Artistic Directors Academy (ADA)

About the Academy

Artistic Directors Academy (ADA) is a training hothouse to develop Artistic Directors in Singapore. The programme is intended to train up to 10 Artistic Directors over one year from April 2024 to March 2025. It will tap into international cultural changemakers helming Masterclass modules, with individual mentoring to sharpen and intensify skillsets. Each participant will have an international and a Singaporean mentor. There will be a final public presentation in March 2025 by the 10 participants about “The people cultures of a national theatre.” The Theatre in this case is defined as a public forum which is not just limited to theatre productions.

The training participants will be supervised and directed by Artistic Director, Dr. Ong Keng Sen who has worked internationally since 1992. ADA focuses on giving perspectives to existing and potential Artistic Directors who wish to facilitate creative platforms, collectives, engagement projects, companies, venues, and festivals. ADA is a curriculum-based capacity development project where T:>Works will share its immense skills in the international field, translating international developments to artistic positions in the local context, and therefore opening up creative avenues internationally whilst being based locally.

Participating in Artistic Directors Academy (ADA)

  1. Module-Based Participation:
    Masterclass modules will be open for paying participation at S$1,000 per module by interested members of discourse, cultural, design, arts, scientific, and adjacent professions/industries.

    Artistic Directors Academy (ADA)
    Masterclass modules are approved for SkillsFuture Credit eligibility.

  2. Free Public Participation
    Select conversations and talks will be made available.

  3. Full Participation of One Year (Low Residency)
    Open call for applicants has now closed.

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