Speech & Drama Programme 2021 by The Actors Studio Academy @klpac

What is it?
The semester-based, year-long programme introduces students to the magic of storytelling, exercising the imagination, performing for an audience in a group and by themselves, and aims to nurture every students’ sense of self, relations to one another and the world, and the expressions of the two through Speech & Drama.

Click here to download our latest brochure.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

How does it work?
Speech & Drama @ TAS Academy is catered for students 7 – 18 years of age, with three semesters in a year. Our teachers and students will explore the evocative language and performance of poetry, dialogue and scenes, monologues and solos, song and music, movement and dance, creating their own work and appreciating the classics. Theatre games to build relationships between classmates, to encourage group play and self-confidence and awareness, is a fundamental pillar to our approach. We strive to create an environment that nourishes and encourages our innate creative potentials.

What about for returning students?
A returning student is one who has completed a full year with us at TAS Academy. Not only do returning students repeat, hone, and sharpen the fundamental skills introduced to them in their first year, but they will also be introduced to the more complex and challenging approaches and material of Speech and Drama. Our returning students have explored creating their own performances (devising theatre, creative writing), rehearsing and performing musical theatre (song, dance, acting), and have had opportunities to audition for TV and the stage.

“Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.” – Gloria Steinem

What about this pandemic?
Having worked through the covid-19 pandemic of 2020, our teaching team is prepared and aim to work adaptively and flexibly. The syllabus and approach to our Speech & Drama Programme for 2021 is ready to be taught either online or in-person. We always aim to have classes face-to-face with the appropriate SOPs in place, but in the event of lockdowns, and safety concerns, lessons and classes will transition into the online space, to which our teaching team is prepared and have specifically designed their syllabus for.

I am interested! What are the dates?

Our courses run once a week on either Saturday or Sunday, your choice, for 10 weeks per semester. First year or new students have classes in the mornings; returning students have classes in the afternoons. Please find the details below.
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Day: Saturday
Sem 1: Feb 6, 20, 27 Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 10, 17 24
Sem 2: Jun 12, 19, 26 Jul 3, 10, 31 Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Sem 3: Sep
25 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Day: Sunday
Sem 1: Feb
7, 21, 28 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 11, 18, 25
Sem 2: Jun 13, 20, 27 Jul 4, 11 Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sem 3: Sep
26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
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First Year Students (Morning)
Class Grouping and Time*:
Group A: 7 – 8 yrs @ 10.00am – 11.30am
Group B: 9 – 12 yrs @ 10.15am – 11.45am
Group C: 13 – 18 yrs @ 10.30am – 12.00pm
Course Fee: RM450 per semester
Registration Fee: RM50 (one time)

Returning Students (Afternoon)
Class Grouping and Time*:
Group D: 8 – 9 yrs @ 12.15pm – 1.45pm
Group E: 10 – 12 yrs @ 12.30pm – 2.00pm
Group F: 13 – 18 yrs @ 12.45pm – 2.15pm
Course Fee: RM500 per semester

*Timing subject to minor adjustments.

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How do I register and pay the fees?

You can find our registration page here. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email confirmation regarding payment. Once we have received your payment and registration form, if classes are online, we will provide students with the method to log into our virtual studios for their classes.

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Some frequently asked questions regarding the pandemic:

For Semester 1, will classes start online or face-to-face?
Semester 1 will begin online.

Will classes then move to in-person classes at klpac?
If/when the MCO is lifted, the number of cases are trending downwards, and we can conduct in-person classes within our premises safely, students will be notified at least 1-2 weeks in advance before we transition to physical classes.

How if I want to stay with my online classes even though we can go back to face-to-face classes?
Unfortunately, we do not yet have the capability to stream classes online whilst conducting classes in-person. Our Speech & Drama programme is first and foremost a physical, in-person programme, but due the pandemic, we have found ways to adapt and translate our work to the online space. If/when we can conduct classes face-to-face again, making that happen will be our priority, as we believe Speech & Drama education and learning really takes place and flourishes with being in the same space and environment together.

Have more questions or concerns? Do not hesitate in reaching out to us!
TAS Academy @ klpac | academy@klpac.org |
Tung Jit Yang, Creative Head | jit@theactorsstudio.com.my | 018 – 203 0121

Preschool Speech & Drama Programme 2021 by The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac

What is it?
The semester-based, year-long programme introduces students to the magic of storytelling, exercising the imagination, performing for an audience in a group and by themselves, and aims to nurture every students’ sense of self, relations to one another and the world, and the expressions of the two through Speech & Drama.

Click here to download our latest brochure.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

How does it work?
The preschool Speech & Drama @ TAS Academy programme is catered for students 3 – 6 years of age, with three semesters in a year. Our teachers and students will explore the evocative language and performance of poetry, dialogue and scenes, song and music, creative use of the body, even creating their own sketches and plays. Theatre games to build relationships between classmates, to encourage group play, self-confidence, and awareness, is a fundamental pillar to our approach. We strive to create an environment that nourishes and encourages our students’ innate creative potentials.

“Like art, revolutions come from combining what exists into what has never existed before.” – Gloria Steinem

What about this pandemic?
Having worked through the covid-19 pandemic of 2020, our teaching team is prepared and aim to work adaptively and flexibly. The syllabus and approach to our Speech & Drama Programme for 2021 is ready to be taught either online or in-person. We always aim to have classes face-to-face with the appropriate SOPs in place, but in the event of lockdowns, and safety concerns, lessons and classes will transition into the online space, to which our teaching team is prepared and have specifically designed their syllabus for.

I am interested! What are the dates?

Our courses run once a week on either Saturday or Sunday, your choice, for 10 weeks per semester. Please find the details below.
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Day: Saturday
Sem 1: Feb 6, 20, 27 Mar 6, 13, 20, 27 Apr 10, 17 24
Sem 2: Jun 12, 19, 26 Jul 3, 10, 31 Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Sem 3: Sep
25 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 6, 13, 20, 27

Day: Sunday
Sem 1: Feb
7, 21, 28 Mar 7, 14, 21, 28 Apr 11, 18, 25
Sem 2: Jun 13, 20, 27 Jul 4, 11 Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sem 3: Sep
26 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Nov 7, 14, 21, 28

Class Grouping and Time:
Group A: 3 – 4 yrs @ 9.45am – 10.45am
Group B: 5 – 6 yrs @ 11.00am – 12pm
Group C: 6 yrs @ 1pm – 2pm

Course Fee: RM300 per semester
Registration Fee (new students only): RM50

*Timing subject to minor adjustments.

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How do I register and pay the fees?

You can find our registration page here. Upon successful registration, you will receive an email confirmation regarding payment. Once we have received your payment and registration form, if classes are online, we will provide students with the method to log into our virtual studios for their classes.

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Some frequently asked questions regarding the pandemic:

For Semester 1, will classes start online or face-to-face?
Semester 1 will begin online.

Will classes then move to in-person classes at klpac?

If/when the MCO is lifted, the number of cases is trending downwards, and we can conduct in-person classes within our premises safely, students will be notified at least 1-2 weeks in advance before we transition to physical classes.

How if I want to stay with my online classes even though we can go back to face-to-face classes?
Unfortunately, we do not yet have the capability to stream classes online whilst conducting classes in-person. Our Speech & Drama programme is first and foremost a physical, in-person programme, but due the pandemic, we have found ways to adapt and translate our work to the online space. If/when we can conduct classes face-to-face again, making that happen will be our priority, as we believe Speech & Drama education and learning really takes place and flourishes with being in the same space and environment together.

Have more questions or concerns? Do not hesitate in reaching out to us!
TAS Academy @ klpac | academy@klpac.org |
Tung Jit Yang, Creative Head | jit@theactorsstudio.com.my | 018 – 203 0121

Academy Workshop Series

Coming to TAS Academy @ klpac this May is a series of intensive and specific workshops for adults led by some of Malaysia’s most exciting performing artists.

We are honoured to have these award-winning artistes on board to share their expertise in our first Workshop Series for 2021.

We hope you will take up the opportunity to gain insight into the varying approaches and processes of the performing arts.

Click here to download the brochure.

How does it work?

Participants will be led by working experts in their specific fields within the performing arts. All workshops have an in-person and online option. Classes with Mark Wong take place online as he is based in Melbourne, Australia.

In Person @theklpac: Workshops that take place @theklpac will be held at our studios at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.
#Online: Workshops that take place online will be conducted via Zoom.
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To commemorate the start to our Workshop Series, TAS Academy @ klpac is honored to have voice and speech coach Mark Wong conduct his one-day #Online fundraiser masterclass “Finding the Voice: Speak with Confidence”. Mark Wong is a master’s holder and an expert in his field of voice and speech, having trained and worked professionally in London and Australia. This masterclass is also a fundraiser for the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre and the Academy. All fees will go to klpac’s Covid-19 relief fund and serves to #saveklpac, thank you Mark Wong for your generosity and support for what we do here at klpac and the Academy.

Finding the Voice: Speak with Confidence – A Fundraiser Masterclass with Mark Wong

“Come with the willingness to learn, have fun, and most importantly, not be afraid of making mistakes.”

What is it about?

This 3-hour introductory voice workshop aims to break any myths or misunderstandings around voice training and voice work. Participants will be equipped with simple but practical tools to help them speak with more clarity, certainty, and confidence. Participants will gain a better understanding of how the voice works; how to speak with greater clarity in a variety of contexts; and will learn the techniques and approaches to prepare themselves vocally before a speaking engagement.

How does it work?

This intensive 1 session masterclass will take place #Online and all fees paid will go to the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Covid-19 relief fund. You can either join as a Participant in this exciting masterclass on voice and speech or join as an Observer -learning as you watch Mark work with the Participants.

Age group: 16 & up
Class size: 8 students min. – 20 students max | Unlimited for observers
Participants need not have any prior performing and training experience when applying

#Online: Saturday, May 8 @ 10am – 1pm (KL GMT +8)

Total hours: 3 hours
Price: RM120 (for Participants) | RM60 (for Observers) | – all fees go to klpac’s Covid-19 Relief Fund

Meet your teacher:
Mark is a Malaysian-born, UK-trained, and Melbourne-based voice and speech coach. He holds an MA (Master of Arts) in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and teaches Speech and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He runs an active private home studio and regularly conducts voice and speech workshops around Australia and Asia.

Theatre productions that Mark has voice and dialect coached on include NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Mark Taylor), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (dir. Stephen O’Neil), TITANIC: THE MUSICAL (dir. James Cutler), THE COLOR PURPLE (dir. Robbie Carmellotti), and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (dir. Chris Baldock). As a teacher, coach and mentor, Mark takes pride and joy not only in sharing his knowledge to his students, but also watching them grow into more successful versions of themselves.
Mark strongly believes in creating a safe and supportive yet playful environment for his students/clients to build rapport and encourage growth.
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Character Acting – The Physical Approaches to Transformation and Constructing Character with Jun Vinh Teoh

“The actor’s body is their first and most powerful means of expression.”

What is it about? 

This workshop will offer various perspectives to character creation, such as Laban’s physical gestures, vocalisation, costumes, and character study. This workshop will give actors a safe place to sketch, fail, learn from each other, and discover their unique strengths, as well as the joy and freedom in creating characters. Lead by actor and theatre-maker Teoh Jun Vinh, participants will find a sense of play, joy, and excitement in constructing characters for stage and film performance. Gaining the knowledge, awareness, and techniques necessary to transform themselves.

Age group: 18 & up
Class size: 4 students min. – 8 students max.
Participants should have prior performing and training experience when applying.

In Person @theklpac: Saturdays | May 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 3pm – 5pm or
#Online: Sundays | May 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 3pm – 5pm (KL GMT +8)

Total hours: 8 hours
Price: RM450

Meet your teacher:
Jun Vinh Teoh is a Malaysian actor-singer, educator, and theatre-maker who has been on stage since he was 13 – performing in plays, skits, musicals, and chamber choir in high school. He is an alumnus of klpac’s Theatre for Young People (T4YP) program (2014) and graduated with First Class Honours from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Acting programme (2017) in Singapore.

He has travelled to Siena, Italy for the KL Shakespeare Players to collaborate with Topi Dalmata and Theatre Ash, co-directing and devising “Viaggo in Occidente” (2019).

Notable acting credits include Daniel in the mockumentary webseries Average Guys, Michael in Unity (1918) (dir. Tung Jit Yang), Ferdinand in David Glass’s Tempest (dir. David Glass), Cheng in Swipe Right (dir. Claire Wong), unnamed cast in OCD (dir. Ho Lee Ching), and Pompey in Measure for Measure (dir. Adam Marple).

Website: junvinhteoh.weebly.com
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Creating Worlds for the Stage – Discovering the Elements to Playwriting and the Musical with Terence Toh

“What makes some shows work and others not?”

What is it about?

In this Workshop, participants will examine and be introduced to the elements of story – plot, characters, setting, conflict – and will begin to learn combining these elements to create a play or musical script for the stage. Participants will gain an understanding of the elements of story and drama; how to create stories specifically for the stage and at the end of the Workshop, with work and commitment put in, participants will have a play or musical for their own staging.

Age group: 16 & up
Class size: 2 students min. – 8 students max.
Participants need not have any prior writing, performing, and/or training experience when applying.

In Person @theklpac: Saturdays | May 15, 22, 29, June 5 @ 11am – 1pm or
#Online: Sundays | May 16, 23, 30, June 6 @ 11am – 1pm (KL GMT +8)

Total hours: 8 hours
Price: RM450

Meet your teacher:
Terence Toh is an author, lyricist, playwright and journalist. He contributes lifestyle and arts articles to many local publications.

He has won Best Libretto (Lyrics and Script) at the Short and Sweet Musical festival three times. His short scripts have been performed in shows such as ‘Indicinelive IV’, ‘Tales from the Bedroom’, ‘4Love: Through the Decades’, ‘Indicinelive V’ and more.

He is one of five playwrights chosen for KLPAC’s ‘The New Play Project’ and his play ‘Restless’ was published in the anthology “The New Play Project: Book One” and received a public staged reading. Terence has also written two BOH Cameronian Arts Award-winning musicals, ‘Euphrasia The Musical’ (with Cheah Uihua) and ‘The Working Dead’, which earned him the Best Book and Best Original Score awards.
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Mastering Monologues- A Comprehensive Guide to Performing a Monologue with Farah Rani

“Embody words, find meaning in text… using substitutions and the imagination.”

What is it about?

Participants will be introduced to the foundations of performance technique and text analysis as well as practical tools in approaching professional material. Participants will learn the basic steps in approaching a monologue; discover the tools in embodying words and finding meaning in text. Participants will focus on the totality of a piece of a text and explore aspects of performance by charting a character’s journey from the beginning to the end of a monologue. This Workshop also gives experienced actors the freedom to work on material that is unfamiliar and to build on their foundation of technique.

Age group: 16 and up
Class size: 4 min. – 15 max.
Participants need not have any prior performing and training experience when applying.
Participants of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

#Online: Saturdays | May 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 3pm – 5pm (KL GMT +8)
In Person @theklpac: Sundays | May 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 3pm – 5pm

Total hours: 8 hours
Price: RM450

Meet your teacher:
Farah Rani is a Malaysian actress based in Kuala Lumpur. In her career spanning 15 years, Farah has been an avid theatre practitioner, having performed in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, and Australia.

A six-time recipient of Malaysia’s premier theatre award, Farah garnered wins at the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards as Best Supporting Actor (Nadirah, 2012), Best Performance by an Ensemble (Projek Disko Baldi, 2011) and two back-to-back wins in the category of Audience Choice for Projek Disko Baldi and Projek Disko Baldi in Love. The Language Archive and Kandang were also awarded the ‘Best Of’ Award at the 2016 and 2017 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards respectively.

On screen, Farah has been featured in Liew Seng Tat’s Flowers in the Pocket (as Cikgu Dara), Carmen Soo’s If Only (as Young Ira), Megat Sharizal’s Budak Baru (as Azlynn) , Prakash Murugiah’s Flashes (as Priscilla) and Dain Said’s Iman Untuk Bulan (as Ida).

​Farah was trained at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

Website: farahrani.net
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The Performer’s Craft: Body, Voice, & Text – Exploring the Relationship between the Breath and the Spoken Word with Mark Wong

“Know how to speak with clarity, certainty, and authenticity”

What is it about?

In the first two sessions, participants will explore the relationship between the body, breath, and voice. Technical exploration will include posture and alignment work using the Alexander Technique principles, breathing, phonation, resonance and articulation. In the third and final session, participants will get to explore the connection between thought, emotion, breath, voice and spoken word. At the end, participants will be invited to perform a short piece of text (poem/monologue/public speech) to apply the skills they have learnt in context.

Age group: 18 & up
Class size: 8 students min. – 12 students max
Participants need not have any prior performing and training experience when applying

#Online: Saturdays, June 12, 19, 26 @ 10am – 1pm (KL GMT +8)

Total hours: 9 hours
Price: RM500

Meet your teacher:
Mark is a Malaysian-born, UK-trained, and Melbourne-based voice and speech coach. He holds an MA (Master of Arts) in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and teaches Speech and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He runs an active private home studio and regularly conducts voice and speech workshops around Australia and Asia.

Theatre productions that Mark has voice and dialect coached on include NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Mark Taylor), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (dir. Stephen O’Neil), TITANIC: THE MUSICAL (dir. James Cutler), THE COLOR PURPLE (dir. Robbie Carmellotti), and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (dir. Chris Baldock). As a teacher, coach and mentor, Mark takes pride and joy not only in sharing his knowledge to his students, but also watching them grow into more successful versions of themselves. Mark strongly believes in creating a safe and supportive yet playful environment for his students/clients to build rapport and encourage growth.

And we’re back!

To start off 2021, TAS Academy @ klpac is offering online Speech and Drama Programs for the final week of the School Holidays!

Whether or you are new to the performing arts or have taken our courses before, we have 3 specialized programs for students ages 4 – 18 years of age.

How will it work? All programs will take place in the digital space. Students will be given Zoom links to follow upon registration for their given class dates and times. Our teachers have crafted the syllabus and program for the online medium to best nurture and educate students and their creative potentials.

Is this part of our annual year-long Speech and Drama Program? This is an addition to our Speech and Drama Program! Our regular programming will be open for registration very soon (Jan for Feb 2021). Keep a lookout for it!

Our School Holiday Programs below:

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“MAGIC!” with Teacher Vicky Ang

What is it about? A creative 5-day thematic journey (MAGIC!) of exploring various drama and English learning concepts such as pantomiming, poetry appreciation, basic acting skills, reading with expression, play script writing workshop, among others.
Age group: 4 – 6 years old
Class size*: 5 students minimum
Dates (Time): 13 Jan 2021, Wed – 17 Jan 2021, Sunday @ 10.30AM – 12.00PM
Total hours: 7.5 hours
Price: RM280
*If student numbers are not met, the program may not commence. No payment required until first day of program.
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“Storytelling for Little Storytellers” with Teacher Adam Hamizan

What is it about? Students will be taken through an A-Z course on the basics of storytelling. From the types of stories told, to how to express it in writing, and finally telling and bringing to life these brilliant new stories.
Age group: 7 – 12 years old
Class size*:
5 students min – 10 students max
Dates (Time): 13 Jan 2021, Wed – 17 Jan 2021, Sunday @ 11.00AM – 1.00PM
Total hours: 10 hours
Price: RM300
*If student numbers are not met, the program may not commence. No payment required until first day of program.

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 “Monologue Magic” with Teacher Phraveen Arikiah

What is it about?
Students will explore the many marvellous sides of monologues in theatre with Teacher Veen, as we journey through the process of creating and virtually staging and presenting a monologue within the span of 5 days!
Age group:
13 – 18 years old
Class size*: 5 students min – 10 students max
Dates (Time):
13 Jan 2021, Wed – 17 Jan 2021, Sunday @ 11.00AM – 1.00PM
Total hours: 10 hours
Price:
RM300
*If student numbers are not met, the program may not commence. No payment required until first day of program.

Register here!