Amelia Tan (Malaysia)
An active player in the Malaysian theatre scene, Amelia is the Artistic Director of Tea Theatre, a company specialising in educational theatre productions and basic theatre training for people of all ages, which she co-founded in 2001. 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 went on to the Esplanade in Singapore as part of The Studios series in 2010. She was also in The Adults Are Missing by Singapore Arts Theatre in 2008. 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. She studied at ITI with the intention of strengthening her understanding of multicultural practices and their application to contemporary theatre.
Felix Hung Chit Wah (Hong Kong)
Wah Wah has been Resident Artist with The Theatre Practice, Singapore, since 2011. 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. 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.
Sankar Venkateswaran (India)
Sankar is Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Roots & Wings, an actor’s collective working in a laboratory context to create new, innovative, purposeful and relevant theatre in a context that bridges tradition with contemporary, local with the global and the individual with the wider society. After his training at ITI, Sankar directed Quick Death in 2007. The play has travelled extensively in India since its premiere and opened the 3rd International Theatre Festival of Kerala 2010 in Thrissur. The work also earned him the Best Director award at the 6th Kozhikodan Natakotsavam. In 2008, he conceived, produced and directed Sahyande Makan – The Elephant Project, with Japanese actor Micari, which again travelled all over India and to Korea. In 2009, he was invited by The Japan Foundation to be Creator-in-Residence and directed Urubhangam at Matsumoto Performing Arts Center, Nagano. In 2010, he directed The Water Station at the NINASAM Theatre Institute. The success of the production also earned him an invitation to direct the same play for Tirugata Repertory Company which toured Karnataka in April-May 2011. He was Artist-in-Residence at Rote Fabrik Cultural Centre, Zurich, for three months working on a performance piece incorporating contemporary mask work, drumming and new media. He was in Centaurs, directed by Anuradha Kapoor, as actor and composer. The play travelled to Nairobi, Kenya for the World Social Forum in January 2008. Sankar was actor and composer in Performing Women – Medea, Jocasta, Clytemnestra (2007), a groundbreaking work with three young and experimental directors, Abhilash Pillai (India), Mohammed Agebatti (Iran), and Ovliakuli Kodjakulieav (Uzbekistan). Sankar has led his theatre group to all major national and international theatre festivals in India.
Sia Ee Mien (Singapore)
Ee Mien works directly with primary and secondary schools as a drama teacher and director to bring drama to the youths and their community. She taught drama for the Singapore Youth Festival 2011. Ee Mien is also actively involved in playback theatre as a faciliatator and teacher. She has conducted playback workshops twice in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Ee Mien chose to pursue acting at ITI in her bid to enhance the quality of the community projects she was involved in. In 2009, she performed in the inaugural play, Kuo Pau Kun’s The Spirits Play, of the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January 2010 after opening in Singapore. Her other recent works include IgnorLAND of its Desires by Drama Box in 2009, I Am Queen by The Theatre Practice in 2008,The Journey West: White Bone Fiend by Paper Monkey Theatre at Esplanade’s Huayi Festival 2009. Her previous forays beyond acting for the stage included television hosting on Singapore’s Mandarin channel, work for Heartland TV and Gateway Entertainment, and being part-time lecturer for the Performing Arts course at the Theological Centre for Asia Drama.
Xu Jia Li (China)
Jia Li taught drama at the Shanghai Singapore International School after returning to Shanghai, responsible for launching and running 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. She 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. Jia Li received support from the Georgette Chen Scholarship for her studies at ITI. She also has an MA in Enterprise and Management for Creative Arts from the University of the Arts, London.