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.   
23 January 2016 : Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher

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.
Other notable plays written and directed by Chong Tze Chien:
  • Turn By Turn We Turn (Life! Theatre Awards: Production of the Year & Best Director)
  • Poop! 
  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Life! Theatre Awards: Best Director)
  • The Book of Living and Dying (Singapore Arts Festival 2012)
  • Rant & Race (as part of Esplanade's 10th anniversary)
  • SEED (Asian Performing Arts Festival, Tokyo)
Date:      23 January 2016
Time:     10am to 4pm
Venue:   Goodman Arts Centre
              90 Goodman Road
              Block B, #03-11
              Multipurpose Room 2
              (Getting to the venue)
Cost:      SDEA Member  $220
               Non-Member    $280
Click to register for Directing for the Drama Facilitator and Teacher

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31 October 2015 - Creating an Atmosphere of Possibilities by Sharmini Winslow

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

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. 

30 January 2016 - 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. 

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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