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.