Level Up! Fest

All past Level Up! Fest programmes can be found here.

Past Events

All past Level Up! Fest programmes can be found 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!

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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.

If I Could Turn Back Time - The Retro Music Writing Club led by Kenneth Kwok

Are you ready to show your True Colours? 

A lot of creative writing comes from our personal memories - and one of the strongest prompts to activate memories is music. This interest group brings members together to share informal pieces of short writing (think the length of a Facebook or Instagram post) inspired by the artists and songs from the greatest decade of pop music: the 80s! 

What personal stories do you have about Michael Jackson or Madonna, Whitney Houston or Pet Shop Boys? Did you have your first dance with your secondary school crush to Within You'll Remain? Did you learn all the dance moves to Electric Youth? A combination of a writing group and listening party. 

Log on and join us – because Sweet Dreams are Made of This! 

Event Details

Date: Thursday 19th November 2020
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm

Donate as you want on giving.sg/SDEAofficial

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About SDEA Interest Groups

Interest Groups are ground-up initiatives led by members to empower them to advocate for what they are passionate about in drama/theatre, and do more than they would be able to on their own.

Through these interest groups we can harness the diverse interests and voices of our membership and will help SDEA identify and advocate for changes that are relevant.

If you would like to pitch us an idea for an interest group, drop us an email at office@sdea.org.sg

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 More Events Here

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 - Mindfulness for Arts Practitioners

Learn what it means to practice mindfulness as an arts practitioner!

Mindfulness is the art of living in the present moment without losing focus on the future. It is a way of paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness provides a unique perspective into our minds unlike other theories or disciplines. Mindfulness as Psychological Capital aids creativity, immersion and appreciation in a unique way within arts practitioners.  

This mini-workshop will introduce you to the scientific evidence of Mindfulness and how its practice will help arts practitioners embody art through Mindfulness. The participants will get to practice mindfulness, appreciate its theoretical foundations, the myths surrounding it and appreciate how it can help Arts Practitioners.  


Event Details

Date: Monday 16th November 2020
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Price: Admission by Registration

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About the Facilitator

Kathirasan K Founder and Managing Director of Centre for Mindfulness Singapore

Kathirasan K

Kathirasan (Kathir) is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Mindfulness Singapore. He is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P), a certification issued by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). He has practised mindfulness for more than 20 years, since 1999 and has been trained by the eminent Mindfulness teacher, Shamash Alidina and trained in Yoga by the world renowned SVYASA. He has the ability to contextualise Mindfulness within any culture and in the areas of education, leadership, teaching, learning, personal development, coaching, counselling, career development and stress management. He is the author of three books on Mindfulness.


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 More Events Here

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. 

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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!

Find Out More Here

Level Up! Fest 2020 - The Art Of Freelancing: A Talk by Jeremiah Choy

The life of a freelancer is challenging, especially in this period. Many questions often come up when entering the world of freelancing. How much do you charge? What are your rights and responsibilities? How do you make freelancing work for you as a career? 

Join Jeremiah Choy, creative director, producer, and curator as he shares tips, advice, and the right mindset to have as you trek precariously through the "minefield" of your freelancing journey.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 10th November 2020 Time: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Price: Admission by Registration

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About the Facilitator

Jeremiah Choy  Creative Director, Producer, Curator

Jeremiah has close to 30 years of experience in Singapore’s arts scene and with international experience that ranges from Asia to South Africa and Europe. He was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Kent Ridge Alumni award in 2010 and was the recipient of ST Life! Awards Best Supporting Actor 2019 for his role in Leda and the Rage. He was nominated for Best Director in 2002 for Machine. 

He is also an advocate for free lancers in Singapore. In 2019, The Law Society Pro Bono Services presented an award of appreciation for his services towards Law Awareness outreach. 

About Level Up! Fest

Level Up! Fest is SDEA’s platform to recognise, celebrate, 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 More Events Here

This Is Me - Collage-Making Art Jam: the Level Up! Fest Edition led by Rosie McGowan

Who am I? What does my authentic self look like? What might it sound like? Come explore these questions and more!

Set aside some time to check in on yourself, and join us for a Collage-Making Art Jam hosted on Zoom by Rosie McGowan! Gather anything you can find at home – old notes, magazines, receipts, spaghetti, toilet paper – and create a response to the day’s given theme: This Is Me


Event Details

Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm

Donate as you want on giving.sg/SDEAofficial

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About SDEA Interest Groups

Interest Groups are ground-up initiatives led by members to empower them to advocate for what they are passionate about in drama/theatre, and do more than they would be able to on their own.

Through these interest groups we can harness the diverse interests and voices of our membership and will help SDEA identify and advocate for changes that are relevant.

If you would like to pitch us an idea for an interest group, drop us an email at office@sdea.org.sg

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 More Events Here

2019

Career Chats with Jeffrey Tan

Career Chats

In these sessions, participants will meet with our Career Mentors 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. Our Career Mentors will offer you fresh perspectives. Kickstart your journey today!  Each Session is a group consultation (of up to 5pax) with the Career Mentor. 

13th November - Jeffrey Tan

20th November - Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin

27th November - Sophia Begum Price:

$12 (SDEA members), $15 (non-members)

Dates: 13th, 20th, 27th November 2019

Time: 8-9.30pm

Venue: Lowercase at LASALLE

About Jeffrey Tan, Theatre Director, Drama Educator and Creative Producer. He graduated with a BA (Drama) from the Queensland University of Technology and an MA (Drama and Theatre Education) from the University of Warwick.  He has worked full time as Resident Director with The Theatre Practice (1997), Drama Lecturer with LASALLE SIA (1999), Associate Artistic Director with TheatreWorks (S) Ltd (2002), Assistant Director (Festivals) with the National Arts Council (2007) and Assistant Director, Community Arts and Culture Division, People’s Association (2012). Since 2016, Jeffrey became an independent arts producer/director.  Jeffrey was also selected as an Arts Fellow for the Singapore International Foundation’s ‘Arts For Good Fellowship 2018/2019’.  Jeffrey was also selected for the inaugural ‘Singapore Producers Platform’, a one-year mentorship with Performing Lines Australia, 2018/2019.  Jeffrey just returned from Brisbane from a three weekends season of ‘Open Homes’ in 15 homes in Brisbane, Australia

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Career Chats with Sofia Begum

Career Chats

In these sessions, participants will meet with our Career Mentors 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. Our Career Mentors will offer you fresh perspectives. Kickstart your journey today!  Each Session is a group consultation (of up to 5pax) with the Career Mentor. 

*For 20th November, the sessions with Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin will be held separately.

13th November - Jeffrey Tan

20th November - Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin

27th November - Sophia Begum

Price: $12 (SDEA members), $15 (non-members)

Dates: 20th November 2019

Time: 8-9.30pm Venue: Lowercase at LASALLE

About Sofia Begum, Programmer, Esplanade Sofia Begum has been a programmer at the Esplanade for the past 5 years. Since 2014, she has worked on producing, presenting and developing programmes for young audiences. As part of her work, she also works on developing and nurturing local artists in honing their craft towards creating performances that are pedagogically and aesthetically sound for children and youth. She has worked on Octoburst! - a children's festival, as well as community festivals such as National Day, Pesta Raya, as well as delving into work for Malay Language Theatre. She has also worked on international presentations. She has also produced PLAYtime! an immersive theatre experience for 2 - 6 year olds. Aside from her theatre work, she also works on illustrations for children, and designing activities for them in the Esplanade's PIP's PLAYbox. Currently, she is almost completing a Masters in Education (Drama) at the National Institute of Education.

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Career Chats with Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin

Career Chats

In these sessions, participants will meet with our Career Mentors 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. Our Career Mentors will offer you fresh perspectives. Kickstart your journey today!  Each Session is a group consultation (of up to 5pax) with the Career Mentor. 

*For 20th November, the sessions with Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin will be held separately.

13th November - Jeffrey Tan

20th November - Noorlinah Mohamed and Thong Pei Qin

27th November - Sophia Begum

Price: $12 (SDEA members), $15 (non-members)

Dates: 20th November 2019

Time: 8-9.30pm Venue: Lowercase at LASALLE

About Noorlinah Mohamed (PhD), Theatre Artist, Arts Educator and Producer 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 2003. 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 Thong Pei Qin, Theatre Director & Arts Educator Thong Pei Qin is a theatre director passionate about creating devised and experimental works of social relevance. She holds two theatre degrees, from the University of Essex (M.A. Distinction, Theatre Directing), and the National University of Singapore (B.A. Honours, Theatre Studies). Selected directing credits comprise Super Mermaid(Manipulate Festival 2019, Edinburgh), the outdoor roving BITTEN: return to our roots (2018), When the Cold Wind Blows (Singapore Theatre Festival 2018), Step Outta Line (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018), Maxx The Cat (The Finger Players 2017), Petty People (NUS Theatre Studies 2017), State of Mind (Playground Entertainment 2016), the site-specific Seedy Stories (Saga Seed Theatre 2016) and Between Consciousness (TheatreWorks 2016). Currently based in Singapore, Pei Qin also leads varsity theatre modules as a part-time lecturer. Her directing portfolio can be found at (thongpeiqin.wix.com/livingtheatre) and her official FB Page at (www.facebook.com/thongpeiqin.director/)

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Get Headshot By A Pro - 23rd November

Get Headshot By A Pro

We know how difficult it can be to constantly update your headshots for your CVs, so at Level Up! Fest, we have decided to make things a little less complicated. Get 3 digitally enhanced images (soft copy only) when you get your Headshots here with Boban James (www.bobanjames.com) at SDEA! Please note: There will be no hair and make-up services provided, so please come prepared.

Price: $50 (SDEA members), $85 (non-members)

Dates: 23rd November 2019

Time: 9am - 1pm

Venue: SDEA, Goodman Arts Centre

For more information on joining SDEA as a member, please refer to sdea.org.sg/advocate/membership-application/

About the Photographer, Boban James Boban James is a portrait photographer based out of Singapore. His work has been published in BLLNR magazine, Conde Nast Traveller India, Vogue India, Gulf News, The Times of India and Entrepreneur Magazine (India) amongst other publications. When he is not taking photos, he is usually to be found thinking of creative ways to expend his dog's energy.

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A Conversation on Arts Advocacy

What is arts advocacy? What does it mean to advocate for something? What kind of work do arts advocates do? Drop by Goodman: B-Sides and have a chat with Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA), a pioneer arts intermediary organisation, alongside veteran arts educator and producer Michele Lim on the topic of arts advocacy. Learn more about what arts advocacy entails from both an individual and organisational perspective, and get to know the work SDEA has done as an arts intermediary.  

Price: Free

Admission Dates: 16th November 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Block B #03-11, Goodman Arts Centre  

About Goodman B-Sides

Wander, and get wonderfully lost: the latest edition of Goodman B-Sides invites you to get lost in the arts. This November, Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), Singapore’s largest arts enclave, turns itself into a chilled-out garden of creativity – a definite draw for families, art lovers and plant enthusiasts. Join an organic and unguided trail around GAC’s many nooks, or pop by an artist’s studio and see where the magic happens. With a bevy of art workshops, activities and pop-up performances, a bustling lifestyle market and F&B favourites, indulge your flights of fancy amidst the lush, creative atmosphere at Goodman B-Sides.  

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Get Headshot By A Pro - 16th November

Get Headshot By A Pro

We know how difficult it can be to constantly update your headshots for your CVs, so at Level Up! Fest, we have decided to make things a little less complicated. Get 3 digitally enhanced images (soft copy only) when you get your Headshots here with Boban James (www.bobanjames.com) at SDEA! Please note: There will be no hair and make-up services provided, so please come prepared.

Price: $50 (SDEA members), $85 (non-members)

Dates: 16th November 2019

Time: 1pm-6pm Venue: SDEA, Goodman Arts Centre

For more information on joining SDEA as a member, please refer to sdea.org.sg/advocate/membership-application/

About the Photographer, Boban James Boban James is a portrait photographer based out of Singapore. His work has been published in BLLNR magazine, Conde Nast Traveller India, Vogue India, Gulf News, The Times of India and Entrepreneur Magazine (India) amongst other publications. When he is not taking photos, he is usually to be found thinking of creative ways to expend his dog's energy.

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Self Care Jamming

Self Care Jamming

Think of the old oxygen on a plane scenario - when there's an emergency on a plane, we are told to put the oxygen masks on ourselves first, before we help others. We can't help other people if we're struggling to breathe ourselves. As drama educators, self-care is vital, so that we can give the best to those around us when we need to. Come explore what self-care means to you and create your own blend of self-care! *Participants are required to bring their own washed and clean, empty jar for this art jamming session.

Price: $20/$25 (SDEA members/Non-Members)

Date: 19th November 2019

Time: 7-9pm

Venue: SDEA Office, Blk B, #04-02, Goodman Arts Centre

About Rosie McGowan

Rosie comes from an extensive history of working with young people using drama and theatre to explore potentially difficult and sensitive youth-related themes and issues. She has a masters in applied theatre and a masters in counselling and often combines her knowledge of these two fields throughout her practice. As a freelance applied theatre practitioner, facilitator and educator, Rosie has taught drama in numerous schools in Singapore. Rosie has run workshops and projects exploring themes of self-care, trauma, self-harm, communication and understanding mental health. She has also designed and run projects in two Singapore halfway houses - the Community Rehabilitation Centre, and The Turning Point. As a counsellor, Rosie specialises in addiction and trauma- working with various addictions, as well as family members of addicts and trauma survivors. She uses a mixture of cognitive and experiential tools throughout her practice.

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Swopshop: Let's Play!

How do we feel playing this game? How do we feel playing their different versions? What happens to our bodies in a state of play? Join us for a swopshop where we play and exchange your favourite drama games with other practitioners. Led by Ahmad, we look forward to an afternoon of games and give ourselves permission to play!  

Ticket prices: $10 (members), $12 (non-members)

Date: 17 November 2019

Time: 12pm-2pm

Venue: SDEA Office, Blk B, #04-02 Goodman Arts Centre  

About Ahmad

Ahmad is an educator by profession, and a theatre-maker by choice. He recently completed his postgraduate studies from the University of Edinburgh majoring in Playwriting. His areas of interest include drama pedagogy, playwriting and collaborating with marginalised and sensitive communities using theatre. Ahmad is a founding member of Malay playwright circle, Main Tulis Group (MTG) that looks at Malay-centric issues in contemporary Singapore. Ahmad is also a member of the Arts Consultative Panel (ACP) for the Infocomm Media Development Authority. Previously, Ahmad has had been an active member of SDEA since 2011.  

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A Workshop on Negotiating an Artiste Engagement Contract

What are the key points that an artiste should look out for in engagement contracts? This workshop helps demystify such contracts and provide the artiste with tools to navigate through negotiating and concluding a contract that is clear and fair to the parties. We will start off with the rationale and expectations of the engagement. This forms the foundation of the contract and sets the direction of the negotiations. We will then discuss the tools that would assist us in negotiating and concluding a contract. This will be then be followed by a discussion on the key points that need to be in a contract. A Q&A session will then follow.

The workshop is intended to be interactive where participants are free to provide their thoughts and questions on the point being discussed. It would greatly enrich the discussion if participants are prepared with their queries before coming for the workshop.  

Price: Free Admission

Dates: 16th November 2019

Time: 3pm – 4pm

Venue: Block B #03-11, Goodman Arts Centre

About Roland Samosir

Roland is a Partner at the law firm of Low Yeap Toh & Goon LLP. He was involved in the Arts in his university days and beyond, taking on the roles of actor, soundman and stage manager in various productions. He knows that legal jargon, especially in contracts, can be confusing. Hoping that his legal training and involvement in the Arts could come in useful, he tries to demystify contracts to those who would listen to him, making contracts more understandable and manageable to those in the Arts.  

About Goodman B-Sides

Wander, and get wonderfully lost: the latest edition of Goodman B-Sides invites you to get lost in the arts. This November, Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), Singapore’s largest arts enclave, turns itself into a chilled-out garden of creativity – a definite draw for families, art lovers and plant enthusiasts. Join an organic and unguided trail around GAC’s many nooks, or pop by an artist’s studio and see where the magic happens. With a bevvy of art workshops, activities and pop-up performances, a bustling lifestyle market and F&B favourites, indulge your flights of fancy amidst the lush, creative atmosphere at Goodman B-Sides.  

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Yoga at Goodman

Round off an eventful Goodman: B-Sides and wind down with Zul for a session of vinyasa yoga at Goodman Arts Centre's amphitheatre! As drama educators, looking after ourselves is vital, and one of the many ways to do that is to take care of our body. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic yoga practice that weaves breath and movement together. The word “vinyasa” can be translated as “arranging something in a special way,” like yoga poses for example. In Vinyasa yoga classes, students coordinate movement with breath to flow from one pose to the next.  This class is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

*Participants are required to bring a yoga mat, a small towel and a water bottle to the class.

Price: Free

Admission Dates: 16th November 2019

Time: 6pm - 7pm

Venue: Amphitheatre, Goodman Arts Centre

About Zul

Yoga is one of the many things Zul does. He also dances, does gymnastics, Calistechnics, animal movement and flow. He has been practising yoga since 2006 and gained the courage to teach after conducting HIIT + Yoga sessions that were intended to convert more men to yoga. His classes are always fun but challenging, with a bit more attention given to breath, positioning the body and its movement.  

About Goodman B-Sides

Wander, and get wonderfully lost: the latest edition of Goodman B-Sides invites you to get lost in the arts. This November, Goodman Arts Centre (GAC), Singapore’s largest arts enclave, turns itself into a chilled-out garden of creativity – a definite draw for families, art lovers and plant enthusiasts. Join an organic and unguided trail around GAC’s many nooks, or pop by an artist’s studio and see where the magic happens. With a bevy of art workshops, activities and pop-up performances, a bustling lifestyle market and F&B favourites, indulge your flights of fancy amidst the lush, creative atmosphere at Goodman B-Sides.  

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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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