Key Personnel

Key Personnel
    • Melissa Chiew
      Manager

      Melissa Chiew

      Manager

      Melissa is TLC’s Manager. She is part of the curriculum development team for the Arts Education Programmes and she is also the Assistant Producer for Educational Theatre Shows.

      Melissa has a wide variety of experience in a multitude of creative roles for TV, Film and Theatre. She trained in Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s Diploma in Mass Communication, and is a graduate of the BA(Hons) Theatre + Performance course at LASALLE College of the Arts.

      Melissa previously worked as a TV Producer and Manager for Children’s edutainment shows based in Singapore and Shanghai. She assisted in developing edutainment content created by Cartoonist Øistein Kristiansen, such as drawing and creativity books, television shows, online media engagement, art events, and enrichment curriculum. Her background in Media and Theatre grants her the understanding and practice of various artistic disciplines and creative learning through different platforms.

      As a Theatre Artist, she received an acting training scholarship from ExxonMobil through SRT’s The Young Company, and a final-year scholarship from LASALLE College of the Arts.

      Some highlights of her creative portfolio include Site-specific curatorial assistance in a  multi-disciplinary arts show, “Fireball 2011 (Ecnad)” at The Substation, a physical theatre performance in Si Woof Woof (Katak Kudung) directed by an established local Artist Noor Effendy Ibrahim, choreography for Agamemnon (SRT Young Co) directed by Michael Cobidge from the Royal Shakespeare Company, choreography for 13:34Musical (CANA) in the Singapore Expo Hall for an audience of 6000, performance in a 35-woman ensemble in Dream Country – A Lost Monologue ( Singapore Arts Festival 2012 ), and Director for an Intercultural Theatre project based on text from Knives in Hens by Scottish Playwright David Harrower for her final year Thesis in 2012.

      In June 2013, she was the Creative Director/Scriptwriter for a Humanitarian Concert “Dancing Rice”, a community theatre production that involved more than 100 children and youth performers from Cambodia and Singapore. This event was attended by international delegates and affiliates of Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS).

      Melissa also teaches children at Mindchamps, and has facilitated drama and movement workshops for children and youth from at-risk communities. She believes in making performances and creative experiences which benefit the development of people. In September 2015, Melissa scripted/directed a play with video segments for 33 amateur actors based on real-life story interviews of residents in a neighbourhood community, and is currently creating a series of “Dancing Stories” workshops for a group of senior citizens on wheelchairs. At TLC, Melissa is a member of the Creative Team for Educational Theatre Shows and Curriculum Development for Programmes and Workshops.

    • Candice de Rozario
      Head of Educational Theatre

      Candice de Rozario

      Head of Educational Theatre

      Candice is the Head of TLC’s Educational Theatre arm. She writes and directs for TLC’s preschool and primary school shows.

      Candice, a classically trained mezzo-soprano who used to front a death-metal band, is a jill-of-all-trades who acts, sings, directs and does puppetry. She is a veteran stage performer in children, family and adults productions. She performed in The Emperor’s new Clothes (W!ld Rice), Junior Claus (SRT’s Little Co.), Puss In Boots (I Theatre), If There’re Seasons (The Theatre Practice), Company (Dream Academy), Fried Rice Paradise (SRT/PA), The Full Monty (Pangdemonium), Much Ado About Nothing (SRT) and many others. Her directing credits include Hey, Little Mousedeer, Little Mermaid and Little Green Frog, among others.

    • Diana Johari
      Senior Drama Educator

      Diana Johari

      Senior Drama Educator

      Diana is TLC’s senior arts educator who develops and delivers the arts education programmes to various preschools islandwide.

      Diana found her passion for theatre at the tender age of three, when she was given her first ever role as The Magic Lamp in her school production of Aladdin during her preschool education.

      In 1994, at the age of 7, Diana had the privilege to be part of a Singapore musical showcasing in the Singapore Indoor Theatre called A River In Time. Since then, nothing has quite hindered her from pursuing her passion. Diana is no stranger to schools shows and productions – she has performed in numerous shows where she developed a love for children’s theatre and discovered an aptitude in connecting with children and youths.

      Through TLC, she has undergone numerous training Such as Wolf Trap Professional training for Artist Educators and Using Theatre Arts as a Tool for inclusion with ActingUpNz. Bringing with her a Diploma in Early Childhood and a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, she strives to bring sunshine into the lives of the young ones by encouraging their thoughts and imagination, hoping that an early exposure to the world of theatre would do as much for them as it did for her.

    • Mira Marjana
      Senior Drama Educator (Mentor)

      Mira Marjana

      Senior Drama Educator (Mentor)

      Mira is an arts educator at TLC. She also helps develop and deliver the arts education programmes.

      Mira is an early childhood educator with a decade of teaching experience in Singapore and Jakarta preschools. She possesses a Diploma in Early Childhood Education – Teaching and more recently a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education – Leadership. She has also had the opportunity t experience 2 workshops held by Wolf Trap that focused on using the art forms (music, drama and Dance) for Special Needs children and a professional development training on using effective arts-integrated strategies that supports curriculum standards and outcomes.

      She believes that it is crucial for teachers to play an essential role in children’s development an d provide them with opportunities to create learning experiences in understanding the world around them. She believes too that drama is an essential tool to provide children with such learning opportunities.

      Theatre and performing arts encourages children to play many roles, thus giving them multiple layers of perspectives. These experiences play a huge part in their development of language, social emotional skills, motor development, just to name a few. As a drama teacher, she feels that it is imperative to inject real-life scenarios into the drama activities that are conducted to stimulate children’s desire to explore, to develop their creativity and to enhance a reflective mindset. All in all, drama aims to invoke a sense of educational fun in children.

    • Abigail Ow
      Arts Management Executive

      Abigail Ow

      Arts Management Executive

      Abigail Ow is a graduate from NAFA with a Diploma in Arts Management majoring in Performing Arts. At the age of 6, her passion for theatre was ignited when she was chosen for a main role in preschool. She continued her love for performance when she joined a tertiary school choir to perform in Esplanade, Sentosa and Malacca, to name a few.

      After an accident in 2014, Abigail concreted her fervour in Performing Arts. Through music, she was able to heal physically and emotionally. During her free time, Abigail enjoys singing in cafes, restaurants and public spaces.

      Through her experiences, Abigail has become a strong believer of inculcating Arts and Music from an early age to enrich young creative minds. Abigail enjoys children’s company and often babysits. Her love for children is shown through her volunteering efforts at an orphanage in Chiangrai that she visits annually.