland Europe, North and Latin America, Southern Africa, and Australia and New Zealand (Breed and Prenti, 2021) and The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance; Volume Two – Mainland Europe, North and Latin America, Southern Africa, and Australia and New Zealand (Breed and Prenti, 2021).

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

Applicants must:

  • 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.

Apply here.

School and Corporate Bundles are available. Please email conference@sdea.org.sg 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.

Our Partners

Venue Sponsor

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) 
90 Goodman Road, Blk B #04-02 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053
Phone: +65 6345 6997

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