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2018 Jan–Mar


When We Dead Awaken (15 - 17 March) 

The first graduation production (out of three) featuring the 2018 cohort opened at the Drama Centre in March. Directed by ITI alumnus Sankar Venkateswaran, When We Dead Awaken was a reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s last play. We were pleased to welcome representatives from the Norwegian Embassy Singapore and the Singapore International Foundation, as well as many members of the arts community. 

One of them was Haresh Sharma, Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage, who had this to say to ITI Director T. Sasitharan: “I enjoyed the show... We don’t get to see such risk-taking productions in Singapore these days. The direction was very assured and the performers carried the show with dedication and discipline, showcasing their individual strengths. Big congratulations to you and the whole team.”

The 2018 cohort has since been invited to perform When We Dead Awaken at Vishwa Manava International Theatre Festival in Karnataka, India, on 19 April.

Photo credit: Bernie Ng

Community support for the Möbius Fund

We're very grateful to the community for supporting our Möbius Fund crowdfunding campaign, helping us raise $5841 so far, out of our target amount of $30,000.

For ITI students, who are unable to access the usual bank loans or the CPF Education Scheme to fund their studies, the Möbius Fund is a crucial source of financial aid. Your donation will help artists to give back to their communities.

In addition, monies paid back into the fund by graduates will go towards supporting new cohorts of students.

Donations are also eligible for 250% tax exemption, and dollar-for-dollar matching by MCCY's Cultural Matching Fund.

We still have a long way to go to reach our target. Will you support our students? Give to the Möbius Fund here or here.


For the fourth year running, ITI welcomed students from WAAPA, who joined the studio training for an intensive term. Five students from WAAPA's performance-making programme joined classes for Voice, Acting, Movement, Taiji and the traditional Indian art form, Kutiyattam.

This year, the WAAPA students' visit culminated with them joining ITI Year 1s and 2s in a presentation of their Kutiyattam training.


ITI at IPS roundtables

ITI Director T. Sasitharan (a.k.a. Sasi) and ITI board members have been joining the arts community and other stakeholders in speaking at the IPS-SAM Spotlight on Cultural Policy Series.

Presentations on cultural leadership by Sasi and ITI Chairman Arun Mahiznan can now be read here, while board member Tan Tarn How chaired a roundtable on arts funding.
Connecting with the international arts community

We were pleased to welcome visiting artists who took time out to meet our students and staff.

This quarter, our visitors included Shintaro Murakami (director and writer from Kyoto Art Center) and John Saltzer (ITI's former Technical Theatre teacher, now based in Australia), as well as Emanuella Amichai (Israeli director and choreographer), who was in town for the M1 Fringe Festival.
Facilitating at CMF workshop (20 Mar)

Thanks to ITI's good track record with submitting Cultural Matching Fund (CMF) reports, our staff were invited to help facilitate a breakout session at a CMF technical workshop, which introduced arts and heritage groups to changes in the application and reporting process.

We were pleased to have the chance to share and connect with CMF and other arts organisations.
15th Asli Drama Awards 
(31 Mar)

Malaysia's theatre folk recognised ITI students and alumni with top awards at this year's Asli Drama Awards: Year 3 student Hau Guei Sze and Seng Soo Ming (class of 2008) won Best Leading Actress and Actor for their performances in KAKAK (Pitapat Theatre), while Amelia Tan (class of 2006) was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Light of Dust (See Production Studio).

Photo credit: Hau Guei Sze
Sasi and the Esplanade
(12 - 15 Apr)

Sasi collaborated with the Esplanade this April, directing Michelle Tan's new work for The Studios series, I Am Trying To Say Something True.

We also enjoyed speaking with theatre practitioners and aspiring actors at Sasi's informal chat session on actor training, with thanks to our venue host, library@esplanade.
Alumni work

Some highlights of what ITI alumni have been up to in Asia this year:


0600 (27 Apr - 12 May)

Ground Z-0, founded by Zelda Tatiana Ng (class of 2003), presents 0600, an interactive work commissioned by the Singapore International Festival of Arts. Performers include Lina Yu and Grace Kalaiselvi (class of 2014), as well as Year 2 student Vignesh Singh.
The Cyclist (28 - 30 June)

ITI alumnus Noushad Mohamed Kunju directs the graduating cohort in The Cyclist by Vijay Tendulkar, in a translation by Balwant Bhaneja. Come with us on a compelling philosophical journey written by one of India’s most prominent playwrights. Tickets go on sale soon!

Photo credit: Bernie Ng
Press Gang (5 - 15 July)

Sasi returns to the stage in this year's Singapore Theatre Festival, performing in the world premiere of Press Gang, a new play by ITI board member and renowned playwright Tan Tarn How.

Photo credit: Wild Rice
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Intercultural Theatre Institute is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Company Grant for the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021

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