Theatre Studies Links Oz & International + Asia-Pacific theatre connections

Theatre Studies Links in Australia and internationally AusStage Performance Resource

"AusStage provides an accessible research facility for investigating live performance in Australia.

It was built by a consortium of universities and industry partners with funding from the Australian Research Council." The Action Acting Academy (formerly Sydney Stage Combat) The NSW Public Schools Arts/Drama Unit Theatrespace Drama Australia - peak national body NSW / representing NSW Drama Teachers The Australasian Association for Theatre Drama and Performance Studies NIDA - National Institute of Dramatic Arts AIM Dramatic Arts / via Australian Institute of Music. AIM Dramatic Arts, part of the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) WAAPA - Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts GOTAFE Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts / Benalla,Victoria Actors Centre Australia at The Italian Forum, Norton St, Leichardt Actors College of Theatre and Television ACTT / - Level 16,233 Castlereagh street . Sydney Acting Coach Sydney / Sydney Actors Collective / Marrickville The Actors Pulse / Redfern Ed5International (Performing Arts education)/ North Strathfield Sydney Drama School / Woollhara Perform Australia / Canberra ACT Australian Institue of Performing Arts / North Sydney The Actors Studio (currently closed during Pandemic until further notice) The Hub Studio / regular classes for actors Point Break Drama Acting School / Dee Why NSW Kids Upfront Drama Academy / Neutral Bay and various locations in Sydney The Drama Studio / at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong O'Grady Drama Tuition for kids 5-17yrs+ Sydney /Newcastle / Central Coast. The Actor's Lounge / Rozelle Excelsia College / Bachelor of Dramatic Art course Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Sydney University of New England Theatre Studies School of the Arts & Media UNSW Theatre and Performance Studies Charles Sturt University School of Communication and Monash University / Melbourne / Theatre and Performance Studies University of Notre Dame / WA / Bachelor of Arts (Theatre studies) University of Wollongong Faculty of Creative Arts / University of Melbourne / Faculty of Arts / Theatre Studies Victorian College of the Arts Uni of Western Sydney / Associate Degree in Creative Industries Justin's Theatre Links Amazing resource of World Theatre Resources International Theatre Institute The International Federation for Theatre Research International Drama/Theatre and Education Association

Tim Appelo from The Hollywood Reporter posted this (May 2013) article on the world's top 25 drama schools. (note: USA, U.K., Australia only)

Below are the links to the 25 drama school mentioned in his article (this list below is in no particular order)

1. The Juilliard School, NEW YORK CITY

2. Yale School of Drama, NEW HAVEN, CONN.

3. Tisch School of the Arts, NYU NEW YORK CITY

4. Carnegie Mellon University, PITTSBURGH

5. London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, LONDON

6. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, LONDON

7. University of North Carolina School of the Arts, WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.

8. National Institute of Dramatic Art, KENSINGTON, AUSTRALIA

9. Northwestern University (School of Communications), EVANSTON, ILL.

10. State University of New York, Purchase, PURCHASE, N.Y.

11. The Actors Studio, Pace University, NEW YORK CITY

12. Guildhall School of Music & Drama, LONDON

13. American Conservatory Theatre, SAN FRANCISCO

14. University of California San Diego, SAN DIEGO

15. CalArts, California Institute of the Arts VALENCIA, CALIF.

16. The University of Texas. Austin TEXAS

17. The University of Washington, Seattle, WASHINGTON

18. The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) Perth, Western Australia

19. USC School of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles

20. UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television Los Angeles

21. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

22. University of Delaware (Professional Theater Training Program) Newark, Delaware

23. Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey

24. Depaul University Chicago, Illinois

25. Florida State University. Sarasota, Fla.

Theatre Connections in the Asia-Pacific region

NOTE: A theatre text, "Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific" by Denise Varney, Peter Eckersall, Chris Hudson & Barbara Hatley, has been published and launched in Melbourne on Oct 12, 2013, by Professor Peta Tait from La Trobe University. Theatre and Performance in the Asia-Pacific is an analysis of the theatrical imaginative as it manifests in theatre and performance in Australia, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore. The sites encompass marked differences in language, performance, history and politics, and variations in the solidity and volatility of their imagined worlds. Recognizing these differences, the book explores contrasts in each nation as it identifies with the region and the cultural interconnections that support a regional identity.

While the four nations demonstrate degrees of ambivalence and connection to the Asia-Pacific as a region, the project argues that relations to modernity and globalization are less nation-specific. The book articulates a regional configuration of modernity which is multiple, contradictory but nonetheless regional. Each nation has in common the imperative to reconcile with and adapt to European modernity in a way that renders global modernity multiple rather than singular.

The Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement Research Report (released Dec 3, 2013) may also be of interest.

China A guide for cultural professionals working in China

East Timor Ba Futuru / Timor Leste Many Hands International / cultural projects in Lautem, Ainaro & Dili districts Sanggar Haburas / performing arts group, Los Palos, Timor Leste

Journal Article: Dunphy, K. (2011). Evaluating the Scared Cool project: Understanding peacemaking through creativity and personal development in Timor-Leste’, e-journal of UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 2, 2.

Journal Article: "Marginal Place, Marginal Plays: East Timor in Australian Drama" by David Callahan

The Drouth: Scotland's Literary Quarterly. Issue 42: Margin. Autumn 2012: 26-29.

David Callahan is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures at the University of Aveiro in Portugal.

The article is also available to download at


(Thanks to Neel Banerjee, Concept Desinger at Nautanki Theatre, for contributing the website links about theatre in India shown here. )

IPTA is the short form for Indian People’s Theatre Association. In the Hindi belt it is called Bhartiya Jan Natya Sangh, in Assam and West Bengal, Bhartiya Gana Natya Sangh (Gana Sanskriti Sangh) and in Andhra Pradesh, Praja Natya Mandali. The mission statement of IPTA is ‘People’s Theatre Stars the People’. The symbol/logo designed by the famous painter Chitta Prasad is a drummer (nagara vadak), which is a reminder of one of the oldest medium of communication. IPTA was established at the national level on May 25, 1943 in Bombay (now Mumbai). The history of IPTA runs parallel to the people’s cultural movement in the country and relates to the independence and the anti-fascist movements. Prithvi Theatre is an intimate theatre, built in 1978, and dedicated to being a catalyst for theatre. Set in the heart of Mumbai's suburbs, the theatre with its open-air cafe is a warm, inviting space, a relaxed hangout and a vital breathing space in the bustling city of Mumbai. Ranga Shankara is a world-class theatre facility in Bangalore, India. The most affordable theatre space in India today, Ranga Shankara is dedicated to showcasing theatrical performances from India and abroad, to producing and commissioning new and innovative theatre forms and productions, and facilitating outreach programmes to build audiences for theatre and to impart theatre skills. JANAM (meaning 'birth') this group of self-trained actors has to its credit more than 7,500 performances of about 100 street and proscenium plays in about 140 towns and cities of India. Janam has played a significant role in popularizing street theatre as a form of voicing anger and public opinion. Nandikar is a premier Indian theatre group with its headquarters in Kolkata, West Bengal. Over the last 50 years this group has played a proactive role in spreading theatrical activities in India through our performances primarily under the guidance of first Ajitesh Bandyopadhyay and then Rudraprasad Sengupta.

Padatik Theatre continues to be known for its innovative stage productions and for running its own performance spaces, which are one-of-their-kind studio theatres in Kolkata city. Swatantra Theatre, one of the leading Hindi Theatre groups in Pune, has endeavored in entertaining the audience with humorous, social and contemporaneous plays at renowned institutes like NDA, FTII, AFMC, Symbiosis, Bharti Vidyapeeth, BMCC, MMCC, Congress Bhavan etc.The group has produced several Hindi productions which include innovative and exclusive production value, contemporary aesthetics and unique,contemporary content have been the attributes of each Swatantra Theatre production. Spandan Theatre Group, Kolkata

Kolkata/ Calcutta Puppet Theatre, Kolkata Ishara Puppet Theatre, New Delhi National Centre Performing Arts, Mumbai Rage Theatre, Mumbai

The Madras Players, which celebrated its golden jubilee in 2005, is the oldest English theatre group in India. Kalakendra is for lovers of Carnatic Music, Bharatanatyam and classic Tamil plays Theatre Y, Chennai (Madras) Masquerade Performance Group, Chennai Chorus Theatre, Imphal, Manipur Ahmedabad Theatre Group, Gujrat Samahaara Theatre, Hyderabad Indian Mime Theatre, Kolkata Jogesh Mime Academy, Kolkata Asmita Hindi Theatre Group, Delhi

Indonesia Kelola / Indonesian Theatre Artist Database (in Bahasa & English) Papermoon Puppet Theatre / Yogyakarta

Japan Japan Arts Council Noh theatre

New Zealand Theatre Aotearoa (searchable performance archive/database of New Zealand theatre) NZ Event Finder (Event Finda) NZ Event Finder / Upcoming Performing Arts Events (NZ) National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) Drama New Zealand Actors Equity New Zealand Playmarket NZ / New Zealand Playwrights Playpress New Zealand Performing Arts Network New Zealand Auckland Live / find live theatre events Auckland Theatre Company Auckland Fringe Festival / Feb-March annually Auckland Arts Festival / in March annually BATS Theatre / Wellington (NZ) Circa Theatre / Wellington (NZ) Centrepoint Theatre / Palmerston North (NZ) Christchurch Arts Festival / last held 2019... Court Theatre / Christchurch (NZ) Dunedin Fringe Festival / March 2014 The Globe Theatre / Dunedin (NZ) Indian ink Theatre Co / Auckland (NZ) The Rebel Alliance Theatre Co. Red Leap Theatre / Auckland (NZ) Sky City Theatre / Auckland (NZ) Silo Theatre / Auckland (NZ) Taki Rua Productions / Weellington (NZ) TheatreScenes NZ / Auckland theatre blog / reviews Tim Bray Theatre Company - Auckland’s leading theatre for children Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School / Wellington Fringe Festival / Feb - March Wellington Performing Arts Centre Young and Hungry Arts Trust / Wellington (NZ)

Papua New Guinea Moresby Arts Theatre / Port Moresby Seeds Theatre Group / Lae Seeds Theatre Group / Lae Some 1970's PNG theatre initiatives Acting Out the Culture: The Making of Culturally Relevant Theatre, Papua New Guinea article by Michael A. Mel (1996)

Phillipines Anino Shadowplay (Facebook) / Quezon City (Manilla) Anino Shadowplay on Youtube Sipat Lawin Ensemble's Theater-in-a-Backpack / Quezon City (Manilla) Sipat Lawin (Facebook) / Quezon City (Manilla) Phillipine Educational Theatre Association / Quezon City (Manilla) Tanghalang Pilipino / resident company Cultural Centre of the Phillipines (CCP)

Singapore City Nomads / Cultural Events Listings SISTIC / Singapore ticketing service and events guide Cake Theatre Company Esplanade theatre Singapore Repertory Theatre Checkpoint Theatre Wild Rice Theatre Company / the leading theatre company in Singapore Toy Factory Productions / Singapore’s leading bilingual theatre company

The Theatre Practice / Singapore's first bilingual theatre company Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall / venue for prestigious cultural events The Necessary Stage Theatreworks / independent, non-profit theatre company Teater Ekamatra / non-profit theatre company producing socially relevant plays

The Stage Club / Amateur drama theatre group in Singapore Singapore Fringe Festival / in January each year

Vanuatu Wans Smalbag Theatre / Tagabe, Port Vila

General SE Asian/Pacific Theatre Links Non-Western theatre Links / Uni of Washington School of Drama