The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac engages with dedicated and passionate facilitators made up of professional actors and artists, trainers from corporate backgrounds, and working teachers with experience from private and public institutions.
Trained at the Michael Howard Studios in New York City, Farah Rani is Malaysian-based actress. An avid theatre practitioner for the past 15 years, she has performed in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo and Australia.
A six-time recipient of Malaysia’s premier theatre award, Farah garnered wins at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Nadirah, 2012), Best Performance by an Ensemble (Projek Disko Baldi, 2011) and two back-to-back wins in the category of Audience Choice for Projek Disko Baldi and Projek Disko Baldi in Love. The Language Archive and Kandang were also awarded the ‘Best Of’ Award at the 2016 and 2017 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards respectively.
On screen, Farah has been featured in Liew Seng Tat’s Flowers in the Pocket (as Cikgu Dara), Carmen Soo’s If Only (as Young Ira), Megat Sharizal’s Budak Baru (as Azlynn), Prakash Murugiah’s Flashes (as Priscilla) and Dain Said’s Iman Untuk Bulan (as Ida).
Jun Vinh Teoh is a Malaysian actor-singer, educator, and theatre-maker. He is an alumnus of klpac’s Theatre for Young People (T4YP) programme (2014) and graduated with First Class Honours from LASALLE College of the Arts’ BA (Hons) Acting programme (2017) in Singapore.
He has travelled to Siena, Italy, with the KL Shakespeare Players to collaborate with Topi Dalmata and Theatre Ash, co-directing and devising “Viaggo in Occidente” (2019).
Notable acting credits include Daniel in the mockumentary webseries Average Guys, Michael in Unity (1918) (dir. Tung Jit Yang), Ferdinand in David Glass’s Tempest (dir. David Glass), Cheng in Swipe Right (dir. Claire Wong), unnamed cast in OCD (dir. Ho Lee Ching), and Pompey in Measure for Measure (dir. Adam Marple).
Mark is a Malaysian-born, UK-trained, and Melbourne-based voice and speech coach. He holds an MA (Master of Arts) in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and teaches Speech and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He runs an active private home studio and regularly conducts voice and speech workshops around Australia and Asia.
Theatre productions that Mark has voice and dialect coached on include NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Mark Taylor), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (dir. Stephen O’Neil), TITANIC: THE MUSICAL (dir. James Cutler), THE COLOR PURPLE (dir. Robbie Carmellotti), and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (dir. Chris Baldock). As a teacher, coach and mentor, Mark takes pride and joy not only in sharing his knowledge to his students, but also watching them grow into more successful versions of themselves. Mark strongly believes in creating a safe and supportive yet playful environment for his students/clients to build rapport and encourage growth.
Terence Toh is an author, lyricist, playwright and journalist. He contributes lifestyle and arts articles to many local publications.
He has won Best Libretto (Lyrics and Script) at the SHORT+SWEET Musical festival three times. His short scripts have been performed in shows such as ‘indicinelive! IV’, ‘Tales from the Bedroom’, ‘4Love: Through the Decades’, ‘indicinelive! V’ and more.
He is one of five playwrights chosen for The Actors Studio’s ‘The New Play Project’ and his play ‘Restless’ was published in the anthology “The New Play Project: Book One” and received a public staged reading. Terence has also written two BOH Cameronian Arts Award-winning musicals, ‘Euphrasia The Musical’ (with Cheah Uihua) and ‘The Working Dead’, which earned him the Best Book and Best Original Score awards.
Speech & Drama
Adam Hamizan is a Corporate Administration Diploma holder. He decided to hone his performing talents and became an ensemble member of Theatre for Young People (T4YP) 2019.
His past performing credits include: “Kurator Dapur” (2018); “TIGA 3” (2019), Five Arts Centre; “Bunga Mimpi Yang Kembang Kuncup” (2019); “Rashomon” (2020), klpac; “T4YP Emergence: Love & Loss” (2020), klpac. More recently, he was involved in the Singapore Bicentennial Experience playing the role of Sang Nila Utama.
Nabil Musawir (M.Bale) started his acting journey by participating in the Theatre for Young People (2017) programme in klpac. He then continued to work on his craft by acting in numerous plays such as Kelas Tambahan, Dato’ Seri, Harder Than This: The Musical, Mixtape for Maz, Mautopia, Tanah Akhirku, Floor 43, Forget Me Not, PohLiThik, IndicineLive! 6, Wangi Jadi Saksi, and Rashomon. M.Bale won Best Newcomer (2017) and Best Supporting Actor & Overall Production (2018) in Short & Sweet Theatre organized by klpac. He also won Best Production with Wangi Jadi Saksi in Drama Stor Teater (2019) organized by Persatuan Teater Malaysia. He is an avid Liverpool fan. YNWA!
Phraveen Arikiah is a singer-songwriter and actor who has had the honour of performing on stages across Malaysia, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Thailand. His recent performance credits include five roles that he originated for Mahsuri (And Other Peculiar Tales): A New Musical; by Liver & Lung Productions – which won the Innovation in Musical Theatre Award at the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2017, Musa in Penang PAC’s production of ‘Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo’, Michal Katurian in theatrethreesixty’s staging of ‘The Pillowman’, and an ensemble member in Theatresauce’s production of ‘4.48 Psychosis’.
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THEYVAPAALAN IS A GRADUATE OF THE PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA DEPARTMENT OF SUNWAY UNIVERSITY. DEBUTING ON THE PROFESSIONAL STAGE WITH “RIWAYAT” (2017), AN EXPERIMENTAL DEVISED PIECE FOR THE GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL, UPON COMPLETING THE THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (T4YP) PROGRAMME AT THE KUALA LUMPUR PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE.
OTHER THEATRE CREDITS INCLUDE: “SKIN AND FLOWERS” (2018) FOR THE YAYASAN
SIME DARBY ARTS FESTIVAL; “WANDERING PADI” FOR THE ANSAN STREET ARTS
FESTIVAL (2019); “LIVING PROJECT” (2019) AND “LIVING” (2020) WITH WINDRIVER
PRODUCTIONS; “PLAYS WITHOUT WORDS & ACTION” (2019) FOR THE METADRAMA
FESTIVAL, RUSSIA; “YOUR FATHER’S HOUSE AH (DANCE@74)” FOR THE
GEORGETOWN FESTIVAL. AND DIRECTED “S I X” (2018) AS PART OF THEIR
FINAL YEAR PROJECT, SUNWAY UNIVERSITY; AND “THREE” AS PART OF TIGA, FIVE ARTS CENTRE.
As an educator, Wilson aims to help his students build confidence and self assurance in themselves through the appreciation and understanding of Musical Theatre. He strongly believes that performing arts skills should be made accessible to all, and that the skills you learn for stage can also be applied for life!
Wilson Chin has been a performer since 2016 with his stage debut as the Meng understudy in MUD the musical under Enfiniti Productions. Other notable credits include: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 2019; FAME the Musical 2017 – Monday Show Entertainment; Between the Lines 2018 – British Academy of Performing Arts; Breakfast on an Empty Stomach 2019 – Short and Sweet; Murder at the Masquerade 2019 – Wayang Kitchen – ; Euphrasia The Musical – klpac & GSS (2019 premiere and tour, 2020 restage)
Rebecca Bajok or Becky, is an educator, facilitator and color therapist who has worked in corporate training and development for 10 years. A graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), and Diploma in Management Information’s System. Currently, she is in her final year of MBA in General Business Administration with Westminster International College a division of London School Of Commerce Group of College.
After completing her BBA at Temple University, USA, she returned to Malaysia. Her professional experience include Human Resources, and Training & Development for industries such as Oil & Gas, Hospitality, and Advertising & Promotion.
With her passion for the performing arts she believes through its education, forms of expression, and potential creativity, one can identify and enhance an individual’s personality and strength.
She is currently focusing on alternative education for children and teenagers. Arming herself with her past corporate experiences, she has developed training programmes and modules in creative learning, aimed for children to discover themselves through the arts.
Her running modules: Speech & Drama, Public Speaking, Science & Tell, Story Cartooning, and Art & Colours.
Past teaching experiences with: International schools – Garden International School, Tenby International School; Enrichment centres – Presto, Little Oxford, Jingle Mingle; Home schooling; Montessori schools
Vicky specialises in working with young children, through creative English classes with speech and drama components, private tutoring, school holiday programs, special needs homeschooling, class presentations, year end concerts, and live shows! Passionate about educating young minds, Vicky strives to make the world a better place through embarking on educational journeys with the future generation.