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About the Artists

Isabella Chiam (Director)

Isabella Chiam is an actor, puppeteer & theatre-maker based in Singapore.

Trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a Masters in Theatre, Isabella has performed internationally, collaborating in productions across Asia & Europe like The Story After Ah Q (HK/SG), The Commuters (The Knotted Project, UK), Round the Moon (HK/JPN/SG) & Snow Queen (Polka Theatre, UK). Isabella was also twice-nominated and won for “Best Ensemble” at the Life! Theatre Awards, and is a National Arts Council (SG) Arts & Heritage Scholar.

Isabella has a deep interest in movement, collaborative devising & actor training, and continues to teach acting & theatre-making at institutions in UK & Singapore like the Nanyang Academy of Fine Art as part of her practice. Her most recent works include A Collection of Things (Issy x Cher) and Oddsocks (Five Stones Theatre). Isabella is an Associate Artist with The Theatre Practice, and is a founding member of theatre collective Five Stones Theatre.

Kuo Jian Hong (Director and Set Designer)

Artistic Director of The Theatre Practice (Practice), award-winning theatre director, lighting and set designer, and independent filmmaker, Jian Hong has always taken on multi-faceted roles within the arts.

Jian Hong’s artistic vision encompasses the broad spectrum of Practice’s artistic output, which transcends themes, genres and forms. She is best known for being a pioneer in the Chinese language musical theatre genre with beloved works like If There’re Seasons…, Lao Jiu: The Musical and Liao Zhai Rocks! Her experimental ventures include I came at last to the seas, where she led a team of international artists in the first-ever full commission by a Singaporean theatre company for the Esplanade Theatre by Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts. Meanwhile, her advocacy for the development of theatre for young audiences has led her to create award-winning works such as The wee Question Mark series and three-part initiative: The Nursery Rhymes Project.

As a veteran arts practitioner, Jian Hong is active in developing the cultural landscape of Singapore. Under her direction, Practice continues to a vital voice in the local arts scene, while charging ahead in its mission to always be a voice for the underdog.

Ng Mun Poh (Director (Going Home), Script Adaptation & Cast)

Mun Poh is a theatre practitioner, performer and educator. She has been in many productions such as Four Horse Road, ImmortalX, The wee Question Mark series: The wee Question Mark and the Adventurer, The wee Question Mark and the Nameless, The wee Question Mark and the Mountain Movers, Day I Met the Prince, Artist Farm, and Legends of the Southern Arch among others. She trained with The Theatre Practice’s Actor’s Lab from 2014-2016. Her performance credits with Lab include The Nude, Upstream and Uproot. As a strong advocate for children drama education, Mun Poh performed and taught in many primary and secondary schools in Singapore. Be it rehearsing, performing and teaching, she continues to explore her relationship with self and others through her work.

Su Chun Ying (Playwright)

My friends all say Theatre For Young Audiences is the hardest to write for. I’ve always wondered why I never found it difficult… perhaps it’s because I’m the type of person who is so simple, they do not realise how high the sky really is! I’ve written a few scripts and it’s actually really fun and interesting. Really!

In 2019, I worked with Jian Hong on ImmortalX. During this process, the cast was also able to contribute their own creative imput, which was very satisfying for myself.

In 2020, the pandemic gave us another opportunity to work together! Even during the circuit breaker, we were able to find some possibilities.

Is the singing good? Is the dancing good? In times like this, just being able to gather to sing, dance and experience theatre is good enough!

Ang Xiao Ting (Script Adaptation and Cast)

Ang Xiao Ting is a performance-maker, performer and dramaturg based in Singapore. She considers herself an “enabler of creative ideas” and is always on the lookout to create avenues for a shared human experience, regardless of whatever form that may take.

As a multi-hyphenated practitioner, Ang engages in a variety of contexts. She is the co-founder of performance collective: Chop Chilli Chop, programmer for Practice Tuckshop and Associate Artist of The Theatre Practice. Meanwhile, her current research involves examining different ways of documenting theatre-making processes. In terms of her performance practice, her solo work Blank Run toured to the Shanghai ACT Festival, World Stage Design Taipei and was featured in the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival, along with the support of AWARE Singapore and the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC).

Ang graduated from Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University, UK, where she received the LICA prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre. She was also a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Undergraduate Scholarship (2012 – 2015).

FERRY (Set and Props Designer)

FERRY is an installation artist, musician, educator, and collaborator. Honed through a practice that spans design, music, art, education and theatre, FERRY’s edge is in the ability to synthesise ideas and practices from diverse fields, utilising different methodologies to create audience experiences that engage through multiple means.

Her works range from large-scale installations such as Sky Kave – first commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (May 2018), recommissioned for Reflections Festival (Oct 2018) and Light to Night Festival (Jan 2019) – to collaborative performances with various art makers such as Songs of Tau for Project Utopia – The Theatre Practice (Aug 2019). Her latest collaboration O/Aural Waves with Kamini Ramachandran (Textures, Mar 2020 & Esplanade, Oct 2019) is a hybrid work that merges storytelling, live foley and set installation.

Driven by ideas and the audiences’ experience regardless of form, she continues to devise pieces that challenge and change perspectives, especially those surrounding social issues. FERRY is currently an associate artist with The Theatre Practice and is pursuing her Masters in Pedagogy & Practice (Goldsmith’s, University of London – Lasalle 2020).

Yin Zhi Yan (Puppetry Set Designer)

Yin Zhi Yan (@Bakeddeer) is an artist and an anime fan. She loves to analyse visual languages and possesses an endless curiosity in the social sciences.

Originally from China and currently based in Singapore, Zhi Yan is currently part of the visual communications team at The Theatre Practice. She was previously a concept artist for animated TV series, films and various independent projects.

Zhi Yan graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on communication and studies in popular culture.

Genevieve Peck (Multimedia Designer)

Genevieve graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Practice, specialising in Lighting and Projection Design. Design credits include The Effect (Pangdemonium), Liao Zhai Rocks! 2016, “If There’re Seasons…” 2014 (The Theatre Practice), Sides 2016 (Frontier Danceland), ASEAN Para Games 2015 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Kit Chan Spellbound Concert, sixpointnine, The Silly Little Girl and The Funny Old Tree (Drama Box), Soul Journey – Nine Songs, Moving Horizon: A Nanyin Journey (Siong Leng Musical Association), Made in Singapore: Double Bill, Little Red Riding Hood (Singapore Repertory Theatre).

MAX. TAN (Costume Designer)

Experiments with quirk cuts and expanding on extremely simple ideas define the MAX.TAN language. Maximising on minimalistic ideas, this complex language results in details that are sometimes blown out of proportion. Much of the label’s attention is paid to tailoring and draping while creating unexpected silhouettes and austere moods. The garments play with volume, modified shapes and use, masculine, feminine, oversized, undersized, deconstruction, reconstruction and transformation.

The label designed its first collection in 2010 and has since been featured on numerous international publications and participated on platforms such as Modefabriek (Amsterdam) and Who is on next? Dubai (organised by Vogue Italia) just to name a few. Besides designing for the bi-annual ready to wear collections, MAX.TAN has also extended its designing language into costume designs in theatre productions. In 2017, its second foray into costume design won Best Costume Design in the Life Theatre Awards, 2017.

Julian Wong (Music Composer & Arranger)

Julian Wong is a Singaporean arranger, music composer and music director. As a guest arranger and conductor, he has worked with Joyful Strings, Ministry of Bellz, Orchestra of the Music Makers, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra, Rave Harps, Bossa Celli, Re:mix and many more.

His music director credits include: The Nursery Rhymes Project (The Theatre Practice, 2017), Lao Jiu: The Musical (with additional arrangements, The Theatre Practice, 2017, 2012), Liao Zhai Rocks! (with additional arrangements, The Theatre Practice, 2016), Returning (Singapore International Festival of Arts Opening, Goh Lay Kuan, 2015) Spotlight Singapore In Mexico City (2015), ChildAid (2016, 2014), Flight of the Jade Bird (Mark Chan, Singapore Arts Festival Opening, 2012), and If There’re Seasons… (with additional arrangements, The Theatre Practice, 2011, 2009).

His composing credits include: The Wee Question Mark and The Nameless (The Theatre Practice, 2017), Tropicana (2017), Marina Bay Singapore Countdown Fireworks (2016, 2015), My Mother Buys Condoms (Wild Rice, 2016), The Wee Question Mark and the Adventurer (The Theatre Practice, 2015), The Emperor’s New Clothes (Wild Rice, 2015), Kuo Pao Kun’s Day I Met The Prince (The Theatre Practice, 2012), and Own Time Own Target (Wild Rice, 2009).

Sim Shao Jean (Music Composer & Arranger)

Shao Jean is a Singaporean composer, music producer and songwriter.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2016, Shao Jean moved to Los Angeles to work in the music and film/TV industry.

Working alongside composers Tom Howe, Didier Lean Rachou and Dan Romer, her credits include Fox Searchlight’s Wendy (lead orchestrator & conductor), Ted Lasso on Apple TV+ (score tech engineer), and Discovery’s Bering Sea Gold (score mixer). She has also written music heard on networks such as MTV, SKY, Discovery Channel, and more. As engineer, she has honed her craft at the Village Studios, where she worked on records of Stevie Nicks, Elvis Presley, Weird Al Yankovic and others.

Her local theatre credits include The wee Question Mark and The Adventurer (2015) as keyboardist and engineer and most recently, composer for 2020’s production of Poppy.

Shao Jean is excited to again collaborate with The Theatre Practice on this production of HERE COMES KAYA AND ROTI! “Where Are Our Friends?” 2021!

Seong Hui Xuan (Choreographer)

Hui Xuan is an actor, singer, dancer and musical theatre choreographer. She has worked extensively both locally and internationally, having been invited to perform, choreograph and teach in Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Korea. Professional performance credits include: Café (2020), Urinetown (won: Best Ensemble), Especially On Birthdays, Rent, Rising Son, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Rabbit Hole (nom.: Best Supporting Actress), La Cage aux Folles, Twelfth Night, Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Company (won: Best Supporting Actress), Coraline, Tropicana the Musical, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The BFG, Great World Cabaret, 2 Houses, and The Full Monty.

Choreography credits include: The Amazing Celestial Race (2021), Liao Zhai Rocks! (2019), Chicken Little (2017), Forever Young (2017), and Lao Jiu: The Musical (2017); associate choreographer: Forbidden City (2017), The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood; assistant choreographer: Rent and The LKY Musical.

Sandra Tay (Sound Designer)

She began her career as an audio technician and operator in 1998. Trained in audio engineering and music production, Sandra is a home-grown freelance audio professional. Over the years, she has engineered and designed for corporate events, school shows, theatres and international touring productions. Her collaboration with The Theatre Practice includes The Bride Always Knocks Twice, The Soldier and His Virtuous Wife, The Silly Little Girl and the Funny Old Tree, The Story After Ah Q and I came at last to the seas.

Vester Ng Kian Soon (Script Adaptation & Cast)

Vester joined the LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA(Hons) Musical Theatre programme, after previously studying at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ Diploma in English Theatre programme. His credits include Fantastic Mr Fox (SRT), The LKY Musical (Metropolitan), Fat Kids are harder to kidnap (HowTheatre), Metamorphosis (Matt Grey), Urinetown (George Torbay), Fiddler on the Roof (Emily Maltby) and Aida (Joe Barros). Vester also has experience in local films and television, and wishes to pursue a career in the entertainment industry in all its forms.