|SPEECH AND DRAMA ARTS PROGRAMME - OUR TEAM
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Assistant Director for Enrichment Programmes (DAS)
Pushpaa made her stage debut in 1996. From acting, she explored other areas and soon found her niche in backstage work. She is a much sought after Stage Manager who has done stage management for over 25 productions. She has widened her scope in theatre by working with overseas-based theatre companies in 2002 and 2003 for the Melbourne Fringe Festival. She obtained her Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Drama & Theatre Studies at Monash University, Australia in 2004. She was a National Arts Council Theatre Grant Award Recipient for the years 2001 – 2003. Thereafter, she continued pursuing a Diploma in Educational Studies (Enrichment Education). She moved into theatre education in 2005. As a Theatre Educator, she has conducted enrichment courses and various drama programmes for Kindergarten, Primary, Secondary, Junior College and Tertiary students. Furthermore, she has written and directed plays, trained students for inter-school drama competitions and won top prizes. At the same time, she has been invited to judge many inter-school drama competitions. Here at DAS, we recognise drama arts as an effective means of developing our students’ language skills and self-confidence, which may lead to positive self-concept. Research has shown that positive self-concept is linked to student good self-esteem and their level of achievement. As the person in- charge of our Drama Programmes, Pushpaa’s objective is to provide a channel specifically for our dyslexic students to develop their language skills, express their inner feelings, and demonstrate their talents in a most fun and artistic way, at the same time, allowing them to have lots of fun in an environment where they feel safe and confident. Through her vast experience and passion in guiding students under her charge, Pushpaa will certainly develop her students’ self-esteem and language ability using drama as an educational tool.
Senior Educational TherapistMuzdalifah is a Senior Educational Therapist and Drama Teacher with the DAS and her students range from primary and secondary school levels. She has obtained a Diploma of Educational Studies - Speech & Drama awarded by The College of Teachers, United Kingdom. Apart from her passion working with children, she has a keen interest in Drama Arts. She started participating and competing in performing arts since her early school years. She believes the Speech and Drama Arts programme will greatly benefit our DAS students in developing their self esteem, confidence level and will transform them into children with irrepressible curiosity for learning as they take on the journey to believe more in themselves. She is currently pursuing Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs (MA SEN) with the University of South Wales (USW) in UK. She is also a member of Register of Educational Therapists Asia (RETA).