Harnessing a 21st Century approach to Performing Arts:
Technology, Practice, Education and Research

Date: 20th - 22nd January, 2022

The year 2020 has been a year with an unprecedented scope of complexities and ubiquity. Universities and Conservatories in Performing Arts had to take a more proactive and agile role in shifting into newer learning modes and teaching under the pandemic. These paradigm shifts required new ways of encounters and approaches as universities and conservatories (re) think how the new normal in living, performance, learning and teaching under the pandemic required a (re)invention of existence, values, and ways of doing. As we approach a new era of (re) thinking, universities and conservatories must now reflect on their practices and generate innovative strategies and insights to overcome the new challenges. And ask how technologies and 21st Century competencies are reshaping performing arts in performance, curriculum design, teaching and learning and research.

This International Conference aims to:

  • Bring together global thought leaders and academics to explore creative innovations in performing arts and share pedagogical practices.
  • Provide a multidisciplinary platform for local and international performing artists, educators, practitioners, technologists, academics, researchers, and students to present and share good practices and discuss the way forward to enrich performing arts education.
  • Provide an international community of practice for local and international stakeholders to showcase their works and exchange ideas.
  • Facilitate learning, networking, research and publishing opportunities for academics and students.


We invite students, educators, researchers, practitioners and stakeholders to submit a proposal for 250 to 300 words abstract or performance, workshop and dialogue proposal that clearly states the aim/objective, the issues/questions addressed, the research design and methodology, the findings and the implications) addressing these topics broadly within these themes.


  • Digital pedagogies and educational technology
  • Online, mobile, flexible, and blended learning
  • 21st-century competencies and curriculum in performing arts pedagogy
  • Digital performance and live streaming
  • Telematic performance
  • Experimental theatre
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Innovation in Practice as Research (PaR)/Applied practice/Community of practice


What are the various creative innovations and technologies emerging in performing arts, practice, performance, and art pedagogy in this new normal?

What are the ways in which both academics, practitioners and arts educators articulate and evolve these (re)new approaches within the field of performing arts?

What are the philosophical underpinnings?

What are the issues and challenges (re)emerging that need confronting as artists, performers, academics, educators, researchers, performers, and spectators?


  • Standard paper presentation
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Lecture-demonstration and workshops
  • Performance lecture

Proposals are due on 11th Oct, 2021. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words here. Written papers from the conference would be considered for being published in the APA second issues of PA: PER.
Day 1 Jan 20th 2022
  • Opening
  • Keynotes
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Round Table Discussion
  • Concurrent School Sessions(Open Attendance)
Day 2 Jan 21st 2022
  • Opening
  • Keynotes
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Round Table Discussion
  • Concurrent School Sessions(Open Attendance)
Day 3 Jan 22nd 2022
  • Concurrent Sessions
  • Concurrent Workshops
  • Concurrent School Sessions(Open Attendance)



Deputy Director (Academic)
Dr Josh Abrams
Assistant Director
(Programme Development)
Dr Ricky Ng
Assistant Director
(Digital Learning)
Dr Michael Li


  • Dr Priscilla Tse
  • Professor Anna CY Chan
  • Professor Joseph Gonzales
  • Ms Janice Poon
  • Ms Elissa Rosati
  • Professor Chris Pak
  • Dr Florence Cheung
  • Mr James McGowan
  • Dr Monica Chen
  • Ms Angela Wong
  • Mr Chris Ng
  • Dr Elizabeth de Roza


Conference Dates: 20th - 22nd January 2022
Online Conference

11th October, 2021
Deadline for proposal submission

25th October, 2021
Proposal vetting complete

1st November, 2021
Notification to speakers that papers are accepted/rejected.

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