NUS Chinese Drama is a forum theatre group that was formed to promote theatre arts in the Chinese language by encouraging and facilitating critical thinking processes between actors and the audience. The group functions according to three principles: upholding artistic originality, inculcating social sensitivity, and honing professionalism.

Recently, the group has focused more on the form of community theatre. In 2013, the group conducted invisible theatre around the campus, eliciting reactions from the public when they encountered violence against women.

The group is guided by Ms Li Xie, an experienced theatre practitioner and 2005 recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award who led the group to becoming the first student group to bring forum theatre to campus audiences. NUS Chinese Drama also seeks to nurture the next generation of actors and playwrights.

Key Past Events

  • 2013 Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay at NUS Arts Festival
  • 2016 Encounter at ExxonMobil Campus Concerts
  • 2017 NUS Arts Festival highlight Dear Miss Ye


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Li Xie

Principal Tutor

Currently a freelance theatre practitioner and mask maker, Li Xie performs, writes, directs and has taught acting/movement in LASALLE College of the Arts and SOTA. She is also the associate artist of local Chinese theatre company, Drama Box.

She has undergone training from Odin Teatret, Biomechanics by Bodganov Gennadi (Russia), Alexander Technique by Niamh Dowling (UK), Commedia Dell'arte by Antonio Fava (Italy) and Theatre of the Oppressed workshops by Headlines Theatre (Canada), and has learnt mask making from Donato Sartori (Italy).

Formerly Associate Artistic Director of Drama Box (Singapore) for community theatre, Li Xie has directed and facilitated forum theatre pieces, working with youth and prisoners from Singapore Selarang Drug Rehabilitation Centre. She has also directed, written and facilitated forum pieces dealing with issues of SARS, AIDS, domestic violence and problem gambling.

In 2012, Li Xie set up her SOBX - School of Biomechanics for Theatre, after 10 years of research, teaching and application, bringing her actor training system to Taiwan in 2013 for the first time. Her latest projects include community interactive theatre piece The Lesson for the Singapore International Festival of the Arts 2015.