Performing Arts Department - Drama
Drama (P1 – P6)
To date Kate Sullivan has worked in television for national and international productions, voice work, theater and film, including a lead role in the New Zealand independent feature film Christmas and worked opposite Anthony Hopkins in The Worlds Fastest Indian.
Kate holds a Bachelors of Performing and Screen Arts Degree from Unitec School for Performing and Screen Arts, and a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching from Auckland College of Education. She has 15 years teaching experience and 20 years experience in the Performing Arts Industry.
In 2006, Kate completed an 8 week acting intensive in New York with the TVI Actors Studio. She has taught Drama, Dance and Film acting in New Zealand, Budapest and Hong Kong at numerous local, International and Performing Arts Schools.
In addition to this, Kate has worked as an actress and has directed professional stage productions in various cities around the world.
In 2014 Kate won the 'Outstanding Director Award' for her role directing the CCA Drama students in a play for 'The Hong Kong Drama Festival'. The play won 8 awards in total. Last year Kate won another ‘Outstanding Director Award’ for directing the CCA drama group again at the ‘Hong Kong Drama Festival’. Last year the school drama group won a total of 10 awards.
Samuel J Craig is from Sydney, Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts major in Performance from the University of Wollongong.
Since graduating in 2006, Sam has had extensive experience touring musical interactive theatre having performed and taught in hundreds of preschools, primary and secondary schools in Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Southern China, South Korea and Europe. In addition to performing, Sam has worked as an artistic director, artistic coordinator, drama program coordinator, director of professional and school productions, voice artist and compere. He facilitates and creates drama workshops and camps, performs dinner theatre, produces and entertains at corporate events and writes scripts.
Currently, Sam is studying a Master of Education part-time at the University of Hong Kong and is exploring the possibilities and complexities of physical theatre. He is an active member of the Hong Kong arts community.
Since graduating from Lancaster University with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, Chris Isaac has worked in both Hong Kong and London as a primary English teacher. Chris has a Primary PGCE with an English as an Additional Language specialism from the University of East London and has worked alongside local teachers to implement strategies to support second language students in Hong Kong, England and Cambodia.
Chris has always had a great passion for the performing arts, having been a member of two performing arts companies in Manchester, England. Chris has written and directed two short-fiction plays for a youth theatre.
Chris is currently in his first year at Singapore International School where he teaches English and Drama.
Since 2011 the Drama department has been growing and developing quickly. Each year Miss Kate Sullivan and Mr Samuel Craig produce, direct, write and coordinate numerous competitions and productions including the Hong Kong Schools Speech competition, The Drama festival, Arts festival, school productions and the open house concerts.
Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival
Each year SIS enters a number of students into the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival Solo Verse Open Competition, where students are adjudicated on their ability to communicate a poem as though they are a native English speaker. Selected students receive training from the Drama and English teachers at the school and often compete against as many as 60 other students in events all over Hong Kong during November and December. The school has returned many 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed students over the last three years.
Hong Kong School Drama Festival
SIS English Language Drama CCA has taken part in the Hong Kong School Drama Festival since Andy Fullard and Kate Sullivan’s arrival at the school in 2011. The school has entered four original plays in this time. Awards for outstanding acting have been given to students in each year’s performances, as well as group awards for outstanding ensemble work. In 2013, the school was awarded the prestigious Adjudicator’s Award, entitling the students to perform their play in a public theatre. This is an award bestowed on approximately 40 of over 500 entries each year. Last year the group won a total of 10 awards in total. The best results yet for an English Drama group in this competition.
P4 Production (2011/12)
Myths and Legends of the World, the P4 Production, was the first opportunity for students of the school to put on a show themselves in the school's new Secondary Auditorium, providing a unique performance experience for the entire year group. Miss Sullivan and Mr Fullard have worked very hard with all the P4 classes over a long period to create a series of short plays that showcased the devising, writing, collaborative and performance skills of the students, through telling the audience stories of many myths and legends from diverse cultures around the world. For the vast majority of the students, this was their first genuine foray into live stage performance and proved to be an exciting, vibrant, fun and fulfilling production for all involved. Many of the students really challenged and pushed themselves to deliver confident performances in front of a large, encouraging and supportive audience. This is hopefully the first of many successful productions to come.
Each year SIS has the opportunity to see professional artist perform live on our school’s auditorium stage. The ever-popular Faust has brought productions of Oliver Twist and the Shakespeare themed ‘All the World's a Stage’ to our P3-P6 students. Harmony Tree has brought a colorful and interactive production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Chunky Onions performed an action packed drama of ‘Robin Hood’ for all the primary students. Along with great theatre performances we have be fortunate enough to have Musicians and dancers performed at an extremely high level offering interactive workshops and demonstrations for our students. All the Arts festival shows included audience participation and gave the students some great new insights into the dramatic arts in performance.