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Theatre and dramatic arts were once in short supply in the UAE. Now, there are several institutions throughout the country, from small centres to globally recognised universities, dedicated to studying performing arts.
A university in Abu Dhabi has an established theatre programme which allows students to both study and practise global theatre and performance. Students are tasked with demonstrating historic and contemporary social and cultural relations from around the world, and enacting these for the betterment of society. Whether as playwrights, performers or directors, it is the school’s belief that plays and performances can transform the participants.
If a university degree is a little advanced for you or your children, there is a skill-based acting centre available in the country. It offers annual examinations and accredited certifications. Its courses and workshops are offered to those interested in performing from as young as three years. It runs acting, musical theatre and specialised courses and even corporate workshops.
There is also a non-profit theatre academy that allows the underprivileged youth in the region to be introduced to and influenced by every aspect of theatre, stage performance and all related forms of education. It offers workshops, master classes and special events in all aspects of theatre and stagecraft. Instructors are theatre professionals.
• Theatre available as full/short-term course in UAE
• It is offered by universities as well as theatre clubs
• An NGO runs classes for the underprivileged youth
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer