Open Culture in the Asian Century

This summer, the 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute will convene in Singapore. International leaders, scholars, and students will meet for workshops, panels, paper presentations, and fellowship to re-imagine drama education.

Students participating in GET’s program in Zanzibar perform a scene they wrote about arranged marriage

One of the panels will feature three scholars from the Program in Educational Theatre: Professor Philip Taylor, doctoral candidate Soohyun Ma, and recent doctoral graduate Jennifer Holmes Socas.

The Theatre for Critical Social Change Panel: Hotspots and Healthy Futures will feature panelists from various global zones who will converse on how research enables the case for citizens’ health and well being in times of struggle. Where has the field excelled in making the case for theatre as a vital critical agent? What further scholarship is required? IDIERI creator, Philip Taylor, meets with artist-educators from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

Philip Taylor, (panel chair and IDIERI creator) is very well known to the applied theatre and drama education communities. Author of many influential texts, he teaches at NYU and is delighted to be in Singapore.

Jennifer Holmes, BA (Vassar College), MA (NYU), PhD (NYU) is Assistant Professor at City College of New York in the Theatre and Speech Department. She is the founder and director of Global Empowerment Theatre (GET).

Dr. Holmes working with a GET participant in Zanzibar

Soohyun Ma, a Drama Therapist, lectures in Dongduk Women’s University in Korea. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Unveil the Invisible: Addressing Stigma Faced by Unwed Mothers in Korea through an Ethnodrama.”

Registration for IDIERI 8 is still open. Visit the following website for further details: