SDEA presents a Masterclass Series (Oct 2015 - Jan 2016)

 SDEA's Masterclass Series 

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.   
30 January 2016 : Communicating with Puppets

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. 
Plays directed by Benjamin Ho:
  • Journey West - Mountain of Fiery (2013)
  • Mama Looking for her Cat (2012)
  • The Three Bullies (2012)
  • One Fine Day (2012)
  • Dragon Dance (2011)
  • Goldfish, Go Fish! (2011)
  • Monster under my Bed (2011)
  • The Nyonya Nightingale (2010)
  • Mercury (2010)
Date:      30 January 2016
Time:     10am to 4pm
Venue:   TreeHouse@PaperMonkey
               Goodman Arts Centre

              90 Goodman Road
              Block B, #01-05
              (Getting to the venue)
Cost:      SDEA Member  $220
               Non-Member    $280
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Experiential therapist Sharmini Winslow offers a fresh way of viewing challenging moments in the classroom through Psychodrama. Explore and experience the world from many perspectives and generate ideas that will create an atmosphere of possibility. Recommended for educators, trainers and people who work with at-risk youths. 

14 November 2015 - Devising with Oniatta Effendi

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23 January 2016 - 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. 

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 to enquire about the discounts above. 
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