[Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Games as Social Metaphors

  • 1 Jul 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • 15


Registration is closed

Games and excercises act as a bridge between participants internal and external reality. They will allow the participants to critically observe every detail about their reality. They will find stories from those observations and multiple stories will help capture the total reality. Scripting plays based on those stories will be taught. While playing the games and exercises, important words relating to the participants' lives will emerge and could be the source of the scenes.

Participants will understand the relationship between philosophy and theatre, understand games as social metaphors, explore introspection and develop forum theatre, scripting, play-making and acting skills.

About the Facilitator

Sanjoy Ganguly is the founder and artistic director of Jana Sanskriti Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, which was established in Bengal in 1985. He is the first to introduce Forum Theatre in India, and Jana Sanskriti is today recognized as a chief exponent of TO across the world. Sanjoy Ganguly did his PhD from University of Anglia. Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan and Cambridge University Press have published his essays and books. He received the IBSEN scholarship for the production of the classic ‘A Doll’s House’, and the Macarthur Fellowship in 1997.

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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