Spectrum of Devising Strategies

Dr Edmund Chow, Mr Khairulnizam Bin Hamid

Context of Discussion: Young Adults (Ages 17 and up)

The two papers discuss approaches to devising: one from a community's standpoint while the other discusses strategies which bring out the individual artist dormant in students. 

+ Paper: Devising Theatre Ethically, Aesthetically and Democratically as a Cultural Outsider by Dr Edmund Chow (Singapore)

The process of devising theatre often underscores a pedagogical intent that “encourages active learning, questions beliefs, and offers many possibilities of changing pre-conceived ideas or thinking” (Oddey, 1996, p. 124). Within this framework, participants are the learners, and the director becomes the educator facilitating a learning outcome. 

In this paper, Dr Edmund Chow problematises this approach through a self-reflexive critique. Based on his work with Indian nationals for a Hindi Theatre Festival in Singapore, and the use of a controversial Urdu text on the partition of India and Pakistan, he interrogates the ethics, aesthetics, and politics of devising theatre.

+ Paper: Finding Voices: Expressing Personal Narratives through Devising by Mr Khairulnizam Bin Hamid (Singapore)

Explore the effectiveness of employing structured devising processes and strategies which allows young student-artists to find their personal voices and unique artistic expressions. This paper shares some teaching and learning processes, and outcomes of the assessment requirements of the Singapore Cambridge GCE 'A' Level H2 Theatre Studies and Drama. Khairulnizam discusses how the Theatre Programme at Tampines Junior College prepares student-artists for their personal devising endeavours.

Topic of Interest: #education #community #mentorship #artistry



Dr. Edmund Chow holds a PhD from the University of Manchester and a Master’s degree from New York University. For his PhD, he examined theatres in Afghanistan and the circulation of Afghan identities. He is currently the Postdoctoral Research Fellow at INSEAD Business School, and an adjunct lecturer at the National Institute of Education. In his practice, Edmund has worked in prisons, hospitals, and schools. A recipient of the National Arts Council arts scholarships and the William Vorenberg Scholarship in Directing at NYU, Edmund was also nominated for the Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award at NYU for excellence in academic achievement and leadership.

Khairulnizam Bin Hamid currently heads the 'A' Levels Theatre Studies & Drama (TSD) Elective Programme at Tampines Junior College. In addition, he has collaborated with several companies like TheatreWorks, Panggung Arts, Ageless Theatre, and Yellow Chair Productions. Khairul has also worked on numerous programmes and shows including the Singapore Arts Festival, Singapore Night Festival, Esplanade's Playtime! and Octoburst. Having worn many theatrical hats such as a director, dramaturge, producer, writer, actor, lighting designer and multimedia designer, Khairul finds great delight in exploring new roles.


Recommended for:
Artists, Applied Theatre Practitioners, Drama Educators

30 Jun 2017

1000 to 1100


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