In line with our commitment towards excellence in education, Taylor's University is proud to announce a collaboration with The Actors Studio to establish Malaysia's first Performing Arts Conservatory Degree*. This programme is nestled in Taylors University's youngest school, the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and will be driven by its core vision to build innovation, inclusivity and reflective societies through the arts and social sciences. 

Together, our vision for the future is to:

  • Produce the next generation of industry-ready professionals in the field of performing arts for the global stage
  • Nurture performing arts talent and encourage creative expression
  • Enrich lives of individuals and communities through the arts



The Performing Arts Conservatory Degree* will contain modules that include Performance, Directing, History of Theatre, Devising Performance Text, Voice and Speech, Movement, Technical Theatre, Stage Costume, Hair and Makeup, Stage Lighting, Stage Sound, Stage Set Design, Stage Management, Scenography, Dance and Music.

  • Led by Joe Hasham OAM, Adjunct Professor & Programme Artistic Director, Dato' Dr. Faridah Merican, Adjunct Profressor &            Programme Development Director, and Dr. Muhammad Sayyid Shafiee, Programme Director
  • Co-created, co-designed and co-delivered by The Actors Studio, Taylor's University and top industry professionals
  • Collaborative teaching & learning by leaders in education and performing arts
  • Flexible learning spaces at Taylor's University Lakeside and The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
Career Options

Performance Track

Technical Track

All students will have the option to choose Track 1 or Track 2:
  • Track 1: Performance
  • Track 2: Technical Theatre


In addition, all students will have the option to do a Minor or an Extension in the following areas:



The programme will be co-taught by:

        and many more!


Joe Hasham and Dato' Dr. Faridah Merican, co-founders of The Actors Studio, klpac and penangpac.

In 1989, two people joined hands to pursue a dream. This dream of theirs became a phenomenal driving force that has and continues to redefine the arts in Malaysia. Armed with a mission to nurture the arts in Malaysia, Joe and Faridah have groomed countless artistes, created a string of theatre spaces and enriched lives by improving access to the arts.

With 30 years' experience as a multi award-winning show producer and presenter, venue designer, operator and respected arts educator, The Actors Studio has a solid track record in arts education, corporate training & arts outreach / therapy.

Seven venues on, hundreds of award-winning productions later, The Actors Studio's expertise remains unrivaled. It has presented almost 600 productions and over a million people have passed through the doors of its theatres.


Drop your email with us and we will keep you posted with news, updates and more about our Performing Arts Conservatory Degree*!

*Subject to MQA and MOHE approval