Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) is an independent theatre school for contemporary artists, conceived as a unique and unprecedented enterprise in theatre training, and raising social and cultural awareness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a Glance
|Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting)
|1 April 2000
(formerly named Theatre Training & Research Programme)
|Private, independent, non-profit company
|New cohort starts in January every year
|Student body size (maximum):
|Cohort size (maximum):
|31% Singapore, 61% Asia Pacific, 8% outside Asia (Europe, Americas)
|42% male, 58% female
|Average age of students:
|27 years old
|Students with financial need:
|Average 90% each cohort
|1:12 – 1:36
|Number of faculty:
|6 to 8 per semester
|Annual operating budget:
|About S$2 million
|Fundraising in progress
|Graduates working in theatre, arts and culture within 12 months of graduation:
Last updated on 11 Jan 2024