Intercultural Theatre Institute launches the inaugural ITI-Asia Scholarship

Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), an independent theatre school that offers offers a Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting), has launched the inaugural ITI-Asia Scholarship with the support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore.

The in-principle three-year scholarship will cover partial tuition fees to an ITI student from any of the 10 ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) member states. The first year grant amount is confirmed for US$10,000 (approximately S$14,000).

ITI-ASIA launch
Key persons at the ITI-Asia scholarship launch (from L to R):
ITI Chairman Arun Mahizhnan; U.S. Embassy Singapore representative, Deputy Public Affairs Officer William Gilbert; ITI Director T Sasitharan; and ITI Board Member K.C. Chew

“ITI has a long history of supporting freedom of expression in the performing arts, and its unique programme immerses students in diverse forms of Asian theatre. This new scholarship will help create an equally diverse student body, enabling the next generation of creative talents from different ASEAN nations and economic backgrounds to learn and grow together, and continue to influence each other for years to come,” said U.S. Embassy Singapore Chargé d’Affaires a.i., Blair P. Hall.

The scholarship will support a talented ASEAN student selected after rigorous auditions and interviews, who faces challenges affording fees and living expenses in Singapore – the most expensive city to live in globally*.

*Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, Economist Intelligence Unit, 2014, 2015 & 2016

6 More Scholarships Open
The support of the U.S. Embassy Singapore underscores the need for continual funding of arts education, which is costly across the world. For students who find ITI’s three-year, full-time training financially challenging, the following scholarships will be made available to them:

  • Four available: ITI Scholarships made possible by donations from the ITI Angels Initiative and the Cultural Matching Fund;
  • Two available: ITI-William Teo Scholarship named in honour of the game-changing, late theatre-maker.

At present, students are also being generously supported by:

  • The Tan Chay Bing Education Fund; and
  • A philanthropist who wishes to be remain anonymous.

Further details of the above-named scholarships will be published on our site soon, so stay tuned!

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