The Bachelor of Performing Arts Global Classroom initiative focuses on the creative exchange between academicians from Taylor's University, Malaysia; University of Leeds, UK and Silliman University, Philippines. Over a span of three months, academicians and students from all three universities participated in workshops and master classes centering on theatre-making.
Academicians from University of Leeds, UK, Professor George Rodosthenous, Associate Professor in Theatre Directing and Deputy Head of School at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries of the University of Leeds; and Professor Jonathan Pitches, Head of School of Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds focused on devising techniques.
Meanwhile, Taylor's Bachelor of Performing Arts conducted workshops to share about the traditional Malay art forms and methodologies. They shared a recorded performance and lecture of the Traditional Art form "Mek Mulung", directed by Zhafir Muzani, a Part-Time Lecturer and Arts Practitioner. The sessions were attended by 50 students, including students from all cohorts of the Bachelor of Performing Arts.
This creative exchange endeavors to create a network amongst Performing Arts students worldwide while learning from one another's culture. In the future, it is hoped that this Global Classroom can be transition to an in-person lecturer exchange, between the three universities.