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Practice's TTRP to hold free talk & workshop on theatre training


The TTRP, an intensive multicultural contemporary theatre programme which immerses students in four Asian classical theatre systems, is giving an exclusive opportunity to:

- get a taste of theatre training

- explore the widely-acclaimed, multicultural Theatre Training & Research Programme

- discover the relevance of classical theatre to contemporary theatre

For the Singapore enrolment, TTRP is opening its doors to interested applicants to observe some classes.  These classes and workshops include:

-          Seminar on Contemporary Theatre by Mr Cao Lu Sheng (China);

-          Improvisation workshop by Ms Chen Huiwen (Taiwan);

-          Brecht workshop by Prof William Sun (China/USA);

-          Acting class by Ms Robin Payne (New Zealand);

-         Beijing Opera class by Mdm Li Qiuping (China), etc

Dates:       27 Jan - 29 Jan 2005

Venue:     31 International Business Park, #01-05 Creative Resource, S (609921)

Registration Deadline:   22 Jan 2005

Places are limited and strictly by selection!
To register for this rare open house, e-mail He Yin at with your contact particulars and a paragraph on why you are interested in the TTRP.

TTRP's 4th cohort of students, to start in July 2005 the TTRP has already received enquiries and applications from Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the USA, the Philippines, India and Malaysia. TTRP is already conducting interviews and auditions to assess acting potential, commitment and cultural literacy. 

Singapore enrolment is now open! The application deadline for Singaporeans and PRs is 8 March 2005.

For more information about the TTRP, check or call He Yin at 65614809.
About the Teachers:

Mr Cao Lu Sheng (China)

Mr Cao is a distinguished playwright and an Associate Professor at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.  His plays, including 93, Peony Pavilion and Tea Man, have been seen around the world in Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Frankfurt and many other cities. In 2000, he became a Consultant of the TTRP upon the invitation of TTRP founders Kuo Pao Kun and T. Sasitharan.

Ms Chen Huiwen (Taiwan)

Ms Chen’s performing, teaching and directing work are influenced by her long-term practice in taichi, and in vocal and physical exercises adapted from Jerzy Grotowski’s research programme in Objective Drama (Uni. of California-Irvine, 1993-4), as well as her earlier training in ballet, modern dance (with Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham), yoga, gymnastics, and Taiwanese opera. She has also undergone workshops with Eugenio Barba (directing, 2002), Roberta Carreri (acting, 2002), Phillip B. Zarrilli (kalarippayyattu, 1998) and Thomas Leabhart (corporeal mime, 1997). She has worked with U-Man Zoo Theatre Company (Taiwan), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Centre for Performance Research (Wales), Chapter Arts Centre (UK), and Jing-chih Theatre Company (TTaiwan).  She holds an MA in Theatre and the World from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and currently lectures at the Taipei National University of the Arts.

Prof William Sun Huizhu (China/USA)

Prof. Sun is a distinguished playwright, director, and author who has also taught extensively in China and the USA. He is currently Professor of Drama at Shanghai Theatre Academy, and a contributing editor to TDR. He is also working on 2 new books - Performance and Image Making, examining performance strategies/tricks employed in politics, commerce, social life, and the legal system; and Savage, Sage, and the Stage: Western Fascinations with the Cultural Other, exploring thematic and stylistic intercultural theatres in the West from Medea to M. Butterfly.

Ms Robin Payne (New Zealand)

Ms Payne trained as an actor at NIDA (Sydney) and completed post-graduate director and teacher courses at Central School of Speech and Drama (London). She has since studied further with Cicely Berry, Kristen Linklater, Dorothy Heathcote, Gavin Bolton, Jerzy Grotowski and David Herbert, and explored indigenous theatre forms in Indonesia and Thailand. She was Artistic Director of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, the State funded national training institution for theatre and film professionals until 1998, and has also taught in the UK, USA, Australia, Greece, Cyprus and Belgium. She has also worked as voice coach with the Royal Shakespeare Company (UK), Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (UK), Melbourne Theatre Company (Australia),  Juilliard (USA) and New Zealand Broadcasting. She has also performed and directed extensively in New Zealand, Australia, and the USA.

Mdm Li Qiu Ping (China)

Mdm Li is a Beijing Opera instructor at Shanghai Theatre Academy, Beijing Opera Branch, and a regular visiting teacher at TTRP. After graduation from the Shanghai Opera School in 1966, she was offered a teaching position and was also a lead performer in the School’s productions. After retiring from the stage, she became Assistant Head of the Beijing Opera Division, planning curriculum and teacher training, as well as conducting classes as Senior Lecturer until her transfer to the Academy in 2002.

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