Alberto Ruiz Lopez (Mexico)
Right after graduating from ITI, he 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’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 Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav in January 2010 after opening in Singapore.
Amy Tam Ka Man (Hong Kong)
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 with a few friends 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.
Seng Soo Ming (Malaysia)
Soo Ming is currently a freelance actor, director and theatre educator. He is one of the acting teachers at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC). 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.
Sajeev Purushothama (India)
Sajeev is working as a producer, performer and teacher based in France and India. After graduation from ITI, Sajeev became a member of Compagnie Pas de Dieux, a physical theatre company based in Paris. Sajeev participated in the Deroux/Grotowski intensive research training project and performed in Don Qui, a contemporary theatre project based on Don Quixote by Companie Pas de Dieux, which premiered in 2006 and was presented at the Festival of New Tendencies in Theatre 2009 in Madrid, Théâtre du Lierre, Paris and Théâtre Gilgamesh, Avignon in 2008. Since 2009, he has been collaborating with several arts institutions in France including International Centre for Theatrical Research and Training, Centre Nationale de la Danse and Ecole Voie de l’acteur on “Monkeyelephant”, a long-term project of pedagogical research and training. This is a project he initiated, that is inspired by the training at ITI and his personal experiences. Monkeyelephant presented a two-day intensive workshop at Micadanse in Paris in April 2011. He is also a founding member of a theatre company based in Paris with collaborators from Russia, Germany, Belgium and France. One of their productions is based on “solitude and science”, to be developed through artistic residencies.
Sreejith Remanan (India)
An actor, researcher and theatre trainer, Sreejith is in the faculty of the School of Drama and Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala. Previously he was teaching acting at the Hyderabad Central University. He is also Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Natakam International Theatre Lab in India. He was cast in the lead role for the play Saketham that was staged in Tokyo and also performed in the plays of Maya Tungberg, S. Ramanujam, Abilash Pillai and Ram Gopal Bajaj. Among his directorial ventures were 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 directed a short film, Yakusha Co Ltd (2009), which won the Best Director award at the Swaralaya Film Festival. He was also programme producer for Amritatv, a leading television channel in Kerala.
A theatre practitioner with deep exposure to and hands-on experience in many theatrical and martial arts traditions of South Asia, Sreejith believes in synergising the insights for an emerging aesthetics. He subjectively studies theoretical approaches and internalizes them for working his way through the world of the visual, the auditory and the energetic.
Zachary Ho Tze Siang (Singapore)
Upon graduation from ITI, Zachary collaborated with fellow graduates, Seng Soo Ming and Alberto Ruiz, in Unbound: Prometheus and the Monkey King performed in Malaysia. He was also seen on stage in Boom! (2008) by the Singapore Repertory Theatre. 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, a theatre collective established by ITI alumni. His solo 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. In 2010, he taught Theatre History in the Arts Business Management programme at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. A strong belief in actor training and a desire to expand his vision in theatre led Zachary to join ITI.