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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Asian Theatre Training - Globalisation / Internationalization of Asian Theatre in the Context of University Training: A Case Study of the Asian Theatre Program at the University of Hawaii

Kirstin Pauka.

The Asian Theater Program at the University of Hawaii provides intensive training in Asian Theatre genres to students from a wide variety of backgrounds. The mission of the program is to foster deep cultural learning, mutual understanding and meaningful exchange between students from around the world and master teachers from Asian countries through lengthy intensive and focused training programs. These master artists residency training programs essentially bring the "field" to the university, enabling the Asian Theatre Program to maintain a multifaceted and integrative course of study that is truly unique. In the process, the program contributes to the internationalization of those theatre genres by widening their base of practitioners and audiences alike. It is a program that has inspired many other universities around the world to conceptualize similar programs, thereby contributing to the shaping of the future of theatre studies on the social, cultural, theoretical, and practical level.


Kirstin Pauka
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Humanities Department of Theatre and Dance Asian Theatre Program
University of Hawaii

Pauka's primary area of specialization is theatre of Southeast Asia. She has conducted research on Randai theatre in Sumatra, and has published widely on Randai and related topics. She is a practitioner and scholar of martial arts and their relationship to performing arts. Pauka is the editor for Southeast Asia for Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performing Arts. Pauka has produced and directed several Southeast Asian Theatre productions. In 2001 she directed the first-ever English language production of an Indonesian Randai dance theatre. In 2003 Pauka received a DAAD fellowship to teach Southeast Asian Theatre in Germany.

  • Asia
  • Theatre
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Internationalization

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)