SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching and Learning Approaches course - 2nd intake

Facilitated by leading teaching artists in the industry, the practical 40-hour course is designed to guide participants to consider essential principles all drama instructors need to be familiar with when preparing and conducting drama lessons with groups. The course results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council – the minimum pedagogical qualifications required for NAC-AEP instructors leading the 2017/2018 cycle. This course will provide participants with an understanding of how teaching drama can generate creative and imaginative learning experiences for their students.

Course Objectives:

  • Develop greater awareness of the role and impact of a drama educator in the Singapore context
  • Understand the creative potential of drama-based pedagogies that aim to foster students’ curiosity, empathy and criticality
  • Understand key components of lesson planning and acquire skills in planning developmentally appropriate drama lesson for target groups
  • Manage resources and the physical environment as part of classroom management

Minimum Requirement:

  • The course is suitable for educators with at least 2 years of classroom experience

NOTE: To read the module synopsis and schedule, move your cursor to the blue box above labelled Course Modules & Schedule. Course Duration: 40 hours (part-time) Course Fee: $1,016.50 (including admin and registration fees), arts instructors who meet funding criteria will enjoy 90% course fee subsidy. Find out more from the Terms and Conditions of course application form on page 2.

SkillsFuture Credit Eligibility: You can find this course on the SkillsFuture Credit Course Directory here. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website ( to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory. SDEA Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI): You may apply for TSPDI here if you are not eligible for NAC-AEP subsidy and if you meet the application criteria.

Course Application: Click here to download form Closing date for application is 17 February 2017, Friday, 2359 hour Course Venue: Blk B Level 3 Meeting Room, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 (How to get to the venue) Assessments: Part I: Lesson Plan – to be submitted after Developing and Delivering Meaningful Drama Sessions: Effective Engagement and Thoughtful Planning (EETP) Module Part II: Microteaching – to be conducted after Learning Environments & Classroom Management: Designs and Strategies in the Singapore Context (LECM) Module Part III: Reflection Paper - to be submitted after completion of all the modules of the course

About the Facilitators


Charlene Rajendran

Dr Charlene Rajendran Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Dr Charlene Rajendran is a theatre educator, researcher and practitioner currently based at the National Institute of Education – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her work involves developing arts-based dialogic pedagogies that draw on contextually-based knowledges to deepen critical and aesthetic thinking.    

Kenneth Kwok

Mr Kenneth Kwok** Director, Arts and Youth and Strategic Planning National Arts Council Mr Kenneth Kwok received the national Outstanding Youth in Education Award as an English Language, Literature and Drama Club teacher, and has also been a secondary school vice-principal and Assistant Director, Curriculum Policy (Ministry of Education). He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in Educational Drama (National Institute of Education). He has an M.Ed. in Arts in Education and is currently Director, Arts & Youth (National Arts Council).   **

Kok Heng Leun

Mr Kok Heng Leun Artistic Director, Drama Box** Mr Kok Heng Leun is the Artistic Director of Singaporean theatre company Drama Box, and a prominent figure in both the English and Chinese-language theatres in Singapore. Thus far, he has directed over 80 plays. Heng Leun strongly believes in engaging the community in his works to promote critical dialogues. He is one of the most prominent theatre practitioner in Singapore advocating applied and engaged arts. Heng Leun is also respected as a leading Forum Theatre practitioner in Asia.


Marianne Sim

Ms Marianne Sim Drama Educator, School of the Arts Ms Marianne Sim is a teacher at the School of the Arts and has been teaching Foundation Drama and GCSE ‘O’ level Drama for the past 7 years. Not satisfied with just being a teacher, Marianne has tried her hand in directing and performing short pieces showcased at Celebrate Drama! and the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference.    

Peggy Ferroa

Ms Peggy Ferroa Vice-President, SDEA Drama Educator Ms Peggy Ferroa is the vice-president of SDEA and a community artist who works with students, seniors, the Peranakan community and corporate organisations. She has been designing, developing and implementing drama programmes for literacy and life skills since 2006 for the Singapore Prison Service. She has also been a teaching artist in NAC’s Teaching Through the Arts Programme since 2012. Peggy has an MA in Arts Pedagogy and Practice.  

Sean Tobin

Mr Sean Tobin Head of Theatre, School of the Arts Artistic Director, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival** Mr Sean Tobin has been in the Singapore Theatre and Education landscape since 1993 and is currently the Artistic Director of M1 Singapore Fringe Festival and Head of Theatre at School of The Arts (SOTA). He has more than 20 years experience working in theatre with young people and holds a Bachelor of Education (specializing in Drama) from Edith Cowan University.