Tell us about yourself – how did you first get involved in the arts?
I have always been involved in the arts since I was in kindergarten. First as a dancer then as an actor in church plays. When I was 13, I climbed up Fort Canning Park to register for a Theatre Workshop by Act 3 and the Ministry of Community Development. When I was 16, I became a Stage Manager and got involved with Act 3 (Singapore’s forest professional Children’s theatre company)’s birthday parties, shopping mall shows and theatre shows. At 19, I directed my first play for the Drama Festival 1987. The play ‘School’ had good feedback and we restaged it several times with different casts. I then went on to Queensland University of Technology to get my BA (Drama) in 1994!
How do you select the artists you work with and the work you produce? What do you look for?
Generally, I must like and know the person before I can work with them. Respect gets built and we discover about each other as we work.
I am thinking of moving beyond being a transactional producer to become a people connector. I aspire to be someone who brings interesting artists together. I am keen to explore an international residency model to seed long term collaborative projects. Too often producers and artists are drawn to one-off tour and forget the importance of building and sustaining a relationship.
I am constantly looking for artists who are open minded, not afraid to take risks and are keen to create socially relevant work for their audience. Like Into the Blue Forest, which was commissioned by The Artground Singapore, I had the luxury of researching with children and trying out ideas with different groups of children before presenting the interactive play at the inaugural 100 & 100 More Festival in May 2018.