Ada Werc [Adrianna Koralewska] (Poland)
Ada Werc (Adrianna Koralewska) is a freelance actress, performer, director, event animator and most of all, known as a pedagogue. Awarded the Georgette Chen TTRP Scholarship Fund, and Creative Scholarship given by Polish Minister of Culture Polish – Waldemar Dąbrowski. For 4 years, she has been working with several international schools in Shanghai, China. She is a certified Yoga Teacher and an Educational Kinesiology practitioner (International Faculty). Currenty, she is based in Poland where she is pursuing her MA at the University of Adam Mickiewicz.
Chris Lee Ban Loong (Singapore)
A freelance actor, director and teacher, Chris has taken on roles in theatre, film and television. His most recent screen acting work includes the lead for Living It, directed by David Lee, which was in the official selection of the Busan Film Festival 2010, in the Wide Angle, Asia Short Film category. He also had the lead role in the Singaporean short film Ball is Round, directed by Matthew Lim, which was awarded 3rd Prize at the Ho Chi Minh Sports Film Festival 2006. In 2008, he performed in Just Late by Magdalena Singapore at the Singapore Theatre Festival. He co-directed and performed in 3 Men Meet 3 Women by Little Red Shop in 2007. He collaborated with Guzheng soloist Doris Tsern for a performance at the Southeast Asia Regional Sonic Festival in July 2005. Chris was Aesthetics Coordinator and Drama Teacher at the Shanghai Singapore International School in Shanghai, China for two years, after which he continued his theatre training in Kyoto. He spent one month at the School of Kanze to study Noh under several masters, including Katayama Shingo Sensei, Tamoi Hiromichi Sensei and Oe Nobuyuki Sensei. Chris is pursuing his PhD in theatre and education at Singapore’s National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He is also lecturing and teaching theatre and acting at the same institution as well as at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and various acting agencies.
Felimon Blanco (the Philippines)
Felimon heads the kaZAulogaN, Inc, a network of artists in Zamboanga del Sur, a province in the Philippines. Since June 2007, he has been the Artistic Director of LSU Teatro Guindegan of La Salle University, Ozamis City. In April 2010 together with his partners of the BHMZ Event Management Services, he opened the ZamboSur Arts Center as the new learning centre for the arts in the area. Felimon is serving his second term as Western Mindanao Representative to the National Committee on Dramatic Arts, a national policy making body of theatre leaders and practitioners from all over the Philippines, of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). From 2007 to 2010, he was the Provincial Artistic Director of the Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office, in charge in developing cultural and arts programmes for the province. In 2006, he collaborated and performed in Uwahig by the Integrated Performing Arts Guild (IPAG), one of the leading performing arts group in the Philippines. The play had its world premiere at the UNESCO-International Theatre Institute’s 31st Theatre Olympics of the Nations in Manila in May 2006 and was staged in Iligan City in February 2007 as part of National Arts Month in the Philippines, and featured at the 2007 Taipei Arts Festival. He also appeared in My Sister…My Friend (2006) in Mumbai as well as at the 1st and 2nd Initiation International, a festival of artistic exchange held in Singapore in 2005 and 2006 respectively. 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 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. He also performed in TETC’s second production, The Juggler’s Tale, featured as part of Esplanade’s The Studios series in May 2011.
Hung Pei Ching (Taiwan)
Pei Ching is a freelance actor involved 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.
Maria Au Mong Chao (Macao)
Maria is teaching 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 also 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.
Melissa Leung Hiu Tuen (Hong Kong)
Melissa is currently the Director of Education and Outreach of The Theatre Practice (TTP) in Singapore. Before joining TTP in December 2010, 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 and she worked as a full-time actress in Theatre Ensemble (later known as PIP) for a year. She performed in The Legend of Na Ja, Moon 71/2 and Faust auf dem Klosett (New Vision Arts Festival programme in 2006). She performed in the commissioned production Ending the World, with ITI graduates Andy Ng and Walter Leung, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2006. Thereafter, she has worked with many theatre groups in Hong Kong such as Theatre du Pif, On & On Theatre Workshop, Unlock Dancing Plaza and Theatre Fanatico. The theatre pieces she has been involved in recent years include My Favourite Time (written and directed by Chan Ping Chiu) and Far Away (written by Caryl Churchill) presented by On and On Theatre Workshop, and Theatre du Pif productions – Antigone by French playwright Jean Anouilh and directed by Jovanni Sy from Canada, The Will to Build (2010 version), a verbatim theatre piece written and directed by Bonni Chan, and Sunrise, an adaptation by Cao Yu’s classic play.
Melissa was one of the founders of the group Hong Kong Acting and Research Centre. In addition, she taught Multi-Media Performing Arts at the HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in 2009-10. In 2008, she was also a directing consultant in Stage of Creation at the HKTA Ching Chung Secondary School, a project of the Quality Education Fund by Hong Kong’s Education Bureau. The same year, Melissa set up Quattro Station together with Kim Dae Gun from Korea, as a result of the interaction between different cultures. Despite coming from two completely different theatre training backgrounds, Melissa and Dae Gun have managed to join hands to develop unique performance styles that are at the same time complementary to one another. 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.
Miyuki Kamimura (Japan)
A freelance trainer and actor, Miyuki has served as cast trainer for several productions led by Makoto Sato and movement teacher to Black Tent Theatre members. 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 in Creative Lab, a presentation of eight solo works that were the responses by eight artists to the play. The Spirits Playwent 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.
Mohamed Kunju Noushad (India)
Noushad has been a Reader in Theatre Arts at the 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. He has directed plays for both these organisations and the National School of Drama (NSD). These including an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (Mere Bachhe) for SRC Repertory Company (2009) and Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in the Mizo language, a collaboration of NSD and the Department of Art and Culture of the Government of Mizoram (2010). He has acted in numerous theatre productions in India and internationally. These include An Autobiography of a Sex Worker (2011) by NSD, staged in Hyderabad and in Kerala, and Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play (2009), the inaugural 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. He also performed in 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 and involving artists from Japan, Iran, Uzbekistan and India, presented in Tokyo and the Seoul Theatre Festival 2007. Others included Teater Ekamatra’s Impenjarament for the Singapore Arts Festival 2005, Chen Hui Wen’s production of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis (2005) in Taiwan. 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 K. Madhusoodhan.
Xiao Jian (China)
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.