Taylor’s University’s Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) programme has once again proven its commitment to nurturing the next generation of performing artists through a series of remarkable achievements in 2023. This year showcased its dedication to internationalization, collaboration, and creativity through the staging of the August 2023 semester’s Production Practicum, ‘Mariam’. The play, set mainly in rural Malaysia, tells the story of Daniel, who plans to unravel the mystery of his disappearance with the help of a new friend.
Notably, the production was entirely crafted by the students themselves, showcasing their talent not only in performance but also in writing and directing. This marked a testament to the programme’s commitment to providing a holistic theatre education, fostering well-rounded artists capable of contributing to all aspects of the dramatic arts. In a significant move for 2024, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of Taylor’s University, Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair, in his opening speech, introduced two new specializations - Dance and Music. These additions, will be led by the distinguished figures in their respective fields, Professor Dr. Joseph Gonzales, Founder and Artistic Director, ASK Dance Company for Dance; and Susanna Saw, Director and Founder of the Young Choral Academy for Music, signify a bold step toward enhancing individual talents. The Bachelor of Performing Arts (Hons) programme produces world-class performers by providing students with specialized training under the guidance of industry luminaries.
Present at the Production Practicum was Raziman Sarbini, Senior Lecturer from the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, one of the Malaysia’s brightest dance stars, to the team. His expertise and experience promise to inspire and guide students, ensuring that they receive the best possible training to excel in the dynamic world of dance.
The Production Practicum marked the second main event that wrapped up the year for the programme. Before the students prepared for the play 'Mariam', they hosted the prestigious Asian Youth Theatre Festival. This gathering brought together young creatives from the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The students showcased their talents to a global audience in Ilo Ilo City, Philippines, on November 23, performing to an enthusiastic crowd of 500 international attendees.
In summary, 2023 has been a year of artistic triumphs for the Bachelor of Performing Arts. The students, immersed in a diverse range of creative and cultural experiences, are not only honing their craft but also building professional connections in Malaysia, across Asia, and beyond. Fostering well-rounded performers ensures that each student is primed for success in the ever-evolving world of the performing arts. As the curtain falls in 2023, the stage is set for a future where the Bachelor of Performing Arts continues to shine as a beacon of artistic excellence.