A group of theatre students from Singapore’s School of the Arts (SOTA) spent a week in March 2015 attending specialised workshops in Sydney, Australia to further their knowledge of the performing arts, directing, playwriting, stage management and production design. This trip, part of SOTA’s Arts Excellence Programme (AEP), which is funded by Temasek Education Foundation (TEF) via the David Marshall endowment, gave students a chance to attend classes at two of Australia’s most celebrated theatre companies – the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Belvoir Street Theatre.
Kelly Tang, Dean of Arts at SOTA explained that “the AEP provides opportunities for students to attend workshops, masterclasses and programmes conducted by globally renowned arts institutions, covering the widest possible variety of arts specialisations. Such learning experiences deepen the students’ artistic understanding, broaden their horizons, sharpen their craft and allow them to benchmark themselves with international standards. Ultimately, these workshops expose our students to a broader gamut of artistic expression, so they have the best resources to develop their own creative voice.”
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SOTA is Singapore’s first national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, for youths aged 13 -18 years old. Under the ambit of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), SOTA offers a dedicated development path for those who have an interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both their artistic and academic potential can best be realised. Find out more about SOTA here.
What one student had to say about his experience
“I feel that this AEP trip to Sydney has allowed me to discover new things about theatre. Through both workshops, I learnt that revisiting old techniques and exercises is just as useful as learning new ones. An actor has to always look for new things to discover when learning and training, and he or she must find new discoveries and ways of learning for themselves. One must not see concepts as fixed and static but as dynamic entities that evolve and grow with us as we progress in our artistic journey.” – Chaney Chia, SOTA Theatre Student
Did you know…
The David Marshall Endowment was named after Singapore’s first Chief Minister, who was a passionate believer in education. He possessed remarkable energy throughout his life practicing law and politics; and he represented Singapore as Ambassador to France, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain well into his eighties.