For the Value and Practice of Drama/Theatre

Part of SDEA's mission is to advocate for the value and practice of drama/theatre in performance, education, and community.

Our advocacy work is relevant and benefits those who

  • work in the arts
  • have benefited from the arts, in particular drama/theatre
  • can benefit from the arts, in particular drama/theatre

We believe drama/theatre to be vital part of life to not just those working in the arts, but anyone who can benefit from the arts. Our efforts aim to communicate this importance, and work to create a conducive space for good work to happen.

Advocacy efforts

COVID-19 Resource and Advocacy Work

Even before the circuit breaker measures happened, COVID-19 was causing alarm amongst freelance arts practitioners whose projects were getting cancelled, facing many months without compensation or remuneration.

SDEA aggregated useful information, got in touch with the Ministry of Education, and ran surveys and focus groups to better understand how drama educators were being affected by the pandemic.

You may read more about SDEA's efforts here.

SDEA's Code of Professional Practice

SDEA has a published Code of Professional Practice which all members are expected to follow. SDEA believes in the value of Drama Education and recognises the drama educator as a professional. As in any professional body, SDEA proposes a Code of Professional Practice for its members.

You may read more about the Code of Professional Practice here.

Focus Group on Ideal Standard Terms and Conditions

This focus group led by Aiswariyah Shanmuganathan with the involvement of Attorney Roland Samosir is focused on creating a set of ideal terms and conditions that will protect freelancers and self-employed drama educators better in the future.

The group was borne out of a need for better terms and conditions during the circuit breaker in response COVID-19, where many educators lost majority of their income due to cancellations and postponements of work.

If you are a freelance practitioner or drama educator and wish to contribute to this focus group, drop us an email at

SDEA's other programmes

All of SDEA's programmes are regularly reviewed against our mission and vision, and the advocacy needs of the industry. These range from Connections which works to connect stakeholders from different fields for pertinent conversation, to Level Up! Fest, a month dedicated to the celebration of professional development.

You can read more about these programmes here.