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Our Milestones

  • 27 Jan 2012

    Commencement of a consecutive 3-year commission by The Esplanade’s Huayi Festival



  • 31 Aug 2012

    Incorporation as a non-profit organisation

  • 1 Mar 2013

    Moved in to Aliwal Arts Centre



  • 22 Apr 2013

    First SMAT class



  • 4 May 2013

    Started SMAT & VP Jam



  • 1 Jun 2013

    Toured to Macau Arts Festival



  • 10 Jun 2013

    Formed NYTEP – Nine Years Theatre Ensemble Project (NYTEP)

  • 8 Jan 2014

    Commissioned to open the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival



  • 2 Jun 2014

    First Mandarin speech class



  • 10 Oct 2014

    Registered as a charity

  • 16 Nov 2014

    First Viewpoints class



  • 23 Jul 2015

    First Drink & Talk session (after every performance of The Lower Depths)



  • 14 Aug 2015

    Obtained IPC status

  • 1 Oct 2016

    Renamed NYTEP to NYT Ensemble

  • 1 Nov 2016

    First "DIRECTING THE SCENE: Master Class in Directing" class



  • 21 May 2016

    Nelson Chia (Artistic Director) awarded fellowship by Centre 42 to adapt the novel Art Studio for the stage

  • 1 Jan 2017

    Began to develop the "Body Paradox: The NYT Actors’ Work” - a performance approach"

  • 23 May 2017

    Nelson Chia (Artistic Director) awarded 3-year International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) fellowship


  • Nelson Chia (Artistic Director) and Mia Chee (Company Director) invited on a panel at “Transformation Through Training”, a symposium on the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, organised by SITI Company (New York).

  • 6 Aug 2017

    Commissioned to open Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) – NYT’s first original work, an adaptation of novel, Art Studio, by cultural medallion winner Yeng Pway Ngon



  • 1 Mar 2018

    First cross-disciplinary collaboration with local contemporary dance company T.H.E. Dance Co



  • 11 May 2018

    First international collaboration, with Macau Arts Festival



  • 1 Oct 2018

    Addition of associate roles in the company

  • Jun 2019 – Jan 2020

    Nelson Chia (Artistic Director) invited on the planning committee for ISPA Congress (New York)

  • 18 Jul 2019

    First co-production with Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre



  • 1 Apr 2020

    Moved into a bigger studio at Aliwal Arts Centre




Our Accolades

  • The first Singapore theatre company to be commissioned for three consecutive years by The Esplanade to present works at the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts, from 2012 to 2014.
  • The first Singapore Mandarin theatre company to be commissioned to open the Singapore International Festival of Arts, in the year 2017.
  • The first Singapore Mandarin theatre company to be commissioned to open the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, in the year 2014.
  • 10 festival commissions and4 international/local collaborations, to date.

  • The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards

  • 4-time winner in the “Best Director” category for artistic director, Nelson Chia.
  • 3-time winner in the “Best Ensemble” category.
  • 2-time winner in the “Production of the Year” category.
  • Won 15 awards out of 32 nominations, including acting and design categories.
    • 2012

      Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

      Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2012 Commission

    • - Garnered 1 win at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2013":
      Best Supporting Actor
    • - Also Nominated for:
      Best Actress & Best Costume Design

    • 2013

      Twelve Angry Men

      Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2013 Commission

    • - Garnered 4 wins at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2014":
      Best Director - Nelson Chia, Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor - Johnny Ng & Best Set Designer - Wong Chee Wai
    • - Also nominated for:
      Production of the Year, Best Actor - Jeffrey Low, Best Actor - Tay Kong Hui & Best Costume Designer - Anthony Tan


    • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

      Macau Arts Festival 2013 Commission



    • 2014

      An Enemy of the People

      M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2014 Commission



    • Art

      Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2014 Commission

    • - Garnered 3 wins at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2015":
      Production of the Year, Best Director - Nelson Chia, Best Actor - Peter Sau
    • - Also nominated for:
      Best Sound Design - Darren Ng

    • 2015

      Tartuffe

    • - Nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2016":
      Best Supporting Actress - Jalyn Han


    • The Lower Depths

    • - Nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2016":
      Best Supporting Actor - Johnny Ng, Best Supporting Actor - Tay Kong Hui

    • 2016

      Red Demon

    • - 获得提名入围:

    • Red Sky

    • - Garnered 2 wins at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2017":
      Best Ensemble, Best Lighting Design - James Tan
    • - Also nominated for:
      Best Costume Design - Anthony Tan

    • 2017

      Fundamentally Happy

      Esplanade's The Studios 2017 - Co-production with The Esplanade

    • - Nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2018":
      Best Set Design - Wong Chee Wai


    • Dialects & Dialectics

      Silver Arts Festival 2017 Commission



    • Art Studio

      Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017 Commission

    • - Garnered 2 wins at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2018":
      Best Director - Nelson Chia, Best Ensemble
    • - Also nominated for:
      Production of the Year

    • 2018

      Cut Kafka!

      Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018 Commission



    • Pissed Julie

      Macau Arts Festival 2018

    • - Garnered 1 win at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2018":
      Best Director - Nelson Chia
    • - Also nominated for:
      Best Ensemble


    • Lear Is Dead


    • 2019

      FAUST/US

    • - Nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2020":
      Best Lighting Design — Adrian Tan, Best Sound Design — Zai Tang


    • First Fleet

      Co-presented with Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre

    • - Garnered 2 wins at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2018":
      Production of the Year, Best Costume - Loo An Ni
    • - Also nominated for:
      Best Script, Best Director - Nelson Chia


    • Dear Elena

    • - Nominated at the "Life! Theatre Awards 2020":
      Best Lighting Design — Faith Liu Yong Huay