Engaging the Community
Director of ITI, T. Sasitharan, and his team have received invitations to consult for major arts and cultural projects as well as to consult and develop curriculum arts programmes in Singapore and the Asean region. Sasi has been invited to lecture on arts and culture, and participate in think tanks both at home and abroad, including in the US, France, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia. He spoke at UNESCOʼs Forum on Communication and Cultural Expression in the Dominican Republic and was a keynote speaker for the World Summit on Arts & Culture 2009 in Johannesburg. He was one of the panellists at the Institute of Policy Studies’ Singapore Perspectives Conference 2010. In 2010, ITI also presented a public lecture by Prof Ehn, “Culture, Genocide & the Small Matter of Theatre”, sponsored by the US Embassy in Singapore, as well as collaborated with local and UK artists and the British Council for the public forum “Work-Life: The Making of Community”.
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Singapore School Project
The Intercultural Theatre Institute launched a pilot run of the Singapore School Project in 2011. It is an innovative programme that integrates creativity into schools through process and content, using the tools of performing arts to teach. The Project is inspired by an education programme introduced at Linz09 in Austria by Airan Berg, when Linz was selected European Capital of Culture in 2009.
Since its inception, ITI has always stood for the highest standards of theatrical training and education. The ITI approach has been to reach for highest possible competencies in technique, discipline and artistry in acting and in theatremaking. Until now, ITI’s focus was solely on adult, professional theatre practice.
With the Singapore School Project, ITI wants to bring these values, standards and attitudes to children’s and young people’s theatre as well, with suitable and appropriate modifications, so that the young may experience the power of creativity as part of their learning in school. In particular, ITI wants to bring the immense educational benefits of sound and rigorous theatre training to students in Singapore, and that will make a difference in their lives.