ARTivate is the youth wing of Drama Box.
It was established May 2007, with the aim of providing a platform for youths looking to explore and gain all-rounded insight into theatre.
Through a two-year programme, ARTivate aims to nurture a new group of theatre practitioners into socially aware, sensitive and responsible youths of Singapore.
Based on Drama Box's philosophy and using an O–A–O–R (Orientation–Artistic–Organisation–Regeneration) approach, these youths are trained not only artistically but also in organisational skills and production management. Youths will also learn management skills, artistic planning, leadership, responsibility, co-ordination, financial management and administrative work.
Besides bringing about awareness, ARTivate hopes to question, probe or even challenge mindsets. Through their projects, ARTivate aims to engage the community in discussion and thereby transform monologues into dialogues.
The training for ARTivate in the first year aims to develop their understanding of and increase their exposure to various aspects of theatre–making.
The lessons planned for the first year will cover 4 main areas:
(1) Understanding & Exposure to Theatre
(2) Actor's Training
(4) Designing for Theatre
The training for ARTivate in the second year aims to impart to them Applied Theatre techniques in order for them to be able to create Applied Theatre project(s).
The lessons planned for the second year will cover 3 main areas:
(1) Introduction to Applied Theatre
(2) Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (Forum Theatre)
(3) Internship with Drama Box's projects
ARTivate will end off the two–year training programme with a final project presentation.
In 2016, after two years of training and capacity building, the youths, at the helm of director Han Xuemei, resident artist of Drama Box, take up most of the roles in the production of Kopitiam, as their graduation work.
The members of the second cohort are:
Chng Yi Kai
Kong Tin Jun
Kwan Chun Long
Ming Zhao Zi
Ng Kok Ann
Pang Cai Feng
Teo Pei Si
Toh Wee Peng
Zhang Yi Wen
In 2012, the first cohort of ARTivate consolidated the training they had and presented Bus Stop as their graduation work. Bus Stop is inspired by renowned playwright Gao Xingjian's script of the same title.
The members of the first cohort are:
Ho Kian Tong
Lam Dan Fong
Lim Hwee Peng
Myra Loke Lay See
Neo Hai Bin
Seah Siew Ping, Entia
Tan Wei Ting
Teo Eng Hao
Wang Fang, Kate