Mahidol University International College (MUIC) and Chiba University, Japan, recently staged the third iteration of their successful collaborative project, “Acting Global” which grants students from both institutions the opportunity to explore and express their thoughts on important social issues through theater arts.
This time around, 11 Chiba University students and 9 MUIC students produced four short plays that tackled the very timely issue of migration of people across national borders. The plays, staged on August 30, 2018 at the Seminar Room, highlighted the travails of Burmese migrant workers as they seek work in neighboring Thailand. The play titles were “I Want to Hear Your Voice”, “The Paths of Migrants”, “How I met My Father”, and “See you Again.”
The program, which ran from August 20 to September 30, 2018, helped prepare the students through training modules and workshops on “Elements of Drama,” “Scriptwriting,” “Staging / Blocking,” “Acting / Directing,” “Immigration System of Thailand,” and a pre-production class on “Global Citizenship” held over Skype even before the Chiba University students left Japan.
There were also field trips to The Border Consortium (TBC), Labour Right Promotion Network Foundation (LPN), and a couple of places in the Salaya area such as Donwai Riverside Market.
Leading the Chiba University group was their adviser, Asst. Prof. Hiroki Igarashi. Asst. Prof. Analiza Liezl Amurao, Asst. Prof. Nicholas Ferriman and Dr. Juan Carlos Olmos Alcoy from MUIC’s Humanities and Language Division and Asst. Prof. Sakakrin Niyomsilpa from Mahidol University’s Institute for Population and Social Research provided the training. MUIC’s Project Development Unit under Ms. Worada Apirat and her staff members, Ms. Boonrat Klinkasorn and Ms. Pinyapat Kanlayaphichet, co-organized the program with Asst. Prof. Igarashi and provided the administrative and logistic support.