Theatre, Talk/Workshop

SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 - Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground

Organised by: SDEA (Singapore Drama Educators Association)
  • Date:
    22 - 30 May 2021
  • Venue:
  • Language:
    English with Live Note-Taking and option of Sign Language Interpreter (SGSL)
  • Admission:
    1. Conference Pass
    Purchasing a base Conference Pass will give you delegate access to all live keynotes, presentations and performances & dialogues during the week of the conference, as well as all on-demand presentations up to the end of June.

    Conference Pass (Non-SDEA Member) = S$100
    Conference Pass (SDEA Member) = S$60
    Conference Pass (Student) = S$50

    Institute Passes Available Upon Request

    Faculty members and/or students of the same institute may write in to to enquire about purchasing a group Conference Pass at a discounted rate.

    2. Workshops and Masterclasses
    As a Conference Passholder, you decide which areas of practice you want to explore!

    When registration for masterclasses and workshops open, we will send you an invitation email detailing how to purchase the add-on tickets to your choice of masterclasses and workshops.

    6-Hour Masterclass = S$80 each
    3-Hour Masterclass = S$40 each
    Workshop = S$20 each


Challenge your ideas of inclusivity, community, and creativity at the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 - Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground.

How have our notions of 'theatre' been disrupted within people and places, allowing for new ways of living and working? What can we do to ensure better access and representation in our practices? How do we expand our capacity for discovery and reinvention?

Join SDEA from 22 - 30 May 2021 as we pilot our first fully-online Theatre Arts Conference. Broaden your perspectives, advance your practice and explore creative disruption through the lens of citizenship, community, education and health.

With both live* and on-demand presentations and performances, as well as your choice of masterclasses and workshops, we are putting you in full control of your exploration of new ground.

*All timings are based on Singapore Time (SGT) / UTC +8.



[Citizenship Keynote]
A Struggle In The Mist - What Can (And Can't) Drama Do?

by Dr. Phoebe Chan
Founder, Chan's Applied Theatre Lab (HK)
"What can drama do amid the current social climate?"

This is a question many drama educators in Hong Kong keep asking as the city experiences unprecedented political turmoil and the pandemic of an era.

In search for an answer to this question, a drama educator turned her wonder into action by carrying out a range of drama programmes despite the odds.

[Community Keynote]
Arts As A Practice For Individual, Community, And Social Change

by Koh Hui Ling and Han Xuemei
Associate Artists, Dramabox (SG)
How does a theatre company navigate the currents of change and respond to surrounding challenges? How do we remain connected to the everyday realities of the people? What is the role of artists and the arts in co-creating spaces and conditions both for disruption and reconciliation/re-assembling/repair?

Explore the evolution of Dramabox's socially engaged arts practice in relation to the political, social, and cultural environment in Singapore over the past 15 years in a process to discourse the role of arts in the society.

[Education Keynote]
Throwing A Light On Theatre-Making: Finding Spaces To Listen

by Professor Helen Nicholson
Professor Of Theatre & Performance, Royal Holloway, University Of London (UK)
As drama educationalists grapple with the challenges of social distancing, isolation and unpredictable learning environments, do we need a different set of vocabularies to shape new drama education? What ideas still work, and what needs to be reconsidered?

This speech by Professor Helen Nicholson, will ask how drama educators in theatres and schools can work together and find new ways to listen well, and in the company of others.

[Health Keynote]
Behind the Label

by Dr. Jennifer Hartley
Founder & Director, Theatre versus Oppression (UK)

A group of individuals with multiple issues – addictions, abuse, ex-prisoners, severe learning difficulties, mental health, homelessness – but one thing in common; all had been labelled throughout their lives and now felt they had lost their identity behind those labels.

Behind the Label set out to help people find their voice and explore who they were behind the labels given them by society.

SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2021 - Creative Disruption: Exploring New Ground