Mr Caleb Lee

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Personal profile

Caleb is a Theatre Educator, Producer, Researcher and Dramaturg. His PhD research, funded by the National Arts Council and the Kwan Fook Ngah Estate, brings together critical perspectives of creativity from theatre and performance studies, cultural geography, education and management to examine the socio-political circumstances under which Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is produced and received in Singapore. Caleb is an Associate Researcher at Rose Bruford College where he develops the TYA Centre and supports the MA TYA programme.  He also sits on the Editorial Board for The Journal of Theatrex Asia and co-founded the Singapore Theatre for Young Audiences Researchers (STYAR) collective. From 2009–2017, Caleb was a lecturer at LASALLE–College of the Arts, Faculty of Performing Arts, where he taught a range of modules in the diploma and degree programmes. He has given guest lectures on TYA, creativity and the creative industries at international conferences, symposiums and festivals across the UK, USA, Hong Kong, Japan, Stockholm, Serbia, Singapore and Shanghai, and has published in various journals and magazines.  

 

Alongside his academic career, Caleb has over a decade of experience working in the creative and entertainment industry. From 2011–2014, he was the Festival Manager for I Theatre’s ACE! Festival – a dedicated arts for children and families, and was later appointed Associate Director for international projects (2015–2020). During this time, he collaborated with companies such as ACO Okinawa (Japan), Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education (Hong Kong), Philippine Educational Theatre Association, The Unicorn (UK) and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (Australia). As an independent producer and consultant, Caleb has also partnered with The National Arts Council, Singapore International Foundation and social welfare organisations to pilot ground-up projects for various community groups. In 2018, Caleb founded Five Stones Theatre – an international and interdisciplinary collective that creates quality dance and theatre productions for children and young people. 

Research interests

Research Interests

  • All aspects of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA), especially concerning how political and material circumstances shape its production and reception
  • Arts and Festival Management 
  • Creativity, Creative Industry and Cultural Policy
  • Contemporary Performance and Popular Culture

 

During my PhD, I completed two research projects that were funded by the Japan Foundation Asia Centre and ACO Okinawa: 

  • Networks of Creativity:  The Asian TYA Network (June 2016–Dec 2019)
  • Audience Development in Naha, Okinawa (July 2019)

 

Conference Papers 

TYA in Singapore: It’s Not All Fun(d) and Games, Hong Kong, ATYA Congress, 2 Aug 2019.

 

Geographies of Hope: Perspectives of TYA in Asia, Rose Bruford College, 20 May 2018.

 

Building the Future Creative Class: Creative Labour and Opportunities in a Neoliberal City, Broadening the Performing Arts Ecology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 20 Feb 2017.

 

Going Back in Time: (Re)searching a History of Theatre for Young Audiences in Singapore. International Federation of Theatre Research. Stockholm. 13–17 June 2016.

 

Shut Up and Sit Down:  Rethinking the Role of Adult Mediators in Theatre for Young Audiences. International Drama in Education Research Institute Conference. Singapore. 30 June–5 July 2015. 

 

Reimagining the Dragon: Towards Collaboration and Internationalizing for Theatre for Young Audiences. International Research College of Theatre Arts for Children and Young People. Subotica, Serbia. 15–21 May 2015. 

 

Resisting the Magic: Negotiating Theatre for Young Audience Festivals in a Creative City. Royal Holloway Research Seminar, London, 11 Dec 2014 (London, UK) 

 

Internationalsing, Collaborations and Research in TYA, International Theatre Festival Okinawa for Young Audience, Okinawa, Japan, July 2014.  

 

Performing on the Edge-A Perspective on Community Theatre in Singapore <Panel: Imagining a State of the Arts in Singapore>, PSi #20, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, July 2014.  

 

Evaluating the Cultural Politics of West is Best in Theatre for Young Audience, PSi #20, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai July 2014. 

 

(Re)searching Kuo Pao Kun in Contemporary Singapore Theatre, PSi #20, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, July 2014. 

 

(Non)Sense: Evaluating and Understanding the Young Audience, PSi#19, Stanford University, California, June 2013.  

 

The ACE! Experience:  Connections, Collaborations and Continuation, Kijimuna Festa/ASSITEJ General Meeting, Okinawa, Japan, July 2012. 

 

The Status of Children’s Theatre in Singapore- Assessing ACE! Festival 2012, PSi #18, University of Leeds, UK, June 2012. 

 

ACE! Festival 2010 – Accessing and Assessing the Repertoire in a Singapore Children’s Theatre Festival, Conference on Children’s Theatre Arts in Asia, Hong Kong, July 2010.  

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