This article discusses the rationales behind the design and implementation of the creative applied drama practicum curriculum in the Department of Drama Creation and Application (DDCA) at National University of Tainan (NUTN) as a case of nurturing applied theatre practitioners. It examines what effects and impacts students’ practicum in the form of community practices have on both the students themselves and the communities involved. The paper also analyses how the political economy and the culture of Taiwan interplays with the development of applied drama. It draws extensively from notions of ethics of care, relational aesthetics, dialogical creative theories and service learning to investigate how the design and implementation of the course has put theories into practice. Through the sharing of the curriculum practices, the paper attempts to invite and inspire more creative applied drama practices in Asia and around the globe.