Drama Educators

Meet our educators
    • Li Muzi
      Senior Drama Educator

      Li Muzi

      Senior Drama Educator

      Muzi started her music education at the age of five, specializing in Piano, Accordion and Violin. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the Art Academy of Northeast Agricultural University (NEAU), a recognized key University in China (Heilongjiang). During her University years, Muzi maintained levels of excellence in her studies while assuming the role of a Chief Sound Minister, she has led her University orchestra in many National performances and competitions in music and established a great reputation in NEAU. Due to Muzi’s personal and academic merits, she was selected to complete her degree in 2 years instead of 4 years. She was also given an invaluable opportunity to work in the local television station as a station reporter cum editor before she moved on to teach music at a local secondary school. Muzi’s teaching experiences in Singapore included:

      • Teaching Chinese Speech and Drama to children of all ages at Pat’s School House
      • Teaching Chinese Musical Performance to children of all ages at Presbyterian Community Services (PCS) Childcare Centre

      Muzi joined The Learning Connections in June 2014 as our Chinese drama and theatre arts educator. She is well-versed in the Orff-Schulwerk and the process drama approaches, and she integrates both approaches in the development and teaching of TLC’s Chinese arts education programmes. Muzi strongly believes in the value of arts and in giving children a platform to harness their imagination and creativity. She aims to develop children’s confidence and self-expressions through arts.

       

    • Jasmine Blundell
      Drama Educator

      Jasmine Blundell

      Drama Educator

      Jasmine is an actor, musician and aspiring music director. She graduated from East 15 Acting School, training in World Performance – a multi-disciplinary course exploring global theatre styles. She is also a classically-trained pianist and violinist, and dabbles with ethnic instruments such as the gamelan, darbuka and djembe. Jasmine is eager to share her love of theatre and music with people, both young and old.

       

    • Hazell Restan
      Drama Educator

      Hazell Restan

      Drama Educator

      Hazell Restan’s interest in theatre developed when she joined her Secondary school Drama Club.  She performed at the school’s inaugural Arts Biennale and at the Singapore Youth Festival Central Judging in 2007 and 2009. Now, Hazell is a graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts, in partnership with East 15 Acting School, University of Essex.

      Hazell always enjoyed Drama Enrichment programmes as a Primary and Secondary school student. She realised how these programmes played an integral role in building her confidence. She now hopes to be able to use her expertise in Drama to empower the children of today, as she was empowered. Hazell is very happy to be on board with TLC, where she has immense support in realising her hopes.

    • Tan Wei Ying
      Drama Educator

      Tan Wei Ying

      Drama Educator

      Weiying was exposed to both the English and Chinese performing arts at a young age, attending Speech and Drama lessons at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Troupe (SHHKACT) since the age of four. She gravitated towards Chinese theatre, participating in many of SHHKACT’s theatre performances. After graduating from SHHKACT, Weiying continued assuming performing as well as directing roles in its Youth Drama Troupe wing. Although Weiying’s involvement with theatre stems from personal interest, she believes her theatre trainings played a large part in cultivating her passion for it, allowing her to explore boundaries and use the performing arts as an outlet for creativity. Today, Weiying is a Chinese children’s theatre trainer, and she hopes to inculcate the joy and value of the arts amongst children, as her teachers previously did.

       

    • Nicole Ang
      Drama Educator

      Nicole Ang

      Drama Educator

      Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre Arts, University of Essex (East 15 Acting School), UK, and also a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama), Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore. Nicole’s theatre credits include To Begin Again by Bound Theatre, The Tin Can People by Edward Bond, Silver Bullet by Matt Hartley, The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky and A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney. 

      Nicole firmly believes in the significance of Arts Education- enabling the young children to boost confidence, stimulate creativity and innovation, as well as build observational and problem-solving skills. It is challenging but achievable, and most importantly not forgetting the element of fun! 

    • Shirley Tan
      Drama Educator

      Shirley Tan

      Drama Educator

      Shirley developed a love for storytelling and drama when she was involved in her very first devised Musical, Chris Galistan and the Seven Seeds, in primary school. Ever since, she has been active in speech and drama as her CCA, dance, singing and have hosted a couple of school events. Now, Shirley holds a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore and a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts, in partnership with East 15 Acting School, University of Essex.

      Shirley enjoys the art of Musical Theatre. She has performed in the Triple Threats Musical Theatre Workshop Showcase by Pangdemonium in 2017 and was awarded the DBS-Pangdemonium NextGen Education Certificate in recognition of her commitment, positive attitude and hard work that was demonstrated.

      Shirley has a strong zeal towards preschool children. She believes that the art of drama holds an important process in the growth of a child. Therefore, she is grateful to be active in TLC, given an opportunity to create and instill a healthy learning environment where the creation of the children derives from the natural element of fresh child-like curiosity and imagination of their own.

    • Fadhil Daud
      Resident Drama Educator

      Fadhil Daud

      Resident Drama Educator

      Fadhil’s interest in theatre first started when he was in junior college. Performing for the first time in front of such a supportive crowd fuelled him to embark on many more years of fruitful theatre-making. His theatre credits include Pretty Butch (M1 Fringe Festival), Without Reason (M1 Peer Pleasure), The Golden Record (NUS Arts Festival), The Moon Is Less Bright (Second Breakfast Company), Fourteen (Split Theatrical Productions) and Anak Melayu (Teater Kami). He has also dabbled in children’s theatre, having performed for Gloobaloo (Global EduHub) and Into The Blue Forest (The Artground). Having recently graduated from NUS Theatre Studies and fresh off becoming an uncle to a one-year-old nephew, he firmly believes in the importance of drama in early childhood education and hopes to be able to positively influence the upcoming generation.

    • Siti Hasyimah
      Resident Drama Educator

      Siti Hasyimah

      Resident Drama Educator

      Syimah has always been interested in theatre since young, where she participated in school plays until junior college. She then graduated with a BA(Hons) in Psychology. She is an educator at heart, currently teaching both academics and drama, and enjoys working with children of all ages.

      Syimah also volunteers at a children’s home offering phonics lessons, while constantly infusing drama into her lessons. She believes that the Arts allows children to express themselves better and with greater confidence

    • Liew Jia Yi
      Drama Educator

      Liew Jia Yi

      Drama Educator

      Jia Yi is a theatre practitioner based in Singapore. She has been involved in theatre since her secondary school days and was trained in ARTivate, the youth wing of Drama Box, which is a local theatre company that creates works that raise social awareness and inculcate civic responsibility.

      She graduated from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, with a major in Psychology, which provided her an additional perspective into the human experience to support her roles as a performer and an educator.

      Having a passion for children and education, Jia Yi was involved in both acting and facilitation roles with Drama Box’s theatre-in-education shows such as Girl In The White Sand Box, 11th Brother, and Momo. She has also had international exposure where she took on the role of an actor-facilitator for The Lesson, in the International Community Arts Festival 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In her exploration of Theatre for Young Audience, she performed in an immersive theatrical experience for babies called You Can Reach The Sky. She is currently teaching drama to students aged between 3 and 18 years old.

      Jia Yi is also a member of Emergency Shelter, the artist training and research programme of Emergency Stairs, which is a Singapore-based experimental theatre company that develops artistic potentiality. She was involved in Off Stage 2.0 (a project by Emergency Shelter) that investigated the value of theatre by opening up the entire creation process to the audience. Under Emergency Stairs, she also participated in a 3-week long creation workshop in Yokohama that involved training, devising and the creation of a performance by 14 people gathered from various Asian countries.

    • Jeremy Leong
      Drama Educator

      Jeremy Leong

      Drama Educator

      Jeremy was first exposed to drama when he joined his secondary school’s drama club, with the assumption that he will gain CCA points just by playing drama games. However, he later discovered the power of drama through his personal experience and has never looked back since. His experience with drama has inspired him and motivated him to pursue a career in drama education and theatre.

      Jeremy firmly believes that all children, no matter their backgrounds or needs, should have access to quality arts education and experiences.

      Jeremy is excited to be a Resident Drama Educator with The Learning Connections (TLC), and he aims to create meaningful drama experiences in class with his students. Beyond his role as a drama educator, Jeremy also hopes to contribute and be a part of the important advocacy work that TLC does for young children through drama education.

      Jeremy is a graduate from LASALLE College of the Arts with a Diploma in Performance (2016), and he also possesses a certificate of competency after graduating from SDEA’s Drama Pedagogy course (2019).

    • Amy Choi Heng Man
      Drama Educator

      Amy Choi Heng Man

      Drama Educator

      Amy hails from Macau, China. She found her interest in the theatre when she was a drama club member during her secondary school days. She loves to perform on stage. So, in 2016, she decided to pursue her studies in the performing arts in Singapore. She graduated from LaSalle College of the Arts with a Diploma in Theatre and will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre Arts (Chinese drama) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 2020.

      Amy is also a Chinese Playback Theatre performer with Long Time No See. She enjoys “telling stories” and “sharing stories” with the audience during Playback Theatre performance. Her ambition is to become a professional storyteller and drama educator to serve and teach in various communities.

      Amy believes that everyone is a child at heart. She wants to bring this out through her performance skills in storytelling, puppetry, music and songs for children and adults. Though this may be challenging, she finds it meaningful to share the arts in local communities.