Henrik Cheng

COUNTRY United States


Henrik is a theatre practitioner from New York City. His theatre career began when he signed up as a backstage crew at Queens College at the City University of New York; that summer, he then went on to work as a light board operator with the New York Fringe, and six months later he became an off-Broadway stage manager. Half a decade later, after working in many aspects of design and production managing a few projects, he landed his focus on directing. Hoping to expand his directing approach, he attended La MaMa’s Director’s Symposium (Umbria, Italy) in 2012, soon after which he directed two site-specific pieces in New Orleans prior to leaving for Singapore in 2014.

His projects in Singapore include facilitating Speak Cryptic’s The Tribe at SIFA O.P.E.N. 2016, content creation and performing in Alamat Bahru with Wright Assembly, and performing in Pretty Butch, a commission of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017. The following year, Henrik returned to the M1 Singapore Fringe, devising and performing for Attempts: Singapore, and at the end of 2018, he devised and performed for two separate projects aimed at tackling stigmas surrounding mental health issues and conditions, The Silence Bubble and Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me.

After working with Rei Poh on Attempts: Singapore, Henrik has joined Rei to start the collective "Attempts". The collective process is to create participatory theatre group that uses video game narratives, as a different method to approach and deepen the audience’s relationship with a performance.

As Henrik continues his work in theatre, he recognises how he gravitates towards performing work that provides hope, is healing, or encourages positive, proactive change.


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