Applications Open for Arts Residencies in Italy


For the first time, the National Arts Council (NAC) will offer outstanding Singapore playwrights an opportunity to attend the prestigious annual 4th Annual La Mama International Playwright Retreat. Applications are also open for local theatre practitioners interested in attending the esteemed 11th Annual La Mama International Symposium for Directors.


Held in the Umbrian countryside at La Mama Umbria, Spoleto, Italy, participants will be able interact with their international counterparts and benefit from the experiences and insights of renowned theatre experts and master playwrights.


NAC will support up to two Singapore playwrights for the 4th Annual La Mama International Playwright Retreat, held from 5 July to 15 July 2010. Playwrights are encouraged to work on new or existing works, with workshops, group discussions and feedback sessions with internationally accomplished playwrights along the way to help with the creative process.


The 11th Annual La Mama International Symposium for Directors will be held from 17 July to 7 August 2010. A maximum of three Singapore participants will receive full support for registration, living and flight expenses, and participants can choose to attend one or both of the fortnight-long sessions. The intensive residency programme caters to theatre professionals. Each year La MaMa invites renowned theatre artists to participate as teaching artists during the Symposium, and participants will be exposed to a diverse range of theatrical perspectives and engage in activities to help motivate and inspire them.


Last year, NAC supported Singapore theatre directors Li Xie, award-winning director and former Associate Director of Drama Box for community theatre, Benjamin Ho Kah Wai, founder of Paper Monkey Theatre Ltd and former founding member of Toy Factory and Finger Players, and Artistic Director of Cake Theatrical Productions, Natalie Hennedige to attend the Symposium.


Both residencies are offered under NAC’s International Arts Residency (IAR) initiative. The IAR initiative aims to support Singapore arts practitioners’ participation in prestigious residencies overseas on the one hand, and the development of hosting entities for international residencies located in Singapore, on the other.


Applications to the residencies are open from now till 19 April 2010. For more information, please visit


For public enquires, please contact:


Elizabeth Wong | Arts Development Manager DID: + 65 6837 9577 | Email:


Carolyn Chiam | Arts Development Manager DID: + 65 6837 9535 | Email: