Asia Pacific Drama Schools Meet in Delhi from January 3-9

New Delhi, January , 2011

The Asia Pacific Bureau (APB) Drama Schools Meet-II will be held at the National School of Drama (NSD) here from January 3-9 to provide an opportunity for member-schools to interact with each and share their philosophies in process, pedagogy and in practice.

A press release from the organisers said the Meet would include, besides showasing of student productions and discussions, practical workshop sessions to provide a glimpse into each school's training methodologies, an installation-cum-interactive exhibition and a seminar on institutional methodologies.

The closing of the Meet has been designed to coincide with the beginning of NSD's 13th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the International Theatre Festival of India. This will enable the participating APB members to witness some of the festival productions, the release said.

"The spirit of the Meet will be one of coming together, sharing, interacting and learning – something that is both essential and valuable to the teaching and practice of theatre," it said.

Apart from NSD, the schools participating in the Meet include the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts, Beijing; the School of Drama, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts; the Shanghai Theatre Academy; the Bhartendu Natya Academy, Lucknow; the

School of Drama and Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran; Te Kura Toi Whakaari O Aotearoa: New Zealand Drama School; Theater Arts, Fine Arts Program, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; the Theatre School, Faculty of Performing Arts, Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore; the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan and the Department of Dramatic Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

In May 2006, the Fourth World Conference of Theatre School Directors had decided at Manila, the Phillipines, that the activities of the UNESCO Chair of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) should be decentralised. This was ratified by the World Congress of the ITI through a resolution.

Following this, the Regional Bureau of the UNESCO Chair – ITI was created to represent the Asia-Pacific region, based in Shanghai.

The purpose of the UNESCO Chair – ITI is to promote an Academic Mobility Programme among theatre schools in this geographical region. The programme is centred on three main directions: Information Mobility, Student Mobility, Teaching Staff Mobility.

This newly created regional institutional body sets out to promote collaborative projects in the fields of scientific research and information, pedagogy of theatre, professional advancement, creation of digital libraries, and so forth.

On 29–30 March 2008, representatives of 16 drama schools from 13 Asia-Pacific nations/regions gathered at the Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), China, for the First Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Theatre School Directors under the auspices of the UNESCO Chair – ITI.

The Asia Pacific Bureau (APB) of Drama Schools, UNESCO Chair – ITI, was formally established on that occasion. Following a decision made at the conference, during 6–12 June 2009, STA hosted the First Theatre School Expo of APB, to coincide with the Fifth Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival. The week-long Expo consisted of full productions, themed workshops, and an APB Member School Directors’ Conference.

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