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SDEA Connections II: Creating Performances - Short and Sweet


Sat Nov 1 2014, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Katong, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Listed by: office

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

Workshop 1 : Devising Strategies

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

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

Workshop 2 : 15 Minutes of Drama

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

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

Forum: Competitions In Arts Education - Good Or Bad?

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

10am - 1pm Workshop 1 : Devising Strategies
10am - 1pm Workshop 2 : 15 Minutes of Drama
1pm - 2pm Lunch Break
2pm - 4pm Forum: Competitions in Arts Education - Good or Bad?

Workshop & Forum
SDEA members: $60
Non SDEA members: $100
(Registrants for either of the workshops will receive complimentary pass to the forum discussion)

Forum Only
SDEA members: complimentary
Non SDEA members: $10

For more information and registration, visit our website at: or email to or call us at 6345 6997.