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.

       

    • 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 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! 

    • 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.

    • Perry Felix Shen
      Drama Educator

      Perry Felix Shen

      Drama Educator

      Perry Felix Shen is an actor, a producer, a W!ILD RICE’s young & W!ILD survivor, a NUS Theatre studies graduate and a drama educator. He started theatre at the age of 17, portraying what can only be described as the love child of a James Bond villain and a peacock. Since then, his passion and appetite for theatre has never stopped growing.

      In his pursuit for all things theatre, Perry has also co-founded Red Pill Productions. Recently, Red Pill’s original production, Let’s Get Back Together (L.G.B.T,) was invited to be part of W!LD RICE’s Singapore Theatre Festival (2016).

      For the area of drama education, Perry hopes to specialize in people with special needs. He has completed a 6-month internship with Pathlight School of Autism and is currently working very closely with Very Special Theatrics, an all-inclusive theatre company that hires actors with special needs. He also loves working with children as when they hold his hand, his heart will inevitably melt.

      In time, Perry hopes that he will become a permanent fixture of the Singapore theatre industry, either on stage pretending to be a peacock villain or in the classroom teaching drama..

    • Daisy Zhao Xiaoqing
      Drama Educator

      Daisy Zhao Xiaoqing

      Drama Educator

      Daisy is an actor, puppeteer, dancer, NTU graduate, and MOE registered instructor. She has been in theatre performance since secondary school,
      and has participated in many local and oversea productions, both on stage and camera.

      Daisy is very excited to be a contributing member of TLC’s faculty team. She believes that raising awareness about the arts in early childhood is very important. She hopes to share her love for theatre arts with young children, and inspires to encourage them to think creatively, and express confidently.

    • Grace Khoo
      Drama Educator

      Grace Khoo

      Drama Educator

      Grace completed her MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2016. An Honours graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Program, she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) and taught Language Arts at St Margaret’s Secondary School between 2010-2013.

      Grace is currently International Artist in Residence at Graeae Theatre Company; UK’s flagship  disability led inclusive theatre company. Recent production and access support credits include: The Rolettes’ Flying Christmas (aerial show) and the Ian Drury and the Blockheads musical Reasons To Be Cheerful (UK tour). She is also Associate Producer and performer in Kaite O’Reilly’s AND SUDDENLY I DISAPPEAR… the Singapore ‘d’ Monologues, an Unlimited International commission that will make its Singaporean/world premiere in May 2018. The production will embark on its UK tour in Autumn 2018.

      Her dramaturgy credits include bhumi (the bhumi collective) at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Marie Yagami’s Little Girl Inside Me (Central St Martins) at Platform Theatre. As librettist, she wrote Two Sisters, with composer Algirdas Kirnautis (Lithuania), which premiered at the Royal College of Music. Her directing credits include Assistant Director for These Four Walls (Access All Areas/Central Diploma in Performance-Making, London), The V&A Peter Brook Project (The Albany/Sedgehill Hub, London) and Frankenstein (Watford Palace Theatre, London).

      For Summer 2016, Grace co-produced, facilitated and performed on Broadway in The Crossing Bridges Project, alongside homeless youth from Covenant House and Broadway stars (Helen Mills Theatre, New York City). In October 2016, she performed a two-hander, b.a.e collective’s Eulogy (Ex-Theatre Asia Festival, Taiwan). Her other performing credits include And Suddenly I Disappear…The Singapore ‘d’ Monologues – 2017 R&D (Centre 42, SG), After Hiroshima (London Bubble, UK), touring UK as a puppeteer in Trench Brothers the Musical (HMDT Ltd, UK) and Mermaid at the Oxford Playhouse in 2015 (Shared Experience, UK).

      As workshop facilitator, Grace has led and devised performances with Clean Break (London), Pegasus Theatre (Oxford), Creation Theatre (Oxford), stage-managed The Husband at the 2015 Suspense Festival (Little Angel Theatre, UK) and oversaw publicity for Opaque Prism’s Sinking Flesh Thinking Flesh (Lion and Unicorn Theatre, UK).

      Grace trained at Trinity Laban (Musical Theatre Summer Intensive) and with artists such as Philippe Gaulier, David Glass (David Glass Ensemble), Thomas Prattki (London International School of Performing Arts) Joyce Henderson (Complicite), Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly) and Rob Watts (National Theatre). In Singapore, she trained with Liu Xiao Yi as part of Theatre Lab in 2014 (The Theatre Practice) and Nelson Chia (Nine Years Theatre), practising the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints.

    • Karen Lee
      Drama Educator

      Karen Lee

      Drama Educator

      Karen has been an educator for many years. She was a mainstream primary and secondary school teacher before teaching children with learning difficulties in Voluntary Welfare Organisations Teaching children from disadvantaged backgrounds and children with learning difficulties has influenced the way Karen works with children. She strongly believes that every child deserves to feel confident about themselves and to see themselves as valuable and worthwhile.

      Karen is currently a professional storyteller. She tells stories to people from ages 3 to 65 and beyond. She believes stories are powerful in inspiring people, teaching values, bringing communities together and drawing everyone into a world of imagination and wonderment. Her storytelling journey has brought her to various venues and occasions in Singapore and India.

      Karen is an NAC-AEP Arts Educator, bringing storytelling programmes to children of all ages. She is also a trainer with Academy of Literary Arts & Publishing, conducting storytelling workshops for adults working with young children. She also trains preschool teachers at SEED Institute in storytelling skills and techniques.

      Karen sees Drama as an engaging way of expressing the stories in and around us.

    • Regina Foo
      Drama Educator

      Regina Foo

      Drama Educator

      Regina’s love for the theatre was seeded at a young age when she attended Chinese Speech & Drama classes at the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts & Cultural Troupe (SHHKACT). As she was pursuing her marketing degree at Singapore Management University, she continued producing and directing theatrical works with her childhood friends from SHHK and began to teach speech and drama to young children.

      In 2014, after a stint at Paper Monkey Theatre under the guidence of Benjamin Ho, she was given the opportunity to be a co-puppeteer for The Wind Came Home as part of Both Sides Now – An Immersive Arts Experience about Death presented by Arts Wok & Drama Box under the tutelage of Tan Beng Tian. It was on this project when she felt the power of theatre as a shared space where people can share stories to find strength, courage and hope to live, as life pulls us in many directions. She enjoys the process of theatre as a prism to see things in different perspectives, to open minds and to experience the colourful spectrum of human emotions both bright and dark.

      Regina recently graduated from Intercultural Theatre Institute in 2017.

    • M Shankari
      Drama Educator

      M Shankari

      Drama Educator

      Shankari graduated from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in 2017. She is training with SRT Young Company to enhance her skill as an all-rounder performer. Shankari believes that exposure to the arts in children at a young age shapes them to be the better version of themselves. It brings out so much of creativity and play in them which she feels is important for the young minds.

    • Tanya Ang
      Drama Educator

      Tanya Ang

      Drama Educator

      Tanya has a Diploma in Arts Business Management from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. She furthered her education and graduated in May 2017 with a BA(Hons) Musical Theatre from LASALLE College of the Arts. Most recently, she was involved in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s production of Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress as well as The Little Company’s Chicken Little. Her other theatre credits include A Chorus Line (2017), Once On This Island (2016), Spring Awakening (2016), as well as Shakespeare’s Cymbelline (2016).

      Tanya is also an educator. She has taught Speech and Drama and Musical Theatre to kindergarten students via song and dance as well as staging end of year productions. In 2018, Tanya would like to give back to the arts by focusing specifically on drama education for the young ones.

    • Sukhvinderjit Kaur
      Drama Educator

      Sukhvinderjit Kaur

      Drama Educator

      Sukhi is a versatile trainer with 11 years’ experience in teaching students and adults. She majors in BA English Language and Literature.She has also attained Certificate in Theatre Assembly Programme with Act3 Art Academy and completed her Trinity Guidhall Speech and Drama Certificate with Lorna Whiston. She has experience in theatre and she brings to the class her insights and understanding of subjects she majors in. She is dynamic and her classes are filled with exciting activities. She is able to help students to develop self-confidence and interest in their subjects.

    • Risa Ann Wong
      Drama Educator

      Risa Ann Wong

      Drama Educator

      Risa has been drawn to the theatre since she was a child. Her theatre experience includes performances across a wide range of genres – from musicals to experimental theatre. She is an alumni of the School of the Arts (SOTA), where she majored in theatre, and is recently a graduate of the National University of Singapore where she majored in Political Science. She believes that art has a social responsibility to address real-world issues, and that art can also aid in our understanding of the world. Risa has always enjoyed working with children, and previously worked as a mathematics teacher to kindergarten students. She thus hopes to marry her passion for theatre with children’s education, taking drama in education to the next level with TLC. Risa also has experience in music and dance, and she hopes to incorporate these elements into her classes for a more holistic experience for her young students.