Led by artistic director Nelson Chia, NYT Ensemble Project is an attempt to build a company of ensemble actors who train regularly, in a systematic way, and create together over an extended period of time. Its main activities are divided into: regular training, creation and performance. For regular training, the ensemble uses the Suzuki Method of Actor Training (SMAT) and Viewpoints as its core systems to develop the art of the actor. Other trainings include Voice, Speech and Dramaturgy, etc.. The creation process draws on the synergy that emerges from these trainings over time. The ultimate aim of the project is to develop a sustainable group of company actors that accumulates its strengths through the ensemble environment to create works that are consistent, grounded and integral.
Mia is an actor, producer and theatre educator, also co-founder and Company Director of Nine Years Theatre. She started performing at 9 years old when she joined Rediffusion Singapore's children group and eventually graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies and Chinese Language from the National University of Singapore. In addition to that, she studied Viewpoints with SITI Company (New York) and Suzuki Method of Actor Training with SITI and Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan). Recent works include Art Studio (2017), Red Sky (2016), Red Demon (2016), The Lower Depths (2015), Tartuffe (2015), An Enemy of the People (2014), The Bride Always Knocks Twice (2013) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Macau Arts Festival 2013).
Qian Chou first worked with Nine Years Theatre on Twelve Angry Men and subsequently became a founding and core member of the NYT Ensemble, taking on Kuo Pao Kun's monologue No Parking on Odd Days in Cantonese; playing Big Beard in Art Studio Mr Lee's son in Red Sky the titular role in Red Demon and Tartuffe; the Pot-mender in The Lower Depths and Peter Stockmann in An Enemy of the People.
He graduated from NUS Theatre Studies and the pioneer cohort of W!LD Rice's actors' training programme young & W!LD. He also attended summer workshops at Ecole Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France) and David Diamond's Theatre for Living (Vancouver, Canada).
He has won Best Ensemble four times at the Life! Theatre Awards, for Red Sky, Lao Jiu: The Musical and Mad Forest; and was similarly nominated for Own Time Own Target and The Hypochondriac.
Why theatre? Over the years, he experienced the theatre’s power to question, transform, and develop social awareness.
Neo Hai Bin started off as a member of "ARTivate", the youth wing of Drama Box. Now a freelance theatre practitioner, he has worked with Drama Box, The Theatre Practice Lab, The Finger Players, The Necessary Stage, Nine Years Theatre.
His performances include Bondage, Shh.. (Forum Theatre), Mulan (children’s theatre), Dua Dai Ji (Mockumentary Theatre), Life Choices (Monologue), Manifesto, Art Studio...
He is part of "微Wei Collective". He keeps a blog at: http://thethoughtspavilion.wordpress.com.
Timothy is an actor, singer, and musician. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in 2013, from the Theatre Studies department in the National University of Singapore. Since then, he has been actively involved in both the local English and Mandarin theatre scene.
Stage credits include: Army Daze, Glass Anatomy, High Class, Red Riding Hood, Firecrackers & Bombshells, Romeo & Juliet: The Musical, Hansel & Gretel, The Nightingale (in both English & Mandarin), Junior Claus, Titoudao, The Tempest, December Rains, White Soliloquy, Beauty World, Red Demon, Kumarajiva, Red Sky, Fundamentally Happy, Girl in the White Sandbox, Art Studio.