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Nelson Chia

Nelson Chia

Artistic Director & Co-founder

Nelson is an award-winning director / performer who also writes, researches and teaches. He is a four-time Best Director winner and two-time Best Actor winner at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. He was the first Singapore artist to be commissioned for three consecutive years by the nation’s main arts centre - The Esplanade to present work at the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts. In 2017, he received a Fellowship by Centre42 to adapt Cultural Medallion novelist Yeng Pway Ngon’s seminar work Art Studio for the stage, followed by a commission from Singapore International Festival of Arts to open the festival with this work in the same year. His other commission partners include Macau Arts Festival, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, and Singapore Writers’ Festival, to name a few.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London (MA in Directing) and National University of Singapore (BA, Hons, Theatre Studies), Nelson was Head of Department for Theatre at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, adjunct lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts and full-time lecturer of Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Toy Factory Productions (2003 - 2013), a Resident Artist with The Theatre Practice (2000 - 2002), an Associate Artist with The Substation (2007 - 2009), and a founding member of the ensemble collective A GROUP OF PEOPLE (2008 - 2012). In 2017, he was awarded a 3-year Fellowship with the International Society for the Performing Arts in New York, and was on the planning committee for the society’s NYC congress in 2019. He was a Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (Drama) Adjudicator for many years, an active member of Singapore Chinese Language Theatre Alliance, and currently sits on the Examination Board of Intercultural Theatre Institute and the Industry Advisory Group of Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.

Nelson’s directorial works are marked by detailed and dynamic ensemble work. His original writings, adaptations, translations and choice of plays are known to possess deep cultural challenges and linguistic sensibilities. In 2012, Nelson co-founded Nine Years Theatre (NYT) with his wife Mia Chee. Within a few years, NYT has grown to become one of the key players in the scene. Through his artistic direction, he has managed to not only rejuvenate the Singapore Mandarin theatre scene with his work, but raised the awareness of actor training among the artistic community. For many years, he has invested his energy in the research of actor training methods, making him an important figure in this field in Singapore. Since 2008, he has been training regularly in the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints. He studied both methods with SITI Company in New York, and trained in the Suzuki Method with Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT) in Japan and performed in the Toga Festival. In 2013, he created the NYT Ensemble (NYTE) with an aim to establish a company of ensemble actors who train regularly in a systematic way and create work together over an extended period of time. Under Nelson’s leadership, the NYT Ensemble is currently developing a performance approach known as “Body Paradox: The NYT Actors’ Work”. To date, the NYT Ensemble is the only actor ensemble of this nature in Singapore.

Mia Chee

Mia Chee

Company Director & Co-founder

Mia is an actor, theatre producer and theatre educator, also co-founder and Company Director of Nine Years Theatre.

She found her love in performing at the age of 9 when she joined Rediffusion's children radio drama group. Since then, she has been performing in school through her teenage years and eventually graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies and Chinese Language from the National University of Singapore.

In addition to that, Mia was in the 2nd batch of students training under the former Theatre Training and Research Programme (now known as Intercultural Theatre Institute) and studied close to 2 years, before becoming a proud mother to her twin daughters.

She has worked with various theatre companies such as Toy Factory Productions Ltd, Dramabox, The Theatre Practice, The Necessary Stage and TheatreWorks. Recent works include Dear Elena, First Fleet, FAUST/US, Lear Is Dead, Pissed Julie, Cut Kafka!, Art Studio, Red Sky, Red Demon, The Lower Depths, Tartuffe, An Enemy of the People, The Bride Always Knocks Twice and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Macau Arts Festival 2013).

Mia studied Viewpoints with SITI Company (New York) and Suzuki Method of Actor Training with SITI and Suzuki Company of Toga (Japan).

Board of Directors

Albert Chan

Albert Chan has served on Nine Years Theatre Board since 2012.

He is currently the Senior Vice-President of Kepner-Tregoe, a global consulting company from Princeton, New Jersey (US). He has strategic, financial and operational responsibility. He is also an elected Board Member of the company since 2012.

Prior to Kepner-Tregoe, Albert held management positions with a Singapore-based organisation as well as a global big-five consulting company.

Albert divides his time vis-à-vis US, Japan and Singapore.

Mia Chee

Mia is an actor, theatre producer and theatre educator, also co-founder and Company Director of Nine Years Theatre.

She found her love in performing at the age of 9 when she joined Rediffusion’s children radio drama group. Since then, she has been performing in school through her teenage years and eventually graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies and Chinese Language from the National University of Singapore.

Mia also worked as a part-time DJ at Y.E.S. FM93.3 during the years 1997 – 2014.

Nelson Chia

Nelson is an actor, director and theatre educator, also co-founder and Artistic Director of Nine Years Theatre.

He has been an active player on the Singapore stage for more than two decades, taking on numerous major and leading roles in English and Mandarin productions. He is a two-time winner in the Best Actor category in The Straits Times' Life! Theatre Awards for his performance in a 100-minute, one-man show White Soliloquy (2010) and A Language Of Their Own (Singapore Arts Festival 2012).

As a director, he is known for his detailed and tight ensemble work on stage and his translation and re-imagination of classics in Mandarin. He is a four-time winner in the Best Director category in the Straits Times' Life! Theatre Awards (Twelve Angry Men, 2014. Art, 2015. Art Studio, 2018. Pissed Julie, 2019). He was the first Singapore artist to be commissioned for three consecutive years by the Esplanade to present works at the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts.

A graduate of Goldsmiths College, London (MA in Directing) and the National University of Singapore (BA Theatre Studies), Nelson has headed the Department of Theatre at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and also lectured at Lasalle College of the Arts and the Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore. He was the Associate Artistic Director of Toy Factory Productions (2003 - 2013), a Resident Artist with The Theatre Practice (2000 - 2002), an Associate Artist with The Substation (2007 - 2009), and a founding member of the ensemble collective A GROUP OF PEOPLE (2008 - 2012). In 2017, he was awarded a 3-year fellowship with the International Society for Performing Arts in New York. He currently sits on the examination board of the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore.

Johnny Ng

Mr Johnny Ng is the chairman of Sin Feng Xiang Sheng Society and a disciple of crosstalk master Mr. Jiang Kun. He started performing crosstalk in 1976 and in 1990, won first place in the Singapore National Crosstalk Competition. He is a two-time winner for the Best Actor award and has been involved in local drama, crosstalk, and film and television for nearly 40 years. Mr Ng has been invited to China, Taiwan and Malaysia for exchanges and performances.


Linda Tan

Linda Tan is currently serving as a Director with Business China and a Regional Group Director with Enterprise Singapore, a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore. She is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry, with professional skills in Marketing, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, Government Relations, and Business Strategy.

Linda volunteers her time at the Singapore Children’s Society and serves the Ulu Pandan community as a Grassroots Leader. She has been serving as a Board Member of Nine Years Theatre since 2015.

Audrey Wong

Audrey Wong was artistic co-director of The Substation from 2000 till early 2010- the first woman to be appointed to this role in the arts centre. She was co-Director with Lee Weng Choy. She served as the first Nominated Member of Parliament for the Arts in Singapore from 2009-2011. She is currently Head, School of Creative Industries and Programme Leader of the MA Arts and Cultural Leadership programme at LASALLE College of the Arts.

Among her contributions to the arts, she also kickstarted the Moving Images film programme at The Substation back in 1997 when she was a programme executive there. It was Singapore’s first year-round film programme supporting local filmmakers.

She has served and continues to serve on various institutional boards and committees including with the Singapore Art Museum, National Arts Council and Singapore International Foundation. She was on the Arts and Culture Strategic Review Committee (2010 – 2012) and is currently a board member of Nine Years Theatre.
Staff

Kwah Wei Ting

Admin Executive

Wei Ting has a keen interest in languages and literature. She joined Nine Years Theatre in 2019.



Valerie Chua

Publicity Executive

Valerie graduated from the Theatre Studies programme in NUS and was a member of Drama Box’s youth wing “ARTivate” (second cohort). A designer and an avid beauty fanatic, she enjoys learning new skills in her free time. Valerie is grateful for the opportunities that Nine Years Theatre has given her, where she dabbled in design, coding, and make-up.

Lynzie Au Yeung

Accountant

Lynzie delights in balancing numbers, working in a team environment and helping out arts companies, and therefore is happy be part of the Nine Years Theatre family.



Associates

Cherilyn Woo

Director

Cherilyn is a freelance Theatre Director and Writer, and currently is Associate Director at Nine Years Theatre (NYT) .

Director Credits: Note For Note (Arts House), Fantastic Mr Fox (SRT, Associate Director), FAUST/US (NYT), Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Corinda (YST), La Boheme (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Nightingale (SRT, Associate Director), The Woman Before, The Bus Stop, Abstraction, The Chairs.

From 2014 – 2016, she was a part of the Directing Residency at Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT).

Tennie Su

Production Manager

Tennie’s experiences with performing arts are varied – Chinese traditional music, modern dance and contemporary theatre. She feels privileged to have witnessed the process from page to stage and the development of performers.

Credits include: It Won't be Too Long – The Cemetery, Dawn by Drama Box, Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral by Jeff Chen, The Rite of Spring – A People's Stravinsky by The Arts Fission Company and The Philharmonic Orchestra. M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festiva 2019l, New Works Festival 2019 by the Singapore Chinese Language Theatre Alliance, PheNoumenon by T.H.E Dance Company. Art, Art Studio, Cut Kafka! and First Fleet by Nine Years Theatre.

Tennie is grateful to be working with Nine Years Theatre as Associate Production Manager.