Ancillary & Past Teachers

David Zinder (Israel), Acting

A director, acting teacher and author, David Zinder served for many years as Head of Acting and Directing at Tel Aviv University and as the first Artistic Director of the University Theatre. His professional training began at the Theatre Arts Department of Tel Aviv University, followed by a BA in Drama at Manchester University and a PhD at the Drama Department of the University of California at Berkeley. Influenced by the work of Eugenio Barba and Joseph Chaikin, he developed his own unique system of actor training, ImageWork Training, which also has deep connections with the Michael Chekhov Technique.


Foo Shang Wee (Singapore), Taiji for ActorsPart-time

A Taijiquan Master who has been teaching the art since 1969, Foo Shang Wee is a teacher-advisor who has trained under renowned Hai Nan Quan Master, Grand Master So Thing Xiong, as well as with other Grand Masters in different styles of Taiji. He has been a martial arts advisor in countries from Korea to England, and has instructed in Guang-Wu Club, Nanyang Girls’ School and Singapore Chin Woo (Athletic) Association. A holder of the Chuangtong Wushu 8th Degree Black Belt awarded by the International Wu Dao Association, Foo teaches fluently in multiple languages such as English, Chinese and Malay.


Goh Lay Kuan (Singapore), Taichi & Meditation

Mdm Goh Lay Kuan co-founded Practice Performing Arts School with Kuo Pao Kun in 1965. Trained in ballet and a former ballerina at Victoria Ballet Company in Melbourne, she was among the pioneers in Singapore to bring together contemporary dance and Asian dance forms. A distinguished choreographer and arts educator, she received the Cultural Medallion in 1995 for her outstanding contribution to the arts in Singapore.


Jarrod Benson (Australia), Voice & Speech; Western Theatre Canon (Chekov, Shakespeare)

Jarrod Benson has taught voice at the National Theatre Drama School, Melbourne University, Swinburne University, Northern Metropolitan Institute of Tafe, Actor’s Lab and the Actor’s Showcase. He also runs his own workshops and private practices.


Jill Brown (Australia), Voice & Speech

Jill Brown was formerly a lecturer in acting and course advisor at the Department of Performance, School of Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney.


John Clark (Australia), Western Theatre Canon (Greek Theatre)

Director and educator John Clark was previously the Director of the National Institute of Dramatic Art In Sydney.


John Saltzer (Australia), Technical Theatre

John Saltzer, now retired, has worked as an actor, stage manager, stage director and production manager. He was for many years Head of Technical Production at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.


Kok Heng Leun (Singapore), Acting; Improvisation/Individual Project/Post Modular Labs; Individual Project; Workshops (Biomechanics); and Mentor for i-Perform (November 2004)

Artistic Director of Drama Box, Kok Heng Leun has extensive experience in Mandarin and English plays, having directed some 40 plays. He has established Drama Box as one of Singapore’s leading theatre companies, known for works that address social issues relevant to Singapore society.


Kuo Jing Hong (Singapore), Movement; Improvisation/Individual Project/Post Modular Labs; Individual Project

A choreographer, director, performer and teacher, Kuo Jing Hong has a BFA (Dance) and BA in Psychology from the University of Iowa, which was later followed by an MA in Theatre from the University of Exeter. She has performed extensively and taught movement and dance in Singapore and the region.


Leow Puay Tin (Malaysia), Voice & Speech

Leow Puay Tin has been an active playwright and actress since 1981. She was the first to play the title role in Emily of Emerald Hill in 1984. She has also worked as a journalist and taught vocals at Akademi Seni Budaya & Warisan Kebangsaan (National Academy of Arts, Culture & Heritage), Malaysia. She currently heads the Department of Performance and Media at Sunway University College, Malaysia.


Mallika Prasad (India), Voice & Speech —Full-time

Mallika Prasad has extensive experience in teaching, training, independent research, and filmmaking. Her professional career as an educator has spanned over 16 years. She was responsible for the inception of two arts and educational organisations and has taught at various institutes such as Azim Premji University, Bengaluru; the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, Hyderabad University and the National School of Drama, Sikkim which is also her alma mater. In 2007, she founded the Actors Ensemble India Forum (AEIF), which she leads as its artistic director. Other than being an actor, Mallika is also an award-winning director. She believes that theatre and performance should be relevant, exciting and transformative. Mallika holds a Master of Arts in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London.


Ma Hui Tian (China), Acting; Chinese Speech; and Director, Tiger Tally (May 2003)

Ma Hui Tian, now retired, was senior professor at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing and taught the Stanislavskian line of acting. He was the institute’s first recipient of their special academic award, and the Chinese government has recognised him as an eminent national expert.


Ong Keng Sen (Singapore), Director, Lim Tzay Chuen (November 2003)

Ong Keng Sen has been Artistic Director of TheatreWorks since 1988 and is now Artistic Director of performance space 72-13. Known for his interdisciplinary works, which have been presented at festivals and venues around the world, he directed the Tokyo premiere of Lear in 1997 to critical acclaim. Ong is the first Singapore artist to have received both the Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion Award (2003) for Singapore.


Richard Emmert (USA/Japan), Noh Theatre; Arts & Culture of Japan

Richard Emmert is a certified Kita school Noh instructor, who has studied, taught and performed all aspects of Noh performance in Japan since 1973. He has composed or arranged music for, as well as directed and performed in, numerous English Noh plays. He teaches Asian Theatre and Music at Musashino University in Tokyo, and is the co-author of seven Noh Performance Guides published by Japan’s National Noh Theatre.


Sardono W. Kusumo (Indonesia), Wayang WongPart-time

Since the 1970s, not only have the works of director, choreographer and filmmaker Sardono Kusumo seen acclaim in his home country, they have been critically received in tours to Asia, Europe and the Americas and at major international festivals. Formally trained in classical Javanese dance, Sardono has researched and explored multidisciplinary and intercultural pathways and worked with a diverse group of artists around the globe, whether it is the people in Bali, East Kalimantan and Nias, or contemporary artists such as Peter Brook, Arianne Mnouchkine and Eugenio Barba. His long-standing relationship with the villagers of Teges, Bali, has resulted in remarkable stage and film works. His environmentally-based pieces between 1979 and 1987 were the direct result of a relationship he had developed with the Dayak tribesmen of East Kalimantan. He has also created solo pieces for himself with Japanese composers Yuji Takahashi, Kauze Sawai and Takehisa Kosugi which have been seen in Jakarta, Tokyo, Osaka and Kobe. A recipient of national and international awards for his contribution to the arts, Sardono was formerly the Rector of the Jakarta Institute for the Arts (IKJ). He has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Gadjeh Mada, Yogyakarta.


Sim Pern Yiau (Singapore), Taiji for ActorsPart-time

A graduate from the pioneer class of ITI (formerly TTRP), Sim Pern Yiau is a taiji researcher and teacher. He is experienced in re-contextualising taiji training for various purposes including acting and dance training and vocal conditioning. He has also taught drama at Singapore schools, as well as acted and directed for many theatre companies including The Finger Players, The Theatre Practice and The Necessary Stage. He is currently a Black Belt 5th Dan disciple of Grandmaster Sim Pooh Ho of the Nam Wah / Wu Tu Nan Taijigong system. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore.

Sirlei Terezinha Alaniz a.k.a. Leela Alaniz (Brazil), Movement

Leela Alaniz is a Brazilian-born actress and Co-Director of Pas de Dieux Physical Theater Company. From 1991 to 1993, she received a scholarship grant to participate in UTA, a centre of research for theatre anthropology in Brazil. In 1994, she founded Casa de Artes BAKA, a multicultural arts centre. For her direction and management of the Casa de Artes BAKA, she received the coveted SATED prize. From 1997 to 2003, she studied corporeal mime under Thomas Leabhart in California and Paris, eventually becoming his assistant. She has directed several shows and has taught courses in California, France, Spain Argentina and Brazil. In 2008, she directed a devised work, The Divine Wind and Tears Lost in the Rain, for ITI. Her masters thesis concerning “The dynamo-rhythm of Etienne Decroux” was published in Mime Journal. She is doing her PhD in theatre studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. Leela has two Masters, one in Performing Arts from Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and the other in Research for Theatre and Performing Arts from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3.


Sumit Mandal (Malaysia), Seminars on Southeast Asia

Sumit K. Mandal is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, a recipient of the Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Fellowship, and a member of the advisory board of the Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia. He is an author of many articles on his area of research, which is cultural diversity with a focus on Southeast Asia, in particular the connections of its Muslim societies with the Indian Ocean world. He is also interested in contemporary cultural politics, especially language, identity and the arts.


Terence Crawford (Australia), Acting; Directing; Improvisation/Individual Project/Post Modular Labs; Individual Project; Western theatre Canon (Chekov, Shakespeare)

A freelance actor, director and lecturer, Terence Crawford was the former Head of Acting at Theatre Nepean, University of Western Sydney.


T. R. Sooraj (Sooraj Nambiar) (India), Kutiyattam

T. R. Sooraj was initiated into Kuttiyatam at the age of nine by Guru Ammannur Madhava Chakyar. He has performed widely within India and overseas. He presently works as a Kutiyattam artist at Natanakairali performing leading roles in the traditional works as well as newly composed Kutiyattam plays.


Uichiro Fueda (Japan), Workshops (Suzuki Method of Actor Training); and Director, Hamletmachine (July 2008)

Uichiro Fueda performed with the Suzuki Company of Toga and was instrumental in the formulation of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training. In 1998 he established the Uichiro Fueda Theatre Office. Since then, he has composed, directed and performed in numerous productions. He is the author of The Principal Theory of 21st Century Theatre.


William Sun Hui Zhu (China), Western Theatre Canon (Brecht); Arts & Culture of China; and Director, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (May 2005)

William Sun is a playwright, director and author, who has also taught extensively in China and the USA. He is Vice-President at Shanghai Theatre Academy and a contributing editor to TDR. His books include The Fourth Wall: Structures and Deconstructions of Theatre, Clash of Civilisations and Conflict on Stage and Performance and Image Making.