Associates

Associates
    • Matt Grey
      Consultant - English Artistic Programs and Development

      Matt Grey

      Consultant - English Artistic Programs and Development

      Matt brings thirty years of acting and fifteen years of arts education experiences to The Learning Connections (TLC). As both an educator and a father, he understands the enormous responsibility towards parents and children that trainers undertake. He is dedicated to ensuring that arts education is relevant and valuable and that the content and delivery of curricula transfers into clear and useful learning outcomes for children.

      Matt began acting in British television over 30 years ago. In the mid 1980’s, he trained at the Guilford School of Acting and Dance in England and has since worked as an actor in the UK, Australia and Singapore. In 2000, he acquired a teaching licentiate with Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began to specialize in teaching voice and speech for actors. He has had extensive experience with training Asian and Western actors and acting students and has taught many established local actors.

      He has established a fully comprehensive voice-training programme, drawing upon a range of established disciplines, which supports his own understanding and development of voice and speech training. He combines detailed theoretical knowledge of vocal anatomy and its behaviour with a useful exploration into the relationships between actors’ vocal choices as they affect meaning; how our bodies respond to circumstances and how these changes affects the sounds we make, how character and intentions influence these sounds and therefore contribute to meaning.

      He believes that solid technique needs to underpin imaginative exploration. Matt has over 10 years experience in managing Performing Arts programmes and is dedicated to enabling enthusiastic students to explore their curiosity about the world, themselves and humanity through the medium of Performance.

      Matt presently is on the faculty of Performing Arts at LASALLE College of the Arts. He has performed with International Jazz sensation Laura Fygi in the Singapore’s stage production of Victor Victoria. His notable performances include Chinglish, The Tempest, The Crucible, Freud’s Last Session, Company and many others. He also writes and performs his own music for children and has produced a number of educational CDs for early childhood. Matt is also a highly sought-after voice-over artist and provides the voices for cartoon animations, commercials and television both in Singapore and abroad.

    • Mary Ann Tear
      Associate for English Theatre & Performing Arts

      Mary Ann Tear

      Associate for English Theatre & Performing Arts

      Mary Ann is a senior examiner and trainer for Trinity Guildhall, a British Federation adjudicator, choreographer, director and Performing Arts lecturer and practitioner. She is now based in Singapore as a consultant and trainer whilst still pursuing her examining, lecturing, and adjudicating. Her work has taken her to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Canada, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Bermuda, as well as centres in Europe and the UK. In her capacity as a Trinity College London examiner, she pioneered the Young Performance Certificates believing these to be very important for pre- school children as they develop confidence, group interaction, and a sense of achievement through contact with the Arts.

      Mary Ann was a UK lecturer in Performing Arts working for the Universities of Hertfordshire and Middlesex, whilst also pursuing her professional theatrical career with performance, choreography and direction in drama, musical theatre, pantomime and physical theatre. During her time at the universities, she was part of the panel who designed the Performing Arts courses at Diploma through to BA levels. She particularly enjoys working on devised works including all aspects of theatre and has created works that have been performed at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Gordon Craig theatre in Stevenage, Northbrook Theatre in Worthing, NAFA and LASALLE College of the Arts plus other venues in Singapore. She has always had an interest in teaching and ran her own schools in Hertfordshire for several years working with students of all ages in drama and dance. She led a Youth Theatre and was involved with many community arts projects in the UK.

      The teaching of Communication Skills, Public Speaking and the English language has always been important to her and, recently, she achieved a Cert. TESOL as well as being appointed a judge on the ESU Public Speaking Competition. She has conducted many workshops and seminars for teachers all over the world and has returned to lecturing at NAFA, SOTA and LASALLE in Singapore. Whilst enjoying the training, examining, adjudicating, directing, choreographing, performing and lecturing Mary Ann has also finds time to read, debate, listen to music, to go to the theatre, visit art galleries, and watch the latest movies, believing that it is so important to be up to date with current movements in the arts scene and new initiatives in education and training in the workplace.

    • Zahirah Bee
      Associate

      Zahirah Bee

      Associate

      Zahirah holds a Master Degree in Special education. She has eighteen years of experience working with preschool teachers, young children (mainstream as well as those with diverse needs) and their families. Besides being passionate about integrating children with unique needs in the mainstream setting, she strongly believes that interesting hands-on activities based on children’s interests will bring out the best in every child regardless their abilities and learning styles.

      Even though Zahirah established her main career in the Early Childhood industry, she has not lost her deep passion for the arts and keeps herself involved in a variety of arts projects whenever time permits. Zahirah’s keen interest in drama was developed during her school days when she involved herself in numerous stage performances. From there, her passion for drama grew and over the years, she has performed in various community stage performances for adults and children.

      Zahirah strongly believes in the benefits of the arts and working with children has provided her with numerous opportunities to incorporate her knowledge about drama and role play into the various activities she carries out with the children. She also enrolled in a speech and drama training conducted by the British Council which provided her with a sound knowledge and showed her ways to present creatively, particularly in teaching drama to children where lessons become more child directed while the drama teacher takes the role of a facilitator.