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    • 16 Mar 2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC+08:00)
    • Lifelong Learning Institute, Event Hall 1-1 (11 Eunos Road 8 Singapore 408601)
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    The Skills Framework for Arts Education was launched in September 2023, providing arts educators with a detailed outline of possible career tracks and information on necessary skills required for various roles.  

    What now? 

    How can arts educators utilise the Skills Framework to plan ahead for their careers? How can the framework be translated into tangible actions? Are there gaps in the Skills Framework and if there are, how should arts educators navigate them? 

    This iteration of Connections features a diverse group of panelists from the arts education and career development sectors. Join us as we hear from emerging and senior arts educators along with training providers to better understand how arts educators can maximise the use of the newly published skills framework.

    Panel Discussion:

    Date: Saturday, 16th March 2023

    Time: 9:30am to 11am

    Venue: Lifelong Learning Institute, Event Hall 1-1 (11 Eunos Road 8 Singapore 408601)

    Panellists

    Adrian Chiang

    Recognised for his musical sensitivity and energised sense of interpretation, Adrian Chiang is quickly making his mark among Singaporean conductors for his inspired performances and versatility. Adrian is Music Director of the Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and additionally serves as the Conductor of numerous Orchestras and Wind Ensembles in Singapore, namely in educational institutes such as Singapore Management University, Singapore Polytechnic, Anderson-Serangoon Junior College, Eunoia Junior College, Victoria Junior College, Catholic High School, CHIJ Toa Payoh, Maris Stella High School, Naval Base Secondary School and Dazhong Primary School. He had previously led the Philharmonic Youth Winds for a decade, uplifting the group to become one of Singapore's more successful youth wind orchestras. His newest endeavours include founding Singapore’s 1st ever wind band academy, the Band Academy Singapore, and forming the premier wind ensemble, VENTUS.

    A recipient of the distinguished National Arts Council and National University of Singapore scholarship, Adrian attained his Master of Music degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (YSTCM, NUS) with a major in conducting. He had previously graduated with a Bachelor's in Business Administration from the National University of Singapore. Increasingly recognised for his committed advocacy of music education and his devotion to the art of conducting, he currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at the YSTCM (NUS), where he teaches music conducting to all music undergraduates.

    Adrian has served as President of the National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA) since 2019. NICA is an NTUC-affiliated association formed following an NTUC announcement to extend its reach to the freelancer community who are coaches or instructors in sports, outdoor adventures/learning, fitness, wellness, visual arts and performing arts. He had also previously served as the Band Directors’ Association (Singapore) president from 2017 to 2022.

    Ives Tay

    Ives specialises in helping training providers with SSG OR, CA, CF and TPQA

    Ives helps training providers with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) organisation registration (OR), WSQ course accreditation (CA), non-WSQ certifiable course funding (CF), quality assessment (TPQA) & compliance.

    He is a key architect and influencer of the national Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) and Skills Framework (SFw) systems, having spent 7 years as Principal Manager of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency/WDA (now SSG) where he led quality teams in regulating Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and their courses. He is highly regarded in the industry and continues to be consulted by many organisations.

    Ives graduated with Master’s degrees in HRD and Training from the University of Leicester and is ACTA and DACE certified.

    Kamini Ramachandran

    Kamini Ramachandran is a pioneer in the field of oral storytelling in Asia. Through her work in Moonshadow Stories she is known for promoting storytelling for adult audiences. She founded The Storytelling Centre Limited to advance the art of storytelling through the Young Storytellers Mentorship Programme. She is also creative producer of StoryFest Singapore and an organizing team member of Producers SG. 

    She has developed and conducted storytelling training programmes for the National Heritage Board on museum-based learning for docents and educators, and has trained museum volunteer guides for the Founders Memorial.

    She is also a committee member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (2023-2025) and part of the special interest group focusing on arts advocacy for freelance practitioners where she worked on ‘The Arts Freelancers Playbook: Guide to Understanding Contracts’.

    Nora Neo-Crothers

    Nora Neo-Crothers, founder of inwardBOUND, holds a First Class Honours degree in Drama and Performance from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her work focuses on utilizing drama for community engagement and education.

    At inwardBOUND, Nora has developed an inclusive range of drama programs, serving a diverse age group from 6 to 86 years old. These programs focus on enabling expression and advocacy through theatre. She has been integral in establishing the re:ACT festival, promoting collaboration between young people and nonprofit organisations, with a focus on using the arts to tackle social issues. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Nora also pioneered the IDEA platform, blending various art forms to ensure continuous artistic involvement and educational opportunities.

    Leading a social enterprise, Nora is committed to using drama for community empowerment and creative transformation. inwardBOUND actively confronts social challenges like mental wellness, xenophobia, and community integration. The organization's diverse range of workshops, programs, and performances has engaged over 100,000 students and has been instrumental in producing youth theatre that has garnered 68 Distinction Awards at the Singapore Youth Festival.

    Nora's contributions to drama and education have earned her multiple Outstanding Contribution Awards and recognition as the 1st runner-up for the Woman of Asia - Rising Star Award (RBS - Coutts and Financial Times).

    Raiya Basalamah

    Raiya is a drama educator of 3 years and a writer/playwright. For 6 years, she studied Theatre at School of the Arts, Singapore (SOTA) and subsequently, she moved to Melbourne, Australia to study Acting for 3 years at Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). During her time as a student, Raiya developed an eagerness to work with young people in the arts, especially after volunteering her time to guide children from an after-school care centre in their Year End Concert. She realised after the experience how fulfilling it was to witness the children’s growth in their confidence, and to build a connection with them that taught both the children and herself what it means to lead one another with empathy and compassion.

    Shortly after graduating from VCA, Raiya began working as a freelance drama educator for various companies, beginning with the same company that organised her first drama workshop at 8 years old. From 2021 onwards, she has engaged with young people of a wide range of age groups, including babies. She has also performed in shows catered for young people, as well as facilitated them through post-show workshops, rehearsals for showcases, and more. In 2023, she helped Serangoon Secondary School’s Drama Club earn their first Distinction for their Arts Presentation, and in that same year, she graduated from SDEA’s ETLA ‘09 course as a Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI) recipient. As of now, Raiya hopes to continue building her deepest passion for empowering the young through drama, and work towards being an educator at arts institutions. As a writer/playwright, she is also keen to develop her craft as an Artist-in-Residence with Gateway Arts this year.

    Moderator

    Regina Chua

    Regina is a passionate theatre arts practitioner-educator who believes in the transformative power of Dramatic Arts, as it holds the key to unlocking confidence and creativity from within the individual, whatever their age.

    Having graduated from LASALLE, College of the Arts in 2006 with a Diploma in Theatre Arts, her desire to nurture the artistic expression of others pushed her to seek pedagogical excellence. Her commitment to understanding the diverse learning needs of individuals across different age groups has seen her obtaining a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education from NIE-NTU in 2016, a Certificate in Teaching Arts in Early Childhood Environment from SEED Institute in 2018 and an Advance Certificate in Learning and Performance 2.0 (ACLP 2.0) from Institute of Adult Learning (IAL), SUSS in 2023. An experienced arts educator, she has conducted over 1000 workshops for learners spanning the ages of four to sixty-four, across over 200 institutions from pre-schools to institutes of higher learning, mainstream to special education, government to corporate entities, both locally and internationally. She is always interested in making learning as accessible and fun as possible.

    Regina is a proud member of Singapore Drama Educator Association (SDEA) and is currently serving as its vice-president for the 2023-2025 term.

    Partners

    Singapore Drama Educators Association is supported by the National Arts Council under the Major Company Scheme for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025

    About Connections:

    Connections is a non-partisan platform for connecting stakeholders in the education sector through open dialogues on current challenges, issues and developments with the aim to inspire change.

    Through the various activities organised under Connections, SDEA has:

    • Used applied drama activities to explore the gaps in inclusivity in education
    • Actively promoted the use of drama as a pedagogy to complement existing teaching practices
    • Initiated and facilitated dialogues with/between various stakeholders such as NAC, MOE (CPDD, ECDA and AEB (formerly CCAB)), NIE (VPA), WDA, teaching artists, educators and various professional theatre companies
    • Conducted drama workshops in partnership with The Kennedy Center (US), CCAB and NAC

Past Events

16 Feb 2024 SDEA Swop Shop #1 2024 - Lower Primary Edition
16 Dec 2023 Characters In Transition - A Workshop By Ramesh Meyyappan
17 Nov 2023 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - ETLA10
15 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: Make Shakespeare Come Alive
15 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: Learning through Pretending - Drama as a Pedagogical Tool to Build Multiple Literacies in the NT English Classroom
15 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: The Anatomy of a Speech and Drama Class
14 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: Collaborative Creations: Unlocking Devised Theatre’s Potential
14 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: Engaging Learners through Drama in the Primary School Classroom
14 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023: Finding Your Authentic Voice
14 Nov 2023 Level Up! Fest 2023 Day Passes
12 Oct 2023 The Art & Craft of Facilitating Drama Activities
3 Oct 2023 First Aid Training Programme for Drama Educators
20 Sep 2023 Annual General Meeting 2023
26 Jul 2023 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - The Art & Craft of Facilitating Drama Activities
10 Jul 2023 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches for Arts Educators - Early Childhood (2nd Intake)
2 Jul 2023 [Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Interculturality and Theatre Work
1 Jul 2023 [Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Activating and Moving Your Communities by Making Community Theatre with Them
1 Jul 2023 [Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Games as Social Metaphors
30 Jun 2023 [Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Deep Listening, Sharing Places, and Creating Spaces
30 Jun 2023 [Theatre Arts Conference 2023 Masterclass] Dramaturgy of a Participatory Performance
30 Jun 2023 Theatre Arts Conference 2023 - Rooting Deep, Branching Wide: Strengthening Practices and Expanding Possibilities
25 May 2023 [CANCELLED] Drama for Learning in the Malay Language Classroom (Primary School) / Penggunaan Drama Dalam Pengajaran Bahasa Melayu
24 May 2023 [CANCELLED] Drama for Learning in the Tamil Language Classroom (Primary School) / நாடக உத்திகளின் மூலம் தமிழ்மொழி கற்பித்தல்
22 May 2023 Drama for Learning in the Chinese Language Classroom (Primary School)/ 应用戏剧,促进华文教学
4 May 2023 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - Theatre Arts Conference 2023
3 May 2023 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches - Community of Practice 4
3 May 2023 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - ETLA-EC02
3 May 2023 Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Funding - ETLA-EC02
4 Mar 2023 Connections 2023:Our Many Colours: Cultural Inclusivity in the Drama Classroom
25 Feb 2023 Launch of The Arts Freelancer's Playbook: SDEA’s Guide to Understanding Contracts
7 Feb 2023 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches - Early Childhood Community of Practice
5 Jan 2023 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (9th Intake)
13 Dec 2022 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches - Community of Practice 3
28 Nov 2022 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - ETLA09
25 Nov 2022 Drama for Learning in the Malay Language Classroom (Primary School) / Penggunaan Drama Dalam Pengajaran Bahasa Melayu
23 Nov 2022 The Nuts and Bolts of Technical Theatre
23 Nov 2022 Warm-up Activities for Young Performers - Safeguarding Vocal Health of Young Performers
23 Nov 2022 Planting the Seeds of Change Through Drama - A Cognitive and Affective Process Steeped in Being and Becoming
23 Nov 2022 Dramaturgical Strategies for Devised Performance
23 Nov 2022 Developing Students’ Physicality through Le Jeu
22 Nov 2022 Game Design for Interactive Performance
22 Nov 2022 [CANCELLED] Let’s use Fables!/让我们用寓言!
22 Nov 2022 [Event changed] Facilitating Critical Thinking Through Participatory Drama
22 Nov 2022 The Actors Process
22 Nov 2022 Exploring the work of Jacques Lecoq
22 Nov 2022 The Expressive Voice
21 Nov 2022 First Aid Training Programme for Drama Educators
14 Nov 2022 Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Funding - Level Up! Fest 2022
17 Oct 2022 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - Level Up! Fest 2022
7 Sep 2022 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches - Community of Practice 2
29 Aug 2022 20th Annual General Meeting
30 Jul 2022 Developing a Visual Theatrical Language – A Lecture-Discussion + Workshop by Ramesh Meyyappan
6 Jun 2022 Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) Funding - ETLA-EC
6 Jun 2022 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - ETLA-EC
1 Jun 2022 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches - Community of Practice
30 May 2022 Sketch Comedy Writers Interest Group with Mitchell Fang
18 May 2022 Drama for Learning in the Tamil Language Classroom (Primary School) / நாடக உத்திகளின் மூலம் தமிழ்மொழி கற்பித்தல்
22 Apr 2022 Membership Focus Groups on SDEA
1 Apr 2022 Extraordinary General Meeting - 1 April 2022
19 Mar 2022 Connections 2022: Safeguarding of Children in the Arts
11 Mar 2022 Let's Connect: Making Space
5 Feb 2022 SDEA Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (8th Intake)
3 Jan 2022 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative - ETLA'08
13 Dec 2021 The Sketch Comedy Writers Interest Group
3 Dec 2021 Let's Connect: Take Five
30 Nov 2021 A Discussion - Skills Framework for Drama Educators
29 Nov 2021 Outdoor Voices – A Conversation About Arts for Young Audiences in Singapore
27 Nov 2021 Nutrition - for Arts Practitioners
27 Nov 2021 Contract Negotiation Strategies Workshop
25 Nov 2021 Drama for Learning in the Malay Language Classroom / Penggunaan Drama dalam Pengajaran Bahasa Melayu
25 Nov 2021 Drama for Learning in the Tamil Language Classroom / நாடக உத்திகளின் மூலம் தமிழ்மொழி கற்பித்தல்
24 Nov 2021 Child First Aid Blended Course by Singapore First Aid Training Centre (SFATC)
23 Nov 2021 Drama for Learning in the Chinese Language Classroom / 应用戏剧,促进华文教学
22 Nov 2021 Standard First Aid Blended Course by Singapore First Aid Training Centre (SFATC)
19 Nov 2021 Headshots
15 Nov 2021 Members Portal Clinic
13 Nov 2021 Broken Pieces, Bigger Picture: Identifying Trauma in the Classroom
13 Nov 2021 Opening To The Floor: Facilitating Post-Show Dialogues and Panel Discussions
12 Nov 2021 Supporting Mental Health in Schools and Communities Using Drama
10 Nov 2021 Caterpillar and Chrysalis: Storytelling Workshop
8 Nov 2021 Career Chat: Teaching Drama as a Co-Curricular Activity
2 Nov 2021 Mindfulness for Arts Practitioners
1 Nov 2021 Throwing A Light on Theatre-Making: Finding Spaces to Listen
21 Sep 2021 Retro Music Writing Club
18 Sep 2021 Dungeons & Dragons with Matt Lyon
4 Aug 2021 SDEA Annual General Meeting
10 Jul 2021 SDEA Panel Session: The Realities of Grant Writing
19 Jun 2021 Focus Group for Terms & Conditions 5
18 Jun 2021 Registration of Interest for Support Group Session in Memory of Paul Ko
4 Jun 2021 Let's Connect: BYO
22 May 2021 SDEA Theatre Arts Conference
8 May 2021 Focus Group for Terms & Conditions 4
6 May 2021 Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TAC)
26 Apr 2021 SDEA ChitChat: Spotlight on Applied Theatre
17 Apr 2021 Focus Group on Terms & Conditions 3
27 Mar 2021 Focus Group 2 for Contract: Standard Terms & Conditions
17 Mar 2021 Let's Connect: Roadmaps
13 Mar 2021 Connections x March On! Workshop for Teaching Artists
10 Mar 2021 Connections Teachers Dialogue In Person
10 Mar 2021 Connections Teachers Dialogue - On-Line
10 Mar 2021 Connections x March On! Workshop for Teachers
27 Feb 2021 Focus Group 1 for Contract: Standard Terms & Conditions
1 Feb 2021 SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (7th Intake)
17 Dec 2020 Let's Connect: Holiday Quiz

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