Every three years, Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) organises the Asian Intercultural Conference (AIC) — an international gathering of theatre professionals, scholars and academics.

After a brief hiatus due to Covid-19, we are delighted that this year the 2023 Conference returns with the theme Preparing to Act: History and Heritage as Resource, presented once again in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

The theme opens up a range of discourses and initiates dialogue among actors, performers, theatre-makers, transdisciplinary artists, academics, and festival organisers. The aim is to explore specific methods, techniques, knowledge systems and technologies drawn from the diverse histories and heritages of world theatre. What can we learn from these practices, traditions and lineages that can be repurposed for the here and now? What needs to be unlearned, re-formed or re-presented for the contemporary stages of the world? 


Dr Frances Barbe

Dr Frances Barbe is the Associate Dean of Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She teaches the Bachelor of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Acting) courses and is a postgraduate research supervisor. She has also been a member of the Academic Board of the Intercultural Theatre Institute since 2017. 

She is a performance-maker with more than twenty years of experience. She has worked internationally as a performer, director, choreographer and teacher. Before commencing at WAAPA, ECU, Frances was based in the United Kingdom working at the University of Kent from 2001 – 2010 and as a special guest teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Exeter University, Birkbeck University, Rose Bruford College, East 15 and Plymouth University.

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Sankar Venkateswaran

Sankar Venkateswaran is a theatre director from Kerala, India. He studied directing at School of Drama and Fine Arts, University of Calicut, and pursued his post-graduate training at Theatre Training and Research Programme (now Intercultural Theatre Institute), Singapore. In 2007 Sankar founded Theatre Roots & Wings and created works such as Sahyande Makan: The Elephant Project (2008), Shogo Ohta‘s Water Station (2011) and Henrik Ibsen‘s When We Dead Awaken (2012). Among his recent works are My Name is Tamizh (2022) in co-production with Theaterfestival Basel and Theater Festival Spielart, IM TOD—In My Time of Dying (2022) with Theaterhaus Jena, and Goodbye and best wishes for your success—a response to Annihilation of Caste (2022) for Kyoto Performing Arts Center.

He lives and works from Sahyande Theatre, a theatre-dwelling he built in Attappadi. 

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