At a Glance

Intercultural Theatre Institute

Commenced: 1 April 2000 

(initially named Theatre Training & Research Programme)

Company: Private, independent, non-profit company
Programme: Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting)
Enrolment: New cohort starts in January every year
Maximum number of students: 42
Class size: 12 to 14 students
Geographic representation: 24% Singapore, 69% Asia Pacific, 7% other countries
Student population: 55% male, 45% female 

93% Asian, 3% Caucasian, 3% Hispanic

Average age of students: 25 years old
Tuition fees: S$18,000 p.a.
Students with financial need: average 80% each cohort
Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
Number of faculty: 6 to 8 per semester
Annual operating budget: S$2 million from 2011
Financial investment: S$9.12 million (Phase 1, 2000–2007)
Endowment fund: Fundraising in progress (from 2010)
Graduated classes: 7 cohorts
Number of graduates working in theatre/film: ALL


Board of Directors & Senior Staff

Chairman Mr Arun Mahizhnan
Special Research Advisor, Institute of Policy Studies

Members Dr Kwok Kian Woon
Associate Chair (Academic) & Head, Division of Sociology, School of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Nanyang Technological University

Mr Chew Kheng Chuan 
Special Advisor, International Institute for Strategic Studies Asia

Mr David Chiem
Founder, Chairman & Group CEO, MindChamps

Mr Tan Tarn How
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies

Mr Abel T. van Staveren
Chartered Accountant, CFO & Non-Executive Director

Co-Founder Kuo Pao Kun (1939–2002)
Co-Founder & Director T. Sasitharan
General Manager Goh Su Lin


UEN/Charity/CPE No: 200818680E
CPE Registration Period: 13 Jul 2016 to 12 Jul 2020

EduTrust Cert No.: EDU-2-2066
EduTrust Award Validity Period: 18 Sep 2015 to 17 Sep 2019

Intercultural Theatre Institute is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 Apr 2015 to 31 Mar 2018