Faculty of Theatre aims to produce high-skilled and knowledgeable graduates in the field of performing arts in two major courses, which are (i) Directing and (ii) Acting. The effective approach in teaching from the experts that consist of a group of master teachers, lecturers and high calibre prominent artists from the industry in line with the effective learning methods in the theory and practical aspects in order to fulfil the current and long term needs of the creative industry. Those high calibre people are Ahmad Yatim, Reza Zainal Abidin, Rosminah Mohd.Tahir, Mazlan Tahir and Ann James. The uniqueness of this faculty is the involvement of artists as reference for the traditional and modern theatre who always gives relevant ideas and spirit of the artists to be transformed to the younger generations. Bangsawan theatre, as well as Mak Yong traditional theatre, puppet show and Randai lead the activities for the young artists in fostering self-esteem entrenched with the local culture. It is relevant to be applied in the genre of modern and contemporary theatre with the global aspect and experimentation nature.
The students’ achievements are recognized with all the awards from several categories in the National Art Award such as Juhara Ayob won the National Artist Award under the Young Talent category in Acting, Hafiz Hussin, won the National Artist Award under the Young Talent category in Lighting Design and Azizul Zahid Jamal, won the National Art Award in Lighting Design. In Boh Cameronian Arts Award, Shaili Abdan won the Best Script 2003, Sharifah Maryam Syed Abdullah won the Best Supporting Actress 2010 (also received a scholarship from ‘Akademik Kakiseni 2009’ and Promising Actress of ASEAN University Monodrama Festival) and Naque Ariffin won the Best Supporting Male Actor 2012. Meanwhile, Siti Nor Khadijah won the Best Supporting Female Actress award in Negeri Sembilan Theatre Festival 2007 and Hairi Safwan won the reality TV programme ‘Anak Wayang’ 2009 and Best Male Actor in Malaysian Theatre Festival 2012. Over 15 years, our graduates have outshined as a TV, stage and film star such as Zulhuzaimi Marzuki, Zahiril Adzim, Mardiana Alwi, Nad Zainal, Amar Asyraf, Amyra Rosli dan Amirul Azendy.
In an effort to strengthen the teaching and learning process in this faculty, the reinforcement of joint programme with other universities, NGOs and private sector through teaching experts exchange programme, workshops, short courses and involvement in the performing arts activities locally and internationally have been implemented, for instance the Experimental Theatre (Cairo), Traditional Theatre Festival (Busan, Korea), International Exhibition of Scenography and Theatre Architecture (Prague) and exchange students programme with Indonesia. The visits from theatre experts like Eugenio Barba (Denmark), Prof. Richard Emmert (Noh Theatre), Tristan Sharps (England), John Nobbs & Jacqui Carroll (Australia), Marina Z. A. Mergou (Macedonia) and Rahman Sabur (Indonesia) have further expanded its knowledge and inspiration to the Faculty of Theatre to move towards a solid faculty of all aspects of learning and performance.
Diploma in Theatre
The programme provides opportunity for students to learn in formal and systematic courses. Opportunities are also provided to those who aspire to improve their talents and to specialize in the field of theatre in Certificate level. Based on the traditional theatre and moving together with the growth of modern theatre, the learning approach in the programme is through lecture, studio work and production which emphasis on the hands-on learning method from the teaching experts such as master teachers, prominence artists and experts from the industry, professionals and lecturers, reading references, group discussion, computer usage and project implementation. The comprehensive course input provides the skills and valuable experience to fulfill the current needs of the performing arts industry with focuses in the practical aspects as well as in mastering and reinforcing in the theory aspects
Bachelor of Theatre (Hons)
The Faculty of Theatre plays a role in expanding the talents and help to achieve the dreams of those who are interested in performing arts. This programme offers learning in a formal and systematic practice through traditional and modern learning approach. Based on the traditional theatre and moving together with the growth of modern theatre, the learning approach in the programme is through lecture, studio work and production which emphasis on the hands-on learning method from the teaching experts such as master teachers, prominence artists and experts from the industry, professionals and lecturers, reading references, group discussion, computer usage and project implementation. The inclusive course input provides the skills and valuable experience based on the current needs of the performing arts industry, weighting more on the practical aspects as well as mastering the theory aspects. The learning concept is in line with current requirements of the industry.
The programmes offered under the Bachelor of Theatre are:
i.BACHELOR OF THEATRE (HONS) (ACTING)
This programme aims to provide the trainings and brighten the talents and interest through self-construction as an actor with the style and technique in classic and modern acting as well as experiment based on the system and style from the eastern and western selected artists. The courses emphasis on the value of human capital as the objective in building careers in the field of performing arts (acting)
ii. BACHELOR OF THEATRE (HONS) (DIRECTING)
This programme exposes students with the responsibility and role of a director through directing in the theatre production’s system and approaches. Emphasis in theory enhancement, organizational leadership and artistic management is to prepare students to lead a production and explore the stage arts technology and selected directing style.