Andy Ng Wai Shek (Hong Kong)
Andy lectures on movement at the Drama School, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, and undertook an action-research project on Taichi and acting. He was in the ensemble cast of Tang Shu-wing’s Titus Andronicus 2.0, presented at Esplanade’s Huayi Festival 2011. In 2009, he performed in the inaugural play, Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, 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.
Jose Ku Ieng Un (Macao)
Jose is a drama teacher at the School of Drama, Macao Conservatory. Since 2008, he was 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.
Leanne Ong Teck Lian (Singapore)
Leanne teaches language and drama in a Singapore school. Previously she taught drama at the Singapore International School in Shanghai. Before taking up teaching, she performed in The Theatre Practice’s production of Lights Up (2004) in Singapore, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. In August 2004, she also played the lead role in Toy Factory Theatre’s productions of Wills and Secession, and Mergers and Accusations, both written by Eleanor Wong.
Lin Pei-Ann (Themis) (Taiwan)
Pei-Ann is Co-Founder 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. In 2009, she performed in the inaugural play, Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, 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. 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.
Peter Sau (Singapore)
Peter is a bilingual performer, director and drama teacher. He performed in Flare (2008) and Nothing (2007) by Cake Theatricals; I Am Queen (2008) and Tosca (2007) by The Theatre Practice; House of Sins (2008) and Trash (2006) by Drama Box; the monologue Teochew Porridge (2005), presented by The Arts House. He was also in productions by The Necessary Stage – Seven Month Itch (2006), the Tokyo tour of Mobile (2006), godeatgod, which was staged in Romania (Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2005), Hungary (Sziget Festival 2006), Hong Kong (City Festival 2006) and Singapore (2004) – as well as A Language of Their Own (2006) by Checkpoint Theatre for Esplanade’s The Studios series. At the Singapore Arts Festival, he appeared in Drama Box’s A Stranger at Home (2006) and Teater Ekamatra’s Malay play Impenjarament (2005). He was invited by EX-Theatre Asia (Taiwan) to perform Day I Met the Prince in Taiwan and in Shanghai as part of the Asian Contemporary Theatre Festival 2006. His directorial works include Herstory at the Singapore Arts Festival 2011(as assistant director), K Metamorphosis at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2010, A Madwoman’s Diary at Esplanade’s The Studios series in 2009, the Mandarin/Cantonese play, Big Fool Lee, for Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble in 2007, and Machine for the Full Frontal series at the Singapore Arts Festival 2007.
He also wrote, co-directed and performed in Bedhaya Layar Cheng Ho at the Indonesian Dance Festival 2004 in Jakarta. In 2009, he produced the inaugural play, Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, 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 is currently a part-time theatre faculty member at the School of the Arts (SOTA), Singapore.
Sim Pern Yiau (Singapore)
Pern Yiau is an established Taiji (or Taichi) 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 been invited to give Taiji classes, presentations and lectures at events and organisations such as 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 and his class was the most-attended wellness event for the 2009 festival. He has also been working as actor, writer and director in the theatre since 1994, mainly with The Necessary Stage and Drama Box. In April 2006, Pern Yiau played one of the lead roles in The Finger Players’ Furthest North, Deepest South in Singapore and at the Sziget Festival in Hungary in August 2006. He also performed in The Necessary Stage’s Such Sweet Sorrow for the M1 Theatre Connect Festival in 2004 and No Business/Show Business! About the Monkey King, a solo piece presented at Istana 2000, a festival of short plays by Teater Ekamatra. He was also in the feature film, Smell of Rain, directed by Gloria Chee.
Walter Leung (Hong Kong)
Walter conducts drama classes at a community centre and a university, while at the same time continuing his Taichi training and practice. He performed in Ending the World at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2006 together with ITI graduates Andy Ng and Melissa Leung. In 2005, he directed an experimental production of Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral in Hong Kong. He also participated in a three-day workshop organised by On & On Theatre (HK) with other actors and six directors, to produce the beginnings of new works through a devising process.
Yeo Yann Yann (Singapore/Malaysia)
Yann Yann has her roots in theatre and developed her craft at ITI. She has established herself as a versatile and talented actor whose work spans commercial movies, mainstream stage and television productions, to cutting edge experimental works in theatre and indie films. Multilingual in English, Mandarin, Hokkien and Malay, she has worked with many theatre companies and leading film directors in Singapore and internationally. Yann Yann enjoys both critical acclaim as well as popular star appeal. She was named one of the Top Ten Actors, Directors and Producers in The Monocle Singapore Survey 2009.
She starred in Jack Neo’s Love Matters (2011), Royston Tan’s acclaimed movie 881 (2007) and has appeared in many feature and short films in a variety of roles. These include award-winning films, 18 Grams of Love and Singapore Dreaming, both having screened at the Singapore International Film Festival in 2008 and 2006 respectively. Other films include When Hainan Meets Teochew (2010), Tanjong Rhu (2009) and Muallaf (2008). She was handpicked by Cinepede (USA) to perform in Ghost Boys and POV Murder (2006), two ‘Mobies” created specially for 3G phones. She also played the lead in Iron Lady (2009), a drama series by Malaysia’s NTV7, for which she won the station’s inaugural Golden Awards for Best Actress.
In theatre, she has played a variety of roles in many genres, appearing in the Singapore Arts Festival as well as shows in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. For her role as Fanyi in Cao Yu’s classic Thunderstorm (2006), she won the Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress. The many plays she has acted in include Spell #7′s National Language Class (2006 & 2008); Tosca (2007) by Black Tent Theatre (Japan) and The Theatre Practice (Singapore); Drama Box’s A Stranger at Home (2006 Singapore Arts Festival); Mama Looking for Her Cat (2006), Menage a 13 (2005 Huayi Festival), Shakespeare’s The Tempest (2004, as Miranda), Street Play (2004 Singapore Arts Festival), Lights Up (2004, Singapore, Shenzhen and Hong Kong) by The Theatre Practice; TheatreWorks’ A Beautiful Companion (2006); Action Theatre’s musical An Admiral’s Odyssey (2005); The Necessary Stage’s Separation 40 (2005, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur).
Zelda Tatiana Ng (Singapore)
A freelance producer and actor, Zelda was previously Assistant Director, in charge of programming, with Star Cruise; Project Manager for Cirque de Soleil’s Singapore and Hong Kong performances of Quidam; and Tour Manager for Sentosa Resorts World. She performed in furnitur by Drama Box, presented by the Esplanade in August 2005 as part of The Studios series. She also 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.