TheatreWorks is a multi-faceted Singapore performance company established in 1985 and is the first adult English-language professional theatre company to be established. It remains one of the most progressive and relevant Singapore arts institutions.
We encourage awareness of human and social issues, and aim to share the transcendent potential of art with arts lovers in Singapore and beyond. We have put the Singapore voice on stage and dealt with the multiplicities of being a Singaporean and living in Singapore, through many original writings by Singapore playwrights. Over the last couple of decades, TheatreWorks has entertained Singapore, has negotiated local censorships boundaries and has challenged accepted social mores. The company ambivalently provided a mirror to Singaporeans.
TheatreWorks is dedicated to the development of contemporary arts in Singapore and through this, contributes to the evolution of an Asian identity and aesthetics for the 21st Century. We develop processes, creative partnerships and artistic risk-taking. We are focused on the development and nurturing of professional arts skills by providing residencies, and R&D (research and development) programmes to a variety of arts creatives and cultural workers.
TheatreWorks collaborates extensively with Asian artists from 1991. It started the Asian contemporary wave that revolutionised the presentation of international works in Singapore, making popular ‘New Asia’ as a branding. TheatreWorks initiated and manages the Arts Network Asia, which encourages dialogues and collaborations between Asian artists and cultural workers.
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