[Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Activating and Moving Your Communities by Making Community Theatre with Them

  • 1 Jul 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • 16


Registration is closed

By taking the participants step by step to go through the creative process from sharing stories, histories and legends combined with personal spatial and place-related experience, the masterclass employs one of the most powerful exercises of community theatre to draw emotional community map about memory together. In addition, the masterclass intends to mobilize the emotional memories about the communities through physical exercises and then to recompose and reconstruct the above experience to organize a small piece of community theatre together to share with the whole group. Finally, everyone can give and get feedbacks, discuss and explore the creative process and pedagogies of community theatre together as well.

Participants will:

  1. Go through a hands-on and step-by-step working procedure of making a community theatre performance
  2. Learn about the pedagogies and exercises most often employed and get the real chance to really practice them
  3. Experience working with international partners in different community settings
  4. Learn to balance between listening to others. expressing yourself, and negotiating your consensus through aesthetic processes and means

About the Facilitator

Wan-Jung Wan is a leading Asian researcher, practitioner, director, deviser, facilitator and teacher in Applied Theatre and Performance, currently teaching as a full-time professor in the Department of Drama Creation and Application in National University of Tainan, Taiwan. She has directed and devised more than 40 applied theatre projects including various forms such as Community Theatre, Museum Theatre, Oral History Performance, Theatre for the Blind as well as Reminiscence Theatre in Taiwan and published 7 books about the research in applied theatre and theatre studies in Chinese as well as published, edited and reviewed extensively in English in the field of applied theatre and drama education in academic journals and book chapters. She has also participated and led many international and cross-disciplined educational theatre projects with American, Canadian, UK and Asian scholars and teachers to employ drama to enhance communication and learning. She has unyielding faith in drama's possibility for change both personally and socially.

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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