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2021

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (7th Intake)

The only part-time drama pedagogy certification course in Singapore returns in 2021!  

This 49-hour certification course provides you with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for your students and participants with drama, and widen the possibilities and opportunities for work in Singapore. 

This course is recognised by the National Arts Council and will certify you to conduct NAC-AEP Arts Experience programmes

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
    *Participants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis*

What Does The Course Entail

How Much Does It Cost

Course Fee: S$1250.00 SGD, inclusive of admin and registration fee. Refer below for funding and subsidies.

How To Apply

Course Application: Download the form by clicking one of the buttons below, and submit the completed form to projects@sdea.org.sg

Download the .docx Form Here 

Download the PDF Form Here

Successful applications will be informed with an email at least 10 days before the scheduled commencement date of the course.

Course Venue: TBC

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (7th Intake)

The only part-time drama pedagogy certification course in Singapore returns in 2021!  

This 49-hour certification course provides you with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for your students and participants with drama, and widen the possibilities and opportunities for work in Singapore. 

This course is recognised by the National Arts Council and will certify you to conduct NAC-AEP Arts Experience programmes

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*Participants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis*

What Does The Course Entail


How Much Does It Cost

Course Fee: S$1250.00 SGD, inclusive of admin and registration fee. Refer below for funding and subsidies.

 


How To Apply

Course Application: Download the form by clicking one of the buttons below, and submit the completed form to projects@sdea.org.sg

Download the .docx Form Here 

Download the PDF Form Here

Successful applications will be informed with an email at least 10 days before the scheduled commencement date of the course.

Course Venue: TBC


Reflections by ETLA Alumni:

"The SDEA Drama Pedagogy course has helped me realised my strength in using stories as pedagogy. With my repertoire of stories, I now go back to them and reflect on how I can use the stories to meet different objectives in my lesson. During the course, I have also learnt about different drama conventions which I can use in class to constantly engage my students and use the create meaningful drama experiences in class."

Jeremy Leong
Drama Educator and Storyteller, ETLA 4th Intake graduate

Read Jeremy's reflection here

"The reason I signed up for the course was to upgrade myself. I wanted to be sure that I am teaching or giving the right lesson or workshop. I wanted to be sure that I was in line with the needs of the arts education landscape in Singapore.

This course has given me the opportunity to understand my teaching method better and what are my strengths and weaknesses, and what I need to do to improve myself."

Molizah Bte Mohter
Drama Educator and Performer, ETLA 4th intake graduate

Read Molizah's reflection here

2020

Level Up! Directing Masterclass - Doctoring Directorial Approaches

In this one-to-one Masterclass, Oliver Chong will work with participants for a total of five one-hour sessions. This masterclass draws focus on practical tools which would aid a director in developing a production. Oliver will guide participants through directorial approaches via specific prompts, offering suggestions, empowering you with the relevant language and terminology in the classroom or the rehearsal room.

The masterclass is comprised of five one-hour sessions related to the pillars of directing. There will be assignments after every session to aid in deepening your learning. All sessions will take place via video conferencing software - preferably Skype.

To read the structure of the masterclass and the intended outcomes of each session, click on the box labelled 'Masterclass Structure and Intended Outcomes'**.**


Details

Course Fee: S$580.00 SGD*, inclusive of admin and registration fee. *SDEA is extending this members price to non-members as well during this challenging period. *Successful applicants can consider tapping into the National Arts Council’s Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA). Please refer to the NAC website for more details. *If you're facing financial difficulties, and would not be able to pay upfront, please write to us at: projects@sdea.org.sg

Dates: May to July 2020

Time: Weekly sessions offered on weekdays, 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 530pm, by appointment. (Sessions conducted preferably on Skype.) *Slots are allocated on a first come first serve basis, and due to availability SDEA may not be able to accept all applications. Preference will be given to Singapore residents with a track record of participation in the arts.

Suitable for: Emerging/experienced theatre directors or drama educators who frequently direct students in plays, skits, and more.

We will notify you of your successful registration to the class as soon as possible, and we look forward to guiding you in discovering and expressing what matters most to you as a director!

Apply Here


About The Instructor

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The most recent winner of Best Actor at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2020 for A Fiend’s Diary, Oliver Chong is a multi-award winning and published playwright, director, actor and designer. Some of his memorable works include A Fiend’s Diary, Roots, I’m Just A Piano Teacher, Cat, Lost & Found, The Book of Living and Dying, Citizen Pig and Citizen Dog. His numerous nominations at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards include Production of the Year and Best Director for I’m Just a Piano Teacher, Production of the Year for Off Centre, Best Director and Best Script for Citizen Pig, Best Actor for Roots, Invisibility/Breathing and Art, Best Supporting Actor for Itsy, the musical, Flare, Best Ensemble for Senang, Shit Hole, First Family, Rashomon, and A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird respectively, and Best Set Design for Twisted, Citizen Dog and A Fiend’s Diary.

In 2011, he won Production of the Year for A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird with A Group of People. In 2013, he won Production of the Year and Best Script for Roots. The production has since toured Hong Kong and Taiwan to critical acclaim. Roots was also read and staged in New Zealand by Proudly Asian Theatre. In 2016, he was invited to perform in a site-specific, 108-hour durational one-man show Time Between Us at the Singapore International Festival of Arts. In 2017, he was selected to perform in the international premiere of Blood and Rose Ensemble in Taipei, directed by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group’s Director Wang Chia Ming, a co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Taiwan National Performing Arts Centre Innovation Series Theater Festival.

To date, Oliver has performed at international arts festivals with touring productions in Paris, Myanmar, Barcelona, Budapest, Ankara, Bangkok, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. He has conducted acting Masterclass workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore, “doctoring” young to experienced actors to fine-tune their craft.

Oliver was the Resident Director of THE FINGER PLAYERS (2004 – 2018), currently the core member of the company and also the founding member of A GROUP OF PEOPLE (2008 – 2012). He is the founder and Artistic Director of ODDDCROP Theatrical Productions (2019 – present). His published works include Roots, I’m Just A Piano Teacher and Cat, Lost & Found.


About Level Up!

We’re all staying home, and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean we should stop growing. ’Level Up!’ is a platform for professional development made possible by drama practitioners for drama practitioners. Whether there’s a circuit breaker or not, keep an eye out for masterclasses, webinars, and other programmes conducted by fellow drama practitioners.

We are committed to providing access to high quality training at this time, to advance the profession of the drama/theatre educator. We are in talks with other practitioners to share their experiences and practice with you in an affordable manner. Especially in this time, we believe in providing the opportunity to keep growing, and to keep levelling up.

If you would like to get involved by hosting a masterclass or conducting a programme, drop us an email at projects@sdea.org.sg.

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (5th Intake)

This 49-hour certification course provides you with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to help you create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for your students with drama. The course is the only part-time drama pedagogical course for professionals in Singapore. It also results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council that is necessary for arts instructors to conduct NAC-AEP Arts Experience programmes.

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* *Participants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis

To read the module synopsis and schedule in details, click on the box above labelled Course Synopsis & Schedule.


Course Fee: S$1250.00 SGD, inclusive of admin and registration fee.

To find out more about subsidies, discounts, and funding opportunities, click on the box above labelled Subsidies and Funding.


To find out more about the faculty you will be learning from, click on the box above labelled Faculty


Course Application:

Download the form here** and submit the completed form to projects@sdea.org.sg

Closing Date for Application: 19 Jan 2020, Sunday, 2359 hours (Extended deadline)

Course Venue: Goodman Arts Centre


Reflections by ETLA Alumni:

"The SDEA Drama Pedagogy course has helped me realised my strength in using stories as pedagogy. With my repertoire of stories, I now go back to them and reflect on how I can use the stories to meet different objectives in my lesson. During the course, I have also learnt about different drama conventions which I can use in class to constantly engage my students and use the create meaningful drama experiences in class."

Jeremy Leong Drama Educator and Storyteller, ETLA 4th Intake graduate Read Jeremy's reflection here  

"The reason I signed up for the course was to upgrade myself. I wanted to be sure that I am teaching or giving the right lesson or workshop. I wanted to be sure that I was in line with the needs of the arts education landscape in Singapore. This course has given me the opportunity to understand my teaching method better and what are my strengths and weaknesses, and what I need to do to improve myself."

Molizah Bte Mohter Drama Educator and Performer, ETLA 4th intake graduate Read Molizah's reflection here

(Postponed) SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (6th Intake)

Advance your practice!

Learn to create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for your students and participants with drama.

 This 49-hour certification course provides you with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to help you do so, so that you're best equipped for the post-pandemic world.

The course is the only part-time drama pedagogical course for professionals in Singapore. It also results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council that is necessary for arts instructors to conduct NAC-AEP Arts Experience programmes.

*This intake will be taking place online due to measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore. Course Objectives:

Register
  • 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* *Participants who do not meet this requirement will be considered on a case by case basis

To read the module synopsis and schedule in details, click on the box above labelled Course Synopsis & Schedule.


Course Fee: S$1250.00 SGD, inclusive of admin and registration fee.  

To find out more about subsidies, discounts, and funding opportunities, click on the box above labelled Subsidies and Funding.


Course Application: Details on course application will be released soon. If you have any questions, do contact us at office@sdea.org.sg. Course Venue: Online (Zoom)


Reflections by ETLA Alumni:

"The SDEA Drama Pedagogy course has helped me realised my strength in using stories as pedagogy. With my repertoire of stories, I now go back to them and reflect on how I can use the stories to meet different objectives in my lesson. During the course, I have also learnt about different drama conventions which I can use in class to constantly engage my students and use the create meaningful drama experiences in class." Jeremy Leong Drama Educator and Storyteller, ETLA 4th Intake graduate Read Jeremy's reflection here  

"The reason I signed up for the course was to upgrade myself. I wanted to be sure that I am teaching or giving the right lesson or workshop. I wanted to be sure that I was in line with the needs of the arts education landscape in Singapore. This course has given me the opportunity to understand my teaching method better and what are my strengths and weaknesses, and what I need to do to improve myself." Molizah Bte Mohter Drama Educator and Performer, ETLA 4th intake graduate Read Molizah's reflection here

Directing to Vision - a 1-to-1 directing masterclass with Oliver Chong

Craft your own unique vision over five 1-to-1 sessions tailored to you by director and drama educator Oliver Chong. Oliver will guide you through the pillars of directing and empower you with the relevant language and terminology in the classroom or the rehearsal room, allowing you to craft and execute your vision for your project.

Assignments after every session will aid in deepening your learning and all sessions will take place online.


To read the structure of the masterclass and the intended outcomes of each session, click on the box labelled 'Masterclass Structure and Intended Outcomes'.


Details

Course Fee: S$770.00 SGD*, inclusive of admin and registration fee.

**SDEA Members get 10% off  for a cost of $693.00 SGD.*

*Successful applicants can consider tapping into the National Arts Council’s Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) (deadline Monday, 14th September, 5pm). Please refer to the NAC website for more details. SDEA will not request for immediate payment should you be awaiting the results of your application for the CDSA.

Dates: September 2020 to December 2020

Time: Weekly sessions offered on weekdays, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm7:00pm by appointment.

*Slots are allocated on a first come first serve basis, and due to availability SDEA may not be able to accept all applications. Preference will be given to Singapore residents with a track record of participation in the arts.

Suitable for: Emerging/experienced theatre directors or drama educators who frequently direct students in plays, skits, and more. 

We will notify you of your successful registration to the class as soon as possible, and we look forward to guiding you in discovering and expressing what matters most to you as a director!

Apply Here


About The Instructor

The most recent winner of Best Actor at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2020 for A Fiend’s Diary, Oliver Chong is a multi-award winning and published playwright, director, actor and designer. Some of his memorable works include A Fiend’s DiaryRootsI’m Just A Piano TeacherCat, Lost & FoundThe Book of Living and DyingCitizen Pig and Citizen Dog. His numerous nominations at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards include Production of the Year and Best Director for I’m Just a Piano Teacher, Production of the Year for Off Centre, Best Director and Best Script for Citizen Pig, Best Actor for RootsInvisibility/Breathing and Art, Best Supporting Actor for Itsy, the musicalFlare, Best Ensemble for SenangShit HoleFirst FamilyRashomon, and A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird respectively, and Best Set Design for TwistedCitizen Dog and A Fiend’s Diary.

In 2011, he won Production of the Year for A Cage Goes in Search of a Bird with A Group of People. In 2013, he won Production of the Year and Best Script for Roots. The production has since toured Hong Kong and Taiwan to critical acclaim. Roots was also read and staged in New Zealand by Proudly Asian Theatre. In 2016, he was invited to perform in a site-specific, 108-hour durational one-man show Time Between Us at the Singapore International Festival of Arts. In 2017, he was selected to perform in the international premiere of Blood and Rose Ensemble in Taipei, directed by Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters Group’s Director Wang Chia Ming, a co-commission by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Taiwan National Performing Arts Centre Innovation Series Theater Festival.

To date, Oliver has performed at international arts festivals with touring productions in Paris, Myanmar, Barcelona, Budapest, Ankara, Bangkok, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. He has conducted acting Masterclass workshops in Hong Kong and Singapore, “doctoring” young to experienced actors to fine-tune their craft. 

Oliver was the Resident Director of THE FINGER PLAYERS (2004 – 2018), currently the core member of the company and also the founding member of A GROUP OF PEOPLE (2008 – 2012). He is the founder and Artistic Director of ODDDCROP Theatrical Productions (2019 – present). His published works include RootsI’m Just A Piano Teacher and Cat, Lost & Found.


About Level Up!

We’re all staying home, and rightfully so. But that doesn’t mean we should stop growing. ’Level Up!’ is a platform for professional development made possible by drama practitioners for drama practitioners. Whether there’s a circuit breaker or not, keep an eye out for masterclasses, webinars, and other programmes conducted by fellow drama practitioners.

We are committed to providing access to high quality training at this time, to advance the profession of the drama/theatre educator. We are in talks with other practitioners to share their experiences and practice with you in an affordable manner. Especially in this time, we believe in providing the opportunity to keep growing, and to keep levelling up.

If you would like to get involved by hosting a masterclass or conducting a programme, drop us an email at projects@sdea.org.sg.

Level Up! Fest 2020 - Career Chats

Career Chats

The SDEA Career Chats are casual and intimate facilitated group sessions designed to help participants gain more understanding about career options in the theatre and drama education industry.

In these sessions, you will meet experienced drama professionals in small group settings who will get to know you, the work you do, your aims and ambitions, and help you to develop strategies to help you achieve your goals. This could extend to possible career paths, professional development courses, and companies and individuals to connect and work or volunteer with. 

Students, graduates, or anyone looking to expand your area of work or to start on a new journey altogether. These sessions are open to all. Kickstart your journey today! 

Each Session is a group discussion (of up to 6pax).

*For 6th November, the sessions with Elaine Ng and Danny Jow will be held separately.

6th November: Arts Education | Elaine Ng (Early Childhood Education) and Danny Jow (Primary and Secondary School Education)

20th November: Arts Management | Shireen Abdullah

30th November (updated): Technical Theatre | Alvin Chai


Event Details

Date: 6th, 20th, 30th November 2020
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm
Price: Pay As You Wish ($20 and above)

*Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Should we reach capacity, we will open a waiting list for each session.

Apply Here


About the Mentors

Elaine Ng

Having found her passion in the arts only in her late teens, Elaine has since dedicated her life to advocating the crucial role of the arts in children’s development. Elaine holds a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and is a current PhD candidate with Griffith University. Elaine championed her belief in the importance of the arts for over 25 years and has shared her pedagogy with young children, families, early childhood practitioners and professionals from all around the world. She is the co-founder of The Learning Connections, an arts education organisation since 2009. Through her heavy involvement with various independent and governmental institutions, including Singapore's Early Childhood Development Agency and National Arts Council, Elaine hopes to educate and empower all stakeholders in children’s lives. Her aim is to collaborate and create a holistic ecosystem that would nurture a generation of compassionate, creative and agentic global citizens of today and tomorrow. 

Danny Jow

Danny Jow is enjoying his 20 years of experience as a Drama Educator, Director and a Theatre Practitioner. He began his drama career with the TV station in Producing, Directing (assistant) and Casting for drama series including Growing Up and Triple 9 after completed his Diploma training in Drama at Lasalle College of the Arts. 5 years later, he pursued his BA (with distinction) studies in Drama Education at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).   

 He returned to Singapore and joined a drama enrichment company as a Head Drama Trainer/Artistic Director for 5 years. He then took a break from teaching and collaborated with Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports and Viriya Community Services to set up DREAMS at Kolam Ayer, a Youth Development Centre, that provided performing arts training to develop and transform youth-at-risks. After the project completion, he joined Dream Forest Studios, an acting school, under Dream Forest Media, as its Head Acting Coach. 

With training in special needs, Danny has taught in St Andrew’s Adult Autism School, Rainbow Centre and Pathlight School of Autism.  He has also worked with Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Singapore Children’s Society and Singapore Prison Service to teach, rehabilitate and empower participants through theatre. Currently, he is the Head of Theatre and Education, with Kelvin Sng Productions (KSP), a production company and a training academy, with its vision to transform lives through film and theatre. He continues to create and conduct drama programmes in schools. He also trains and directs students in Plays, Musicals, and in various national drama competitions and community festivals. 

Shireen Abdullah

Shireen is a theatre and dance producer. She works on festivals and productions of varying scales and across a range of contemporary disciplines and forms. She has particular interest in immersive and participatory work, puppetry and circus. 

She started her arts career with W!LD RICE, working to establish Project Chilli Padi, the company's education and community outreach division. She went on to produce a number of Dream Academy's signature musical-comedy productions, featuring artists like the Dim Sum Dollies, Kumar and Hossan Leong. Shireen is currently a full-time producer and programmer with Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. 

Shireen founded Telling Stories Live with Petrina Kow, and in her spare time, works with people to translate their lived experiences into intimate, live storytelling performances. 

Alvin Chai

As a serial freelancer, Alvin Chai has enhanced over 300 stage performances with sound, lights and visuals bringing to life the work of theatre directors, choreographers, and creative directors for over 18 years. His theatre journey started from volunteering backstage as a teen, till today where he participates in theatre festivals locally and overseas. Alvin is better known now as a technical manager and lighting designer, well versed in many technical operations of a production.

Since graduating from the Technical Theatre Training Program conducted by Esplanade in 2010, he has been crewing for many performance venues. With his Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) certification, he has diversified from stage to classroom, educating community groups and educational institutes about technical theatre and lighting design. He is a guest lecturer for NAFA’s dance program, a trainer in Changi Prison and a coach with MOE schools. Yet the learning for him never stops.

Alvin founded Techru in 2016 as a technical solutions company. As a lighting guy, he has advanced proficiency in all ETC, Avolite and GrandMa lighting board systems.

Level Up! Fest 2020 - Pedagogy and Practice Series: Arts Education in the Early Years

Children in the early years should be given the opportunities to experience in, about and through the arts- music & movement, visual arts and drama.

Early exposure to arts education is vital in nurturing children’s imagination and creative capabilities that will enable them to view the world in multiple perspectives, generate new ideas and solutions to problems and create meaningful experiences to improve quality of life.

This programme is commissioned by the National Arts Council and organised by SDEA.


Event Details

Date: 18th, 19th, 20th November
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Price: Free of Charge

*Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Should we reach capacity, we will open a waiting list for the workshop.

*All modules will take place online on Zoom. Registrants must attend all 3 modules. 

Apply Here


Modules and Synopses

This introduction course consists of 3 modules:  

Module Facilitator Date Time 
Visual Arts for Young Children Wong Seet Fun Wed 18 Nov 6.30pm - 9.30pm 
Music and Movement for Young Children Lavina Chong Thu 19 Nov 6.30pm - 9.30pm 
Drama and Play for Young Children Elaine Ng Fri 20 Nov 6.30pm - 9.30pm 

Session 1: Visual Arts for Young Children
by Wong Seet Fun
This module will introduce participants to ways to create artsworks using materials from nature. Participants will exploreusing their artworks as a medium for storytelling with the children. 

Module 2: Music and Movement
by Lavina Chong

This module will introduce participants to creative ways to engage children musically through singing, body percussion, locomotive movement, improvisation, and instrument play.  

Session 3: Drama and Play for Young Children
by Elaine Ng
This module will introduce participants to basic drama strategies that will enrich and extend children’s literature beyond the page and bring it to life by engaging in playful and dramatic arts experiences. 


About the Facilitators

Wong Seet Fun

Wong Seet Fun holds a Masters in Science (Early Childhood Education) from Wheelock College and BA (Hon) in Fine Art and Critical Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Founder and owner of Art Loft, she has more than 20 years of experiences working with young children, families and in the past 15 years, early childhood and museum educators. Passionate in Museum education for the young children, she works very closely with community partners like National Heritage Board to design tours and workshops to teach and promote art, culture and heritage to children, teachers and Museum educators. She is presently an Adjunct Lecturer with NIEC and Seed Institute. 

 

Lavina Chong

Lavina Chong is the Managing Director of Wigglepods Pte Ltd, a creative music movement company, that specialises in the arts from infants to preschool age.  She is an Arts practitioner with 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood. She is also an adjunct lecturer with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) and National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC).

Elaine Ng

Having found her passion only in her late teens, Elaine has since dedicated her life to advocating the crucial role of the arts in each child’s development. With a Masters in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and a current PhD candidate with Griffith University, Elaine championed this belief for over 25 years and has shared her pedagogy to young children, families, early childhood practitioners and professionals from all around the world. Through the founding of The Learning Connections, an arts education organisation, and her heavy involvement in various independent and governmental institutions, including Singapore's Early Childhood Development Agency and National Arts Council, Elaine hopes to educate and empower all stakeholders in a child’s life to collaborate and create a holistic ecosystem that would nurture a generation of kind, compassionate, and global citizens of today and tomorrow. 


About Level Up! Fest

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognisecelebrate, and bring focus to the importance of professional development of the theatre/drama educator.

From workshops and courses, to career chats and talks, there are many opportunities for you to Level Up! and give yourself a booster as a professional in the arts.

We will also be highlighting professional development opportunities organised by other companies and organisations. If you have a workshop, course, or masterclass happening in the month of November, let us know by dropping an email with the details to projects@sdea.org.sg, and we'll aggregate for the month.

As professionals, there is no maximum level. There is always something we can do to Level Up!

Find Out More Here

Level Up! Fest 2020 - Pedagogy and Practice Series: Crafting a Lesson Plan

Learn how to craft a lesson plan from experienced drama educator and practitioner Dr. Noorlinah Mohamed. Find out what it takes to craft an effective and affective lesson plan, and pick up effective strategies to engage your participants and students.

Topics covered will include: understanding outcomes, curriculum vs lesson objectives, unpacking the anatomy of a lesson plan, facilitating learning moments and creating a drama lesson plan for the age group of your choice. 

Session 1: Understanding outcomes curriculum vs lesson objectives  

Session 2: unpacking the anatomy of a lesson plan  

Session 3: facilitating learning moments and creating a drama lesson plan for the age group of your choice

This programme is commissioned by the National Arts Council and organised by SDEA.


Event Details

Date: 24th, 27th, 30th November
Time: 7pm - 9.30pm (24, 27 November), 6:30pm - 9:30pm (30 November)
Price: Free of Charge

*Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Should we reach capacity, we will open a waiting list for the workshop.

*All modules will take place online on Zoom. Registrants must attend all 3 modules. 

Apply Here


Sessions

This course consists of 3 sessions.

Module FacilitatorDate Time 
Understanding Outcomes Curriculum vs Lesson ObjectivesDr. Noorlinah MohamedTue 24 Nov 7pm - 9.30pm 
Unpacking the Anatomy of a Lesson Plan  Dr. Noorlinah MohamedFri 27 Nov 7pm - 9.30pm 
Facilitating learning moments and creating a drama lesson plan for the age group of their choice   Dr. Noorlinah MohamedMon 30 Nov 6.30pm - 9.30pm 

About the Facilitator

Dr. Noorlinah Mohamed

Noorlinah is an award-winning theatre actress who is also a teaching artist and creator of public engagement arts projects in Singapore. Since 1988, she has performed with various Singapore theatre companies. Internationally, she has performed in Asia, Europe and the US. In arts education, she has undertaken artist residencies in schools, develops curriculum as well as professional development for teaching artists and teachers in arts pedagogy. As a producer, she has worked on both intimate and large scale arts events, including the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2014-2017), co-creating platforms and works for and with Singapore as well as international artists. Noorlinah is a recipient of the JCCI Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of our Time Award (2005) for her work in the arts. She obtained her PhD in Arts Education from the University of Warwick in 2013. Presently, she is the Artistic Director of N.O.W., Not Ordinary Work. It is an interdisciplinary public project focusing on women creatives and change-makers. 


About Level Up! Fest

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognisecelebrate, and bring focus to the importance of professional development of the theatre/drama educator.

From workshops and courses, to career chats and talks, there are many opportunities for you to Level Up! and give yourself a booster as a professional in the arts.

We will also be highlighting professional development opportunities organised by other companies and organisations. If you have a workshop, course, or masterclass happening in the month of November, let us know by dropping an email with the details to projects@sdea.org.sg, and we'll aggregate for the month.

As professionals, there is no maximum level. There is always something we can do to Level Up!

Find Out More Here

Level Up! Fest 2020 - Pedagogy And Practice Series: Introduction to Creating Theatre in the Community

Creating Community arts projects can happen in a variety of ways – artists may already be based within communities or they may have been chosen, or may choose, to enter into already-existing communities. This course, taught by three different practitioners, is an introduction to working with and in communities from three different start-points: practitioners entering existing communities, practitioners already based in organisations within communities, practitioners who have been invited to work with vulnerable communities. 

This programme is commissioned by the National Arts Council and organised by SDEA.


Event Details

Date: 10th, 11th, 13th November
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Price: Free of Charge

*Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. Should we reach capacity, we will open a waiting list for the workshop.

*All modules will take place online on Zoom. Registrants must attend all 3 modules. 

Apply Here


Sessions

This course consists of 3 sessions.

Name FacilitatorDate Time 
Inside-Out: Creating Theatre with CommunityIzzaty IshakMon 9 Nov 7pm - 9pm 
Working with Vulnerable CommunitiesOniatta EffendiWed 11 Nov 7pm - 9pm 
Outside-In: Producing Community Arts ProjectsLin ShiyunFri 13 Nov 6.30pm - 9pm 

Workshop One: Inside-Out: Creating Theatre with Community

By Izzaty Ishak 

Monday, 9th November 2020

Hear from a practitioner who’s work is embedded within an already-existing community. What does drama bring to this community and what makes it the medium of choice? What are the challenges and benefits of creating arts projects in a community that already exists and one that you are part of? What steps are needed if I am interested in starting something like this in an organisation I am part of?    

Workshop Two: Working with Vulnerable Communities   

By Oniatta Effendi

Wednesday, 11th November 2020

The session aims to introduce participants to the work of applied theatre practitioner, Oniatta Effendi, by looking at 3 projects that she was involved in. Participants will be engaged in games and exercises which have been used for some of these projects. Participants will also be encouraged to participate in a discussion on how to build relationships with stakeholders.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize the importance of dialogical practice in working with vulnerable community
  2. To discuss guidelines in structuring drama-based work with vulnerable community

Workshop Three: Outside-In: Producing Community Arts Projects 

By Lin Shiyun

Friday, 13th November 2020

Learn what is needed to produce art-based community work – how are communities selected? How do you know what to create? What are the ways in which the community you work with can inform your decisions?


About the Facilitators

Izzaty Ishak

Izzaty is an applied theatre practitioner who believes that art allows people to empower themselves. As a full-time Community Worker at Beyond Social Services since 2013,  she leads and facilitate a mix group of youths from both rental and purchased flat communities to perform and be part of a programme called “The Community Theatre”. It is an interactive theatre performance that allows rental flat communities to come together and tackle social issues faced by them as a community.  Her journey as a practitioner recognizes the value of un-learning and re-learning each time  she enters a community, acknowledging that every community is different and each of them are special in their own ways. With this, with art as an adaptable and versatile tool of engagement, art can be valued by each person differently, allowing them (the participant, beneficiary or community member) to empower themselves. 

Oniatta Effendi

Oniatta Effendi 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. 

When she is not in these spaces, Oniatta finds pleasure in sourcing for Batik fabrics. 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. 

Lin Shiyun

Shiyun is the managing artistic director of 3Pumpkins, a community arts company with a mission to connect people through the arts. She is interested in develop contexts and works propelled by investigating existing practices and finding creative approaches that involve community participation, engagement and development. 


About Level Up! Fest

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognisecelebrate, and bring focus to the importance of professional development of the theatre/drama educator.

From workshops and courses, to career chats and talks, there are many opportunities for you to Level Up! and give yourself a booster as a professional in the arts.

We will also be highlighting professional development opportunities organised by other companies and organisations. If you have a workshop, course, or masterclass happening in the month of November, let us know by dropping an email with the details to projects@sdea.org.sg, and we'll aggregate for the month.

As professionals, there is no maximum level. There is always something we can do to Level Up!

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2019

SDEA Introduction to Drama

This bridging module aims introduce the elements of drama education. Participants will learn practical strategies that can be applied during classroom drama lessons across various age groups. Upon completion of this module, participants will gain a better understanding of the various ways to facilitate learning and teaching through drama.

Topics:

  • Drama Games as Teaching Tools
  • Introduction to non verbal communication in Drama
  • Voice Techniques and Verbal Dynamics
  • Using Improvisation and Role Play to devise Characters and Narratives.
  • Integrating Poetry, Readers Theatre and Choral Speaking

Bridging Course with SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching & Learning Practices: This course also acts as a bridging course for those with little to no drama experience, and thus do not meet the minimum requirements for SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching & Learning Practices, but would still like to attend the course. Please indicate in your application for SDEA Drama Pedagogy that you will be attending SDEA Introduction to Drama if applicable.  

Course Schedule: The course will take over 3 sessions, 3 hours each. 21 February, Thursday, 7 to 10pm 22 Feb, Friday, 7 to 10pm 23 Feb, Saturday, 2 to 5pm  

Course Fee: $360 (including admin and registration fees)  

Subsidy: Members of SDEA, will be entitled to a discounted price of $300 for the course.  


Course Application: Download the form here and submit the completed form to office@sdea.org.sg

Closing Date for Application: 15 Feb 2019, Friday, 2359 hours

Course Venue: SDEA, Goodman Arts Centre

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching and Learning Approaches course - 4th intake

This 40-hour certification course provides participants with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to help them create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for their students with drama. The course results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council and is the only part-time drama pedagogical course for professionals in Singapore.

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 in details, move your cursor to the box above labelled Course Synopsis & Schedule. Course Duration: 40 hours (part-time) Course Schedule:

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Learning and Teaching Approaches Certification (4th Intake)

18 February 2019, Monday
Module – Introduction to Drama Education in the Singapore Context
3 hours

19 February 2019, Tuesday
Module – Introduction to Drama Education in the Singapore Context
3 hours

25 February 2019, Monday
Module – Drama as Critical Pedagogy: Embodied Learning as Holistic Development
3 hours

26 February 2019, Tuesday
Module –Drama as Critical Pedagogy: Embodied Learning as Holistic Development
3 hours

2 March 2019, Saturday
Module –Developing and Delivering Meaningful Drama Sessions: Effective Engagement & Thoughtful Planning (Morning)
Learning Environments & Classroom Management: Designs & Strategies in the Singapore Context (Afternoon) 3 hours each

5 March 2019, Tuesday
Module – Professional Code of Practice for Drama and Theatre Educators
3 hours

9 March 2019, Saturday
Module –Developing and Delivering Meaningful Drama Sessions: Effective Engagement & Thoughtful Planning (Morning)
Learning Environments & Classroom Management: Designs & Strategies in the Singapore Context (Afternoon)
3 hours

12 March  2019, Tuesday
Module – Assessment & Evaluation: Setting Expectations for the Drama Session
3 hours

18 March 2019, Monday
From Principles to Practice – Microteaching Presentations
3 hours

19 March 2019, Tuesday
From Principles to Practice – Microteaching Presentations
3 hours

23 March 2019, Saturday
From Principles to Practice – Microteaching Presentations
Wrap Up – Review & Reflect
4 hours

Total course duration: 40 hours


Course Fee:

$1,016.50 (including admin and registration fees)

Subsidies:

NAC-AEP

Arts instructors who meet the following criteria may enjoy a 50% course fee subsidy. He or she will pay only S$508.25 after the course fee subsidy.

  • Have at least two years of teaching experience in schools AND
  • Proficient in English language AND
  • Are Approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP 2017/2018 and 2019/2020 OR
  • Have Conducted NAC supported programmes

Arts instructors who meet the criteria and is a member of SDEA will enjoy a 70% course fee subsidy. He or she will pay only $304.95 after the course fee subsidy. Applicant can apply to be an SDEA member here.

Applicants must attain a full 100% attendance in the course and be certified competent in order to be eligible for the funding. Failing which the individual is liable to forfeit the subsidy and bear the full course fee.

SDEA Members

If you do not meet the 50% course fee subsidy and is a member of SDEA, you will be entitled of 20% off from the full course fee and pay only S$813.20 (including admin and registration fees).

SkillsFuture Credit Eligibility

Singaporeans above 25 years old who are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit can apply for a claim for this course at SkillsFuture Course Directory here. Applicants who request for school e-billing will not be eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) Eligibility

This course has been approved for UTAP support.

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  3. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  6. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

You may find this course at the course directory here.

SDEA Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI)

You may apply for TSPDI here if you are not eligible for NAC-AEP subsidy and you meet the application criteria for TSPDI.


Course Application: Download the form here and submit the completed form to office@sdea.org.sg

Closing Date for Application: 4 Feb 2019, Sunday, 2359 hours

Course Venue: Goodman Arts Centre


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.


Feedback from course participants: “The concepts, pedagogy, sharing of knowledge and experience by fellow coursemates and the proficient trainers was most useful to me.” “Thank you for giving me a structure. This has helped me to step back, question myself and introduce new concepts which is working for me in my practice.” Learn more about the work of our alumni here.  

Click here to download the application form.

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.

Writing Scripts For Young People

Writing Scripts for Young People with Michelle Tan

Ever had a performance thrown onto you and not know where to begin? Fear not, as we hear you! Join us on Saturday morning as we ”power up” our knowledge on scriptwriting with Michelle Tan. In this workshop, you will learn tips and tricks on how to begin writing a script for young people. What are you waiting for? Click here to sign up!

Price: $60 (SDEA members), $95 (non-members)

Dates: 30th November 2019

Time: 9am - 1pm

Venue: Goodman Arts Centre

About the Trainer, Michelle Tan, Writer/Drama Educator Currently a freelance playwright and drama educator

Michelle formerly worked with Cake Theatrical Productions as a resident writer. As a drama instructor, she works with and writes for various student groups, focusing on crafting performance text and collaboratively bringing these texts to life. Most recently her play, “I am trying to say something true”, was nominated for Best Original Script at the 2019 M1-Straits Times Life Theatre Awards.

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2018

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching and Learning Approaches course - 3rd intake

This 40-hour certification course provides participants with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to help them create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for their students with drama. The course results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council and is the only part-time drama pedagogical course for professionals in Singapore.

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 in details, move your cursor to the box above labelled Course Synopsis & Schedule.

Course Duration: 40 hours (part-time)

Course Schedule: 


Course Fee: $1,016.50 (including admin and registration fees)

Subsidy: NAC-AEP

Arts instructors who meet the following criteria may enjoy a 50% course fee subsidy. He or she will pay only S$508.25 after the course fee subsidy.

  • Have at least two years of teaching experience in schools AND
  • Proficient in English language AND
  • Are Approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP 2015/2016 and 2017/2018 OR
  • Have Conducted NAC supported programmes

SDEA Members

Arts instructors who meet the criteria and is a member of SDEA will enjoy a 70% course fee subsidy. He or she will pay only $304.95 after the course fee subsidy.

Applicant can apply to be an SDEA member here.

Applicants must attain a full 100% attendance in the course and be certified competent in order to be eligible for the funding. Failing which the individual is liable to forfeit the subsidy and bear the full course fee.

SDEA Members

If you do not meet the 50% course fee subsidy and is a member of SDEA, you will be entitled of 20% off from the full course fee and pay only S$813.20 (including admin and registration fees).

SkillsFuture Credit Eligibility

Singaporeans above 25 years old who are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit can apply for a claim for this course at SkillsFuture Course Directory here. Applicants who request for school e-billing will not be eligible for SkillsFuture Credit.

UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) Eligibility

This course has been approved for UTAP support.

Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:

  1. Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  2. Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  3. Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  4. Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  5. Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  6. UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

You may find this course at the course directory here. SDEA Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI) You may apply for TSPDI here if you are not eligible for NAC-AEP subsidy and you meet the application criteria for TSPDI.


Course Application: Click here to download form Closing Date for Application: 22 Dec 2017, extended to 7 Jan 2018, Sunday, 2359 hour Course Venue: Blk B Level 3, #03-18 Meeting Room 2, 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 Click here to watch the video!


Feedback from course participants: “The concepts, pedagogy, sharing of knowledge and experience by fellow coursemates and the proficient trainers was most useful to me.” “Thank you for giving me a structure. This has helped me to step back, question myself and introduce new concepts which is working for me in my practice.” Learn more about the work of our alumni here.

2017

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 (www.skillsfuture.sg/credit) 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

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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.

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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.

SDEA Masterclass: Designing Assessment Literacy in Drama Education with Dr Peter Duffy

[nggallery id=47] On 23 Sep 2017, Dr Peter Duffy facilitated a masterclass that challenged curriculum designers of arts programmes to evaluate existing assessment frameworks. True to the thinking framework, Dr Duffy provoked the participants to re-evaluate the definitions of assessment and learning they had coming into the masterclass. They were brought through the process of planning formative and summative assessments and learned to strengthen their teaching by focusing on specific, authentic tasks within instruction and reflection. It was a very challenging and exhilarating experience for the participants involved evidenced by the high level of participation in the robust discussions that was maintained throughout the masterclass. A total of 28 participants attended the workshop session from Anderson Secondary School, School of the Arts, Storytelling Association, Bowen Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Xinmin Secondary School, Anglo-Chinese School, CHIJ ST Nicholas Girls’ School, MOE (Arts Education Branch), Mayflower Secondary School, Deyi Secondary School, Fuhua Primary School and St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School. It was a good mix of freelance teaching artists, MOE teachers as well as drama and a music teacher from School of the Arts.


This September, SDEA (Singapore Drama Educators Association) presents a Masterclass and Talk by Dr. Peter Duffy - Master Teaching Artist, Education Director and a Pre-eminent Researcher in Drama and Cognition.

Masterclass: Designing Assessment Literacy in Drama Education (A Thinking Framework)

23 September 2017.Saturday. 10 am to 5pm In Singapore schools, the emphasis is increasingly on refining teachers’ assessment capabilities to develop and evaluate assessment plans in order to achieve desired outcomes of education, as well as interpret assessment information to inform decision-making and develop overall assessment policy. But what does assessment mean? From the Greek word ‘assidere’, assessment means to sit beside. As drama practitioners, how then do we utilise assessments as a means to sit beside students in their learning? How do we help our students shape their understanding of the practice and craft of theatre and the content of instruction? Through the process of planning formative and summative assessments, participants in the masterclass will learn how focusing on specific, authentic tasks within instruction and reflection strengthen teaching.  Furthermore, participants will get to examine how vital communication is and how technology can play a role in what and how we assess. This highly participatory and on-you-feet masterclass is geared towards School Drama Educators, Teaching Artists, Drama Programme Providers and Drama Curriculum Developers who want to strengthen their assessment skills. About Dr Peter Duffy                           

Dr Peter Duffy heads the Master of Arts in Teaching programme in theatre education at the University of South Carolina where he prepares future teachers to become drama educators. He teaches courses on drama-based pedagogies and arts integration. He is a director and is a former public school teacher, education director, and a New York City teaching artist. His research interests include ethnography, cognition and the arts, culturally responsive pedagogies and performed research.

Date    : 23 September 2017, Saturday Time   : 10 am to 5 pm, Registration starts 9.30am Venue : Blk O Multi-purpose Studio 1 & 2, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

Cost    : $220 (SDEA Member), $280 (Non Member)

Due to overwhelming response, the registration is closed.   Those who wish to register for the masterclass, please email to office@sdea.org.sg and we will put you on the wait list.

  • Participants are to come in comfortable clothes
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 3 participants or more
  • For booking of 3 participants & above, please email to office@sdea.org.sg
  • Please email school and participants' details to office@sdea.org.sg.

Dr Peter Duffy will give a talk: Drama, Cognition and Creativity on 22 September 2017, Friday.  Registration is closed.

Exploring the Work of Jacques Lecoq Workshop

In this practical workshop, participants will explore Jacques Lecoq's theories on levels of tension through physical play. The levels of tension will be applied in character creation and to structure improvised dramatic scene work. Jacques Lecoq (1921-1999) was a performer and theatre teacher who specialised in methods of making physical and visually led work through collaborative creation. Notable alumni include Julie Taymor (The Lion King), Geoffery Rush (The King’s Speech, Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean), Complicite, and Ariane Mnouchkine.

About the Facilitator

Laura Hayes is a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association. Laura graduated with a BA Acting from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and received an Entente Cordiale Award to study for two years at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. Since 2013 she has lectured full time at NAFA where she is currently Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Theatre Arts.

Previous teaching experience includes:- the Royal Shakespeare Company, Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, and Polka Theatre. Acting experience includes work at the Tron Theatre, the Arts Theatre (West End), the Polka Theatre, Southwold Rep, and for Dreamthinkspeak. Laura’s performance collective Autopoetic was selected to be part of the Basement Workshop at Centre 42 and they are currently working on her 4th full length play, "Provenance" for which she received the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Fellowship.

About the Workshop

This workshop is part of the Tanjong Goodman Open House 2017, Tanjong Goodman - The B-sides.

Cost    : Free admission, registration is required. Friends of SDEA are welcome to join us.

The workshop is over subscribed. Registration is closed.

Thank you for your interest to sign up the workshop.  Please email to office@sdea.org.sg if you would like to put on wait list.

Commedia dell'Arte Masterclass for Teaching Artists is back!

On 11 – 12 Nov 2017, Marco Luly facilitated two masterclasses on Commedia dell’Arte packaged as a masterclass weekend package. The introductory masterclass, ‘Commedia dell’Arte for Teaching Artists’ attracted educators new to Commedia dell’arte while the advanced masterclass: ‘__The market of stories: stories, dialogues, monologues with the characters and the masks of Commedia dell'Arte’ were intended for participants who have already completed the introductory session.

The positive feedback from participants of the 2016 run of the ‘Commedia dell’Arte for Teaching Artists’ masterclass motivated the committee to invite Marco Luly back for new audiences to experience the clarity and simplicity in his training methodology.

The advanced masterclass was also an opportunity for participants to deepen their engagement with the artform and gain confidence in playing the different characters of Commedia dell’Arte through devised scenarios. T

he masterclass has succeeded to reach out to new audiences. Out of 20 participants of the introductory masterclass, 9 were new to SDEA. A participant from Marlborough College Malaysia travelled to Singapore to attend the masterclass.

Other educators from Overseas Family School shared that they were teaching Commedia dell’Arte as part of the curriculum in their schools and relished this opportunity to train and learn from a master of the artform.


Following an over-subscribed masterclass last October, SDEA is pleased to welcome back Commedia dell’Arte master - Marco Luly! This November, Marco will be facilitating two exclusive masterclasses for drama educators, directors and artists. Commedia dell'Arte offers a very valuable training in improvisation, comedy, mask and pantomime. Furthermore, the discipline improves self-awareness and participation in group work. When asked in an interview what kind of “raw materials” an actor must possess in order to play Commedia dell’Arte, Marco answered:

"Flexibility and ability to interact. Commedia dell' Arte is first of all an "actor's form of theatre" meaning that the actor is at the very center of the stage, the most important element in the show. Actors must be ready to improvise, aware that they are working in a team and ready to help or go along with the others' improvisations. Commedia dell' Arte actors must work with their brains as well as with their bodies."

Introductory Masterclass:

Marco Intro Masterclass 11Nov17

Commedia dell'Arte for Teaching Artists

11 Nov 2017. Saturday. 9.30am to 4.30pm

The masterclass introduces the main features of Commedia dell'Arte such as humour, improvisation, mime, use of masks and voice modulation for those new to the tradition. Participants will take part in activities that cultivate self-awareness and precision in the use of gestures and voice as a well as improve participation in group work.

Advanced Masterclass:

Marco Adv Masterclass 12Nov17

The market of stories: stories, dialogues, monologues with the characters and the masks of Commedia dell'Arte

12 Nov 2017. Sunday. 9.30am to 4.30pm

In this special follow up session, participants will get to explore how the tradition of Commedia dell'Arte and their own cultures and theatrical background can spark original new characters and devise their own scenarios and lazzi on the rehearsal floor. *To attend the advanced masterclass, participants must first complete the Introductory Masterclass: Commedia dell'Arte for Teaching Artists.  

About Marco Luly

Marco is the founder, Artistic Director and writer for Luoghi dell’Arte in Rome. Since 1993, he has led his company to perform and lead workshops in Asia, Europe and America. Marco has conducted classes and lectures on the history and techniques of Commedia dell’Arte and worked in cross-cultural productions with students and actors in many countries. He specialises in the production of Commedia dell’Arte, Medieval Theatre and of plays by the Father of Italian Comedy, Carlo Goldoni. His commitment to reviving this unique form of theatre has won acclaim as he continues to adapt and contemporarise medieval and renaissance period manuscripts in his performances.

Date    : 11 November 2017, Saturday (Introductory)/

Sign Up

12 November 2017, Sunday (Advanced) Time   : 9.30am to 4.30pm, Registration starts 9am Venue : Goodman Arts Centre 90 Goodman Road Block B, #03-11 Multipurpose Room 2 (Getting to the venue)

Introductory or Advanced (applicable to past participants)

Cost    : $220 (SDEA Member), $280 (Non Member)

Introductory & Advanced Package

Cost    : $400 (SDEA Member), $500 (Non Member)

  • Participants are to come in comfortable clothes
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 3 participants or more
  • For booking of 3 participants & above, please email to office@sdea.org.sg
  • For local schools, payment can be made through IFAAS. Please email school and participants' details to office@sdea.org.sg.

Feedback from past participants:

  • I like the step-by-step approach and the clarity in Marco's instruction which helps me imagine how I can conduct these lessons in class.
  • Marco is a skilful trainer and in the introductory class, taught the basics of body movement before moving to how the character types move and interact with others.
  • As the trainer demonstrated and showed us the movements, it was easier for us to follow. I appreciated the discussions and ‘talk about’ sessions after every exercise.

Devising Workshop in conjunction with Goodman Arts Centre Open House

Registration is closed. 

In conjunction with the Tanjong Goodman Open House 2017, SDEA presents an interactive workshop that looks into the process of devising by engaging participants to express their views on issues that matter through games, improv and stimuli like text or pictures. Facilitator, Tiara Mia-Medendorp will share some devising strategies she experienced and shared at the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ Asia).

About the Facilitator

Tiara is a Committee Member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA).  SDEA is a not-for-profit organisation formed by artists and drama educators that serve to advance the profession of the drama/theatre educator and to advocate for the practice and value of drama and theatre in performance, education and community.

NOTE: Participants must be over 18 years old and be dressed comfortably for this one hour workshop.

Details

Tickets: Free admission. Registration is required. Suitable for: Ages 18 & above

SDEA Talk: Drama, Cognition and Creativity with Dr Peter Duffy

On 22 Sep 2017, SDEA and LASALLE College of the Arts’ School of Creative Industries’ MA in Arts Pedagogy and Practice programme co-presented a talk on ‘Drama, Cognition and Creativity’ by Dr Peter Duffy.

In the 2-hours, Dr Duffy took the audience through different definitions of learning and shared the embodied learning experience that drama provides. Through activities, the audience was able to experience how drama reinforces learning multi-modally by providing creative and emotional dimensions of learning. They also took away different definitions of learning from behaviourists definitions like Lachman’s to more cognitive based ones like Wendy Ostroff’s and Alexander Astin’s 9 Principles of Learning.

A warm audience of 46 people with the interest to learn about from diverse organisations such as the MOE (AEB Department), LASALLE College of the Arts, National Institute of Education, INSEAD, National Arts Council, Clementi Primary School, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Vocalogy, We Colour People Theatre & Company, MoonShadow Stories, CHIJ ST Nicholas Girls’ School, Dyslexia Association of Singapore, Thinkstar Plus, Sing’theatre Academy and Yale-NUS College attended the talk.


This presentation draws upon decades of cognitive science, creativity, drama/theatre and education research to demonstrate why enactive pedagogies such as drama should figure centrally into schooling practices. The main argument is that the brain, and eventually the mind, is a predictive machine that maps its predictive ability through the body. This twinned mapping of the brain and the body is a central concern of researchers interested in education, cognitive science and learning. Evidence shows that engaging the body not only reinforces learning multi-modally, but, in fact, triggers something much more profound; when the body is recruited in learning, the whole brain is activated. What drama provides more than other physical engagements is the creative and emotional dimensions of learning. Research is clear that when emotional centers are called upon during learning, the duration and complexity of the learning is more lasting.

Peter’s research makes the case for embodied and social cognition in learning as well as look at the role that metaphor and cognitive linguistics plays in how we conceptualise and frame learning.

About Dr Peter Duffy                           

Dr Peter Duffy heads the Master of Arts in Teaching programme in theatre education at the University of South Carolina where he prepares future teachers to become drama educators. He teaches courses on drama-based pedagogies and arts integration. He is a  director and is a former public school teacher, education director, and a New York City teaching artist. His research interests include ethnography, cognition and the arts, culturally responsive pedagogies and performed research.

Date: 22 September 2017, Friday

Time: 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm, Registration starts 6 pm

Venue: Lasalle College Of The Arts, Block F, Level 2 #F201

Cost: Free admission, registration is required.

Registration is closed.


Dr Peter Duffy will facilitate a masterclass: Designing Assessment Literacy in Drama Education on 23 September 2017, Saturday.  Registration is closed.

2016

SDEA's Masterclass: Self-With-Others Actor Training

On 13 February 2016, John Britton led a masterclass on ‘Self-With-Others’ - an improvisation-based physical approach to training as a performer. The masterclass was a positive experience for participants who were a mix of drama educators and theatre practitioners. The approach encouraged a creative daring and helped them understand how to empower and embolden the people they work with.


Registration is closed. The masterclass series is SDEA's platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers, artists and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 4-hour workshops.

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You are invited to participate in an introduction to ‘Self-With-Others’ - an improvisation-based physical approach to training as a performer. ‘Self-With-Others’ is a psychophysical approach which encourages the bringing together of mind and body into every action, the unifying of thought and action. It is based on a set of clear principles - the most important of which is the need for performers to have a deep pleasure in their work. If you are not enjoying your work, you are not doing it properly.

This workshop will combine fixed and semi-improvised physical training exercises to develop spontaneity, physical discipline and stamina, connectedness, reactivity, use of body/voice, presence, liveness and the ability to give detailed and developmental feedback to self and to others. It will encourage you to understand your performing body better, to trust it more, to play with more confidence. It is an approach which will encourage your own creative daring and help you understand how to empower and embolden those you work with.

This approach to training performers is used by John Britton - and those he has taught - to train actors, dancers, circus performers, improvisors, teachers and other artists.

Recommended for: Artists and Theatre Practitioners

About John Britton

John is the founder and Artistic Director of DUENDE, an international collaboration of artists committed to ensemble practices. He is also the Director of The DUENDE School of Ensemble Physical Theatre. His approach to training individuals within ensemble (Self-With-Others) is the foundation on which DUENDE’s work is built. Self With Others is the heart of John’s work as a teacher, director and performer. He uses this approach to train existing companies, professional performers, students and others in groups and individually. More information about John Britton: http://bit.ly/johnbritton Comments on John Britton’s work: http://bit.ly/jbtestimonials Information about DUENDE: www.duende-ensemble.com

Details of Masterclass

Registration of Masterclass starts at 2pm on 13 Feb 2016.

Price: SDEA Member $150 ; Non-SDEA Member $220 (normal rate) ; SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2015 Full Pass Holder $150 ; Five (5) Participants & above $150 per person

Please email to projects@sdea.org.sg for group registration.

Demonstration/Talk: Commedia Dell'Arte Day 2016

[nggallery id=31] On 24 February 2016, SDEA was proud to host actor/director master of Commedia dell’Arte from Italy Marco Luly and Singapore’s International award-winning storyteller Roger Jenkins in celebration of Commedia dell’Arte Day 2016. Together, Marco and Roger presented a demonstration about the main features of the theatre form through a series of improvisation and skits, introducing the most important stock characters of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pantalone, Arlecchino, Zanni, Pulcinella to much laughter from the packed audience.

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Demonstration/Talk with Marco Luly and Roger Jenkins (Actor/Director master of Commedia Dell'Arte from Italy and Singapore's International award-winning storyteller)

Registration is closed. SDEA is proud to have Marco Luly and Roger Jenkins present the demo/talk in celebration of Commedia dell’Arte Day 2016. Marco and Roger will present a demo/talk about the main features of the theatre form through a series of improvisation and skits, introducing the most important stock characters of Commedia dell’Arte such as Pantalone, Arlecchino, Zanni, Pulcinella along the way. Also, learn how the medieval theatre form was adapted into a vital modern style - a pertinent concern of cultural theatre practitioners looking to build strong connections with contemporary audiences. Recommended for: theatre practitioners, artists and students.

Details of Programme

Date: 24 February 2016, Wednesday

Time: 7pm to 8.30pm (registration starts at 6.45pm)

Venue: Blk B #04-02 Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 (Getting to the venue)

Cost: Admission is free with registration.

Getting The Best Out Of NAC-AEP Seminar (4th Run)

The fourth run of the Getting The Best Out of NAC-AEP Seminar on 26 April 2016 was facilitated by Peggy Ferroa and Serene Chen with a new format that featured a segment by a guest teaching artist and school teacher as well as a new facilitator’s guide. 24 participants who were a mix of both primary and secondary school teachers attended and found the sharing informative, insightful and motivating. The Getting The Best Out of NAC-AEP Seminar guides teachers on selecting appropriate NAC Arts Education Programmes (NAC- AEP) in line with school's objectives, student profiles, desired outcomes and budget.

Feedback

  • The sharing by Teck Whye and O School was great and inspiring.

  • The seminar seems to be more applicable for new schools trying the engage artists for their school programmes.

  • I think the checklist of how to choose artist is useful.

  • There should be a platform for schools to review programmes they have engaged so that other schools could have an idea of the quality provided by the artist.


Registration is closed.

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What kind of programme (Exposure, Experience, Excursion) appeals to the needs of your students and your resources? What are the common challenges you face when selecting NAC-Arts Education Programmes (NAC-AEP) and how can you make informed choices? The NAC-AEP seminar is designed especially for teachers who are new to buying NAC-Arts Education Programme. Teachers will also be able to have better understanding of the programme from invited speakers' sharing and experiences with NAC-AEP. This 2.5-hour hands-on seminar is organised by the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and supported by NAC Arts Education team. The seminar will be conducted by practitioners from SDEA, and aims to help you gain insights to provider richer learning experiences for your students through NAC-AEP across all art forms (music, dance, film and multimedia, theatre and visual arts).

Programme

2.00 PM – 2.15 PM

Introduction to Session by SDEA and NAC

2.15 PM – 3.00 PM

Presentation

3.00 PM – 3.30 PM

Tea-break and Networking

3.30 PM – 4.20 PM

Group Activity and Sharing Session

4.20 PM – 4.30 PM

Wrap Up and Q&A

Programme is subject to changes, at the discretion of SDEA. Target Audience: Newly appointed arts coordinators, Subject Heads, Level Heads, HODs, teachers new to buying NAC-AEP programme.

The workshop will be limited to a class size of 40.

Masterclass Series: Communicating With Puppets

Artistic director of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd and puppet master Benjamin Ho facilitated the ‘Communicating with Puppets’ masterclass on 16 January 2016 attended by 13 participants. Benjamin introduced the different kinds of puppets like rod puppets and hand puppets as well as shed light on which best matched different student profiles. Participants were also brought through the steps to make an inexpensive rod puppet from household items such as forks, towels, yarn, a Styrofoam egg that can be easily sourced for classroom activities. The group enjoyed the session which brought them closer to the art form and wished for more time in experimenting with playing with the puppets.

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**Registration is closed.

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16 January 2016: Communicating with Puppets

The masterclass series is SDEA’s platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 5-hour workshops. We all believe in the magic of puppets but many are deterred from using puppets in their works with young people because they are not sure how to make puppets or perceive of them as being too expensive. Artistic director of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd Benjamin Ho will demonstrate how to make inexpensive puppets from daily objects that adults and young people alike would enjoy. Also, he will share how to use puppets to create fun and engaging activities for youths. Recommended for educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners who work with youths.

About Benjamin Ho

Benjamin Ho started his acting debut with Kuo Pao Kun’s play –“Lao Jiu” and co-founded Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble where he wrote and directed many productions. In 1997, The Theatre Practice invited him to be a full time artist with them and he helped set up The Finger Players (TFP). Under TFP, Benjamin continued to write and direct numerous plays that performed in schools and overseas festivals. After a decade with TFP, Benjamin felt a need for change and left TFP to set up Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd in 2008. Under this new company, Benjamin Ho continues his work as the artistic director. He has over 20 years of experience in working with young people using puppets.

Details of Masterclass

Price: SDEA Member $220 ; Non-Member $280 (normal rate)

Save the date for these Masterclasses…

30 October 2015, Saturday – Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility with Sharmini Winslow In coming across disruptive students in the classroom, the temptation is often to label them as difficult, oppositional or naughty and uncooperative. Psychodrama can offer a fresh way of viewing these challenging moments. In this masterclass with experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow, you will have the opportunity to explore and experience the world from many perspectives and generate ideas that will create an ‘Atmosphere of Possibility’. The workshop is recommended for educators, trainers and people who work with at-risk youths.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Promises Healthcare Pte Ltd, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307506

14 November 2015, Saturday – Devising with Oniatta Effendi This masterclass will take you through methods and techniques for creating devised pieces of work and cultivating an ensemble bond with collaborators. Recommended for drama trainers, educators and theatre practitioners.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #01-03, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

23 January 2016, Saturday – Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher with Chong Tze Chien Award-winning director Chong Tze Chien unpacks the complexities of theatre direction and explains the steps one needs to take to direct for theatre. Some of the lesson points include: script interpretation via stage blocking, effective communication with actors; incorporating design and staging devises in storytelling. Recommended for drama trainers and drama educators.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #03-11, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

Masterclass Series Discounts:

  • Register now for all four masterclasses in the series to get a special 10% discount.
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 5 participants or more.
  • SDEA Theatre Arts Conference full pass holders will receive 10% discount off each masterclass.

Please email projects@sdea.org.sg to enquire about the discounts above.

Masterclass Series: Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher

[nggallery id=33] The Finger Players' Company Director Chong Tze Chien facilitated the ‘Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher’ masterclass on 23 January 2016. It was a popular masterclass which unpacked the complexities of theatre direction and covered skills such as script interpretation via stage blocking, effectivecommunication with actors, incorporating design and staging devises in storytelling.

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Registration is closed.

23 January 2016 : Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher

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The masterclass series is SDEA’s platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 5-hour workshops. What are the fundamentals of directing? In this masterclass, award-winning director Chong Tze Chien unpacks the complexities of theatre direction and explains the steps one needs to take to direct for theatre. Some of the lesson points include: script interpretation via stage blocking, effective communication with actors; incorporating design and staging devises in storytelling. The workshop is recommended for drama trainers and drama educators.

About Chong Tze Chien

Chong Tze Chien is an award-winning and published playwright/director who has been the company director of The Finger Players since 2004. Some of the awards he has won include the Singapore Dramatist Award and The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. He has published two play collections containing critically acclaimed plays such as Charged (Best Script, Life! Theatre Awards) and PIE(Singapore Dramatist Awards). For his contribution to Singapore Theatre, he was awarded the Young Artist Award by the Singapore's National Arts Council in 2006.

Details of Masterclass

Price: SDEA Member $220 ; Non-Member $280 (normal rate) Save the date for these Masterclasses...

30 October 2015, Saturday – Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility with Sharmini Winslow In coming across disruptive students in the classroom, the temptation is often to label them as difficult, oppositional or naughty and uncooperative. Psychodrama can offer a fresh way of viewing these challenging moments. In this masterclass with experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow, you will have the opportunity to explore and experience the world from many perspectives and generate ideas that will create an ‘Atmosphere of Possibility’. The workshop is recommended for educators, trainers and people who work with at-risk youths. Time: 10am to 4pm Venue: Promises Healthcare Pte Ltd, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307506

14 November 2015, Saturday - Devising with Oniatta Effendi This masterclass will take you through methods and techniques for creating devised pieces of work and cultivating an ensemble bond with collaborators. Recommended for drama trainers, educators and theatre practitioners. Time: 10am to 4pm Venue: Blk B #01-03, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 16 January 2016, Saturday - Communicating with Puppets with Benjamin Ho Artistic director of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd Benjamin Ho will demonstrate how to make inexpensive puppets from daily objects that adults and young people alike would enjoy. He will share how to use the puppets to create fun and engaging activities for youths. Recommended for educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners who work with youths. Time: 10am to 4pm Venue: Blk B #01-05, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053 Masterclass Series Discounts:

  • Register now for all four masterclasses in the series to get a special 10% discount.
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 5 participants or more.
  • SDEA Theatre Arts Conference full pass holders will receive 10% discount off each masterclass.

Please email projects@sdea.org.sg to enquire about the discounts above.

SDEA Drama Pedagogy: Essential Teaching and Learning Approaches course

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. This practical course is designed to lead participants to consider some of the essential principles all drama teachers need to be familiar with when preparing and conducting drama lessons with groups.

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

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.

Course Application: Click here to download form Closing date for application is 7 October 2016, 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 EETP Module Part II: Microteaching – to be conducted after LECM Module


About the Facilitators

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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).   **

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.  

Prudence Wales

Dr Prudence Wales Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Dr Prudence Wales is an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Group at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where she teaches courses in drama education and theatre. She has over 25 years of experience as an artist-educator teaching students of diverse abilities and cultures from early childhood through to seniors in formal and informal settings.    

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.

SDEA Pilot Certification Programme: The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Drama

Very soon, the National Arts Council will be requiring all NAC-AEP instructors to obtain relevant pedagogical qualifications to continue leading workshops for NAC-AEP cycle 2017/18. This compulsory requirement will have an immediate impact on our careers as drama educators. To that end, SDEA has been working hard on our Continuing Education Training (CET) programme to be rolled out in 2016-2018 to support the profession. The result would be a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council. SDEA had invited a group of artists and drama educators to be a part of our pilot programme titled The Nuts and Bolts of Teaching Drama conducted in March 2016.

The series of 4 workshops is designed to lead participants to consider some of the essential principles all drama teachers need to be familiar with when preparing and conducting drama lessons with groups. This profile group helped to shape the content of upcoming Continuing Education & Training (CET) programme that supports the needs, lifestyle and challenges as a drama educator.

The pilot will take place on 12 and 19 March 2016 between 9am to 4pm. These are not full sessions of CET that are 40 hours in total but 4 microteaching sessions aimed at testing the quality and relevance of content. The topics covered during the sessions are:

1)    Effective Engagement Strategies for Teaching Drama

Participants will be introduced to key drama strategies and theatre conventions to manage and facilitate authentic learning. Through these, they will develop facilitation skills to activate creativity and critical thinking in their learners.

2) Planning the Drama Lesson

In this session, participants will be led through a practical session on how to select activities aligned to learning objectives.  Participants will also design lesson plans that assist in knowledge and skills building, reflection and extending learning beyond the drama classroom.

3) Strategies for Evaluation in the Drama Classroom

This session introduces several practical methods to evaluate students’ performance in drama lessons. It also prepares participants to collect evidence of learning as well as methods to plan forward.

4) Design of Learning Environment and Managing the Drama Classroom

This session offers practical facilitation techniques to help the drama educator better manage student behaviour and elicit appropriate responses whilst maintaining the spirit of play and creativity.

SDEA Masterclass: Commedia dell’Arte for Teaching Artists

Registration is closed.

Commedia dell’Arte for Teaching Artists

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The masterclass series is SDEA’s platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 5-hour workshops. After a thrilling demo/performance session on Commedia dell’Arte Day last February, SDEA is pleased to have master of Commedia dell’Arte Marco Luly back to facilitate a special masterclass for teaching artists. The masterclass unpacks the main features of the theatre form such as movement, mime and vocal modulation. It also provides you the opportunity to experience actor-training with a focus on body expression, body mastery and improvisation to cultivate self-awareness as well as precision in the use of gestures and voice.

About Marco Luly

Marco Luly

Marco has conducted classes on Commedia dell’Arte history and techniques, given lectures, and worked in cross-cultural productions with students and actors in many countries. He specialises in the production of Commedia dell’Arte, Medieval Theatre and of plays by the Father of Italian Comedy, Carlo Goldoni. He is committed to reviving this unique form of theatre, and has won acclaim for rediscovering medieval and renaissance period manuscripts and adapting them in a modern style. Marco is also the founder, Artistic Director and writer for Luoghi dell’Arte in Rome. Since 1993, he has led his company to perform and lead workshops in Asia, Europe and America.

About the Masterclass

  • Participates are to come in comfortable clothes.
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 5 participants or more.
  • For booking of 5 participants & above, please email to office@sdea.org.sg.

2015

Swopshop: Primal

On 19 September 2015, 18 participants were treated to a boundary breaking and invigorating Swopshop led by Singaporean theatre actor and founder of Pink Gajah Theatre - Sharda Harrison. In the two hour session, Sharda took participants through Asian and Western training methodologies to create energy that translates into a ‘primal’ presence on stage. The workshop also explored ways to use the body as a starting point into the world of text, images, sounds and shapes through the text ‘untitled cow number one’ written by Haresh Sharma. The workshop was seen as accessible, allowing participants of all abilities to explore their bodies as a performance tool. Click to access the Publicity Emailer.


Registration is closed.

SWOPSHOP for SDEA members and Friends of SDEA!

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About Sharda Harrison

Sharda Harrison is a Singapore stage actress. In 2009, she graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) degree in Acting and set up her own theatre and education company, Pink Gajah Theatre in 2013. Her most recent work includes Gitanjali [I feel the earth move] and Untitled Women by The Necessary Stage , The Crucible by Toy Factory, The House of Bernarda Alba by Wild Rice, Nagamandala by HuM Theatre and her own work, Why Do We Do What We Do? by Pink Gajah Theatre. She has been nominated twice for best supporting actress for the annual Life! Theatre Awards and her most recent nomination was for her role in The Necessary Stage's Poor Thing as Best Ensemble.

About the Swopshop

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Masterclass Series: Devising

Singapore Polytechnic lecturer and theatre practitioner Oniatta Effendi facilitated the Devising masterclass on 14 November 2015 at Goodman Arts Centre. The masterclass was attended by 15 people who were exposed to methods and techniques for creating devised pieces of work and cultivating an ensemble bond with collaborators. Her work with students provided a unique lens about the role of the facilitator and brought about a discussion on the importance of developing a spirit of civic-consciousness in youths.

Click to access the Publicity Emailer.


Registration is closed.

14 November 2015: Devising

Oniatta Effendi website

The masterclass series is SDEA's platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 5-hour workshops. This masterclass will take you through methods and techniques for creating devised pieces of work and cultivating an ensemble bond with collaborators. The workshop is recommended for drama trainers, drama educators and theatre practitioners.

About Oniatta Effendi

Oniatta Effendi is a fulltime lecturer in the Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology programme in Singapore Polytechnic. She is passionate about working with the community, devising work with youths and has worked on several projects with vulnerable youths.

Details of Masterclass

Price: SDEA Member $220 ;  Non-Member $280 (normal rate)

Save the date for these Masterclasses...

30 October 2015, Saturday - Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility with Sharmini Winslow

In coming across disruptive students in the classroom, the temptation is often to label them as difficult, oppositional or naughty and uncooperative. Psychodrama can offer a fresh way of viewing these challenging moments. In this masterclass with experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow, you will have the opportunity to explore and experience the world from many perspectives and generate ideas that will create an 'Atmosphere of Possibility'. The workshop is recommended for educators, trainers and people who work with at-risk youths.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Promises Healthcare Pte Ltd, Novena Medical Centre, 10 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307506

23 January 2016, Saturday - Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher with Chong Tze Chien

Award-winning director Chong Tze Chien unpacks the complexities of theatre direction and explains the steps one needs to take to direct for theatre. Some of the lesson points include: script interpretation via stage blocking, effective communication with actors; incorporating design and staging devises in storytelling. Recommended for drama trainers and drama educators.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #03-11, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

16 January 2016, Saturday - Communicating with Puppets with Benjamin Ho Artistic director of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd Benjamin Ho will demonstrate how to make inexpensive puppets from daily objects that adults and young people alike would enjoy. He will share how to use the puppets to create fun and engaging activities for youths. Recommended for educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners who work with youths.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #01-05, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

Masterclass Series Discounts:

  • Register now for all four masterclasses in the series to get a special 10% discount.
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 5 participants or more.
  • SDEA Theatre Arts Conference full pass holders will receive 10% discount off each masterclass.

Please email projects@sdea.org.sg to enquire about the discounts above.

Masterclass Series: Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility

Experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow facilitated the energizing psychodrama masterclass ‘Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility’ on the 31 October 2016 at the Winslow Clinic.

20 participants were treated to an enriching psychodrama experience that changed their perspectives about challenging moments in their teaching journey.

For most, it was their first encounter with psychodrama and it proved to be an eye-opening experience.

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31 October 2015 : Creating an Atmosphere of Possibility

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The masterclass series is SDEA's platform to advocate regular professional development among drama educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners through flexible and skills-focused 5-hour workshops. In coming across disruptive students in the classroom, the temptation is often to label them as difficult, oppositional or naughty and uncooperative. Psychodrama can offer a fresh way of viewing these challenging moments. In this masterclass with experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow, you will have the opportunity to explore and experience the world from many perspectives and generate ideas that will create an 'Atmosphere of Possibility'. The workshop is recommended for educators, trainers and people who work with at-risk youths.

About Sharmini Winslow

Sharmini has been a ‘performer’ for most of her life, becoming involved in stage productions as early as 8 years of age.  With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, Sharmini also pursued Drama training in University. After graduating with a Masters in Counselling, she integrated her creative tendencies into her therapy sessions, preferring experiential models to more conventional counselling methods. She is currently a Director of Promises Pte. Ltd., and Experiential Therapist at Winslow clinic. She runs PsychodramaTherapy sessions for groups in her clinic as well as in the community. Her eclectic style of counselling and therapy in her Personal Growth Groups  and Addiction Groups includes elements of Psychodrama, role play and the creative arts. Her past works involved:

  • Changi Women’s Prison
  • Raffles Counselling Centre
  • The We Care Centre
  • Singapore General Hospital
  • KK Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Rainbow Centre
  • Family Business Network
  • Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Dayspring Girls' Home
  • Singapore Association of Mental Health
  • LASALLE College of the Arts

Details of Masterclass

Price: SDEA Member $220 ; Non-Member $280 (normal rate)

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14 November 2015, Saturday - Devising with Oniatta Effendi

This masterclass will take you through methods and techniques for creating devised pieces of work and cultivating an ensemble bond with collaborators. Recommended for drama trainers, educators and theatre practitioners.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #01-03, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

16 January 2016, Saturday - Communicating with Puppets with Benjamin Ho

Artistic director of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd Benjamin Ho will demonstrate how to make inexpensive puppets from daily objects that adults and young people alike would enjoy. He will share how to use the puppets to create fun and engaging activities for youths. Recommended for educators, drama trainers and theatre practitioners who work with youths.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: Blk B #01-05, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

23 January 2016, Saturday - Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher with Chong Tze Chien

Award-winning director Chong Tze Chien unpacks the complexities of theatre direction and explains the steps one needs to take to direct for theatre. Some of the lesson points include: script interpretation via stage blocking, effective communication with actors; incorporating design and staging devises in storytelling. Recommended for drama trainers and drama educators.

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue:  Blk B #03-11, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

Masterclass Series Discounts:

  • Register now for all four masterclasses in the series to get a special 10% discount.
  • Enjoy 10% off for bookings of 5 participants or more.
  • SDEA Theatre Arts Conference full pass holders will receive 10% discount off each masterclass.

Please email projects@sdea.org.sg to enquire about the discounts above.

2014

Asian Civilisations Museum Workshop

Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) Workshop for administrators and art educators

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SDEA conducts a workshop on 27 January 2014 for ACM administrators and art educators on using handheld museum replicas as group management and educational tools; and shares how to match arts educators to ACM programmes. After the workshop, administrators and officers could help school groups be mentally prepared to experience and appreciate museum visits better.

Getting the best out of AEP

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NAC-AEP Seminar facilitated by SDEA Team and supported by NAC-AEP Arts Education Team

Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and National Arts Council (NAC) have co-designed a programme, “Getting the Best out of Arts Education Programmes (AEP)” for teachers who plan and purchase NAC-AEP Arts Education Programmes for their students. This programme helps teachers to make informed choices when selecting appropriate arts programmes across different art forms (dance, drama, music, literary and visual arts) that are suitable for their students’ needs.

This programme is currently open to all Primary and Secondary School as well as Junior College Aesthetic Heads of Department (HODs), Subject / Level Heads and Arts Coordinators.

In this 3-hour seminar conducted by arts practitioners and educators from SDEA, participants will delve into and explore further how the different types of NAC-AEP (Exposure, Experience, Excursion) can meet the needs of both students and teachers, as well as the common challenges teachers face when selecting the arts programmes. Through discussions and hands-on activities, the session will give you insights to getting a richer learning experience with NAC-AEP.


Programme

3.00pm - 3.30pm - Introduction to Session by NAC/SDEA

3.00pm - 4.30pm - Case Study Session

4.30pm - 4.50pm - Tea Reception

4.50pm - 6.00pm - Workshop Round-Up

Workshop Details

Date: 28 May 2014, Wednesday

Time: 3pm - 6pm

Venue: 90 Goodman Road, Blk B #03-11 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053

Registration closes by: Friday, 16 May 2014

The workshop will be limited to a class size of 40. Registration is closed.

Getting the best out of NAC-AEP Seminar (2nd Run)

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NAC-AEP Seminar facilitated by SDEA Team and supported by NAC-AEP Arts Education Team

Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and National Arts Council (NAC) have co-designed a programme, “Getting the Best out of Arts Education Programmes (AEP)” for teachers who plan and purchase NAC-AEP Arts Education Programmes for their students.

This is a rerun seminar for those who have missed out previously and especially for teachers who are new to buying NAC-AEP Arts Education Programmes.

Exposure, Experience, Excursion

What kind of programme fits the needs of your students and your resources? What are the common challenges you face when selecting NAC-AEP Arts Education Programmes (NAC-AEP) and how can you make informed choices? This 2.5-hour hands-on seminar is organised by Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and supported by NAC-AEP Arts Education team. The seminar will be conducted by practitioners from SDEA, and aims to help you gain insights to providing richer learning experiences for your students through NAC-AEP across all art forms (music, dance, film and multimedia, theatre and visual arts).


About the Programme

2.00pm - 2.15pm - Introduction to Session by NAC/SDEA

2.15pm - 3.15pm - Break Out Session "How to shop for NAC-AEP Arts Education Programmes"

3.15pm - 3.30pm - Tea Break

3.30pm - 4.15pm - Case Studies

4.15pm - 4.30pm - Seminar Round-Up, Q&A

About the Workshop

The workshop will be limited to a class size of 40. Registration will close by Monday, 10 November 2014.

Masterclass: Arts as a Tool in Community Engagement with Janet Pillai

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Arts as a Tool in Community Engagement

How do artists select appropriate mediums and develop appropriate programming for the communities they work with? Designed specially for artists, artist educators and pedagogues of all art forms, this master class looks at innovative methods to inspire and challenge community groups. Participants of this master class will also receive a copy of Janet's resource kit, Community-based Arts and Culture Education. This useful book features

  1. the general philosophy behind arts-education
  2. tools to plan, design and execute community-based arts projects
  3. case studies of best practice programmes or project-based learning
  4. templates and 13 sample lesson plans (adaptable to any context)
  5. short academic articles on educational perspectives and principles of arts education and history of arts collectives in South East Asia

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About Janet Pillai

Janet Pillai  is a researcher, practitioner and activist in the field of arts and culture education, specializing in  creative pedagogy, cultural research and community-outreach. She chairs Arts-ED a non-profit organization which works in community area revitalisation projects in partnership or consultation with professionals, local agencies and community. Pillai also contributes as an expert resource person with the education training units of UNESCO Bangkok and APCIEU Korea and has authored numerous articles.

About the Workshop

Registration starts at 9.45 am.

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

Thursday, 25 Sep 2014: 90 Goodman Road, Blk B #01-03 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053

Friday, 26 Sep 2014: 90 Goodman Road, Blk B #03-11 Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053

Due to overwhelming response, the masterclass is re-run on 26 September 2014.  

For more information, please email us at projects@sdea.org.sg or call us at 6345 6997.

Masterclass: Sourcing Within with Ang Gey Pin

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Sourcing Within

Towards an embodied performer and practice through physical and vocal integration

Join us for a masterclass of self-discovery where you will find refreshing new ways in:

  1. Physical and vocal embodiment: Be introduced to an active search of physical and vocal capacities as a performer. Through free play and exercises that enhance awareness and intuition, learn to follow your organic responses and contact with others that will then be developed into your creative work.
  2. An organic approach to performing: Learn to build your creative materials as well as bridge creative impulses and intuitions to the audience. Performance will then become a means of connecting thoughts, intentions, associations, imageries and human relations.

Please come and comfortably dressed.

You are also encouraged to bring along a piece of creative work of not more than 3 minutes. It can be with a text, object(s), and/or movements. Highly recommended for theatre and dance practitioners, as well as graduating theatre and dance students and teachers.

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About Ang Gey Pin

Ang Gey Pin is best known for her title role in the late dramatist Kuo Pao Kun's Chinese version of Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree (1987) and for being the Artistic Director of Theatre OX. She began her theatre apprenticeship with Practice Theatre Ensemble in 1986 (now Theatre Practice). She holds a B.A. degree in Theatre (with distinction) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1992). She was a member of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, touring and performed lead roles with the company till 2006. Since then, she has been teaching, performing and collaborating with international artists and various institutions in Singapore, Europe, South and North America.

About the Workshop

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

Special discounted rate applies when you sign up together with Janet Pillai's masterclass (25 Sep 2014).

For more information, please email us at projects@sdea.org.sg or call us at 6345 6997.

The O.P.E.N.: Conversations on Arts Festival and connections with Arts Education

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Conversations on Arts Festival and connections with Arts Education

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Noorlinah Mohamed, Director of The O.P.E.N. talks about the new Singapore International Festival of Arts and its engagement initiative The O.P.E.N. What is public engagement for the Festival? What is unique and new? How does this new direction relate to arts education? How do we, the arts education community, benefit from, connect with and leverage on the Festival? A timely discussion amidst the changing landscape in arts education practices in Singapore. Join SDEA and Noorlinah Mohamed as we dialogue and discuss these questions and more on 26 April 2014 at 2pm at Goodman Arts Centre.

About Noorlinah Mohamed

Noorlinah Mohamed, is an established and award-winning theatre actress and arts educator. Currently the lead practitioner and consultant for the National Arts Council spear-headed Teaching Through the Arts Programme. Noorlinah is also an experienced applied arts practitioner and has over the years been developing public arts engagement projects. As Director of The O.P.E.N, she is also a director and one of the artist-mentors for Ways of Wandering, a participatory public arts project of The O.P.E.N. She is a proud member of SDEA since 2002.

About the Talk

Admission is free, registation is required.

2012

Masterclass: Drama as a Cross-Curricular Pedagogy by Pamela Bowell

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Drama as a Cross-Curricular Pedagogy

Human beings learn naturally through drama. Our brains are ‘wired’ for it. As teachers we can capitalise on this and use drama as a powerful and effective pedagogy across the curriculum. With drama we can create compelling contexts for learning for students of all ages that are engaging and meaningful. However, we also know that the better the drama experience, the better the learning outcome will be. With this in mind, this workshop will explore how teachers can move on from using one or two individual drama strategies and start to build effective dramas by combining strategies together. One practical example will have a Language focus and second will be drawn from another area of the curriculum. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • take part in practical classroom examples
  • reflect on the opportunities for learning that the dramas offered children
  • consider how to plan effective dramas for themselves
  • take away materials to support them in their planning
  • network and have fun!

To sign up, go to shopping cart below to pay through SDEA's online payment system by 1 May 2012. Please allow a few days to respond with a confirmation. If you do not receive confirmation, or would like to find out more about this workshop, email Adrian at marketing@sdea.org.sg, or call him at 9770 8848.

About Pamela Bowell

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Pamela Bowell is Visiting Reader at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Lincoln, where she teaches in the School of Culture, Education and Innovation. She is internationally renowned for her work with children, young people, students, teachers and theatre educators. With them, she explores the ways in which drama provides a creative and compelling means to promote and develop learning across the curriculum. She has international reputation as a conference workshop leader and speaker and as a consultant in the field of drama education. She has been a secondary school drama teacher in England and Australia, a local authority drama advisory teacher and theatre-in-education actor/teacher and for twenty years was Principal Lecturer in Drama Education at Kingston University. For ten years Pamela was Chair of National Drama – the UK’s leading subject association for drama teachers and theatre educators. She has recently returned to the Board and currently is Director of Conferences and CPD. She has a particular interest in process drama and researches and writes on the subject in collaboration with Brian Heap, University of the West Indies. Their publications include Planning Process Drama published by David Fulton, now translated into both Finnish and Arabic. An updated and expanded second edition is due for publication in 2013. She is Co-Editor of Drama Research: international journal of drama in education.

About the Workshop

Price: SDEA Members $280 ; Non-SDEA Members $400, halal lunch included Participants: 25 pax Please come in comfortable workshop clothes.