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The Launch of the Inclusive Young Company

To the right a photograph of 9 performers standing and sitting on stage, looking straight at the camera; the stage is made up of wooden pallets. Performers are all posing against a brightly-lit blue backdrop. On the left, large text "New! Inclusive Young Company" against a warm yellow background, and the word "New!" is highlighted and written in capital letters. Photo caption: 2014 Production of The Laramie Project by The Young Company.

 

Are you passionate about theatre? Want to develop your skills? Are you ready to step into the spotlight?  

Your chance to do so is finally here.  

SRT is partnering with Access Path Productions to launch our very first theatre training programme for diverse needs and abilities.  

What is Inclusive Young Company (iYC)?

iYC is a holistic acting programme for young persons and adults between the ages of 16 – 35, who identify as persons with disabilities. Sharing its goals with SRT’s acclaimed The Young Company (TYC) acting programme, it aims to equip and nurture you with the confidence, transferable employment skills, and communication techniques that you will need to shine onstage, as well as in your career of choice. It features professional masterclasses and mentorship – led by international artist Grace Lee-Khoo – which will provide a platform for the development of your creative potential as an independent performer and theatre-maker.  

Why are we launching this new programme?

Both SRT and Access Path Productions as organisations believe in addressing the imbalance of accessibility to the arts, and we believe in working with you, your experiences, and your stories, to support disabled-led and -focused work. We are passionate about guiding and honing your artistry and capabilities as individuals, with high-quality processes and execution.

What do we hope to achieve through iYC?

Our key outcomes for this exciting new programme include offering equality of learning and professional development for young persons, engaging the general public with performances that reflect the experiences of marginalised communities in Singapore, and deepening the wider conversation around access in the arts, and beyond.

Why join the Inclusive Young Company? 

Some of the benefits you can expect from the programme:  

  • Broadening and harnessing your talents alongside an incredibly diverse ensemble of fellow actors-in-training
  • Making lifelong friendships and collaborations with individuals as passionate as you are
  • Having opportunities to meet and network with partner organisations and artists, both local and international
  • Access to our main stage productions, and the creative teams behind them

The programme will be conducted in two exposure semesters in 2021. For the first semester we would like to hear from young people who identify as having an intellectual disability. Examples of such disabilities may include but not limited to; Down Syndrome, Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific language Impairment (SLI) and Attention Deficit (hyperactive) Disorder (ADD/ADHD). 

If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of, please express your interest by 31st October 2020

Express your Interest

Key milestones in the selection process

  • Express your interest –  The deadline to do so is 31st October 2020 

  • Round 1 Auditions –  Auditions will be in the form of an online video submission (details will be sent to those who register interest). The deadline for audition submissions is 30th November 2020. 

  • Final Audition – Successful applicants from Round 1 will be invited to an audition workshop in December 2020 (Date TBC).  

  • Exposure 1 Semester – Those selected from the Final Audition will proceed to join Exposure 1 Semester from Jan to April 2021. 

*No fees will be charged for Exposure 1 semester. Fees will apply for successful candidates joining the main company from 2022. 

Click here to learn more about becoming a volunteer for iYC. 

For more information please email learning@srt.com.sg.


Black and white close up of Grace. In her early 30s, she has a slim, oval shaped face, bright piercing eyes and she is smiling without teeth. Her straight black hair is parted in the middle and reaches her shoulders. She is wearing a black leather jacket.Grace Lee-Khoo, Lead Artist

Grace completed her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2016. An Honours graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Program (2009), she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and taught Language Arts at St Margaret’s Secondary School between 2010-2013. In 2017, Grace was the International Artist in Residence at Graeae Theatre Company (London); UK’s flagship disability led inclusive theatre company.  

In 2018, Grace founded Access Path Productions, a social enterprise that champions equal access to the arts. Visit www.accesspathproductions.com for more info.  


In Partnership with
Access Path Production logo. 9 braille dots in a blue watercolour style.
 
Supported by
Chua Foundation logo – large black font.

 


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