An Introduction to the Dramaturg’s Work is a 4-session foundational course that will provide an introduction and grounding for performing arts practitioners who are curious about or want an insight into the dramaturg’s work.
Conducted fully online by Dr Robin Loon, this course aims to equip participants with an understanding of and familiarisation with:
Participants can expect to engage in discussions based on prescribed readings and undertake individual/group assignment(s) in mock-dramaturgy case projects. At the end of the four sessions, participants should be able to:
This is the fourth run of the popular Introduction to the Dramaturg's Work course. Hear what previous participants have to say about their experiences, learnings and key takeaways from the past cohorts:
Attempting to analyze the dramaturgical structure of a text-based work, and imagining myself as a dance dramaturg and going through the thought process of what the role in that specific project brief entailed, were new attempts that seemed daunting at first. But having this opportunity to have a go at it allowed me to realize that it wasn't an impossible task. It was also great to attend this course with a diverse group of participants - hearing from them allowed me to identify the gaps in my thinking and process, for example my relative lack of knowledge with regard to performance history and different artistic practices. This course has therefore also allowed me to identify areas to continue working on.
~ Participant (2020)
I am more knowledgeable of the role of the dramaturg now than before and understand better how as a director/choreographer, I am able to maximise the role of a dramaturg in my work. I have also considered becoming a dramaturg myself and understand that although my training is predominantly in dance, the skills I possess as a researcher conducting performance, semiotic and critical analysis are necessary in the dramaturgy of any theatrical work.
~ Participant (2021)
I think it was a meaningful course in that it was a broad and incisive yet also a humble space. I felt like even experienced practitioners were also finding their way and also encouraging of newer practitioners to also find their own ways, making the dramaturg's work a welcoming space.
~ Participant (2022)
Fee: SGD $150
The following subsidies are made available by partners:
To be considered for the course fee subsidy, please indicate in the online application form here.
Shortlisted applicants may be required to provide the respective organisations with more information or attend an interview, where required.
– Application Period: 18 September to 29 October 2023 –
To qualify for this workshop, you must:
An Introduction to the Dramaturg’s Work 2023 was an international edition, with 23 participants from Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines meeting over Zoom to learn more about dramaturgs and a dramaturg's work. The course went into detail on the definition of a dramaturg, and the different roles and functions a dramaturg can fulfil depending on a production's specific, unique needs.
Over the course of four sessions, participants reviewed readings, engaged in scenario-based role-play with facilitator Robin Loon, and heard from three guest lecturers, Alvin Chiam, Sonya Wong and Nidya Shanthini Manokara, all of whom have various experiences with the field of dramaturgy. Participants were also given reflection exercises and short assignments after each session, and were encouraged to share their responses at the beginning of the following session, allowing the group to hear different perspectives and learn from one another.
For this edition of the course, subsidies were made available by Centre 42, the Asian Dramaturg's Network and Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting, and the Thai Theatre Foundation.
The participants who received subsidies from Centre 42 were Kwek Yi Xuan, Muhammad Sharul Mohammed, Thi Thanh Hang Nguyen and Teo Xiao Ting.
The participants who received subsidies from the Asian Dramaturg's Network and Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting were Linh Trang My Pham (Valerie) and Nguyen Hai Yen (Red).
The participants who received subsidies from the Thai Theatre Foundation were Pranchalee Khajai, Tanyathorn Khunapinya, Pathipon (Miss Oat), Jaa Phantachat and nd Thanupon Yindee (Golf).