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TEDxRoyalCentralSchool - First Speakers Announced

TEDxRoyalCentralSchool is a student-initiated day of original speeches on the theme of ‘The Next Stage’ on September 1st 2017 in the Embassy Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Get your tickets at

We are excited to announce our first speaker, Mohamad Shaifulbahri!

As theatre-makers of the present, what is the legacy that we’ll leave for the next generation? What can we do to ensure that the works we make are relevant today and tomorrow?

Mohamad Shaifulbahri (Shai) is a creative producer and arts educator from Singapore who is currently based in London. He holds an MA in Creative Producing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He founded and was the Artistic Director of Yellow Chair Productions and recently started Bhumi Collective, a Singapore-UK company telling stories about the lesser seen, lesser heard, and the lesser talked about, which staged its debut production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016. He now serves as Joint Artistic Director.

Mohamad Shaifulbahri explores the idea of diversifying both the diversity of the stories we tell on stage and the diversity of forms and disciplines. How can we ensure that the stories that make their way onto the stage and collaborative theatre-making not just a tokenistic affair or superficial engagement?

And say hi to our second speaker: Paula Kiel!

Paula Kiel is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her PhD project explores practices of preparing for post-mortem online communication. Her research interests include: death online, the internet and computer-mediated communication, visual media, media and everyday life and technological innovation. Her paper “The Emerging Practices of the Collective Afterlife: Multimodal Analysis of Websites for Post-mortem Digital Interaction” won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference.

In her TEDx talk at TEDxRoyalCentralSchool, Paula Kiel explores the possibilities of keeping relationships alive when you're dead. As digital media and online communication are becoming embedded in everyday communication, facilitating different ways of being present (and absent) they also provide new possibilities for keeping the dead active in our everyday online communication and maintaining those relationships alive.

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