About ITI

Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is an independent theatre school for contemporary artists, conceived as a unique and unprecedented enterprise in theatre training, social and cultural interaction, and human understanding.

It currently offers a three-year, practice-based, professional actor training programme founded on a rigorous, intercultural learning methodology with a view to producing original, contemporary theatre. The training encompasses exposure to a broad spectrum of cultures and languages, and immersion in traditional Asian theatre systems and contemporary theatre forms. Students are selected from among the best talents across Asia and beyond.

ITI is founded on the belief that theatre would have little meaning if it is not connected to life and society. Good theatre, like all good art, must have social impact. It must make a difference to life as it is lived by ordinary people. Through the espousal of intercultural theatre practice, ITI aims to train artists who are capable of working across cultural, linguistic, social and national boundaries, unleashing the immense potential of theatre to bring together, empower and ultimately harness the energies of diverse communities throughout the world.

ITI’s Acting Programme has attracted international recognition of the highest order, from well-known artists, respected educators and master teachers in the performing arts who have been part of the faculty, as well as academic and examination boards. Through the years, the unparalleled training at ITI has produced exceptional, professional actors and directors or teachers who are in high demand in the performing arts, film and new media sectors.

 

Vision

To nurture the next generation of theatre artists, teachers and leaders with the hearts, minds and abilities to create art that embraces the values of cultural and social diversity, and celebrates humanity and life.

 

Mission

To nurture skill, technical competence, critical awareness, social engagement and artistic autonomy in theatre artists so that they are capable of contributing significantly to the theatre-making processes and cultures of their own communities.

 

Values

All staff are expected to conduct themselves in line with the ideals of the organisation and with integrity, professionalism in their work, and openness to one another and to students, as well as to different aspects of theatre, arts and culture.

 

Culture

ITI is founded on the belief that theatre would have little meaning if it is not connected to life and society. Good theatre, like all good art, must have social impact. It must make a difference to life as it is lived by ordinary people. Through the espousal of intercultural theatre practice, ITI aims to train artists who are capable of working across cultural, linguistic, social and national boundaries, unleashing the immense potential of theatre to bring together, empower and ultimately harness the energies of diverse communities throughout the world.

 

A Brief History

ITI began as the Theatre Training & Research Programme (TTRP), founded in 2000 by renowned dramatist, Kuo Pao Kun (1939–2002), and the current Director, T. Sasitharan, after a period of research, reflection and preparatory work, including discussions with an international panel of consultants. TTRP was inspired by the unique experience of contemporary theatre in Singapore over four decades and, in particular, by Pao Kun’s artistic vision and multicultural practice.

 

Apr 2000 TTRP founded by Kuo Pao Kun and T. Sasitharan.
Starts operations, as a division of arts charity Practice Performing Arts Centre Ltd (renamed The Theatre Practice Ltd in 2010), with seed funding from the Lee Foundation and Sim Wong Hoo. It was located at the Creative Technology building in International Business Park. Later, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts also gave a grant for 2001 to 2003. 

 

Dec 2003 Pioneering cohort of students graduate. Click here for our alumni. 

 

2007 TTRP moves downtown to 11 Upper Wilkie Road as anchor tenant and co-founds Emily Hill Enterprise Ltd, a prototype of a new model for the arts, together with four artists/organisations. Emily Hill is not just an arts venue and school campus, but also Singaporeʼs first confluence of art, creativity and commerce. 

 

May 2008 As part of its research work, TTRP organised the inaugural Asian Intercultural Conference with the theme “Theatre Today: Seeking New Paradigms”. A landmark event, it was very well received and attended by leading theatre practitioners and academics from all over. 

 

Jun 2008 Fourth cohort of students complete their training. 

 

July 2008 TTRP suspends teaching and training activity. The organisation sets out to work on reviewing all aspects of the first phase of its development and to map its next phase. 

 

2009 — 2010 TTRP continues to engage with the community, faculty and partners with overseas visits, public talks and events. Click here for our community outreach activities. 

 

Jul 2010 TTRP accepts invitation to launch the Singapore School Project, in collaboration with Airan Berg, founder of the highly successful education project, “I Like to Move It Move It”, in Linz, Austria. 

 

Aug 2011 TTRP relaunched with new name, Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI).