CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: ArtsEquator’s Reading Group for Critics

Duration:  October 2018 – March 2019

“What distinguishes the good, valuable theatre critic … is that you sense that [they are] writing about a cause – about a theatre in his or her mind. The … writing is possibly in some ways cloaked, but it is a crusade.” – “The Theatre Critic as Thinker”, New Theatre Quarterly, 2009.

ArtsEquator’s Reading Group for Critics is a monthly reading circle for performance critics, reviewers, art writers and editors. We’ll read and discuss assigned texts on a range of issues, such as the changing landscape of performance making, the obligations of the critic, the ethics of reviewing, the participant-observer relationship in newer forms such as immersive/participatory theatre, expanded cinema and more.

The program is targeted at deepening the knowledge and critical dexterity of the art writer. Each text is a springboard to open, in-depth discussions, moderated by ArtsEquator’s resident theatre critic, Corrie Tan and managing editor Kathy Rowland. Some sessions will be led by guest moderators (senior writers, artists).

This reading group is open to ten (10) experienced writers, who are committed to taking the time to read, think and have substantive discussions with their peers on current discourses in arts criticism. Members will not be required to write.

We will meet 5 times between October 2018 – March 2019. These meetings will be scheduled on a Tuesday evening, from 7.00 – 8.30 pm.

Criteria and Commitment

The programme is open to writers who:

○       are Singaporeans/PRs above the age of 18.

○       have a minimum of three (3) years writing and/or editorial experience in an arts related field

○       have published a minimum of five (5) reviews/essays/critical articles on theatre, dance, film, and other performance related art forms.

○       are actively involved in writing about the arts in Singapore and/or other parts of Southeast Asia

○       are committed to contributing to the local arts writing scene in Singapore and/or Southeast Asia

○       are interested in being an active participant in group discussions


N.B. This program is not suitable for those who write exclusively on visual arts or music.

To apply, send the following to <contact(at)>

  1. Your CV
  2. Two samples of published written work. At least one piece must be a review or critical essay.
  3. A brief outline (150 words) of why you would like to be part of this program.

Deadline for Applications : 15 September 2018



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