On 4 January, Acting Minister Lawrence Wong visited ITI’s premises, and met with Director T. Sasitharan (Sasi), General Manager Goh Su Lin and Director of Development Josephine Tan. He also observed part of a class in a traditional theatre system – Noh.
On 16 January, Prof. Steven Dixon, President of LASALLE College of the Arts (“LaSalle”) met with Sasi and Jo, and observed part of a class.
Acting student from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Georgia Tillery spent 15 days in January observing classes at ITI. This was motivated by her previous experience of a workshop with Movement Teacher Leela Alaniz and interest in intercultural performance. Georgia commended the commitment shown by ITI students undergoing the demanding daily regime, and said “ITI’s concept is such a good idea. It gets rid of barriers and segregations”.
Pinter and illustrator Anna de Polnay spent 2 weeks in February auditing classes at ITI with a view to creating some paintings. She made sketches of the students at work in classes like Movement and Noh. Anna’s work can be viewed at www.annadepolnay.com
On 19 March, Prof. Keizo Miyasaka ,Cultural Anthropology, visited ITI and met Sasi. He is doing research on intercultural performance and arts.