Kalaiselvi Grace

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Grace Kalaiselvi

Kalaiselvi Grace graduated from Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in 2014. She is the Artistic Director of Ver Theatre and dabbles in acting, creating, directing and writing in different combinations for stage. Some of her own works include Ulagam Pore Pohke Paaru (See How the World Goes By)Mother I (2); Mother I: Amma Naan: Ibu Aku (1) and Stories and Songs from the Bow for Esplanade’s Feed Your Imagination series, Lights to The World and Meera’s Adventure series using puppets created from sarees. Her other works in 2017 include The Wind Came Home (by Kok Heng Leun for Drama Box), Absence Makes the Heart… (by Aswani Aswath and Alfian Sa’at for Centre 42's Vault series), Precise Purpose of Being Broken (by Koh Wan Ching for Esplanade’s The Studios: RAW series), Mixed (by Tan Shou Chen for Theatreworks) and as Lathika in Tanglin, Mediacorp’s long form TV drama.

As a bilingual artiste she has also worked on translation projects for Cinta Tuah Jebat (Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Sejarah-Ku project), The Blue Forest (Jeffrey Tan), The Wind Came Home (Drama Box), Both Sides Now (Drama Box and ArtsWok Collaborative), My Magic (Eric Khoo’s movie selected for Cannes Film Festival 2008) and numerous voiceover works for the Ministry of Education (Singapore) and Mediacorp.  

Besides acting for stage, television, film and radio plays since 1994, Kalaiselvi Grace has also taught speech & drama, storytelling, Theatre in Literature, Theatre in History, Black Light Theatre and Devising Theatre classes at over 50 schools since 2006. She was also a Theatre CCA coach at Hougang Secondary School and Admiralty Secondary School.

She will continue to create new intercultural works with importance to voices of the minority and suppressed, and hopes to tour her shows around the world.


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