WONG OI MIN
Oi Min has a PHD in Arts. She is an actor, director, drama/theatre educator. Currently, she is a full-time lecturer at the National Academy of Arts Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) of Malaysia. She mainly teaches Physical Theatre & Applied Theatre as her orientation of the subject is in promoting and developing theatre arts & education. She believes in crossing-boundaries towards multicultural coexistence in her work.
Roselina Johari Md Khir received her B.A in English Literature at University Malaya and M.A in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A. She is a Senior Lecturer teaching drama in the classroom, performance and literature at the Education Faculty, University Malaya. She taught acting, directing, western theatre history, drama production, playwriting and drama in education among others at the Culture Centre, University Malaya for 10 years. She has directed Euripedes’ Medea, Aristophanes’ Birds, Plautus’ Menachemi, Shakespeare’s The Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jean Genet’s The Maids, Brecht’s The Three-Penny Opera, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman among others. She has written and published her own play, The People of the Forest, a Rainforest Musical and done a lot of translations of plays from English to Malay.
Mano Maniam is an award-winning performance artiste and theatre practitioner who forays into film, tv, animation and other voice-over stuff in three languages.
He has performed locally and internationally in a range of genres from contemporary to classical works, musical theatre, dance drama, children and ethnic theatre. Many Malaysians will recall him as being an original member of the hit series “Kopitiam”.
His background includes being a juror of theatre works competitions, short and international film festivals. He also teaches theatre and acting at local academies and universities.
Dominic Lucien Luk has a bachelor’s degree in music from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, majoring in vocal performance and pedagogy; he later went to Brandeis University in Boston, USA where he obtained his master’s degree in musicology and in gender studies while studying singing for musical theatre. There, he also had extended training in choral conducting at Harvard University.
Currently, Dominic lectures at UiTM and UPM where he teaches voice and performance. He is also the co-founder and creative director ofMonday Show Entertainment, a company focusing on the education and production of theatre and musical theatre. He also teaches singing and acting for musical theatre in addition to directing and producing shows.
Dominic’s credits include Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Wizard of Oz, Broadway Bites, DanSing Thru Broadway, Angels In America, A Language of Their Own, and The Weight of Silk on Skin. He has also acted for local TV series and films, and can be seen in TV commercials for brands like Ribena and Legoland.
Cathy has more than 10 years of experience in the performing arts. Through the years, she has worked or collaborated with many esteemed productions (Instant Café Theatre, Five Arts Centre, Rhythm in Bronze, Masakini Theatre Company, Pentas Project, Rumah Anak Teater) and many directors/actors. She also headed the team that put together the inaugural 10-days Kakisenifest in 2013. She worked on the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards from the 5th year onwards in different capacity and she was Head of Awards for the 9th & 10th year.
Pat Chan is a Senior Lecturer with Taylors University. She lectures and coaches in acting, directs musical theatre productions and theatre plays, the recent being Shakespeare’s ‘MacBeth’. Her career in the performing arts has spanned over 30 years, from the humble beginnings as a professional dancer to a musical theatre director. Pat Chan has been the Artistic and Managing Director of her own dance company – Dance Force Production. Her involvement in local and international theatre productions includes Aladdin, A tribute to Tun Mahathir, Broken Bridges, Cinderella, Nagraland, Palpitation, Peter Pan etc. Her involvement in film and TV includes Anna and the King, Gol & Gincu, Sell Out etc.
Pat Chan holds a Master in Actor Coaching & Training from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. She also holds an advance certification in the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and is a Ving Tsun martial arts practitioner.
Bilqis Hijjas writes about dance, produces, performs and teaches in Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University, a masters in applied anthropology from Australian National University, and a Graduate Diploma in Choreography at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. Currently the President of MyDance Alliance, a membership organisation supporting dance in Malaysia, she has produced the popular Dancebox performance series and was artistic director of MyDance Festival 2011 and 2013. Bilqis lectures in dance history and criticism at University of Malaya, and writes on dance in the Klang Valley at http://kldancewatch.wordpress.com.
Bilqis also directs the dance program at private arts centre Rimbun Dahan, which offers residencies for contemporary dance choreographers. Since 2006, she has produced numerous dance performances in theatres all over the Klang Valley, as well as the occasional Dancing in Place weekend of site-specific works at Rimbun Dahan. Bilqis is also the Support & Development network co-chair of World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific, for which she coordinated the masterclass program of the WDA Global Summit in France in 2014. She coordinates the annual Southeast Asia Choreolab for emerging contemporary dance choreographers from the region, which will take place at Rimbun Dahan in early June this year, facilitated by choreographer Arco Renz and supported by the Goethe-Institut.
LENG POH GEE
Leng Poh Gee holds a Master of Arts (Performing Arts) from University of Malaya and a Bachelor of Science (Human Development) from Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is a lecturer at the Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts) in University of Malaya. He is also the Vice President of MyDance Alliance, and the former dance notation facilitator to the Johor Heritage Foundation.
Fiona Jane Gomez is the director of Talent Hub. She discovered her love for dance at the tender age of 6 and through her 22 years of dancing experience she has been exposed to a multitude of genres, mainly in Latin American and Ballroom Dancing. For the last 11 years, she has been teaching and sharing her passion for dance with her students. Since 2005, Talent Hub has been the front for Fiona to share her love for the arts which has seen her capture several awards and accolades. She has also been featured in numerous magazines, newspapers, radio and TV programs for her success.
FOO CHI WEI
Foo Chiwei is a dance enthusiast and practitioner for the past 15 years. He studied Odissi under the tutelage of Ramli Ibrahim at Sutra Dance Theatre from 2002–2012. Foo’s interest in Butoh propelled him in taking numerous workshops by local and international practitioners. Most notably with Butoh Master Yukio Waguri. In 2007, he was seen in Donna Miranda’s contemporary dance production Extended Periods of Waiting. He was one of Aida Redza’s performers in Seven Skins for The Light Show ’09. He reprised his role as a cabaret performer with an additional Butoh twist in Dr Zulkifli Mohamad’s reworked Selipar Jepun, Kasut Tumit Tinggi in 2012. 2014, saw him in the acclaimed see / saw by Nibroll dance company, Japan. In 2013 and again in 2014 he was a cast of Reminiscence : The World of The Strange Tales by Soubi Sha; choreographed by renowned Butoh Master Yukio Waguri. Foo was last seen in Dust to Dust for Dancing in Place 2015—a collaboration piece with Rithaudin Abdul Kadir and Pinar Sinka.in The Curse of the Forbidden City and Peony Dream. Dance and Yoga are important to his life and to him, the movements of the body become the channel to express the thoughts, where Butoh is the language.
Joelle Jacinto is a lecturer at the University of Malaya, specializing in Choreography, Ballet and Contemporary Dance technique; she is pursuing a PhD in Dance from this university, focusing on heritagization and postcolonial studies, and practice-led research. From Manila, Philippines, she graduated MA in Art Studies (2007) and BMusic in Dance at the University of the Philippines, and was a soloist of Philippine Ballet Theatre (1996-2010). She was also previously a lecturer at the dance program of the De La Salle College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts (2006-2009), principal teacher and repetiteur at TEAM Dance Studio (1995-2013), and dance critic for Malaya (2002-2007) and Runthru Dance Magazine (2008-2014). In 2012, she was associate festival director of the Wifi Body Festival, and its dramaturgy consultant in 2014. She is currently project coordinator of World Dance Alliance-Philippines and an honorary member of MyDance Alliance.
ALLA @ AZURA ABAL ABAS
More than 25 years experiences in dance scene. As performer, teacher, trainer and choreographer in all type of dance form; from traditional, modern, Latin and contemporary. Get involve in TV reality program and TV show at TV3, ASTRO and RTM (HMI, Zoom in, Akademi Fantasia, Sehati Berdansa, Mari Menari, Muzik-muzik, JuaraLagu etc).Teaching in private sector such as Maybank, Public Bank, RHB Bank and also run a small independent company to fill in the entertainment demand and to flourish the dance scene.
Diploma holder in dance from ASK (2000). Degree holder from University of Malaya majoring dance (2011), & now pursuing master at University of Malaya. Part time lecture at University of Malaya since 2011-2016. Active in MyDance Alliance Malaysia and Mawarku (Persatuan Seni budaya warisan Muzik, Tari dan Busana Melayu). Being invited by JKKN as jury & facilitator for their dance workshop and dance competition.
MICHAEL XAVIER VOON
Michael Xavier Voon advocates the celebration of life in all aspects of the arts – empowering individuals and communities. Graduated with degrees in Fine, Graphic and Performing Arts from the Colorado Mesa State University, USA, MXV continues to lecture, facilitate, train, design, perform, direct and choreograph – for stage, print, tv, film, media and art.
Michael’s creative works have taken him internationally to Brunei, Sydney, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Denver. Recent awards include BOH Cameronian Kakiseni Arts Awards 2012 for Best Choreographer in “Dreamgirls”; Short+Sweet Dance Festival Award for “Diaries 09”. Credit highlights: “Bodyguards” (British Council/Dramalab), “Storyteller” (Dramalab/Five Arts), “KL KO” (Kualiworks), “HipHopera” (Straits Theatre) and “Shout! The Mod Musical” (Broadway Academy). Performance coaching on TV: Malaysian Idol I & II, One in a Million and So You Think You Can Dance, Malaysia. On stage: Young KL Singers, KL Childrens’ Choir, Wicked Pitches, Aspects of Broadway, Tapestry, Dayang & Farah Asyikin. Past luminary students include Jaclyn Victor, Dina Nadzir, Daniel Lee, Nita Hamzah, Faizal Tahir and Alif Satar.
Michael is also perhaps the longest serving judge on Kakiseni dating back to the end of its first inaugural year.
Fang Chyi was a core member of Lit Performers, all-woman A Cappella group; and a familiar face in many local theatre productions. She was last seen as Nancy, in Dama Orchestra’s I Have A Date With Spring; in both the 2009/10 Kuala Lumpur and Perth runs. Fang Chyi made her debut as both director and set designer with OKIKU: A Tragedy Untold in 2007. She has garnered nominations at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in the vocal performance and set design categories. In 2010’s Short + Sweet Festival, Fang Chyi took home 5 awards in both the Theatre and Musical Theatre categories combined.
Joseph is Dean of the Faculty of Dance at ASWARA who performs in multiple genres of dance, theatre and musical theatre from Kuala Lumpur to Los Angeles. Holds a Masters of Arts in choreography, Middlesex University, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Malaya, Teaching Diplomas in Ballet, Modern Dance and Performing Arts from the Bush Davies School, Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance, and London Studio Centre. He also has a career in radio and television working on major sports broadcasts and reality TV dance programs and considers himself a perennial student who is constantly “seizes the day”!
Colin is the artistic director of Kirton Call Productions and touring theatre company Footstool Players. His theatre acting credits include Broken Bridges – The Musical, P Ramlee The Musical, Paper Crane, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Julius Caesar. Directorial credits include Follow The Light and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Colin was nominated for Best Vocal Performance (Solo) at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2007 for Broken Bridges – The Musical and won for Best Group Performance (Theatre) at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2009 as part of the ensemble for Footstool Players’ Crazy Little Thing Called Love. On television, Colin is best known for his lead role in the award-winning hit series Ghost 2 on 8tv, and supporting roles in ntv7’s blockbuster Mandarin drama series Age of Glory 2 andMining Magnate. Colin is also heavily in demand as a theatre skills trainer. His voice is also frequently heard on commercials, documentaries, educational multimedia materials and animation projects.
Sandra has pursued a wide-ranging and eclectic career spanning theatre, film, television, video, music, and the advertising and recording industries. A founding member of the Instant Café Theatre Company, she was part of the core group for 10 years. As Managing Director of the Straits Theatre Company, she produced, publicized and acted in many critically-acclaimed plays by Huzir Sulaiman and other award-winning playwrights. In 2006, she purpose-wrote Jalan Impian as a platform for talented children and co-produced it for charity with Farah Dato’ Seri Sulaiman She was a member of the International Writing Program 2006, USA, under the auspices of the US State Department, and has had her plays staged in the U.S. She has enjoyed over 35 years in theatre and has acted in and hosted many popular shows on TV, both here and abroad. She teaches theatre and musical theatre, trains people in the corporate sector and media industry, writes and edits, and performs whenever she can.
A full-time Knowledge Management practitioner by day, Cheryl currently serves as Chairperson of The Philharmonic Society of Selangor and Choir Director of their community choir of over 100 singers. Since 2008, Cheryl has directed the choir in various concerts including and was instrumental in leading the choir in their maiden overseas tour to Western Australia in 2011 where they performed six showcases in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury.
In her past, Cheryl has worked with the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, St Kilda Chamber Ensemble, Monash Theatre Group, Camberwell Theatre Company and Dandenong Light Opera Company as violinist, violist and occasional rehearsal pianist. At University, she was also a founding violinist of the New Monash Orchestra.
Cheryl is also alumni of the Community Choir Leadership Training Program, held yearly in Victoria, Canada.
Patrick Jonathan, an internationally-performed, award- nominated composer, studied at Goldsmiths College, London University, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Corona Academy of the Dramatic Arts as well as participating in two summer schools in The Mechanics of Film Scoring conducted by CBS Music Supervisor and UCLA course director Don Ray. His true mentor, though, was the great English symphonist, Richard Arnell.
For a number of years Patrick was Manager of the Orchestral Hire Department of the music publisher Schott and Co. in London before studying to become a qualified teacher. During his time in Kuala Lumpur he has taught at The Alice Smith School, devised and presented courses for The Actors Studio Academy and lectured in Musical Theatre at UiTM in Shah Alam.
NG CHOR GUAN
Born in Klang, Malaysia, Guan’s passion for music during adolescent years propelled him toward the fascinating arena of music. Chor Guan started his career as professional music composer during his years in London. His diverse professional credits include music for concert, film, theater, dance, exhibition and multimedia. His music has been performed in a wide variety of mediums including orchestral, choral, chamber, and electronic music. His work demonstrates an excellent integration of the classical and the contemporary.
Upon returning to Malaysia in 2006, he collaborated actively with theatrical artists and choreographers who diversied his works into a new era. To name a few works premiered in Malaysia and abroad — theatre productions include Antigone, Okiku- A Tragedy Retold, The Lost and The Ecliptic and Break-ing. Dance collaborations include The Curse of The Forbidden Palace, Whispers of Love, She Walks in Beauty Like the Night, The ‘R’ Adventurous Drift, Toilet,Nobat, Peony Dream, Lost and Found, Tale of a Healthy City and Ballet Nutcracker. With all his hard work to show for, he was nominated for 2008 Cameronian Arts Awards Most Promising Artist.
One of the hardest gigging and prolific Malaysian indie/underground musicians for the past decade and a half, Azmyl’s songs are candid observations on life and living, with biting commentary to boot. A storyteller at heart and a former street musician, he has showcased his energetic live performances at venues and festivals in countries around the region and internationally such as Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Laos, Indonesia, and Thailand. He is also an academic and writer who has written and published work about Malaysian music subcultures and makes regular appearances on local radio and television stations (he is also the first Malaysian underground musician to perform on primetime Indonesian TV in 2011) for both his music and his take on Malaysian popular music, cultural politics and society.
Guitarist-Composer-Educator Az Samad has recorded with Grammy Winners Flaco Jiménez & Max Baca; graduated & taught at the prestigious Berklee College of Music; performed in the United States, Europe & Asia; and appeared on 21 CDs ranging in styles from Tex-Mex, Contemporary Jazz to solo acoustic guitar. His works have been described as “richly textured, poetic and atmospheric”. Previously based in Berkeley, California; Az now lives in Kuala Lumpur.
Jac sm Kee is a feminist activist, writer and occasional poet. She spends most of her time working on issues of sexuality, women’s rights, freedom of expression and internet rights and governance with various local and global organisations and initiatives. The rest of the time, she writes shorts stories, folk tales, and poems that sometimes get translated into lyrics. She’s a committed supporter of the arts in all forms of expression – from visual to spoken to performance to music to mesh-ups. She understands this as one of the most important threads in building the texture, narrative and language of a nation full of diverse peoples and histories.
He first got involved in theatre as an actor in 2002 in Universiti Malaya. He was supposed to do Biology Science but got bored and tried theatre instead. His theatre works includes “Mat Cowboy” (Universiti Malaya), “Tunku Kudin” (Universiti Malaya), “Soluloki Sebuah Kanvas”(SATU), “Coffee & Toast!” (Dramalab), “Sybil” (The Actor’s Studio), “Kisah Gadis: Mangli” (The Actor’s Studio Teater Rakyat), “Belacan, Geragok And Other Prawns” (klpac), Kaki Blue(klpac), “Adam The Musical” (The Actors Studio), “Serangan Zombi Pertama di Malaysia” (The Actor’s Studio Teater Rakyat),”Projek Disko Baldi” (Playground Productions), “Main Dalam Stor” (Playground Productions), “The Not So Sure Thing” (Short + Sweet klpac 2012), “Projek Disko Baldi Dreams” (Playground Productions) and most recent, “Our Sisters Son (klpac, August 2013). He is also part of the ensemble for AI:IA Artificially Intelligent Improvholics Anonymous, a comedy improv group in KL which have done shows in klpac, The Actors Studio and Palatte Palate. He is also trying his luck in the TV world, with “The Disko Baldi Show” and telemovies Kopi & Dia, Aku, Dia dan Tong Sampah and 90 Hari.
One day, he will retire to Thailand to open a small bakery by the sea. For now, this will do.
A graduate from the National Arts Academy (ASWARA), Lex is currently the Choreographer-In-Residence at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac).
As the resident choreographer, Lex has produced many dance works as well as choreographed for a wide variety of production ranging from choral productions to plays to large scale musicals. He is passionate about combining both traditional and contemporary elements in his creations which was evident in his piece Nitya Sumangali. Some of his choreography credits include Kaki Blue, ADAM The Musical, The Last Five Years, Malaysian Girls, Paper Crane, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and most recently Broken Bridges and Marrying Me.
Besides that, Lex established a popular contemporary dance platform with The Actors Studio called KIV which has been running for the past four years and has showcased exciting new works by emerging Malaysian choreographers. In 2011, he accompanied the Malaysian contingent to the World Choir Games in Shaoxing, China where they won a Gold Medal in the Folklore category. In 2012, he was presented a paper on Malaysian traditional dance and music with Susanna Saw from the Young Choral Academy at the KODALY Symposium in Brisbane, Australia.
Lex can also be seen on stage as an actor, dancer, and singer and was awarded the Bintang Irama 1Malaysia in 2010. Recent appearance include the The Actors Studio’s adaptation ofRashomon directed by Joe Hasham OAM as well as Shingo Tokihiro’s showcase Dreams of Time.
ANN SALINA PETER
Ann Salina Peter is a vocal director, music educator and performer who obtained her degree in Performing Arts, majoring in Voice from University of Malaya. Although she graduated cumma sum laude, majoring in classical singing, she has since expanded her singing and teaching repertoire to contemporary pop, classical and musical theatre. As a previous member of The National Choir of Malaysia and The Choristers, she has participated in numerous performances and concerts and was a judge for Kakiseni’s Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for the Music Category from 2004-2005.
Ann currently heads the Vocal Division in Cempaka Schools and is the Assistant Head of Performing Arts for the Damansara Campus. As a Vocal Director, she has played a key role in training the main casts for all 10 musical productions in Cempaka Schools. In 2012, Ann has founded an all-women accapella ensemble, The Vochale Project, where she serves as the music director and arranger. She also trains college and university choirs for inter-varsity choral competitions during her free time. Ann is very passionate about music education and hopes to spread her love for music through performing and teaching.
After completing her Diploma in Broadcasting in ATV3, Sesha spent 10 years of contributing to the TV industry. She decided it was time to spread her wings and explore other areas of the Arts and landed a job at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre as the Secretary to the Executive Producer, Dato’ Faridah Merican. This encouraged her to delve more into the magical world of theatre. She has since performed, recently written and will soon be directing for the stage.
A trained dancer and performer, Suhaili holds a Bachelor Degree in Dance (Hons) from The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne. Her work and determination at the VCA college earned her numerous awards; ‘Most Outstanding Dancer of VCA graduate 2005’. She returned to Malaysia in 2007 and entered in the 8TV Reality Dance Show ‘ So You Think You Can Dance’(SYTYCD) Season 1 and was known as ‘SUE’ of the Top 4 Finalist. In 2008, she was in 8TV SYTYCD Show’s Season 2 as choreographer. Since then, she has been involved in other TV shows such as Akedemi Fantasia, Kan Cheong Kitchen, G-Thang, Showdown and more. Suhaili has been awarded in 2009 7th Boh Cameronian Arts Awards as ‘Best Featured Performer’ in her new work ‘2=1’ and ‘Most Promising Artist of the Year’ . Since then, she has created many works in the local dance scene that earned recognitions internationally. Representing Malaysia in Hollywood’s World Championships Performing Arts 2010, Los Angelas, she won two ‘Grand Championships of The World’ Title in dance. Suhaili has toured extensively, being invited to perform in dance festivals and art residencies in countries such USA, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Phillipines and Korea.. Invited guest adjudicator since 2010 for Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) ‘Singapore Youth Festival’ for, Primary, Secondary and Junior College. Also a Nominee for the NTV7 Bella Awards under the ‘Bella on Stage’ category alongside celebrities such as Dato Siti. Nurhaliza, Dato Sheila Majid and Ning Baizura. Suhaili premiered her first full length dance work ‘Flatland’ at the Kuash Theatre, TTDI supported by JKKN, MyPAA ,Berjaya Corporation and Malaysia-Australia Institute, nominee for 2014 11th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. Flatland won Best Dance Ensemble, Best Choreographer, Best Set Design and Best Lighting at the awards. Performed internationally at the Festival Arts Centre Adelaide the world premiere of Lina Limousani’s ‘A Delicate Situation’ in May 2014. She first produced and managed a small group to represent and collaborate in a local musical work ‘Marrying Me’ at the New York Theatre Barn’s Concert Series (NYTB) held in New York City.
September 2014 supported by JKKN, Berjaya Corp, Levi’s and ,Sereni and Shentel. She performed Raj And The End of Tragedy produced by Instant Cafe Theatre and a new choreography’RadioTari’ for Tari Festival by ASWARA in November 2014. She was invited by T.H.E. Dance Festival to perform her solo ‘Serendipity’ as part of the Asean Highlights event at the Kallang Theatre,Singapore Museum December 2014. Will be preparing to perform a new full length contemporary dance ‘SKIN’ in collaboration with Terry and The Cuz and Ashley Dyer.
Marina Tan has been working with children / young people since 2007, primarily as a teacher, storyteller, and director. She is also the co-founder of Anak Chintan Theatre (2014-2015) and Box of Delights Family Theatre (2011-2013), inspired by traditional cultures. Armed with a Master in Education, Marina fully entered the theatre scene in 2009 with her family-friendly play, Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa — A Swashbuckling Epic Adventure!, which received the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards for Audience Choice (Theatre). She has since worked with young people under the banner of various prominent academies, including The Actors Studio Academy, Blubricks, Enfiniti Academy, and Kakiseni, among others. She has also conducted teacher training (“training of trainers”) in drama for various institutions, including the Ministry of Education (under Kakiseni) and Blubricks. As an actor, Marina was nominated for a Boh Cameronian Best Supporting Actor Award (Theatre), for her role as Chanel in “Shear Madness”.