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The Arts and Special Education: Drama in Special Education: Stories, Possibilities, and Challenges By Michael Cheng

The Arts and Special Education is a series of forums that aim to discuss and investigate teaching methods and strategies in Arts Special Education; this includes but not limited to special needs and the gifted. Each forum will feature artists or practitioners from various disciplines of arts to share their works and experiences in Special Education. Michael Cheng is the speaker for the third session of this series.

Drama for people with special needs. What does it mean? What models are possible in engaging our children and youth? What tangible and intangible benefits are possible in applying drama to expressive programmes, engagement programmes, and in pedagogy?

Michael will share his experiences as a drama practitioner, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer in non-mainstream schools. He will also share stories told by students in his programmes, suggest possible models of drama engagement, and explore the challenges of effective drama programmes.

Through this forum, we will also hope to expand the concept of drama in education, beyond that of skills building and performance.

About the speaker: Michael Cheng graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Theatre Studies. He has a diploma in Special Education from the National Institute of Education, and a Diploma from the Centre for Playback Theatre (New York).

He is the Artistic Director of Tapestry Playback Theatre, a theatre company that uses Playback Theatre as a transformational tool in community. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Playback Theatre (New York), and is a Practitioner member of the International Playback Theatre Network (ITPN). He is also a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA).

Michael is a fervent believer in the power of theatre for empowerment, social change and personal development. An experienced facilitator, he has worked across a wide spectrum of communities, from young children, people with special needs, married couples, people with HIV, to vulnerable populations and people-at-risk.

Previously, he was an Artist-educator at Grace Orchard School, under the NAC Artist-SPED School Partnership Scheme where he used drama to build social skills in students, designed curriculum, and trained teachers to use drama in the classroom. Besides Grace Orchard, he has also worked with the students from Metta School, Rainbow Centre (Margaret Drive) and AWWA School.

To attend, please register at: http://goo.gl/forms/MP1IqHkfq5

Refreshments will be provided.

You can now watch Michael's presentation here:



31 March 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Venue: Meeting Room 3, Block B #03-18. Goodman Arts Center. 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

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