IVAN HENG – Director (HOTEL & MY MOTHER BUYS CONDOMS)
One of Singapore’s most prominent and dynamic creative personalities, Ivan Heng is the founder and artistic director of W!LD RICE, Singapore’s leading professional theatre company. Under his leadership, the company is today at the vanguard of creating theatre with a distinctive Singaporean voice. In a pioneering career spanning over two decades, Ivan has directed and acted in many landmark Singapore theatre productions that have been performed in theatres and at festivals in more than 20 cities around the world. Ivan was the Creative Director of the 2009 National Day Parade and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies. In 2013, Ivan was conferred the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural award.
GLEN GOEI – Director (HOTEL)
Glen Goei’s substantial body of work encompasses a wide range of the performing arts, including theatre, film, parades and World Expos. Some highlights include his Olivier Award-nominated performance in the title role of M. Butterfly opposite Anthony Hopkins in London’s West End; his multi-award-winning tenure as Artistic Director of Mu-Lan Arts; and his critically acclaimed feature films, Forever Fever and The Blue Mansion. Glen has also made significant contributions to Singapore’s theatre scene. Since 2002, Glen has served as the Associate Artistic Director of W!LD RICE, for which he has directed hits such as HOTEL, The Importance of Being Earnest, La Cage Aux Folles, Emily of Emerald Hill and Boeing Boeing.
RODNEY OLIVEIRO – Playwright & Director (GEYLANG)
Rodney Oliveiro has been working in the Singapore theatre industry as an actor, director and drama educator for 15 years. He has acted in more than 40 productions and has written and/or directed for many secondary and tertiary institutions. In recent years, Rodney has also branched out into developing programmes for drama training. Since 2014, he has been the co-programme coordinator for young & W!LD, writing and/or directing their showcases – Little Riots and Other Stories and Geylang.
AIDLI ‘ALIN’ MOSBIT – Director (RIDERS KNOW WHEN IT’S GONNA RAIN)
Aidli ‘Alin’ Mosbit graduated from Queensland University of Technology and has worked extensively with local companies like The Necessary Stage, Teater Kami, W!LD RICE, Cake Theatrical Productions, Toy Factory, The Theatre Practice, Teater Ekamatra and Drama Box. In 2003, Aidli published BISIK, an anthology of Malay plays, with Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Alfian Sa’at. She has performed Singapore-brand theatre on tours to Scotland, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Romania, Hong Kong and Hungary. Recipient of the NAC Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2008, she is currently working in Temasek Polytechnic as the Section Head of the Arts Division while pursuing her Master of Education.
FAIZAL ABDULLAH – Director (HAWA)
Faizal Abdullah is an actor and theatre practitioner. After graduating with a diploma from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2005, he pursued further training via the youth programmes of W!LD RICE (young & W!LD) and Cake Theatrical Productions (In A Decade). Since his professional acting debut in playwright-director Elangovan’s 1915, he has worked with many companies, including ACT 3 Theatrics, TheatreWorks, Cake Theatrical Productions and Teater Ekamatra. Faizal directed and designed the sets for Di Manakah Kau Sorokkan Yusof Ishak and Hawa (both for Hatch Theatrics), among other productions. Faizal is currently the Artistic Director of Hatch Theatrics.
MARK NG – Playwright & Director (LET’S GET BACK TOGETHER)
Mark Ng graduated with a Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology from Singapore and is currently completing his degree in Drama at London’s Queen Mary University on a scholarship. He believes that art and purpose should be neither mutually exclusive nor inextricable from each other. Inclined towards contemporary issues, he is also very interested in the intersection of theatre and technology.
THOMAS LIM – Playwright & Director (GRANDMOTHER TONGUE)
Thomas Lim is a playwright, director and educator. Since graduating with a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology from Singapore Polytechnic, Thomas has been writing for and working with schools and young people. His past works include Dear Mom (Bound Theatre, 2012), Scroll (Bound Theatre, 2014) and, more recently, Pull Up for One Man Riot, a performance collective he founded in 2015. Thomas was also a member of Teater Ekamatra’s merEKA programme from 2013 to 2014, during which he was mentored by Irfan Kasban for a series of four experimental performances.
MOHD FARED JAINAL – Director (GRC)
A recipient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, Mohd Fared Jainal graduated with a Master In Arts (Design) from Open University/LASALLE College of the Arts. Fared has collaborated extensively with various theatre and art groups as a director, performer, visual artist and set designer. In 2010, he was selected for residency with the prestigious La Mama International in Spoleto, Italy. Fared teaches at the Faculty of Theatre at School of the Arts (SOTA). He is currently searching for fresh narratives of Singapore and the Malay Archipelago from amidst oft-forgotten and submerged perspectives.