Drama Educators

Meet our educators
    • Li Muzi
      Drama Educator

      Li Muzi

      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.

       

    • Michele Desilver
      Drama Educator

      Michele Desilver

      Drama Educator

      Michele is a MOE registered teacher who has been working with children in an international school and our government schools for the last 12 years. She has worked with children of all ages. She not only has multiple teaching qualifications but a Diploma in Counselling too. As an achiever, she is constantly instilling herself with knowledge. Currently, she is pursuing her Bachelor in Psychology. Michele firmly believes that learning should be fun and is very interactive with the children she works with. There is uniqueness about her as she was born with a ‘congenital deformity of the left arm’. She is passionate about teaching and making a difference. The children take onto her well although they know she is a little different from them. Sometimes they ask her questions about it as they are curious. It helps the children to keep an open mind about people. Michele teaches them that we are all different but the same. Her vast experience and her love for children makes the children enjoy her lessons. Michele does not believe in only a ‘textbook’ experience but imparts life lessons too. Michele wants the children to enjoy the process of learning as they are the future.

       

    • Deborah Hoon
      Drama Educator

      Deborah Hoon

      Drama Educator

      Deborah Hoon is a physical theatre performer and educator. Trained in East 15 Acting School in the UK, Deborah graduated with a 1st Class Honours in BA Physical Theatre. Performing aside, Deborah has a strong interest in theatre education for the young and old. Deborah has conducted physical theatre workshops in LaSalle, Buds Youth Theatre, The Learning Connections and theatre groups in local universities and secondary schools, directing a few in-house productions as well.

      Creatively, her most recent productions include The Four Note Opera (April 2017) by L’arrietta Singapore, The Fearful King by Papermonkey Theatre (March 2017), Every Singaporean Daughter (July 2016) by Unsaid productions and The Good The Bad and The Sholay (November 2015) by Checkpoint Theatre. Deborah also collaborates and devises with companies such as Pink Gajah’s recent lab ‘Thinking about Death’ and with other individual like-minded creatives.

    • Ghazali Muzakir
      Drama Educator

      Ghazali Muzakir

      Drama Educator

      Ghazali is an all-rounded theatre practitioner, drama educator and certified medical clown. In 2006, he landed a spot in young & W!LD, an actor training company created by W!LD RICE, and has proven to be a very capable actor. Together with fellow young & W!LD cast, he has won the “Life! Theatre Awards”, for Best Ensemble, in 2008. To date, he has performed internationally to audiences in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Berlin, Shanghai and Japan. In 2014, Ghazali travelled to Berlin to participate in the Theatre of the Oppressed Qualification Program. In Singapore, Ghazali attended Drama Box’s “Breaking the Silence” workshops (level 1 to 3) and act-facilitated in the opening session for GoLi: Forum Theatre Festival. He has also volunteered his skills and knowledge in Forum Theatre with Beyond Social Services, AWARE and The Voice.

      Aside from performing, Ghazali has also written scripts, directed plays for children and produced independent theatrical shows. As a drama educator, he has taught and developed programs with The Learning Connections, NAFA Young Talents, Faust International Youth Theatre and several others. A member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA), Ghazali has also completed his Specialist Diploma in Arts Education provided by NIE International. He teaches students from as young as 2 years old to tertiary level and of various capabilities, including persons with special needs.

    • Nicole Ang
      Drama Educator

      Nicole Ang

      Drama Educator

      Nicole has been an active participant in the arts since her primary school days. She took part in co-curricular activities such as Chinese Dance, Choir and Drama Club. She has also participated in several school productions which sparked her desire to study acting at NAFA. She is a graduate from the University of Essex, East 15 Acting School with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Arts. She also completed a Diploma in Theatre (English Drama) at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). While studying at NAFA, she participated in productions such as A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney, The Lower Depths by Maxim Gorky, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg, Silver Bullet by Matt Hartley and The Tin Can People by Edward Bond.

      During her course of study in NAFA, Nicole has completed the Teaching Drama and Speech series with her mentor, Mary Ann Tear. The course has enabled Nicole with skills and principles of teaching Drama and Speech to the young where they will impart the understanding of safe work in voice, movement and drama. Nicole feels that the arts for the young help to build confidence, creativity and expressiveness of communication through voice and movement, teamwork and camaraderie. It also builds on trust of others and most importantly, it develops focus and concentration. It is challenging, achievable but fun!

    • Matilda Chua
      Drama Educator

      Matilda Chua

      Drama Educator

      Matilda Chua is a graduate of the BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degree programme at LASALLE College of the Arts. A Singaporean by birth, she has spent the majority of her life overseas, first in Myanmar and then New Zealand; where she took part in her first musical, at the age of fourteen, whilst studying at Macleans College, Auckland. Most recently, she has completed an MA in Biblical Hebrew and Cognate Languages at Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel.

      As an actor, Matilda has been involved with children’s theatre companies such as The Players Theatre and iTheatre. She has also volunteered with children’s church services at Every Nation Church Singapore. Matilda strongly believes in the use of art, music and drama to empower both adults and children. As an arts educator with TLC, Matilda hopes to share her love of theatre with the next generation and encourage them to develop their self-confidence, imagination and creativity.

    • Janelle Tan
      Drama Educator

      Janelle Tan

      Drama Educator

      Janelle graduated from Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology in 2016. She is training with Tapestry Playback Theatre as a musician and actor, having played both roles in various shows with the troupe. Playback Theatre plays an important part in Janelle’s life and she explores acting with her classes, using aspects of improvising students’ stories. Janelle believes that children should be exposed to the arts as early as possible, to mould a well-developed imagination and gain the skills to carry themselves confidently, while their minds are still young.

    • Gabrielle Ferdinands
      Drama Educator

      Gabrielle Ferdinands

      Drama Educator

      Gabrielle is a singer, teacher and an aspiring writer. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as a Diploma of Design from Curtin International College. Gabrielle has achieved Basic and Intermediate levels of Acting at The People Studio and she has also completed a semester of Musical Theatre at La Salle College of the Arts. Gabrielle has performed at venues such as the Esplanade and the Drama Centre and she loves being on stage. She appeared in the Mandarin musical ‘If There’re Seasons’ in 2014 and she was also a Top 24 Finalist on Singapore Idol in 2008.

      Gabrielle is extremely enthusiastic about being a part of TLC and educating and encouraging the next generation to embrace their imaginative thoughts and express themselves freely and wholeheartedly. She hopes to learn more about the elements of theatre and through her experiences, pass on her knowledge and love for the arts to children and make them feel treasured, valued and appreciated.

    • Nicholas Tan
      Drama Educator

      Nicholas Tan

      Drama Educator

      Nicholas has a heart for children and youth, and has garnered more than a decade of experience in education. As a freelance trainer, he also works closely with, and trains underprivileged children in Singapore.

      Nicholas’ drama journey started during his childhood years, with several parts in TV commercials, and he wrote, directed, and acted in his first production skit when he was nine. Since then, his interest in drama has progressed from acting & directing, to education when he was working and being mentored at Dramaplus Arts by Roger Jenkins, Karen Lim & Tony Quek. Nicholas strongly believes that drama has the power to nurture and develop independent and creative thinkers.

      When not teaching, Nicholas and his wife run the Ugly Cake Shop, a social enterprise to feed hungry children in Timor-Leste – a young nation that suffers from extensive poverty – on a long-term and sustainable basis.

      Nicholas is an ACTA-certified trainer, and has achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) and Masters of Arts in Organisational Leadership.