Connections

All past Connections programmes can be found here.

Past Events

All past Connections programmes can be found here.

2020

(Postponed) Connections 2020: Inspiring Engagement - Swiping Right On The Arts Panel Discussion

Postponement Notice in light of the novel coronavirus

In light of the situation regarding the novel coronavirus and the raising of the risk assessment in Singapore to DORSCON Orange, the SDEA Committee has decided to postpone our upcoming event, Connections 2020: Inspiring Engagement - Swiping Right on the Arts originally on Saturday, 15th February until further notice for the safety of our participants. We would like to thank you for your support for SDEA and for Connections 2020, and we sincerely hope that you will stay safe in this period and be able to join us in the future when a new date is set. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at office@sdea.org.sg or at +65 6345 6997.

What do we desire from the Arts? What is effective engagement? How do we measure the quality/effectiveness of the Arts? On Saturday, 15th February, swipe right on the arts and join us for a panel discussion on Arts Engagement at Connections 2020!

Moderated by Oniatta Effendi, this panel discussion will involve parents, students, practitioners, educators, and policy makers, who will examine concerns regarding effective arts engagement, and ask the question “What does Arts Engagement mean to us?” This panel discussion follows a ‘speed dating’ session in which invited stakeholders - parents, students, practitioners, educators, and policy makers - will discuss Arts Engagement and create discussion points for the panel.

Time: 3.30pm - 5pm

Date: Saturday, 15th February 2020

Venue: Multi-Purpose Room, Block O, Goodman Arts Centre

Price: Free Admission by Registration


Oniatta Effendi - Moderator

Oniatta is an educator with over 20 years of experience in the classroom. A strong advocate of the Arts and an active applied drama practitioner, she believes in the transformative nature of drama, especially with vulnerable communities. She has worked with ex-offenders with addiction issues in a halfway house, youth offenders in juvenile rehabilitative spaces, youths in welfare homes as well as youths with special needs. Oniatta was a full-time lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic with the Applied Drama and Psychology programme. She was last teaching at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre department where she had conceptualised and led students on their first Overseas Immersion Programme in Yogyakarta in 2019.

Oniatta finds absolute pleasure in Batik. She founded Baju by Oniatta – a clothing line, dedicated to revive Batik by reinventing the way it is worn and appreciate, and has recently opened a boutique called Galeri Tokokita to house her collection of batiks and batik apparel. Oniatta is a proud mother of 5 children.

Dr. Jeffery Tan - Panellist

Jeffery’s theatre and arts management skills were honed during his tenure as Resident Director of The Necessary Stage. As a key member of this major arts company, Jeffery was often described as the enfant terrible of Singapore theatre. Under the moniker “Jeff Chen”, he has directed numerous productions that have generated enthusiastic discussion in the theatre industry since 1998. His latest projects include LIFT: Love is Flower The (2013) which was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Art Creation Fund and presented by Theatreworks. In 2015, at the invitation of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Jeffery directed a restaging of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral to critical acclaim. During his time with The Necessary Stage, Jeffery was also directly involved in various aspects of arts management, including devising creative strategies in programming, marketing, publicity, audience development and fund-raising. He programmed and managed a quarterly platform for cutting-edge performing arts and a series of forums on cultural issues that ran for eleven instalments. Over the course of running this programme, Jeffery had the privilege of collaborating with many acclaimed artists such as Amanda Heng, Heman Chong and Susie Lingham.

In addition to his roles as theatre director and arts manager, Jeffery is a committed educator. He has developed syllabi and taught arts management, arts policy, theatre, film and cultural studies at National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and various secondary schools. He has also been invited to deliver guest lectures and keynote speeches at University of Northern Colorado, Hong Kong Baptist University and Burapha University.

Since 2015, Jeffery has worked at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). As the Vice Dean of its School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre, he managed the Arts Management and Theatre Programmes and redeveloped the degree and diploma courses.

In August 2020, Jeffery will assume the position of Dean of NAFA’s Centre for Lifelong Education. He looks forward to contributing towards the reskilling and upskilling of Singapore’s arts professionals in this new position.

Shema Shadila Bte. Abdullah - Panellist

Shema is a 17 year old drama student from Victoria Junior College. On the panel, she will be sharing from her own perspective as a student, her views on arts engagement.

Irfan Kasban - Panellist

Through writing, directing, performing, and designing, Irfan Kasban hopes to create intricate universes as a celebration of space and time. A freelance professional since 2006, he is currently an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra. Irfan has since traversed mediums and disciplines - in hopes of find peace, in the art of war.

Nora Neo-Crothers - Panellist

Nora Neo-Crothers is the founder of inwardBOUND, a drama education company that uses drama to empower creative change. Over the course of 15 years, she has witnessed how the transformative power of drama has evolved into a multidimensional medium- to create visions, articulate ideas, test decisions, all in a shared collaborative space of theatre. inwardBOUND has toured their shows to more than 200 schools, sharing interactive works from cyberbullying to casual racism; on xenophobia to just plainly, our common identity. It has inspiring more than 15 000 youths to create awareness-driven performances, exploring issues that tugs at the hearts.

Jean Yeo - Panellist

Jean is the creator for two of Singapore’s highest rated English drama series Lion Mums and Last Madame in 2019. A veteran writer and producer, Jean has been involved in some of Singapore’s most iconic projects including Growing Up, Triple Nine and Moulmein High as well as award-winning documentaries on National Geographic and Discovery. Jean spearheaded Ochre Pictures, an independent production company focusing on quality content in various genres. As an active member of the media Industry, Jean was also the Founding Vice President for AIPRO.

Register here: bit.ly/connections2020panel


About Connections

Connections is SDEA's 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 this platform, we have 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.

Connections 2020 - Digital Arts Engagement: Zoom Ahead or Hit Pause?

SDEA Connections 2020 - Digital Arts Engagement: Zoom Ahead or Hit Pause?

COVID-19 has pushed artists into the digital space, which has been both a boon and a bane. Patrons and practitioners have been sorely missing our theatres and our studios begging the question – should we Zoom Ahead or Hit Pause?

Join us for a diverse panel discussion on these issues, consisting of Dean for the Centre for Lifelong Education at NAFA Dr. Jeffery Tan, newly minted Co-Artistic Director Myra Loke, founder of drama education company Nora-Neo Crothers, multi-disciplinary artist Irfan Kasban, creator of hit drama Lion Moms Jean Yeo, and aspiring theatre maker and student Shema Shadila. The panel will be moderated by Applied Drama Educator, entrepreneur, and parent Oniatta Effendi.

Their discussion will be based on a series of focus groups with artists, producers, educators, parents, students, and executive decision makers.

Together, they will share their experiences, expectations, and hopes for digital arts engagement, especially in this extraordinary time.

Event Details

Price: Admission is free by Registration*

Date: Friday, 24th July 2020

Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm

*The session will be hosted as a Zoom Webinar, and will not be streamed live on Facebook.

Register Here


Panellists

Dr. Jeffery Tan Dean, Centre for Lifelong Education, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts

Jeffery’s theatre and arts management skills were honed during his tenure as Resident Director of The Necessary Stage. As a key member of this major arts company, Jeffery was often described as the enfant terrible of Singapore theatre. Under the moniker “Jeff Chen”, he has directed numerous productions that have generated enthusiastic discussion in the theatre industry since 1998. His latest projects include LIFT: Love is Flower The (2013) which was a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Art Creation Fund and presented by Theatreworks. In 2015, at the invitation of Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay, Jeffery directed a restaging of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral to critical acclaim. During his time with The Necessary Stage, Jeffery was also directly involved in various aspects of arts management, including devising creative strategies in programming, marketing, publicity, audience development and fund-raising. He programmed and managed a quarterly platform for cutting-edge performing arts and a series of forums on cultural issues that ran for eleven instalments. Over the course of running this programme, Jeffery had the privilege of collaborating with many acclaimed artists such as Amanda Heng, Heman Chong and Susie Lingham. In addition to his roles as theatre director and arts manager, Jeffery is a committed educator. He has developed syllabi and taught arts management, arts policy, theatre, film and cultural studies at National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, National Institute of Education, Ngee Ann Polytechnic and various secondary schools. He has also been invited to deliver guest lectures and keynote speeches at University of Northern Colorado, Hong Kong Baptist University and Burapha University. Since 2015, Jeffery has worked at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). As the Vice Dean of its School of Arts Management, Dance & Theatre, he managed the Arts Management and Theatre Programmes and redeveloped the degree and diploma courses. In July 2020, Jeffery will assume the position of Dean of NAFA’s Centre for Lifelong Education. He looks forward to contributing towards the reskilling and upskilling of Singapore’s arts professionals in this new position.  

Myra Loke Co-Artistic Director of The Finger Players

Myra Loke is a puppeteer, actor, educator, designer and theatre-maker. She started her journey in Singapore’s theatre 13 years ago when she co-created and participated in ARTivate (Pioneer Batch), a youth wing of Drama Box Ltd. Now, Myra is the Co-Artistic Director and a member of the artistic core team of The Finger Players. She has since performed in Framed, By Adolf, The Spirits Play, ITSY- The Musical, The Flying Dutchman, Turn by Turn We Turn and several others. Myra also works very closely with The Finger Players as a props-maker and puppet designer. In 2017, Myra co-created “You Can Reach The Sky”, Singapore’s first immersive theatrical experience for babies. In 2018, Myra co-founded an arts collective, The Wanderlings, where she continues her work in engaging young people and people with special needs.  

Nora Neo-Crothers Founder, inwardBOUND

Nora Neo-Crothers is the founder of inwardBOUND. Since 2005, inwardBOUND has use drama to inspire confidence and empower creative change in youth.  She believes in the transformative power of drama which has, over the years, evolved into the core of her work with youth in schools. Her vision is to see her drama programs making a difference, allowing participants a safe space to rehearse for life.  

Irfan Kasban Multi-Disciplinary Artist

Through writing, directing, designing, and performing, Irfan Kasban hopes to create intricate works as a way to make sense of his time in this universe. A freelance professional since 2006, Irfan’s curiosity has guided his artistic trajectory, in various mediums and disciplines. He is motivated by our daily struggle to find peace, which has spanned across space and time. Irfan is an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra since 2011, and was an Associate Artist with The Theatre Practice in 2019. Currently he is interested in performance as ritual healing.  

Jean Yeo Creative Director, Ochre Pictures

Jean is the creator for two of Singapore’s highest rated English drama series Lion Mums and Last Madame in 2019. A veteran writer and producer, Jean has been involved in some of Singapore’s most iconic projects including Growing Up, Triple Nine and Moulmein High as well as award-winning documentaries on National Geographic and Discovery. Jean spearheaded Ochre Pictures, an independent production company focusing on quality content in various genres. As an active member of the media Industry, Jean was also the Founding Vice President for AIPRO.  

Shema Shadila Bte Abdullah Student

Shema is a 17 year old drama student from Victoria Junior College. On the panel, she will be sharing from her own perspective as a student, her views on arts engagement.  

Moderated by

Oniatta Effendi Applied Drama Practitioner

Oniatta is an educator with over 20 years of experience in the classroom. A strong advocate of the Arts and an active applied drama practitioner, she believes in the transformative nature of drama, especially with vulnerable communities. She has worked with ex-offenders with addiction issues in a halfway house, youth offenders in juvenile rehabilitative spaces, youths in welfare homes as well as youths with special needs. Oniatta was a full-time lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic with the Applied Drama and Psychology programme. She was last teaching at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as a Senior Lecturer in the Theatre department where she had conceptualised and led students on their first Overseas Immersion Programme in Yogyakarta in 2019. Oniatta finds absolute pleasure in Batik. She founded Baju by Oniatta – a clothing line, dedicated to revive Batik by reinventing the way it is worn and appreciate, and has recently opened a boutique called Galeri Tokokita to house her collection of batiks and batik apparel. Oniatta is a proud mother of 5 children.

2019

Connections 2019: The (R)Evolution of Inclusivity in Education

Banner Image. SDEA Connections 2019. The Revolution of Inclusivity in Education. Panel on 16th February 2019. In Partnership with the Finger Players.

The (R)Evolution of Inclusivity in Education

In 2019, the Compulsory Education Act will be extended to include children with moderate to severe special needs. How ready are we? How can we better prepare and support educators, parents, students, and other stakeholders? Join us for a panel discussion as we explore current and future challenges, through the lens of accessibility, inclusivity, and mindset changes.

Panelists comprise:

  • Cassandra Chiu, Psychotherapist, Advocate, and Author,
  • Barbara D’ Cotta, Specialised Teacher for Students with Hearing Loss, and
  • Esther Kwan and Vice Principal of Grace Orchard School.

The panel will be moderated by SDEA member and applied drama practitioner, Michael Cheng.

Venue: The Pod @ National Library, Level 16, 100 Victoria Street, S188064
Entrance at National Library level 1.

Time: 10am - 12pm

Organised by the Singapore Drama Educators Association in partnership with The Finger Players.

Organisers note: There will be photography and videography at the event for archival and marketing purposes.

Click here to get your tickets from Peatix, or visit connections2019panel.peatix.com!

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About SDEA 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:

  • 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

In Connections 2019: The (R)Evolution of Inclusivity in Education, SDEA is working with The Finger Players as advocacy partners in conjunction with their latest production Not in my Lifetime?

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About The Finger Players

The Finger Players is one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies. Touted as the “hottest local theatre group” and “the company to watch” by the press and media, the company’s unique brand of puppet theatre has won awards in Singapore and recognition around the world. To date, the company has taken its productions to Austria, Australia, China, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Kenya, Macau, Myanmar, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and, Turkey, making it one of Singapore’s most prolific international touring companies.

The Finger Players seeks to fuse traditional and contemporary puppetry with other disciplines to create a theatre which empowers the mind and soul.

About Not in my Lifetime?

Not in My Lifetime? is an inclusive theatre performance, which explores the special education system in Singapore through the experiences of the teachers working in the sector.

Conceived by director Tan Beng Tian in collaboration with a team of creatives from diverse backgrounds and experiences in theatre making, the production aims to cater equally to both non-disabled people and persons with disabilities.

Audience members can look forward to an intimate and homely experience while they move around the theatre space together with the performers as the story unfolds. Through an interactive and engaging approach, the multi-talented performers will share candid anecdotes about the other education system in Singapore, one which is supposed to be ‘special’.

Get your tickets for Not in my Lifetime?!

In partnership with The Finger Players

Supported by:

National Library Board

Ethos Books

Connections 2019: Communicating Through Object Puppetry (Postponed Until Further Notice)

[This workshop has been postponed until further notice. For enquiries, please contact us at projects@sdea.org.sg. Thank you!]  

A workshop aimed at creating a more inclusive classroom.

Join us for Communicating through Object Puppetry, a workshop conducted by Tan Beng Tian, SDEA member, artistic director of The Finger Players, and director of Not In My Lifetime?.

How can everyday objects be animated to aid communication with our students? How can puppetry help in building social-emotional skills? With 80% of students with special needs in mainstream schools, and the remaining in special educational schools, what can educators in both learn from one another?

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for educators in both mainstream and special schools to come together and explore puppetry in the classroom!  

$120/pax ($100/pax for a group of 3)

19th March 2019, Tuesday

2pm - 5pm

Gateway Theatre Gallery  

Click here to register, or drop us an email at projects@sdea.org.sg

*This event is only available for mainstream and SPED school educators.

*Do let us know if you require specific access requirements. Sign language interpreting will be provided upon request.

Photography by TuckysPhotography.

Connections 2019: Working Towards Inclusivity In Education

A workgroup session on creating concrete solutions for inclusivity in education.

In February, Connections 2019 had our first panel discussion. A fruitful dialogue ensued, and now we find ourselves thinking, “What’s next?” Join us for a work group session, where we look at the issue of inclusivity in our education landscape from different perspectives. Applied drama activities will be used to explore gaps and solutions.

The discussions in the work group will be crafted into a report to be published. With your valuable experience, insights, and research, we can all play a part to make Singapore’s education landscape more inclusive. If you are an educator, a researcher, a parent, a person with disability, or just someone who truly believes in an inclusive education landscape, join us. The work group will be conducted by applied drama practitioner Michael Cheng.

Free Admission

19th Mar 2019

10am to 1pm (registration at 9:30am)

Gateway Theatre

Organised by Singapore Drama Educators Association in partnership with The Finger Players.

*Do let us know should you require specific access requirements. Sign language interpreting will be provided upon request.

Connections 2019 - The (r)evolution of Inclusivity in Education

In 2019, the Compulsory Education Act is set to include children with special needs. But, are we ready to go? Are our schools and education system accessible for every individual? Join us for a panel discussion where we explore the topic of accessibility, from the learning and behaviour needs to infrastructure and access to physical spaces.

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2016

Connections 2016 Forum: Youth-led Community Projects Using Drama

On 11 Mar 2016, an edition of Connections was organised to look at how schools and youth leaders can engage with communities meaningfully through drama. The session was thought-provoking and offered much food for thought about the impact, design and motivations for student directed community projects. Special thanks goes out to the amazing speakers Oniatta Effendi, Vishnucharan Naidu, Noor Izzaty, Khee Shihui and Koh Hui Ling for sharing the importance of heart in their work with the community. We hope this forum has sparked meaningful conversations among the educators, ministries, students, artists, NGOs and media present. Thank you for your support at Connections!

Click to access the Publicity Emailer. Check out this video footage from the forum.


Registration is closed.

Youth-led Community Projects Using Drama – How To Make It Work?

After the success of two popular forums, ‘Drama for Special Needs’ and ‘Competition in Arts Education – Good or Bad?’, SDEA brings you another forum on Youth-led Community Projects using Drama. We pose youths, educators and NGOs the age-old question, How To Make It Work? So you have a love for drama and are thinking about using that special talent in meaningful ways. Maybe your drama club wants to give back to the community this semester and you’re leading the pack? What can you do that makes a real difference? How do you start? Join us at the forum where these questions and more will be posed to youths who have led ethical projects that brought about change for the better in communities they touch. Also, find out things that supervising teachers and NGOs wish you knew before making plans that may affect already fragile communities.

  • Students from Drama Clubs and Service Welfare Clubs, NUS Theatre Studies, LASALLE, NAFA, SOTA, Singapore Polytechnic DADP
  • Teachers from local schools and international schools
  • NGOs looking to work with youths through drama

Come and join us!

Panelists:

  • Oniatta Effendi, Lecturer, Singapore Polytechnic
  • Vishnu, Student, Singapore Polytechnic
  • Khee Shi Hui, Youth Wing Member and Youth Leader, Drama Box
  • Izzaty, Community Arts Manager, Artsolute

Moderated by:

  • Koh Hui Ling, Associate Artistic Director, Drama Box

About the Forum

Price: Admission is free, registration is required. About Connections Connections is SDEA’s platform to exchange knowledge, build skills, share best practices and have conversations about the arts in an educational context. In this edition of Connections, we look at the how schools and youth leaders can engage with communities meaningfully through drama.

Connections: Defining Arts Integration for Teaching Artists

On 2 September 2016, teaching artists Randy Barron and Sean Layne from the Kennedy Center led participants through a demonstration of the fine arts centre's definition of arts integration.

Participants at Connections benefitted from the practical demonstration of an integrated science class, the discussion about applying the framework in the local context, presentation of scientific research in the study by the Kennedy Center as well as website resources for further discourse on integration.

Feedback

  • The different levels of constructivism vs traditional teaching was good.
  • I liked discussing with other participants, knowing more about how the other educators are doing and the challenges.
  • Excellent pacing!
  • How do we all (converted) move forward together through collective action?

Click to access the Publicity Emailer.


Registration is closed.

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Many of the Kennedy Center’s professional development offerings are based on a philosophy and practice of teaching called arts integration. So what is arts integration? This session unpacks the Kennedy Center’s definition and gives you the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integrated lesson and examines how arts-integrated instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice.

About the Teaching Artists

Randy Barron has been a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist since 1995. For over thirty years, he has designed and led arts-integrated residencies for students, and he has led over two hundred professional development workshops for teachers, across the United States. Randy danced and choreographed professionally with ballet and modern dance companies across the United States and was the Executive Artistic Director of City in Motion Dance Theater in Kansas City, Missouri. Randy has a wide range of experience in education. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Rockhurst University, and is a former volunteer firefighter / EMT.

Sean Layne is the founder of Focus 5, Inc., an arts education consulting company providing services to schools, arts organizations, and museums around the country. Sean holds a BFA degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  He has worked in the field of arts integration for over 25 years and is an Arts Coach for the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts program. Sean began working with the Wolf Trap Institute Early Learning Through the Arts program in 1989. As a Master Artist, he represented Wolf Trap across the country and internationally, and designed and piloted new residency and workshop models.

About the Session

Price: SDEA Members $20 ; Non-SDEA Members $60 Participants to come in comfortable clothes.

2015

Connections I - Forum: Drama Education in Early Childhood. Is it Child’s Play?

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Connections Forum: Drama Education in Early Childhood. Is it Child's Play?

Dramatic play permits children to fit the reality of the world into their own interests and knowledge. One of the purest forms of symbolic thought available to young children, dramatic play contributes strongly to the intellectual development of children (Piaget, 1962). What are the benefits of engaging the child in drama from an early age? When should we introduce drama activities to children?  How do we incorporate dramatic play in the daily lives of preschoolers?

Join our panel of experienced early childhood educators and drama educators from SDEA as we explore and discuss the impact of providing a platform for imagination through drama.

Panelists:

  • Dr Christine Chen, President, Association for Early Childhood Educators
  • Dr Julie Dunn, Associate Professor in Drama Education & Applied Theatre, Griffith University, Australia
  • Mr R Chandran, Founder Director, ACT 3 Theatrics
  • Ms Tan Beng Luan, Principal, Creative O Preschoolers’ Bay

Moderator:

  • Ms Karen Lim, SDEA Founding Member & Arts Educator

About the Forum

Pricing: Free admission, registration is required. Limited seats.

Connections I - Workshop: Drama Education in Early Childhood

SDEA’s made its first Connections with early childhood educators sector on 20 and 21 March 2015 with workshops and forum focusing on early childhood education. This aspect of programming seeks to widen SDEA’s scope to include early childhood educators. As a professional body for drama educators, SDEA seeks to engage with as many sectors of educators as possible and early childhood educators is one particular sector that SDEA would want to engage with.

After the workshops, participants were able to understand theoretical underpinnings of the approach, to create a draft plan for implementation in their particular workplace based this approach and to gain the confidence to share this plan and the ideas relating to it with others.


Registration is closed.

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Connections Workshop: Supporting the development of creativity, literacy and narrative competence by linking play, drama and books in the kindergarten years

This workshop is intended for artists, educators and practitioners who work with kindergarten aged children. In the workshop, participants will explore through practical activities an approach that is aimed at developing children’s creativity, literacy and narrative competence. Using picture books as a stimulus, the workshop will introduce participants to drama strategies that educators and artists can employ to support the development of quality dramatic play experiences for young children. The practical experiences offered in the workshop will be underpinned by key theoretical literature from a range of connected fields.

About Dr Julie Dunn

Dr Julie Dunn is an associate professor in Drama Education and Applied Theatre at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. Julie's practice and research is focused on drama, play and playfulness. Her early childhood work is focused on the links that can be made between literacy, oracy, narrative competence, play and drama. Julie has presented keynotes and masterclass workshops in a range of global contexts and is widely published. Her most recent book, co-authored with Michael Anderson (University of Sydney) is entitled "How Drama Activates Learning: Contemporary Research and Practice".

About the Workshop

Suitable for drama practitioners, theatre companies working for the young and post graduate students on 20 March 2015, Friday

Suitable for pre-school educators and pre-school drama educators

Price:  SDEA Members $200 ; Non-SDEA Members $280

Note: 10% discount is applicable for 5 and more participants, please email to projects@sdea.org.sg.  

The workshops will proceed with a minimum of 10 participants.

Connections Forum: Drama for Special Needs

The Connections forum titled ‘Drama for Special Needs: Its Benefits and Implementation’ took place on Friday, 9 October 2015 at the library@esplanade to a packed crowd of 48 attendees. The forum was oversubscribed and representatives from 16 special needs schools, principals, counselors and independent teaching artists were in attendance.

During the forum, drama educator Michael Cheng, HOD Aesthetics Esther Kwan from Grace Orchard School, psychologist Faridah Ali Chang from Rainbow Center Training & Consultancy and National Arts Council’s Director (Arts & Youth and Strategic Planning) Kenneth Kwok shared their personal journeys on how they encouraged and supported drama in special needs education.

Drama educator and founder of Act3Theatrics R Chandran, moderated the lively discussion.

The animated panel drew out an insightful and heartfelt discussion with diverse issues brought up affecting different stakeholders in special needs education. Among them were the lack of funding for arts education in special needs schools, the current emphasis on product in drama classrooms instead of process and the importance of seeing the child and his/her abilities and interests first before his/her disability.

Click to access the Publicity Emailer.


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FORUM: Drama for Special Needs - Its Benefits and Implementation

What are the benefits of drama for people with special needs? How does one implement an effective drama programme? What are the challenges facing educators and artists working in today's arts education climate? How do we build an inclusive community of drama enthusiasts? Join our panel of experienced special needs educators, administrators and policymakers as they share their personal journeys on how they encourage and support drama for special needs.

Panelists:

Mr Kenneth Kwok, Director (Arts & Youth and Strategic Planning), National Arts Council Mr Michael Cheng, Drama Educator/Artistic Director, Tapestry Playback Theatre Ms Esther Kwan, HOD Aesthetics, Grace Orchard School Ms Faridah Ali Chang, Psychologist, Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy

Moderated by:

Mr R Chandran, Founder and Director of Act 3 Theatrics

About the Forum

Price: Free admission, registration is required. Limited seats.

Connections Workshop: Adapting Drama Games for the Special Needs Classroom

The workshop “Drama for Special Needs: Adapting Drama Games for the Special Needs Classroom” was held at Goodman Arts Centre on 10 October 2015.

The session was co-facilitated by SDEA Members Julius Foo and Michael Cheng.

The participants came from various backgrounds from ITE College West, to early childhood and MOE schools to programmers from the Science Centre.

At the workshop, participants were introduced to the principles of planning and facilitating drama sessions for different contexts and different purposes. They also learnt how drama can help the physical and mental development of special needs students.

At the end of the workshop, the participants were able to select, plan and adapt games for the profile of needs that they work with.

The participants appreciated the co-facilitation and learnt much from both Julius and Michael who together had great dynamics within the session. The participants also kept in touch via email and created a network of support.

Click to access the Publicity Emailer.


Registration is closed.

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Find out how to adapt drama games and activities for the special needs classroom and learn how drama can help the physical and mental development of special needs students. Also be introduced to the principles of planning and facilitating drama sessions for different contexts and different purposes. This hands-on workshop is recommended for drama trainers, special needs educators and those interested working with special needs students.

About the Facilitators

Julius Foo started in theatre as an administrator and actor with The Necessary Stage. Over the years, he has acted in numerous productions with various theatre groups and companies. Between 1999 and 2002, he trained and worked with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Italy) as a member of Theatre OX. As he continues to hone his craft as an actor, he has extended his work in the areas of community theatre and education, working with children and young people, people with special needs as well as seniors from different backgrounds. He is a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA).

Michael Cheng is the Artistic Director of Tapestry Playback Theatre and is an artist-educator at Grace Orchard School under the NAC Artist-SPED School Partnership Scheme. He uses drama to build social skills in students with special needs, designs curriculum and trains teachers to use drama in the classroom. He has also worked with students from Metta School, Rainbow Centre (Margaret Drive) and AWWA school. Michael is a member of Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and is a fervent believer in the power of theatre for empowerment, social change and personal development.

About the Workshop

Price:  SDEA Members $200 ; Non-SDEA Members $280 Note: 10% discount is applicable for 5 and more participants, please email to projects@sdea.org.sg.  The workshops will proceed with a minimum of 10 participants.

2014

Connections II - Workshop & Forum: Performances & Arts Education in Schools

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Connections Workshop: Creating Performances – Short & Sweet

Teachers and trainers are often tasked to create short but complete performances with their students for different school events. How does one create these with imagination and craft, within limited school resources and time, and in the process, allow all involved to have fun, to learn and to grow? These two workshops led by experienced facilitators offer two possible methodologies. Recommended for teachers and drama practitioners who want to create performances with students.

Workshop 1: Devising Strategies facilitated by Patricia Toh

This workshop is designed for teachers keen on devising through the use of images, the body and the environment. Participants will learn strategies to generate material and create staging compositions, as well as understand the nature and possible challenges of devising.

About Patricia Toh

Patricia Toh, recipient of Shell-NAC Arts scholarship, is an international performer, performance maker and drama educator. Her interest lies in working on, with and about the body. She is currently undergoing her post graduate studies where she looks at the subjectivities of theatre artists working in schools. Her performing works to name a few are 100 Years of Solitude (Zuni Icosahedron, Danny Yung), Wo(men) (Checkpoint Theatre), Crab Flower Club (Toy Factory) and Drift (Drama Box).

Workshop 2: 15 Minutes of Drama facilitated by Marianne Sim

This workshop invites participants to have hands-on experience in exploring written text. Through exploration of characters, their dynamics and bringing them to life; through the use of drama strategies and theatre conventions, participants will use dramatic text to make performance meaningful and relevant to young audiences.

About Marianne Sim

Marianne Sim started her career as a Literature teacher and after graduating with an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Drama and Drama Education from NIE, she has been devoted to teaching Foundation Drama and GCSE ‘O’ Level Drama ever since. Marianne also directs and performs. Her recent works includes a devised performance with teachers and students titled Just Stressed Lah (2012) and with Madrasah Al-Irsyad students tilted Project OTL presented at the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2013.


Connections Forum : Competitions in Arts Education – Good or Bad?

Join our panel of guests from various arts and educational organisations as they take on the topic of arts competitions in schools. Do medals and accolades serve the school or serve to build the learning for participants? What are the effects of competitions on students and teachers and what real purpose do competitions want to achieve.

Panelists

  • Mr Alvin Tan, Founder and Artistic Director, The Necessary Stage
  • Ms Drizzle Poh, Assistant Director, Arts Education, National Arts Council
  • Ms Nora-Neo Crothers, Director, inwardBOUND
  • Ms Rosemary McGowan, Freelance Theatre Practitioner, Drama Educator and SDEA Member

Moderated by

  • Mr Jeffrey Tan, Theatre Director and SDEA Member

About the Workshop and Forum

Time : 10am – 1pm (Workshop), 2pm – 4pm (Forum)

Programme

10am – 1pm – Workshop 1: Devising Strategies

10am – 1pm – Workshop 2: 15 minutes of Drama

1pm – 2pm – Lunch Break

2pm – 4pm – Forum: Competitions in Arts Education – Good or Bad?

Price: (Workshop + Forum) SDEA Member : $60; Non SDEA Member : $100 Registrants for either of the workshops will receive a complimentary pass to the forum discussion.

Price: (Forum only) SDEA Member : Complimentary; Non SDEA Member : $10 Schools who wish to make payment via e-Invoicing, please email us at office@sdea.org.sg and furnish us with participants’ name, position, email and contact number for registration.

Connections I - Workshop & Forum: Drama in the Academic Classroom

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Connections Workshop: Science and Maths through Drama

Research shows that Drama as an active pedagogy develops positive attitudes towards academic learning in a range of students. Drama stimulates the imagination, activates reasoning, makes new connections and nurtures the spirit of inquiry. Come and see how Drama Pedagogy can help your students apply concepts and fundamental skills of Mathematics and Science through Drama!

Workshop 1: Science through Drama

(For Primary 3, Primary 4)

In this workshop, participants will be taken through a Primary 3 lesson that is designed to engage students in the processes of evaluation, creative problem solving and investigation using Drama. The workshop in particular, will look at animal systems and touch on environmental issues.

About Elvira Holmberg

Teaching Artist Elvira Holmberg has been with NAC's Teaching Through the Arts programme since 2013 and over the last 25 years, she has used drama strategies to help students explore various academic subjects such as English, History, Geography and Science. She also trains students and teachers in drama and develops drama curriculum. She was an adjunct lecturer at National Institute of Education in 2013 and currently teaches part time at The School of the Arts (SOTA). Elvira is also a drama training consultant to various schools.

Workshop 2: Maths through Drama

(For Primary 4, Primary 5)

Come share how the charm and flexibility of storytelling is used to entice Primary 4 and Primary 5 students and stretch their thinking when it comes to area and perimeter of composite figures.

About Peggy Ferroa

Teaching Artist Peggy Ferroa has worked with teachers of a Primary School over two years under NAC's Teaching Through the Arts Programme using drama to teach various Math concepts. She worked and co-taught with teachers so that they could carry on confidently using drama strategies in their own classroom.


Forum: Drama in the Academic Classroom : Boon or Bane?

Join us and our panel of educators, independent artists and arts education officers from National Arts Council and Ministry of Education in exploring the various challenges and benefits of drama in an academic setting. This forum provides an excellent platform for an in-depth discussion of drama being used in various subjects.

About the Workshop and Forum

Time : 9am - 12pm (Workshops), 1pm - 2.30pm (Forum)

Programme

9.00am to 12.00pm - Workshop: Science Through Drama

9.00am to 12.00pm - Workshop: Maths Through Drama

12.00pm to 1.00pm - Lunch Break

1.00pm to 2.30pm - Forum : Drama in the Academic Classroom: Boon or Bane?

Price: (Workshop + Forum) SDEA Member $55 ; Non-SDEA Member $100

Price: (Workshop only) SDEA Member  $55 ; Non-SDEA Member  $80

Price: (Forum only) SDEA Member Complimentary ; Non Member $30


About Connections

Connections 2014 features teaching artists who were part of NAC's Teaching Through The Arts Programme (TTAP) in 2013. They share how they worked with teachers to design classroom lessons infused with drama strategies to develop students' capacity to infer, think logically, critically and creatively.

2011

Connections 2011: Drama Workshop series for Teachers and Drama Educators in Schools

There are two Connections events organised every year by SDEA.

The objectives of Connections are to generate awareness of quality practices, to highlight challenges and opportunities in developments, and to share resources with and expertise available to the artistic and education communities.

During the first quarter of the year, Connections offers a platform for discussion and reflection on the role of the arts, in particular, drama, within the context of educational institutions. The last quarter of the year brings the second edition of Connections MOE teachers together with drama educators come together improve their skills in various aspects of theatre making, production and curriculum planning.

Teachers and drama educators are encouraged to keep their practice growing in the following years by being a part of the Communities of Practice. As part of this group, like minded teachers with similar interests and passion come together to hone their skills as artists.

The Ministry of Education, Co-Curricular Activities Branch (MOE CCAB) together with the National Arts Council (NAC) and SDEA organized a series of workshops for Connections 2011. In the latest Connections 21-24th Nov 2011, over 50 teachers from primary, secondary and JCs, some accompanied by their independent drama educators attended full day workshops in Production and Safety, CCA planning.

Participants did workshops in voice, directing and improvisation. They also had to go for production and safety workshops as well as those in CCA planning.

The first Community of practice session was held over two days and 7 teachers worked with SOTA teacher Sean Tobin to devise a piece that has potential to be featured in Celebrate Drama 2012.

Held at Goodman Arts Centre, this series of workshops helped participants have a broad understanding of selected theatre-making and drama skills as well as better plan for short term events as well as long term club activities.

These workshops were facilitated by SDEA members Jean Ng (Directing), Serena Ho (Improvisation), Harris Jahim (Voice), Kenny Wong (Production and Safety) and Sheila Gregory and Kalyani Kausika (CCA Planning) This event also saw the first group of teachers for the Community of Practice (CoP).

This group was made up of teachers who have either attended past Connections workshops or those who already had a strong drama background. This group of 7 teachers worked with Sean Tobin to devise a powerful and insightful 10 minute piece about their jobs. Plans are now underway to develop and feature this at Celebrate Drama! 2012.

Facilitators at this Event

  • Serena Ho
  • Sheila Gregory