Eight Liberal Arts students from Chiba University (CU) in Japan, joined by nine students from Mahidol University International College (MUIC), successfully staged three different types of theatrical performances, namely, a conversation, a dramatic monologue, and a skit, on March 14, 2017 at the Seminar Room as part of the culminating activity for “Acting Global,” a joint study program of the two institutions.
The program seeks to introduce students to the concept of global citizenship. During their 10-day stay at MUIC, the students underwent a scriptwriting workshop under Ajarn Marie Joy San Buenaventura and a theater workshop under Asst. Prof. Analiza Liezl Amurao, both from the Humanities and Language Division (HLD). Weeks before coming to Thailand, they had a Skype discussion with Asst. Prof. Nicholas Ferriman, also from HLD, and Asst. Prof. Hiroki Igarashi, the CU adviser, on the topic of “Global Citizenship,” equipping them theoretically for the tasks ahead.
In Thailand, the group, accompanied by their adviser, visited the UNESCO office, interacted with staff from the Scholars of Sustenance, a non-government organization, and interviewed Thai residents as part of their research. The information they gathered and the insight they gained served as inputs for their respective stage performances.
The program was ably facilitated by the International Affairs and Networking Section’s Project Development Unit under its head, Ms. Worada Apirat and her staff, Ms. Natnicha Chaiviriyapong, in cooperation with HLD.