A member of the pioneer cohort of ITI, Peter trained under the direct tutelage of the late Kuo Pao Kun. Peter’s training in contemporary theatre approaches and many important Asian traditional art forms (Beijing Opera, Noh, Wayang Wong and Bharata Natyam) not only equipped him with performance techniques, but also analytical viewpoints and rich cultural landscapes that enhance his ability to work cross-culturally with Singaporean and international artists. He is also trained in a range of theatre training approaches including Viewpoints, Suzuki and other psycho-physical methods.
In 2009, the bilingual artist founded Traditions and Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre collective comprising 29 artists who graduated from ITI. With members spanning across 11 countries, he led the inter-cultural collective as its Chair and is instrumental in shaping its artistic direction. For the collective, he has produced The Spirits Play (2009, Singapore and 2010, India), The Juggler’s Tale (2011, Singapore) and Transformations (2012, India).
As a theatre practitioner, he has produced, directed, written and performed. As a performer, he has earned multiple nominations and awards in the Life! Theatre Awards including for “Best Ensemble” (2003, 2007, 2012), “Best Actor” (2015) and “Production of the Year” (2007). Internationally, Peter has represented Singapore in overseas festival performances in Malaysia, Indonesia, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, India, Hungary and Romania. In 2011, he received the national accolade, Young Artist Award, from the National Arts Council.
As an actor, Peter has been seen in Drama Box’s A Stranger at Home (2006) that was part of the Singapore Arts Festival; in Teater Ekamatra’s Impenjarament (2005); and was invited by EX-Theatre Asia (Taiwan) to perform Day I Met the Prince in Taiwan and in Shanghai as part of the Asian Contemporary Theatre Festival 2006.
As a theatre director, Peter’s works are socially upfront, historically informative and poignantly reflective. His directorial works include Herstory at the Singapore Arts Festival 2011 (as assistant director), K Metamorphosis at Esplanade’s Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts 2010, A Madwoman’s Diary at Esplanade’s The Studios series in 2009, the Mandarin/Cantonese play, Big Fool Lee, for Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble in 2007, and Machine for the Full Frontal series at the Singapore Arts Festival 2007.
Peter holds a Professional Diploma in Intercultural Theatre (Acting) from ITI and a Master of Arts in Advanced Theatre Practice from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. He is presently teaching at the School of the Arts (Singapore) and is looking to promote disability arts.
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