ALFIAN SA’AT – Playwright (HOTEL & GRC)
Alfian Sa’at is the Resident Playwright of W!LD RICE. He has been nominated at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script 10 times, and has received the award thrice. He was the winner of the Golden Point Award for Poetry and the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature in 2001. His publications include Collected Plays One and Two; poetry collections One Fierce Hour and A History of Amnesia; and short-story collections Corridor and Malay Sketches.
MARCIA VANDERSTRAATEN – Playwright (HOTEL)
Marcia Vanderstraaten obtained her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia. Her most recent plays are HOTEL (W!LD RICE, 2015), a commission for the Singapore International Festival of Arts that was co-written with acclaimed playwright Alfian Sa’at; and Mindmap of Love (Skinned Knee Productions, 2015), a dinner-theatre show staged in collaboration with ZOTT’s True Alps that was based on the novel of the same title by Christian Zott. She recently concluded an associate artistship with W!LD RICE.
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.
NESSA ANWAR – Playwright (RIDERS KNOW WHEN IT’S GONNA RAIN)
Nessa Anwar has acted, written, produced and directed for theatre, television, digital content and short films. She believes in the importance of having an all-rounded experience in the arts, and that this begins with being well-versed in every single aspect of the industry. A philosophy graduate by training, she is currently a multimedia journalist by day. Nessa’s bike goes everywhere with her: on TV, on video, in films and on stage. Her ultimate goal in her pursuit of craft perfection is to develop enough focus to win one measly game of Minesweeper. Bike of choice: HONDA XR400. Riders Know When It’s Gonna Rain is Nessa’s first play.
JOHNNY JON JON – Playwright (HAWA)
Johnny Jon Jon read English, with a Minor in Creative Writing, at Nanyang Technological University. Since first dabbling with theatre-making in 2006, Jon Jon has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the industry’s best. In keeping with his goal of writing one script a year, he has written nine plays to date, including National Memory Project, Orang Utan (Asia) and Khabar Kepada Kawan.
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.
KENNETH CHIA – Playwright (LET’S GET BACK TOGETHER)
Currently pursuing his B.A. in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore, Kenneth Chia hopes to create bold, accessible and socially incisive experiences as a young theatre-maker, actor and writer for stage and screen. Theatre credits include: TragicForm (Natalie Hennedige); Other/s (Esplanade RAW Series); It Won’t Be Too Long: The Lesson and Ways of Wandering for the Singapore International Festival of Arts; and Loo Zihan’s With/Out (M1 Fringe Festival, 2015), on which he served as a research intern. His writing has been featured in SingPoWriMo 2015: The Anthology and the ASEAN International Film Festival.
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.
HELMI YUSOF – Playwright (MY MOTHER BUYS CONDOMS)
Helmi Yusof is an arts and culture correspondent for The Business Times. My Mother Buys Condoms is his first play. It was written in 2014 for TheatreWorks’ Writers Lab’s ‘Writing From The Heart’ programme, which was conducted by playwright Tony Perez. The play was subsequently revised for the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, following workshops with W!LD RICE Artistic Director Ivan Heng, Festival Dramaturg Alfian Sa’at and the cast. Helmi would like to thank the TheatreWorks and W!LD RICE teams for their unstinting support and advice.