About ARTivate


ARTivate is the youth wing of Drama Box.

It was established in May 2007, with the aim of providing a platform for youths looking to explore and gain all-rounded insight into socially engaged theatre.

Through a three-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.

Training Structure

Year One

The training for ARTivate in the first year aims to develop their understanding of and increase their exposure to various aspects of theatre–making.

Lessons planned will cover the following areas:

  1. Preparing the body and voice
  2. Acting Training
  3. Devising and improvisation
  4. Dramaturgical understanding of drama and performances

ARTivate will present short devised pieces at the end of Year 1.

Year Two

The training for ARTivate in the second year aims to impart to them Socially Engaged Theatre techniques in order for them to be able to create Socially Engaged Theatre project(s).

Lessons planned will cover the following areas:

  1. Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (Forum Theatre)
  2. Introduction to Verbatim Theatre
  3. Introduction to Documentary Theatre
  4. Introduction to other forms of Socially Engaged forms and work
  5. Playwriting and Directing

ARTivate will present a Forum Theatre piece at the end of Year 2.

Year Three

ARTivate will end the three–year training programme with a final project presentation. In the process, they will decide on specific skills they want to learn to prepare themselves for this last leg.

Please click here to see the training calendar.

Second Cohort

In 2016, after two years of training and capacity building, the youths, under 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:
Angelina Teo
Chloe Lin
Chng Yi Kai
Desmond Soh
Lin Yushi
Melody Chan
Ming Zhao Zi
Pang Cai Feng
Teo Pei Si
Toh Wee Peng
Valerie Chua
Zhang Yi Wen

First Cohort

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:
Han Xuemei
Ho Kian Tong
Lam Dan Fong
Liew Jiayi
Lim Hwee Peng
Myra Loke Lay See
Neo Hai Bin
Seah Siew Ping, Entia
Tan Wei Ting
Teo Eng Hao
Wang Fang, Kate


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