Aarne Neeme (Australia), Acting -–Full-time (periodic)
Involved in theatre since the 1960s, Aarne Neeme is a freelance director who has frequently been engaged for theatre as well as television work. He has also taught at various tertiary institutions over the past twenty years. He was previously Artistic Director of several Australian theatre companies, Head of Department of Theatre at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, and Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore. In 2013 he was conferred the Order of Australia Award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Neeme has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales.
Adelbert van Dijk a.k.a. Bert van Dijk (New Zealand), Acting and Voice & Speech—Full-time (periodic)
Bert van Dijk is a theatre director and pedagogue of international repute, who has directed numerous productions in a great variety of genres: mime, devised theatre, physical theatre, bi-cultural, inter-cultural, musical, classics, community and outdoor theatre. After directing a number of productions using the Michael Chekhov technique (“The Greeks”, “Company”, “Salome”, “Othello”, “Metamorphosis” and “Agamemnon”), Bert refined his working knowledge of the MC method at the 2004 International Michael Chekhov Symposium in Croatia. He has taught various aspects of theatre including voice, acting, and movement since 1990. He has a PhD in Intercultural Theatre from the Victoria University of Wellington.
Adriano Luis Basegio (Brazil), Movement and Acting—Full-time (periodic)
Adriano Basegio has taught theatre and music in various schools and universities for 20 years. He is the founding director and teacher at the Theatre School of Porto Alegre (TEPA) – Centre of Production, Research and Cultural Education, and the co-founder of theatre company Cia do Giro where he produced, acted and directed over a dozen of works that have toured throughout South America. As an actor, he has performed in theatre productions, films and television series. His professional training includes acrobatics, modern and contemporary dance, corporeal mime with Thomas Leabhart and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, and the Suzuki and Viewpoints Technique at the SITI Company. Adriano has a Bachelor in Art Education from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.
Alberto Ruiz Lopez a.k.a. Beto Ruiz Lopez (Mexico), Acting and Movement—Full-time
Alberto Ruiz Lopez has been a teacher of various modules such as Acting, Movement, Graham’s Technique and Theatre Language for Dancers at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico since 1990. He is also a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher.
A theatre practitioner who has directed and acted, he was also a former Director of the Company of Theatre from Jalisco. Beto has performed in productions such as The Divine Wind And Tears Lost In The Rain, Attempts On Her Life and Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play. In 2015, Beto performed in R vs J, a solo piece in Mexico.
As a director, he has helmed operas – Verdi’s La Traviata and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – and plays such as Dario Fo’s Un Dia Cualquiera and Alfred Jarry’s King Ubu. His work extends beyond his home country of Mexico to Poland; Texas, USA; and Colombia.
A multiple award-winning recipient, Beto is a 2008 graduate of Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), then known as Theatre Training and Research Programme (TTRP). Beto also holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Bambang Suryono (Indonesia), Wayang Wong —Full-time (periodic)
Bambang Suryono has been a classical Javanese and contemporary dancer since the 1980s. He first trained at the famous Istana Mangkunegaran in Solo, Indonesia and later with Indonesian dance doyen Sardono Kusumo. He has performed internationally in works by Sardono Dance Theatre and in the 2000s, his own choreographic works have been staged across Indonesia and overseas. He has also collaborated with Singapore companies Arts Fission and Chowk Productions. His research about vocal expressions of indigenous people around Indonesia regions has resulted in a specific method of body training called Besur’s Technique. It elaborates and intensifies the consciousness of body sensitivity of actors and dancers to detailed movements through breath, voice and movement. A very slow tempo, refined, and flowing movement is the core of the technique. He has taught his technique in workshops around the world. Bambang has a Diploma as an Artist from the Kariwatan Arts Academy, Indonesia, and a Master in Arts (Artistic Creation) from the Indonesia College of the Arts, Surakarta.
Daniela Carmona Pereira da Silva (Brazil), Movement and Acting—Full-time (periodic)
Daniela Carmona has over 28 years of teaching experience in Brazil and Argentina. She is the founding director, a researcher and teacher at the Theatre School of Porto Alegre (TEPA) – Centre of Production, Research and Cultural Education, and the co-founder of theatre company, Cia do Giro. Daniela is also a director, playwright and choreographer. She has directed extensively for the academic and professional stage and received numerous awards for her stage work, most notably for her work on “Ghetto Bufo”. Her professional training includes work with Irion Nolasco, Maria Lucia Raymundo, Ecole Philippe Gaulier, Thomas Leabhart, Lenard Petit, the SITI Company and the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance. She also has training in the Michael Chekhov technique, mime, clowning, acrobatics, martial arts (Shaolin Kung Fu), classical ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance. Daniela has a Bachelor of Performing Arts by Federal University of Rio Grande du Sol.
Gopalan Nair Venu (India), Kutiyattam -–Full-time (periodic)
Gopalan Venu is Director of Natanakairali Research and Performing Centre for Traditional Arts and Artistic Director of the Kutiyattam Repertory Troupe. He received his training in Kutiyattam from Gurus Ammannur Madhava Chakyar and Ammannur Parameswara Chakyar in the traditional Gurukula System. He is active in the field of Kutiyattam as a performer, researcher and director. The nine-hour long Kutiyattam play, Sakuntala, which he directed has been presented in Italy, Switzerland, France and Japan. Venu has also written several books on the traditional art forms of Kerala. He was nominated as one of the four honorary directors of “World Theatre” along with eminent Swedish theatre director Peter Oskarson and Beijing opera master Ma Ke. In 2000, his brainchild, the International Acting Laboratory or Abhinaya Kalari, was inaugurated. Venu has Professional Certification in the Gurukula system (Guru status). The Gurukula system is recognised by UNESCO.
Guillermo Roberto Angelelli (Argentina), Acting—Full-time (periodic)
Jane Margaret Gilmer is an experienced performer, teacher and director of theatre. She trained in the speech and drama techniques of Rudolf Steiner infused with the work of Michael Chekhov, at the Harkness Studio Sydney in the 1980s. Born in New Zealand, she has lived and worked with theatre internationally for most of her life. Most recently she spent the past 10 years teaching theatre in Singapore and lecturing at the National Institute of Education, an institute of the Nanyang Technological University. Jane performed with the Rose Theatre Company based in England for several years i n the 1990s touring international performances of Shakespeare and giving workshops. In 2008, Jane attained a diploma in Holistic Psychotherapy to deepen her pedagogical approach to teaching theatre. Her studies include the in-depth psychological work of C. G. Jung, particularly his work in psychological alchemy, and how this might be aligned with Steiner’s indications on Speech and Drama and Michael Chekov’s theatre technique. Currently, she is in the final stages of completing a book titledThe Alchemical Actor: Performing the Great Work to be published by Rodopi Press. Jane holds a B.A. in Theatre and Drama Studies and a PhD in Theatre from Murdoch University, Western Australia.
Kapila Venu (India), Kutiyattam —Full-time (periodic)
Kuwata Takashi (Japan), Noh Theatre -–Full-time (periodic)
Li Qiu Ping (China), Beijing Opera -–Full-time (periodic)
From the mid 1960s till the late 1970s, Mdm Li Qiu Ping was an actress and teacher with the Shanghai Opera School. She now teaches at the Opera and Dance College of Shanghai Theatre Academy as Senior Lecturer. A member of the Shanghai branch of the Chinese Drama Association, she has won numerous awards as a critic of arts education, and also for her work as an outstanding teacher. In 2012, she was recognised as an Exemplar Lineage Holder for Beijing opera, which is part of Shanghai’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture, Radio, Film and TV. Mdm Li has a Professional Certificate specialising in Beijing opera from the Shanghai Opera School.
Lim Chin Huat (Singapore), Movement —Full-time
Lim Chin Huat is a cross-disciplinary artist who has over two decades of experience in capacities as visual artist, performer, dancer, choreographer, costume designer, facilitator and educator. In particular, Chin Huat is known for his stunning visual creative works with cross-disciplinary, site-specific, outreach and non-conventional in nature. Chin Huat has worked with Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble (1990-1996), and later, as co-founder and artistic director with ECNAD (1996-2013). As a prolific creator, he has created more than 70 creative works, mainly full-length dance since 1993. Some of his signature and collaborative works were seen and presented in Singapore Arts Festival, Belgrade International Theatre Festival, Vienna Arts Festival’s Asia Village, Festival of Asia (New Zealand), Asia Interaction (Indonesia), Actor Studio at Kuala Lumpur, Beijing’s Chaoyang Cultural Centre, Esplanade Raw Series, Gardens by The Bay Opening, Mercedes-Benz Asia Fashion Award, Artwine Festival, Singapore River Festival, MediaCorp Star Awards, Asian Civilisation Museum and others. Chin Huat is a recipient of the Young Artist Award (2000), and a nominee for the Spirit of Enterprise Award (2004). Chin Huat holds double Diplomas in Dance and Fine Arts from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Phillip Barry Zarrilli (USA), Acting and Movement —Full-time (periodic)
Phillip Zarrilli is the founding Artistic Director of The Llanarth Group in Wales, UK. He is internationally known as a director, actor and actor-trainer. His directing credits include Kaite O’Reilly’s The 9 Fridas with Mobius Strip Theatre at the Taipei International Festival 2014, and Ota Shogo’s The Water Station atNordland Teater in Norway. He is Professor Emeritus of Performance Practice at Exeter University, UK, and teaches regularly at Intercultural Theatre Institute. His publications include Psychophysical Acting: An Intercultural Approach After Stanislavski and Kathakali Dance-Drama: Where Gods and Demons Come to Play. He has a PhD in Theatre and Drama from the University of Minnesota.
T. Sasitharan (Singapore), Director, ITI, and Teacher, Acting and Humanities/Cultural & Literary Theory —Full-time
Wong Chee Cheong a.k.a. Kenny Wong (Singapore), Technical Theatre —Full-time
Trained at Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, UK, Kenny Wong was closely involved in the pre-opening preparations at Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and its opening festival as its first Production Manager. He developed and taught Singapore’s first tertiary level programme in technical theatre at Lasalle College of the Arts. He has provided his expertise as a consultant for performance venues (School of the Arts, Lasalle, TheatreWorks’ 72-13, Singapore Pavilion Expo 2005), as well as worked on a wide range of theatre productions and events. He was the Technical Director of the 2011 National Day Parade and the 2015 Southeast Asian Games. Kenny has a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Technical Theatre from NIDA.
Yoshimasa Kanze (Japan), Noh Theatre -–Full-time (periodic)