First Recipient of the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Fellowship

04 May 2017

Ms Laura Hayes
Programme Leader, Theatre Programmes

Recipient: Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Fellowship
Project: Performance of Provenance


The inaugural Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple Fellowship, launched in February 2017, is part of a $5 million donation NAFA received from Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple. The Fellowship allows outstanding full-time academic employees who have been with NAFA for at least two years, to further their professional development in any artistic media or teaching practice. Recipients are awarded up to $5000 to support their professional development in their respective disciplines.

Laura’s “Performance of Provenance” explores the value given to things and the connection between art, beauty, relationships, and commerce. It also involves experimentation in devising techniques, based on the idea of ‘playbox’, created from the process of devising. Carefully curated with original text, props, objects, prompts and devising provocations, a playbox is literally a box of items – a material provocation to make a play that takes the place of a traditional script.

She explains, My research feeds directly into my teaching and curriculum development at NAFA. Our new diploma looks at new methods of performance creation and finds ways to integrate with Singapore’s theatre industry. This fellowship provides me with the ability to present my work professionally in Singapore. I will also devise a workshop for students based on the findings of this research which uses non-normative methods of text creation for performance and collaborative creation generated by the “playbox.