Every single graduate continues to be engaged in theatre or the creative sectors in one way or another. These include producing and creating theatre, directing, acting, teaching and coaching, as well as in film and television – in India, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, Japan, France, and in cross-national projects. One such initiative is the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective comprising graduates from nine countries, established by the alumni in 2008 in order to keep alive the practice, vision and training methodology of Kuo Pao Kun as expressed in the unique curriculum and intercultural approaches of ITI.
All alumniAl-Matin Yatim (Singapore)
Chris Lee Ban Loong (Singapore)
Kalaiselvi Grace (Singapore)
Leanne Ong Teck Lian (Singapore)
Lina Yu (Singapore)
Peter Sau (Singapore)
Sia Ee Mien (Singapore)
Sim Pern Yiau (Singapore)
Yazid Jalil (Singapore)
Yeo Yann Yann (Singapore/Malaysia)
Zachary Ho Tze Siang (Singapore)
Zelda Tatiana Ng (Singapore)
Pedro Simoni Talavera (Bolivia)
Xiao Jian (China)
Xu Jia Li (China)
Amy Tam Ka Man (Hong Kong)
Andy Ng Wai Shek (Hong Kong)
Felix Hung Chit Wah (Hong Kong)
Melissa Leung Hiu Tuen (Hong Kong)
Walter Leung (Hong Kong)
Jyothirmayi Kurup (India)
Mohamed Kunju Noushad (India)
Sankar Venkateswaran (India)
Sajeev Purushothama (India)
Shakeel Ahmmad (India)
Sreejith Remanan (India)
Giorgia Tsolaki Ciampi (Italy)
Miyuki Kamimura (Japan)
Jose Ku Ieng Un (Macao)
Maria Au Mong Chao (Macao)
Amelia Tan (Malaysia)
Seng Soo Ming (Malaysia)
Alberto Ruiz Lopez (Mexico) Felimon Blanco (Philippines)
Denise Mordeno Aguilar (The Philippines)
Adrianna Koralewska (Poland)
Chang Ting Wei (Taiwan)
Hung Pei Ching (Taiwan)
Lin Pei-Ann (Themis) (Taiwan)
Alumni by class-year
Al-Matin Yatim first began his craft as an actor in 2007 when he joined Temasek Polytechnic’s then Malay theatre society, Titisan Temasek. Since then, he has worked with theatre and dance companies such as the National University of Singapore Malay dance group, Hatch Theatrics, PanggungArts, People’s Association, Teater Artistik, Teater Kami, TheatreLab, Cake Theatrical Productions and Chowk. He has also worked on collaborative works with Esplanade and Read! Festival by the National Library Board. Matin hopes to share the idea of intercultural theatre on an international level and contribute back to his society.
Matin was a recipient of the NAC-ITI Arts Scholarship (2013 – 2015).
Chris was appointed Artistic Director for World in Theatre in 2010 and directed an improvisational theatre piece titled That Clown Called Tartuffe! (2011), based on Moliere’s Tartuffe, to rave reception from Olivier Guyonvarch, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of France in Singapore and the general French audience. His most recent screen acting work includes the lead role for Living It, directed by David Lee, which was in the official selection of the 2010 Busan Film Festival in the wide Wide Angle, Asia Short Film category.
In 2012, Chris stepped down as Artistic Director to give more focus to his Doctorate studies in Theatre and Education at Singapore’s National Institute of Education, and his family.
Kalaiselvi Grace is a versatile bilingual actress with stage, television, radio and film acting experience who is also involved in theatre and storytelling education in various schools in Singapore. Some of her acting credits include Macbeth in Tamil for RDG (2001), An Inspector Calls in Tamil for RDG (2004), Above Us Only Sky for M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (2008), Rhinoceros for Singapore Arts Festival (2008) and My Magic – an Eric Khoo film featured in Cannes Film Festival (2008).
Grace feels that training at ITI has deepened the roots and widened the spectrum of her craft. After graduation, Grace has performed on TV in Tanglin (2015) and produced Mother I: Amma Naan: Ibu Aku (2016) that played at The Substation.
Grace was a recipient of the NAC-ITI Arts Scholarship.
Leanne graduated from National Taiwan Normal University with a bachelor degree in Education, and has been teaching language and theatre for more than 15 years. She is part of the pioneer cohort of full-time trainee actors in Practice Theatre Ensemble back in 1986.
After graduating from ITI, she taught Theatre in the Shanghai-Singapore International School. In the last two decades, she has performed in major roles in the following plays: Kuo Pao Kun’s The Day I Met the Prince, Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, The Spirits Play, Sun Set Rise (for the 3rd Chinese Drama Festival in Taipei); Taiwan musical The Soldier and His Virtuous Wife; Cao Yu’s Family; Guo Mo Ruo’s Tiger Tally; and May Wong’s Lights Up in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
Recent performances include; The Celestial Web by renowned Tan Swie Hian; The Cabinet, directed by Lim Hai Yen, Artistic Director of The ETCeteras; Flower Crab Club performed in Beijing 4th International Festival –Splendid Asian in 2010, directed by Goh Boon Teck, Artistic Director of The Toy Factory. More recently, she played the role of Honey in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by Nelson Chia for the 2012 Singapore Hua Yi Festival. The show has since also travelled to the 2013 Macau Arts Festival. Leanne has also been collaborating with Drama Box since 2011 to conduct the Chinese Speech Workshop for local theatre practitioners.
Prior to ITI, Lina received the Japanese Government Scholarship to study in Tokyo, where she was trained in Music Business, Vocals, Computer Music Creation and Recording. She has also performed as a vocalist in various live events in Tokyo. Upon her return to Singapore she decided to commit herself fully to the arts after a stint in the corporate world, taking up acting with NYU Tisch Asia before she applied to and was accepted by ITI.
Post graduation, ITI has performed with In Source Theatre in Mandala (2015) as part of the Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival, and with The Finger Players in Inheritance (2016).
Peter graduated from ITI (formerly known as Theatre Training and Research Programme) in 2003.
In 2009, he founded Traditions and Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective comprising 29 ITI alumni. Peter produced The Spirits Play (2009), which was subsequently invited to perform at India’s biggest theatre festival, 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and The Juggler’s Tale (2011). In 2012, he produced and performed in Transformations, the collective’s third production first presented in Hyderabad, India.
Peter has represented Singapore in many overseas performances. Over the years, he has won many awards and commendations in Singapore as a performer. He was part of the cast of The Art of Living in the In-Between – The Performance (Cake Theatre, 2010), which won Best Ensemble Acting at the Life! Theatre Awards. He was also involved in TKK (The ETCeteras, 2005) and Asian Boys Vol. 1 (The Necessary Stage, 2000), both of which won the Life! Theatre Awards’ Best Ensemble Acting. He was nominated for Life! Theatre Awards’ Best Actor for House of Sins (Drama Box, 2008).
Peter’s most recent performances include One Hundred Years in Solitude 10.0 : Cultural Revolution for Huayi Festival 2012 at Esplanade Theatre, as well as the 2012 rerun of Cooling Off Day, a sold-out show last year and nominated for this year’s Life! Theatre Awards for ‘Production of The Year’, and ‘Best Ensemble’. He was creator-performer for 2012 Singapore Arts Festival commissioned work, XII: In Search of 13. For Kuo Pao Kun Festival 2012, he produced/wrote/directed/performed in a tribute piece, Tell Me When To Laugh And When To Cry in collaboration with the Esplanade. He was Assistant Director of Drama Box’s Herstory, which was performed at 2011 Singapore Arts Festival. He also adapted and directed K, a play written by Goh Boon Teck, which was featured at the Esplanade’s Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2010. He wrote and directed A Madwoman’s Diary, performed at the Esplanade, as part of The Studios programme in 2009. His directorial work in 2007 includes Toy Factory’s Big Fool Lee well as Machine which was performed at 2007 Singapore Arts Festival.
A recipient of the 2011 Young Artist Award conferred by the National Arts Council, Peter won the “Best Actor” award in the M1-Life! Theatre Awards 2015. He is a theatre faculty member at the School of the Arts.
Ee Mien works with primary and secondary schools as a drama teacher and director, including teaching drama for the Singapore Youth Festival. She is also actively involved in Playback Theatre as a facilitator and teacher, conducting workshops in various places including Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 2009, she performed in TETC’s inaugural production, The Spirits Play, alongside fellow ITI alumni. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav (theatre festival) in 2010. Her other works include IgnorLAND of its Desires by Drama Box (2009), I Am Queen by The Theatre Practice (2008), and The Journey West: White Bone Fiend by Paper Monkey Theatre, which was part of the Esplanade’s 2009 Huayi Festival.
Beyond acting for the stage, Ee Mien has also been a television host on Singapore’s Mandarin channel, been involved in Heartland TV and Gateway Entertainment, and a part-time lecturer for the Performing Arts course at the Theological Centre for Asia Drama.
Pern Yiau is an established Taiji instructor who also explores Taiji for actors, dancers, musicians, vocalists, and other disciplines. He is a lineage disciple of the Taiji Gong system stretching back to Grandmaster Lao Zi. He has taught and researched Taiji in Singapore and in countries like Chile and Norway. He has given Taiji classes, presentations and lectures at events and organisations such as the NUS Arts Festival, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, NTU Alumni Club, UBS Wealth Management and the National Library. He was invited to the Singapore Sun Festival for three years in a row, where his class was the most-attended wellness event for the 2009 festival.
He has also been working as an actor, writer and director in theatre since 1994. Companies he has worked with include The Necessary Stage, Drama Box, Teater Ekamatra and The Finger Players. Some of his acting projects include The Necessary Stage’s Invisibility (1996), Galileo (I feel the earth move…) (1997), The Water Station (2004) and he played a lead role in The Finger Players’ Furthest North, Deepest South (2006, Singapore and Hungary). As a director and co-director, some of his works include The Necessary Stage’s Thicker Than Water (1997), Walking Into Doors (1998) and Dramabox’s Family of Cross (2001).
Yazid’s professional theatre experience began long before joining Intercultural Theatre Institute. An alumnus of Singapore Repertory Theatre’s youth wing, the SRT Young Company, Yazid had also worked as an actor with Singapore theatre companies such as Teater Ekamatra, BUDS Theatre Company, Cake Theatrical Productions, Agni Koothu, We Colour People Theatre Company and Yellow Chair Productions. In 2011, Yazid pursued theatre training in France at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier as an awardee of the Singapore National Arts Council Residency Programme. Yazid has been nominated twice at the Life! Theatre Awards.
Yazid was a recipient of the NAC-ITI Arts Scholarship (2013 – 2015) and the Tan Chay Bing Education Fund (2013; 2014).
Yann Yann is most recognised on screen in Ilo Ilo, a film by Singaporean director Anthony Chen which clinched the Camera D’Or at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival (2013). Yann Yann won the Best Actress award for her role in Ilo Ilo at the Russia Vladivostok International Film Festival in September 2013, and garnered the Best Supporting Actress award for the same role in the 2012 Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards. The film also won Best Film and the NETPAC Award (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema Award) at the Festival.
A versatile and talented actor and theatre performer, Yann Yann has built a successful career across the mediums of film, television and theatre, and is a familiar name in Singapore and Malaysia. Her other notable film credits include Singapore box office hit 881 by film maker Royston Tan, Singapore Dreaming, Love Matters and Being Human.
Nominated for several LIFE! Theatre Awards for her various acting roles, she won the award for Best Actress in the Chinese classic play Thunderstorm in 2007. On stage she has worked with many of Singapore’s established theatre companies including The Theatre Practice, The Necessary Stage, Drama Box, and The Finger Players. After returning to Malaysia, Yann Yann won local audiences over with her leading role in the drama series The Iron Lady. Her other outstanding performances include Malaysia’s first period martial arts comedy Petaling Street Warriors, blockbuster drama series The Descendant and comedy sitcom Time FM.
Zachary is currently a teacher with the Theatre faculty in School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA). He has performed in 12 Angry Men produced by Nine Years Theatre. He is also a member of The Theatre Practice’s Laboratory, a long-term platform by which a dedicated ensemble of actors are able to produce and develop alternative forms of theatre.
Upon graduating from ITI, Zachary collaborated with fellow graduates Seng Soo Ming and Alberto Ruiz in Unbound: Prometheus and the Monkey King, which was performed in Malaysia. He was also seen onstage in Boom! (2008) by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. In 2009, he devised and performed in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were individual responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, the inaugural production of TETC, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. His solo piece went on to be presented in Kuala Lumpur. In the same year, he was also Assistant Director for The Quest for the 25th Virtue of Filial Piety by the Young People’s Performing Arts Ensemble. He was last seen on stage in Lao Jiu: The Musical by The Theatre Practice and directed by Kuo Jian Hong, as part of the Kuo Pao Kun Festival in 2012.
Zelda graduated in 2003. Before her training her, Zelda had already been working professionally as a theatre practitioners for over 15 years in various aspects of theatre with major established local theatre companies.
Currently a freelance arts practitioner, Zelda’s previous appointments have been as cruise director, in charge of programming and entertainment onboard, with Star Cruises; project manager for Cirque du Soleil’s Singapore and Hong Kong run of Quidam, and tour manager for Sentosa Resorts World.
Her works in theatre include Square Moon, produced by Function8, Garisan Kuning by Singapore Repertory Theatre, and Other/s – an independent project for the Esplanade’s Studios Raw season, which went on to participate in New York’s Green Festival. Other professional involvements have been in 100 Years of Solitude – Cultural Revolutions by Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong) and Drama Box (Singapore), as part of the Esplanade’s 2012 Huayi Festival and XII – In Search of 13 – a devised collaboration with seven local theatre artists for the Singapore Arts Festival 2012. She has also participated in various TV/Film productions including Taxi Taxi, Ilo Ilo, In Cold Blood and Code of Law.
In 2015, Zelda has turned her attention towards directing and helmed the play-readings for Three Children and Titoudao, part of the Esplanade’s Studios 2015 season, “Fifty”. She also re-staged Drama Box’s 2012 production, Afar, in June 2015, under Centre 42’s collaboration with The Finger Players for its “Watch This Space (Directors’ Cycle)” platform. In 2016, Zelda directed new work, Inheritance, presented by The Finger Players.
Originally from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Pedro is a trained concert violinist and has been playing violin for 17 years. He was a member of the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, an invited member of the National Symphony Orchestra of Bolivia, and member of The Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Latin American Development Bank (CAF) touring in concert to Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Peru. In 2005, he moved to France and obtained a Bachelor in French Literature at Paris-3 Sorbonne Nouvelle University. Following that, he became a member of La Boutonnière Theatre’s laboratory, directed by Habib Naghmouchin, before taking part in the The Body’s Journey, a project of training, research and devising, directed by Leela Alaniz, in Paris.
Pedro was a Tan Chay Bing Education Fund Scholar.
After graduation, Xiao Jian was employed as a drama teacher by Julia Gabriel Centre in Singapore and later went on to a teaching position at an international school in Shanghai. He also performed in Lan Ma for the Chinese Theatre Circle in Singapore, and for the Festival of World Cultures in Dublin, Ireland, in 2005.
Jia Li taught drama at the Shanghai Singapore International School after studying at ITI and returning to Shanghai, where she launched and managed the Chinese Culture Room. She directed and performed a solo performance KaraokeMedea, directed Dario Fo’s Michele Lu Lanzone, and made a solo performance Shakuntala integrating Beijing opera and Indian Kutiyattam elements, based on her experiences at ITI. Jia Li received support from the Georgette Chen Scholarship for her studies at ITI.
Besides the theatre, Jia Li also worked as a translator for several renowned professors such as Richard Schechner and taught Beijing opera related classes in the US, UK and Bulgaria. She now works at the International Affairs Office at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. She also has an MA in Enterprise and Management for Creative Arts from the University of the Arts, London.
Amy has been involved in over 30 theatre, dance and choir performances since 1995, both on stage and as part of the production team. A graduate from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Faculty of Business with a Bachelor’s degree, she co-founded the theatre company Facial Corner in 2001 and produced various original theatre productions, and acted as the Marketing Director of the company. In 2003, she went on to set up the HKUST Drama Alumni Association with a few alumni friends. Amy, who has a strong passion for acting, has appeared in TV commercials and short films. The Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies awarded her with the inaugural Hong Kong Drama Scholarship for her studies at ITI. Amy continues to work towards being an outstanding actor and creating more original plays through her eponymous theatre company. In 2016, Amy produced Single Mother Temptation and The Retrograder.
After graduation, Andy performed in the inaugural play, The Spirits Play (2009), of TETC, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni, as well as facilitated Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a major theatre festival in India, after opening in Singapore.
He has created works such as Whisper of Love presented by Unlock Dancing Plaza in Hong Kong and Ending the World commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2006. In the latter, Andy directed and performed alongside ITI graduates Melissa Leung and Walter Leung. He has also spent time in Taipei for a cultural exchange project involving On & On Theatre (Hong Kong), Shakespeare’s Wild Sisters (Taiwan) and a Japanese company, each creating a new work based on a different section of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
In 2015, Andy played the lead of Macbeth in London and the Hong Kong Arts Festival, in the production by Tang Shu-Wing Theatre Company. Andy was also part of the ground-breaking Titus Andronicus which moved from the Hong Kong Arts Festival to the Globe to Globe World Shakespeare Festival at the Globe theatre, and Titus 2.0 which played at festivals and theatres across Europe and China before returning to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
Andy also conducts training in movement for actors, and was formerly a Lecturer at Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.
Felix (Wah Wah) has been Resident Artist with The Theatre Practice, Singapore, since 2011 where she performed in The Story After Ah Q (Chinese Theatre Festival 2011 and the 14th Taipei Arts Festival 2012), Lao Jiu: The Musical, The Day I Met the Prince and The Bride Always Knock Twice.
In 2009, she was in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, the inaugural play of TETC, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. Her solo show went on to be presented in Kuala Lumpur. In 2010, she further developed her solo and presented The Mother Hen Next Door by EX-Theatre Asia in the 3rd Taipei Fringe Festival where it clinched the highest accolades and was nominated for the 9th Taishin Arts Award (Performing Arts). In 2012, she re-worked this creation and performed it in Singapore, as well as in the 5th Taipei Fringe Festival and at the 12th Macau Fringe Festival.
After her training at ITI on a Hong Kong Theatre Association’s Hong Kong Drama Scholarship, Wah Wah was involved in a youth directing project in Malaysia. Back in Hong Kong, she worked in several productions by On & On Theatre Workshop, including The Seducer’s Diary in 2007, at the Cattle Depot Theatre Season, in which she was one of the ensemble cast, as well as Myth of Archaeology Bird: The Vanished Wings, a work that looked at Hong Kong 10 years after its handover to China, following the memorable Fly! Fly! Fly! Archaeology Bird, which premiered in 1997. She also work with different companies in Hong Kong such as Chung Ying Theatre Company, Class 7A Group and Cine Matict Theatre.
Melissa is Director of Education and Outreach of The Theatre Practice (TTP) in Singapore.
She was previously based in South Korea, as the associate artistic director of movement-dance group, Quattro Station. The group focuses on physical theatre and dance theatre, believing in the power of simple stage design and the fundamental energy of performers in delivering theatrical works.
Melissa has been chalking up experience in various aspects of theatre – acting, directing, education and arts administration. After graduating from ITI, Melissa returned to Hong Kong where she worked with many theatre groups in Hong Kong such as Theatre du Pif, On & On Theatre Workshop, Unlock Dancing Plaza and Theatre Fanatico.
Walter performed in Ending the World at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2006 and in Gao Xingjian’s Of Mountains and Seas (World Premiere) in 2008.
In 2005 & 2009, he directed the experimental production of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral; The Silly Little Girl and The Funny Old Tree in Hong Kong. He also directed Russian controversial play Dear Yelena Sergeyevna and French masterpiece The Little Prince in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Walter used to lecture at City University of Hong Kong – School of Continuing and Professional Education. He also conducts drama classes, while at the same time continuing his Taichi training and practice.
Jyothirmayi graduated with a Masters in Theatre Arts from the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kerala, India after obtaining her Bachelors in Multimedia from Mahatma. Her training and performance experience reflects her wide range of skills, and she has acted in productions such as Iruvattam Manavatty, the first Malayalam adaptation of a Chinese opera in the Thiruvanathapuram International Theatre Festival directed by Ramesh Varma, a renowned theatre director in India. Jyothirmayi has also spent seven years studying classical Indian Carnatic Music.
Jyothirmayi was a Tan Chay Bing Education Fund Scholar.
Noushad has been a Reader in Department of Theatre Arts, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & communication, Central University of Hyderabad, since November 2010. He was formerly Artistic Director of the Shri Ram Centre (SRC) Repertory, an appointment he secured after graduating from ITI. His directorial venture in SRC includes plays like Mere Bacche, an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (2009), William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer-Night’s Dream (2009), Girish Karnad’s Hayavadan (2008) and Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull (2008). He also directed Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, in Mizo language, collaborating with the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Mizoram (2010). His devised performance Reflections with the department of Theatre Arts students, University of Hyderabad (2011) was staged at the National theatre festival in Begusarai, Bihar and in various theatre festivals of Kerala (2012) and New Delhi.
He has acted in numerous theatre productions in India and internationally. These include Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play (2009), the inaugural play of Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective established by ITI alumnus, followed by a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play in the Creative lab. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January (2010) after opening in Singapore. He also performed in another TETC production, Transformations, as part of Kuo Pao Kun theatre festival, in Hyderabad (2012), An Autobiography of a Sex Worker (2011), staged in Hyderabad and in Kerala, Portrait of Dora and Helen which participated in Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January (2008) and Japan Foundation’s project Performing Women – Clytemnestra, Medea and Jocasta, based on Greek drama, involving artists from India, Japan, Iran and Uzbekistan which was performed in India and Tokyo and later in the Seoul Theatre Festival (2007).
Other acting experience include Teater Ekamatra’s Impenjarament for the Singapore Arts Festival (2005), Chen Hui Wen’s production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis in Taiwan (2005). In film, he acted in Amal, an Indian-Canadian collaboration film, Wonder, a regional film based on the Navarasa series and a Hindi movie, Magic Lantern, directed by award-winning director K. Madhusoodhan.
Sankar graduated from Calicut University School of Drama & Fine Arts with a first rank in theatre direction (2002), after which he pursued acting training at ITI (2003-2006, then known as the Theatre Training and Research Programme) in Singapore.
In 2007 he founded Theatre Roots & Wings and produced Quick Death, and then conceived, produced and directed Sahyande Makan – The Elephant Project, and traveled extensively in India and abroad. In 2009, he was invited by The Japan Foundation to direct Bhasa’s Urubhangam with a cast of all-Japanese actors, which premiered at the Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre, Japan. In 2011, he directed Neerina Niluthana for Marutirugata repertory company, Karnataka.
His other works include Shogo Ohta’s The Water Station (2011), featuring an all-Indian cast co-produced by The Japan Foundation, New Delhi; Chekhov’s The Seagull (2012) for Ninasam Theatre Institute; 101 Lullabies (2012); and Henrik Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken (2012), commissioned by the Delhi Ibsen Festival.
His work as a theatre director extends to performances and workshops both in India and abroad. He has conducted workshops for theatre companies in India and overseas. In 2011, he was invited to be the Artist in Residence in Zurich, Switzerland by Pro Helvetia. In 2012, he was appointed Festival Director for the National Theatre Festival by the Kerala State Government. Sankar was conferred the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar from Kendra Sangeeth natak Akademi in 2012 for his exceptional talent in the field of theatre direction. Sankar has received the International Ibsen Scholarship for the year 2013.
Sajeev Purushothama Kurup is a theatre producer, director and writer based in Paris, France. Upon his graduation from ITI, he has been involved in various research-based performances, workshops and festivals in different parts of Europe.
Since 2009, his project themes and concepts such as Monkeyelephant, Solitude & Science (2010-11), Earth of Human and Pollution (2012), A Stage for Distance (2013), and Weavers Theory (2014) have been selected for production, backed by community funders. His artistic group, First World, employs a theatre lab approach, aimed at de-stabilising conventional theatre staging and works towards pushing the limits for participative and socially committed theatre-making in France and beyond.
Shakeel Ahmmad was born in Loni, a village in the southern state of Karnataka, India. He obtained a Diploma in Education from DIET College of Mysore and worked as a government teacher for five years before continuing with a Bachelor of Arts from the Karnatak University of Dharwad. Prior to ITI, he received professional actor training at Ninasam Theatre Institute, where he became versatile in traditional and contemporary techniques: Yakshagana Traditional Theatre, Kalari martial art, Yoga, Kolata folk dance, theatre design and contemporary acting. As an actor, he has also toured Karnatak with professional theatre companies for a year before studying in ITI. Shakeel is a recipient of an Asian scholarship sponsored by a private philanthropist.
An actor, researcher and theatre educator, Sreejith is a faculty member of the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Calicut University, Kerala. Previously, he had been teaching acting at the Hyderabad Central University, and was also a programme producer for Amritatv, a leading television channel in Kerala. He is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Natakam International Theatre Lab in India.
Sreejith played the lead in the play Saketham that was staged in Tokyo and has also performed in the plays of Maya Tungberg, S. Ramanujam, Abilash Pillai, and Ram Gopal Bajaj. His directorial credits include The Chairs (Eugene Ionesco), Mother Courage and Her Children (Bertolt Brecht), and The Museum of Lost Pieces, a devised project by the students of the University of Hyderabad. He also directed a short film, Yakusha Co Ltd (2009), which won him the Best Director award at the Swaralaya Film Festival.
Giorgia Ciampi was born in Florence, Italy from an Italian father and Greek mother. She volunteered for three years as assistant director for Florence-based Perelandra Theatre Company. At 18 years old, she won a place at the University of Exeter where she graduated with a BA in Drama and subsequently with an MA in Actor Training and Directing under the supervision of renowned theatre practitioner/pedagogue Phillip Zarrilli. Her roles ranged from playwright to director, stage manager, composer and performer. Giorgia feels that her experience in ITI has completed her Western training with the practice of Asian traditional trainings in an intercultural environment, and that the meeting and interaction of cultures through the actors’ body-minds is a very important strand of her current enquiry.
Post-graduation, Giorgia has based herself in Paris to work; in 2016, she co-founded Compagnie Canopée.
A freelance trainer and actor, Miyuki has served as cast trainer for several productions led by Makoto Sato. He is currently a movement teacher and leads workshops across Asia.
His works include a promotional video of Dream Factory in Singapore and performed in Red Demon (2013) by Ex Theatre Asia in Taipei. He also performed in Short and Sweet Singapore (2010), Juggler’s Tale by TETC, Singapore, 2011, Transformation by TETC in Hyderabad, India 2012. In 2010, he also performed in Research Work by Fabien Proville, ex-member of Tanzteater Wuppertal Pina Baush (Saitama, Japan).
In 2009, he performed in the inaugural play, Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, of TETC, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni, as well as in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a major theatre festival in India, after opening in Singapore.
He appeared in Workshop (2007) by Makoto Sato in Okinawa; Hamlet/Machine (2006) by Makoto Sato and the Butoh performance of No Roots No Leaves – Absurd Day Dream (2006), both in Japan; and Chen Hui Wen’s production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (2005) in Taiwan. He was also in the leading role for several films, including Vivid by Sam Loh, which was nominated as a finalist at the Singapore Film Festival 2008, Café (2005) by Kelvin Sng, Island (2004) by Mirtillo Films and Midnight Café by Opus Films. In 2008, he joined a three-year project with Yudi Ahmad Tajudin (Indonesia), Liew Kung Yu (Malaysia) and Makoto Sato taking place in Okinawa and various countries in Asia.
Jose is a drama teacher at the School of Drama, Macao Conservatory. Since 2008, he has been the associate professor (acting) at the Faculty of Arts, Shenzhen University. His studies at ITI were supported by a scholarship awarded by the Cultural Institute of Macao (now Cultural Affairs Bureau). After his ITI training, he also earned an MA in Directing (with Distinction) at Rose Bruford College, UK. He performed in The Juggler’s Tale by the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre collective set up by ITI alumni. The production was featured as part of Esplanade’s The Studios series in May 2011. In 2010, he was invited by the Shenzhen Dramatist Association to be director at the event ‘Shenzhen Harmony – Celebration of Xhenzhen’s 30th Anniversary’.
In 2007, he was awarded a commission to direct a production of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral for the Macao Literary Festival. He performed in Dis-Orientations by Border Crossings, UK, in an off-West End production in London in September 2006. Other performances include I Hate Hamlet by the Macau Youth Theatre Company. He has also lectured on Studies in Asian Theatre at the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and was invited by the Violet Dance Company to be Director of Open Box 2012 – Reflections. In 2012 he formed “O O O Tree (Out of One’s Tree)”, a theatre group focused on training and storytelling for performers. He was appointed Artistic director of 2012 Parade Through Macao, Latin City in 2012.
Maria teaches acting, voice and movement at the Macao Conservatory’s School of Drama. Her studies at ITI were supported by a scholarship awarded by the Cultural Institute of Macao (now Cultural Affairs Bureau). After ITI, she completed her MA in Directing at Rose Bruford College in London. She has co-directed a devised play with another ITI alumni, Jose Ku. In addition, she conducted research into theatre development in China in relation the 100th anniversary of the birth of contemporary theatre in China in 2007.
An active player in the Malaysian theatre scene, Amelia is the Artistic Director of ACX Productions, a company specializing in theatre production and an educational theatre training for people of all ages, which she co-founded in 2011. As an actor, Amelia performed in The Lost and The Ecliptic, a play which was co-presented by Pentas Project and the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre in October 2007, and later played at the Esplanade in Singapore as part of The Studios series in 2010. She was also in The Juggler’s Tale by Traditions and Editions Theatre Circus (TETC) in 2011, and collaborated with Anata Theatre (Thailand) and Pentas Project in Changmai in Dec 2010. In Feb 2012 she performed in Dear Elena Sergeevna, directed by Malaysian’s Chinese Director Dr. Deric Gan. In Aug 2012 she performed in Paper Crane: A Musical, directed by Joe Hasham. Amelia directed The Mystery of the Phoenix Tree, which was invited to join The Asean Puppet Festival (Thailand) in March 2013 and Wayang World Puppet Carnival (Indonesia) in September 2013.
After her graduation from ITI, she was part of a youth directing project in Malaysia, and was also invited to co-produce a musical and the Ada Drama Awards 2006. Her education at ITI has strengthened her understanding of multicultural practices and their application to contemporary theatre. In 2015, Amelia took home the award for “Best Director” at the 12th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards.
Soo Ming is an actor, director and theatre educator based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He founded PITaPAT Theatre in 2012 and directed the first two theatre productions of the theatre company in 2013; Wanted!! and Die Die Tak Bayar, which were performed in multi-languages.
Soo Ming was one of the acting teachers at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) in 2010. Upon his graduation from ITI, Soo Ming collaborated with fellow graduates, Alberto Ruiz and Zachary Ho, in Unbound: Prometheus and the Monkey King performed in Malaysia. In 2009, he was in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, the inaugural play of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. His solo went on to be presented in Kuala Lumpur in Play Spirits, a different collective production with another three members of TETC. He also performed in TETC’s second production, The Juggler’s Tale, featured as part of Esplanade’s The Studios series in May 2011. Soo Ming was selected to be in Stan Lai’s production of The Village, which was presented at Esplanade’s Huayi Festival in 2009 and later toured in California and eight cities in China. In 2010, he performed in Pilgrims and a Loser and Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis at KLPAC.
In 2015, Pitapat Theatre presented An Enemy of the People – at the Moment directed by Soo Ming. That same year, he was also a recipient of the Krishen Jit-Astro Fund. Soo Ming directed Kakak in 2016 – a programme of the Kota Kinabalu Arts Festival.
Right after graduating from ITI, Alberto collaborated in Unbound: Prometheus and the Monkey King with fellow graduates Seng Soo Ming and Zachary Ho, which was performed in Malaysia. He was invited to work on another theatrical project in Poland, with actress Justyna Tomczak from theatre group Theater Y. He was also involved in an exchange programme with Grotowski Institute of Poland for a year.
In 2009, he performed in the inaugural play, Kuo Pau Kun’sThe Spirits Play, of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni, as well as in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January 2010 after opening in Singapore.
Alberto has been a teacher of various modules such as Acting, Movement, Graham’s Technique and Theatre Language for Dancers at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico since 1990. He is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.
As a director, he has helmed operas – Verdi’s La Traviata and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – and plays such as Dario Fo’s Un Dia Cualquiera and Alfred Jarry’sKing Ubu. His work extends beyond his home country of Mexico to Poland; Texas, USA; and Colombia. A theatre practitioner who has directed and acted, he was also a former Director of the Company of Theatre from Jalisco. In 2015, Beto performed in R vs J, a solo piece in Mexico.
A multiple award-winning recipient, Beto holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He has returned to ITI as a faculty member with the position of Head of Acting.
Felimon heads kaZAulogaN, Inc, a network of artists in Zamboanga del Sur, a province in the Philippines. Since June 2007, he has been appointed artistic director of LSU Teatro Guindegan of La Salle University, Ozamiz City. From 2008-2013, Felimon also served as Mindanao representative to the National Committee on Dramatic Arts, part of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) – a national policy-making body of theatre leaders and practitioners from across Philippines. Prior to that, from 2007 to 2010, he was the provincial artistic Director-Designate of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office, in charge in developing cultural and arts programmes for the province.
Aside from appointments, Felimon’s notable artistic involvements were in Uwahig by the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG) in 2006. The play premiered at the UNESCO-International Theatre Institute’s 31st Theatre Olympics of the Nations in Manila in May 2006 and featured again at the 2007 Taipei Arts Festival, and was an official entry to the 4th CCP National Theatre Festival in Manila. In the same year, Felimon was also in My Sister…My Friend, which played in Mumbai. His solo piece, The Last Tape, was performed as part of the “Waiting In The Wings” programme of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006. In 2009, he performed his solo piece “Lady from the City” as part of ALSA BALUTAN: The 1st Philippine Monodrama Festival in Manila. That same year, Felimon also participated in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play - the inaugural play of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. He also performed in TETC’s second production, The Juggler’s Tale, featured as part of Esplanade’s The Studios series in 2011. In 2012, he performed in Luwasa Inahan, a devised environmental play as Philippine entry to Solo International Performing Arts Festival in Solo, Indonesia.
Off the stage, Felimon was also a regular delegate to international programmes such as Asia Europe Foundation’s “Health on Stage: 10th Asia Europe Young Volunteers Exchange Program”, in Bangalore, India (2011); at Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (2013), Japan; at 20th Performance Studies international Conference in Shanghai, China (2014) where he presented his paper “Hugis: Experimenting Asian Classical Forms in Contemporary Performance.”
In 2013, the Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur awarded Felimon the 2013 Most Outstanding Zambosurian (Arts and Culture Category).
Denise is from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Her training in theatre began at 14 years old where she trained in an acting workshop with Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Since then, she was actively involved in various production and stage manager roles in theatre before becoming a performer and trainer with Pasundayag Community Theatre.
As a theatre practitioner and educator, she believes in the arts as a powerful way to share stories and experiences that represent the complex dynamics of our society, ultimately using theatre as a creative pathway to peace and community engagement. It is with this intention that she embarked on training at ITI, and in the process equip herself with the wisdom of Asia’s great theatre traditions.
Denise was a recipient of the Kuo Pao Kun Foundation-ITI Scholarship.
Ada Werc (Adrianna Koralewska) is an actor, director, event animator and most of all, a pedagogue. Awarded the Georgette Chen TTRP Scholarship Fund, and Creative Scholarship by the Polish Minister of Culture – Waldemar Dąbrowski. For four years, she was working with several international schools in Shanghai, China. She is a certified Yoga Teacher and an Educational Kinesiology practitioner (International Faculty). She is based in Poland.
Chang Ting Wei hails from Taichung, Taiwan (ROC). Ting Wei graduated from the University of East London with a Master’s Degree in Acting (2011) and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Theatre and Creative Drama from the National University of Tainan. In her postgraduate study years, Ting Wei has performed with Half Moon Theatre and Stratford Theatres in London, and also played Natasha in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. She was involved in many arts festivals in Taiwan, including hosting the Nan Ying Art Festival. Ting Wei’s involvement in the traditional arts has seen her perform with Ming Hwa Yuan Taiwanese Opera Company in the play Sui Tang Yan Yi. In Singapore, she has collaborated with several theatre companies including Drama Box, Siong Leng Musical Association, Cake Theatrical Productions and Chowk.
Post-graduation, Ting Wei joined The Theatre Practice as its Resident Artist. In 2016, she performed in the company’s Liao Zhai Rocks.
Pei Ching is an actor in theatre and educational projects. In 2009, she was in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, the inaugural play of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus (TETC), a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. Her solo went on to be presented in Kuala Lumpur. She was in EX-Theatre Asia’s Day I Met the Prince at the Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival in Shanghai in 2006. Her studies at ITI were supported by the Taipei Business Association in Singapore and the Georgette Chen Scholarship.
Pei-Ann is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EX-Theatre Asia based in Miaoli, Taiwan. The company staged A True Calling at Esplanade’s The Studios series in 2011, which was nominated for the Taishin Performing Arts Award in 2010.
From 2006, she served as producer for her company and productions included Numit Kappa, The Island, The Story of the Tiger and Hayavadana. She performed at the Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival in Shanghai in 2006 and her acting works include Marriage Math, Troy, Troy…Taiwan, I am Samurai Musashi-Q!Q!Q!,Day I Met the Prince and Silk Road at the 2007 International Ulker Puppet Festival, Istanbul. She has also worked with PARC (Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication) to create the multi-language work, Shichinin Misaki, presented at the Poly-National Arts Carnival 2004 and 2006 in Yokohama, Kanazawa and Kyoto.
Previously a member of Taiwan’s Golden Bough Theatre, Themis wrote, directed and performed All-in-One (with a collaborator) for the company at the Experimental Theatre of Taiwan National Theatre and the I-Lan Traditional Art Theatre in 2005, while in 2004 she performed in their production Butterflies at the Singapore Arts Festival. In 2004, she performed in dance-drama Princess Cina at the Indonesian Dance Festival in Jakarta and Solo, Indonesia. Pei-Ann was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” at the Taiwan Golden Bell Awards in 2006.
In 2009, she performed in the inaugural play, The Spirits Play, of TETC, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni, as well as facilitated Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a major theatre festival in India, after opening in Singapore.