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2019 Jan–Mar


The Peculiar Tra La (14–16 Mar)

In March, ITI welcomed representatives from the U.S. Embassy Singapore and Suntec Singapore, as well as many members of the arts community, to the first graduation production of the 2019 cohort, The Peculiar Tra La. Directed by local theatre veteran Ang Gey Pin and devised with the graduating actor-students, The Peculiar Tra La was a playful yet philosophical exploration of stories and identity.

Audience member Malathi Das had this to say about the show: "The constant movement, visual and mental acrobatics of language, form and ideas guaranteed never a dull moment. Riveting and thought-provoking! Glad I came." More reactions from audience members can be read here.

Photo credit: Bernie Ng

Dialogue on Noh and student showing (6 Mar)

Members of the arts community were invited to ITI's Noh presentation at the Malay Heritage Centre, the culmination of ITI students' nine weeks of training under Noh master teachers from the Kanze school, Kanze Yoshimasa and Kuwata Takashi.

The presentation by ITI students and visiting students from Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) was followed by a dialogue session between the master teachers and audience members, facilitated by ITI Director T. Sasitharan and translated by A. Yagnya.

An audience member remarked on the presentation, "Very impressive, and I was so touched by the students' commitment to a completely new form of art. Thank you for a great night."

Our sincere thanks to JCCI Singapore Foundation Limited, in association with Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Singapore, for supporting the Noh term.


ITI at MOE Drama Careers Day (13 Mar)

ITI joined other educational institutions in presenting at the inaugural Drama Careers Day. ITI Director T. Sasitharan, and alumni Yeo Yann Yann and Zachary Ho, spoke to O-Level and A-Level Drama students about actor training at ITI.
Kian Woon on Raffles (9 Mar)
Board member Prof Kwok Kian Woon was the closing speaker at Revisiting Raffles symposium at Asian Civilisations Museum, which was held in conjunction with the exhibition Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman.
Visit from Lebanese actor Hanane Hajj Ali (22–24 Jan)

ITI welcomed our first international visitor of the year, Hanane Hajj Ali, a Lebanese actor, author, researcher and cultural activist, who was in Singapore to perform at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

L to R: Manuela Panos Gissler (ITI supporter), Hanane Hajj Ali, T. Sasitharan
Alumni work

ITI alumni have been busy worldwide since 2019 began. Some highlights:
  • The cohort of 2018 reprised their first graduation production, Ibsen's When We Dead Awaken, directed by Sankar Venkateswaran ('06), at Bharat Rang Mahotsav in New Delhi.
  • Zizi Hau ('18) and Seng Soo Ming ('08) toured KAKAK (Pitapat Theatre), an adaptation of Jean Genet's The Maids, to the International Theatre Festival of Kerala.
  • Grace Kalaiselvi and Lina Yu ('14) performed in precise purpose of being broken at the M1 Fringe Festival. Grace also directed her original work, Goddesses Of Words.
  • Tan Weiying ('17) and Yazid Jalil ('15) performed in Shadows IN The Walls (GroundZ-0), written and directed by Zelda Tatiana Ng ('03) for Light to Night Festival.
  • Zelda Tatiana Ng ('03) directed her original play Always On My Mind, starring Lina Yu ('14), as part of double bill Always Every Time (GroundZ-0).
  • Al-Matin Yatim ('15) performed in Super Mermaid, a Singapore-Scotland collaboration, at Manipulate Festival in Edinburgh.


Applications Open for 2020 Admissions

Keen to further your training as an actor in ITI's distinctive intercultural programme? Or know someone who does? Applications are underway for 2020 admissions. More information about admissions available at, or write to us at

Final Year Individual Project (16–18 & 23–25 May)

The 2019 cohort will present their original works for the Final Year Individual Project (FYiP), a key component of ITI training that shapes them as original theatre-makers. For more information, email

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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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