Shaping Singapore’s first independent arts school for teenagers

Singapore School of the Arts (SOTA) – Drama Theatre

Theatreplan provided full theatre consultancy services for the design of three performance spaces at the £60m Singapore School of the Arts


The Ministry of Information, Communication and the Arts planned the School of the Arts (SOTA) to be Singapore’s first independent, pre-tertiary arts school, offering a unique connected arts and academic curriculum for young people aged 13 – 18. Three formal performance spaces were commissioned. The requirements were demanding, as the performing arts centre was designed to interact with learning facilities and the performance spaces were to host both professional and student productions, allowing students to observe and participate in both performance and backstage support activities. Flexibility was essential.


Theatreplan provided full theatre consultancy services for the Concert Hall, Drama Theatre and Studio Theatre including brief writing, theatre planning and auditorium design as well as technical equipment and stage engineering consultancy.

Adaptability was the keyword for the 423-seat, horseshoe-shaped Drama Theatre. The motorised forestage elevator can be configured to provide audience seating, a forestage extension or an orchestra pit, depending on requirements. An adjustable proscenium provides flexibility for a variety of performance types, including dance and musical productions. The theatre has a comprehensive audio-visual system and dedicated loudspeaker hoists over the forestage. The full-height fly-tower incorporates a fully motorised flying system for the rigging of scenery and lighting. Front of house lighting positions include two lighting bridges, a rear perimeter gallery and a follow-spot room, all accessible without ladders.


Theatreplan’s design vision celebrated experimentation, expression and discovery. As a result, SOTA now has impressively engaging, flexible and sustainable spaces to groom the next generation of Singapore’s artists, creative professionals and individuals.


-Green Good Design Award (awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies)
-Interior Design Magazine – Best of Year Award: Educational – International
-International Architecture Award (awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies)
-The Jørn Utzon Award for International Architecture (awarded by Australian Institute of Architects)
-President’s Design Award, Singapore (awarded by Design Singapore Council and Urban Redevelopment Authority)
-RIBA International Award
-World Architecture Festival – World Learning Building of the Year

  • Seating capacity: 423
  • Project venue type: School Theatre 
  • Project build type: New build 
  • Location: Singapore 
  • Completion date: 2013 
  • Project value: £60 million
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