As the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, its executive director Charlotte Nors talks us through its past, present and future.
How did it all begin?
Tony Petito, the artistic director of a local amateur theatrical group called STARS, took the plunge and formed the SRT in 1993. At a time when very little theatre was being staged and produced in Singapore, the SRT wanted to offer high quality productions involving the best creative talent from around the world.
I’m proud to say we have grown into one of the leading theatres in this region over the past two decades, and we are very excited about our plans for the future.
Why did the SRT develop different divisionsthrough the years?
In the early years we didn’t have any divisions, but with relatively little government funding we had to think of activities and revenue streams from a clearly defined target groups.
The Young Company is our investment in the next generation of actors and writers. The Little Company was created as an investment in audience development and in building a tradition of families going to the theatre. Stage Two focuses on developing new local plays and musicals.
All in all,we are a very well-rounded theatre company.We appeal to young audiences as well as to a more mass market with our musical theatre and plays staged under the main brand.
So what does the future hold for the SRT?
We are working on a very strategic level in terms of arts education, with a platform for teachers, students and actors. We are planning residency programmes and investing in making theatre a bigger part of Singapore’s education system.
We are also developing our new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to offer teacher training, and recently held a five-day workshop called The Essentials of Teaching Shakespeare in the Classroom.
And as a thank you to staff, actors and sponsors who currently work with us, or have worked with us in the past, we will be throwing a birthday party during our production of Othello in Fort Canning Park which begins on24 April.
SRTs landmark achievements
2001:Opening of theDBS Arts Centre – Home of the SRT, on Robertson Quay
2002: Commissioned to open Esplanade with the musical Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, seen by over 100,000 people
2002: First production for kids under The Little Company
2007:Start ofShakespeare in the Park, now the biggest annual outdoor theatre event in the region
2009-2011:Became co-commissioning partner for The Bridge Project
Find out more
DBS Arts Centre – Home of the SRT
20 Merbau Road
6733 8166 | srt.com.sg