The 4th World Theatre Education Conference with 6th Asia Theatre Schools Festival was successfully held online (on the ATEC's website) from May 18 to 23, 2021. The event is hosted by Asia Theatre Education Centre (ATEC), organized by the Central Academy of Drama, China (the CAD), and is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the PRC, as well as the International Theatre Institute (ITI).
The opening ceremony of the 4th World Theatre Education Conference with 6th Asia Theatre Schools Festival was held at the Central Academy of Drama (Changping Campus) in Beijing at 9 a.m. of May 18 (GMT +8). Guests were invited to attend the ceremony and delivered speeches, and they were Mr. Lv Yuzhong (Level I Bureau Rank Official with Department of Arts, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the PRC), Mr. Tobias Biancone (Director General of ITI), as well as Mr. Hao Rong (Director General of ATEC, President of the CAD). Meanwhile, students, faculty members and scholars from different countries were invited to virtually attend the ceremony and watch the live broadcast. At the ceremony, Mr. Jaroslaw Fret (Director of the Grotowski Institute) and Dr. Sun Daqin (Assistant President of the CAD, Dean and Editor of Academic Journal Drama) delivered keynote speeches.
Asia Theatre Education Centre was established in October, 2005 for the exchanges in and prosperity of theatre education in Asia. Every May, forums and theatre festivals are held. This year's event, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was held online. 30 videos of paper presentations and performances were shared to the public on ATEC's website, and ATEC's email was open for public opinions.
The festival was themed as "Humanity in Ancient Greek Plays". Members schools had produced their plays under the theme and submitted the videos of the plays, including Antigone by the Central Academy of Drama (China), Electra, Orestes by Chung-Ang University (South Korea), Antigone on the Beach by the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (China), Oedipus the King by Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema (Vietnam), Humanity in Ancient Greek Plays (Five Ancient Greek Plays) by National School of Drama (India), Antigone by Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music (Japan), Fall by College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico (the USA), Rashomon by Lasalle College of the Arts, (Singapore), Oedipus the King by Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture (Mongolia), and Medea by New Era University College (Malaysia). The online theatre festival was a new platform for the exchanges on theatrical practices and education during the pandemic. It encouraged the theatre schools to face technical problems, and to be innovative. It has further enhanced the development of higher education of theatre in Asia.
Anti-Gone Electra, Orestes by Department of Theatre
by the Central Academy of Drama, China by Chung-Aung University, South Korea
Antigone on the Beach Oedipus the King
by the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, China by Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema, Vietnam
Five Classic Greek Plays Antigone
by National School of Drama, India by TOHO Gakuen College of Drama and Music, Japan
by College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, the USA by Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore
King Oedipus Medea
by Mongolian National University of Arts and Culture, Mongolia by New Era University College, Malaysia