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Speech & Drama
Mark is currently the Resident Director/ Writer with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. His first play Stories for Amah was directed in 2002 by Joe Hasham and garnered five Cameronian Arts Awards nominations including Best Original Script. Since then, Mark has written and directed many other plays namely 8 Ways to Lighten the Schoolbag, Oh My God, Bottom Top, Kaki Blue the Musical, Adam the Musical, and Big Head Potato Head which won 3 awards in the 2010 ADA Theatre Awards.
In 2009, Mark spent 3 months working with South Korean company Nottle Theatre on a devised piece, and staged his first play in Singapore; Mama’s Wedding with Action Theatre. In 2011, Mark won Best Director for the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival, and in 2013, the musical that he wrote Marrying Me won Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Cameronian Arts Awards. Mark recently won Best Director for the Short and Sweet Festival 2014 for Theatre Category and co-directed the musical Zak Zebra’s African Safari for children.
Mark has been teaching in the performing arts since 2004. He was in charge of the performing arts programme in Sekolah Sri KDU until joining The Actors Studio Academy as facilitator and syllabus developer. Mark has conducted workshops for NGOs (drama therapy), teachers’ training institutions (drama as a tool for language learning), primary and secondary schools (private and public) and corporate training for various companies. His latest play Sisa Sisa received 7 nominations in the 2016 Cameronian Arts Awards. He recently completed his Masters in Performing Arts.
Trained as a graphic designer and copywriter, Omar stumbled onto the stage by accident, liked it, and decided to stay. He does a bit of acting, directing, and set design.
His more recent adventures include Zak Zebra’s Malaysian Safari (Sep 2015), Uda dan Dara (Apr 2015), Zak Zebra’s African Safari (Feb 2015), Sinbad: The Musical (April 2014), Rashomon (Jul 2013), Broken Bridges (May 2013), Philadelphia, Here I come! (Jan 2013).
In set design, he works alongside scenographer Yusman Mokhtar. Their recent works include The Taste of Water (Jul 2015), SuperMokh: The Musical (Nov 2013), Philadelphia, Here I come! (Jan 2013), and Paper Crane (Aug 2012) which won Best Set Design at the 2012 ADA Theatre Awards.
In 2013, Omar was awarded the Short+Sweet Festival Director’s Award, and in 2014, his group won Best Overall Production as well as the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Creative Excellence Award at the annual Short+Sweet Festival.
Omar is currently a resident director at klpac and is trying his miserable, clumsy hands at writing.
She started dabbling in the performing arts when she joined Joe Hasham’s Acting for Beginners in 2008. Lee Ching realised how much she wanted to pursue acting after being part of Theatre for Young People (T4YP) 2012. She is currently the Actor in Residence at The Actors Studio Malaysia and is one of the programme coordinators and facilitators for T4YP. She also teaches seven- to nine-year-old kids in The Actors Studio Academy Speech & Drama Programme.
To date, she has collaborated with Mark Beau de Silva for T4YP – Family (2017) and Still Taming & S’kolah (2016). For Omar Ali’s Kandang (2017), she was tasked as the Director of Movement. She also recently played Chou Suu Feng in Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm (2017) directed by none other than Dato’ Faridah Merican.
In September 2014, she had the opportunity to tour South Korea as part of Zak Zebra’s Malaysian Safari. Her other works include playing multiple characters in Sisa-Sisa (2015), the lead in The Taste of Water (2015), a short monologue performance – Aku Nak Jadi Bintang (2015) and Three Doors (2015) as part of klpac’s 10th Anniversary Director Showcase. She was also in Zak Zebra’s African Safari at klpac (2015), Never Eat Too Much Before Rapture (2014,2013), Marrying Me the Musical (2013), Romeo and Juliet (2013), Through the Looking Glass (2012), Dinnertime(2012), Heart’s Desire (2012) and Ismail, the Last Days (2008).
Tung Jit Yang is a graduate from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he earned his BFA (hons.) in Drama.
His New York directing credits include “The Tribe,” and “Chasing Light,” both new and original pieces of work with Shout Alone Theater Company. Upon returning to Malaysia, Jit was an Artist-in-Residence with theatrethreesixty where he devised his solo show “Tanah”; and where he first developed and premiered “Riwayat.”
Other projects include: acting as head-facilitator and spearhead for The New Play Project where he works with emerging playwrights of the Kuala Lumpur scene, to develop and publish their work.
Mohd Zhafir Muzani bin Mohamad who goes by the stage name Zhafir Muzani, was born in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan and grew up in Lahad Datu, Sabah. He is now residing in Kajang, Selangor. Zhafir is an art activist who always wanted to explore the world of acting and dance. He started off as a freelance dancer and made a debut as a TV actor in an educational sitcom ‘Oh My English!’ while still pursuing his passion in dance.
He graduated with a Diploma in Film and Degree in Theatre from UiTM. He has joined many competitions such as Short+Sweet dance at klpac under Khairul Azhar since 2013 and won ‘Best Male Dancer’ two years in a row (2016 & 2017). Besides that, he won the World Championship of Performing Arts (2011) in Los Angeles, USA and also won in a few categories in dance and acting. He also choreographed dances for UiTM events after he graduated, such as the opening for Malam Karyaone Awards (2017) and Dhendham Tresno Musical (2018). He loves Javanese and Balinese dance and has travelled to Jogjakarta, Indonesia to learn both art forms. He tries to spread the beauty of Indonesian dance in Malaysia whenever he can. Now he serves as an in-house resident choreographer and actors at the klpac.
Among his theatrical works include Oedipus (2010), Muzikal Destini Anak Bangsa (2013), Kampung Kemenyan (2014), Rasuk (2015), Buy 1 Free 1 (2015), Nawaitu (2017), and Men In Heels (2018) and he has directed a play, Dang Sri (2015) and Mere Behen Ki Shaadi Musical (2016).
Phraveen Arikiah is a singer-songwriter, actor and professional bathroom performer whose recent performance credits include Kanna in ‘Uda & Dara 2015’ by The Actors Studio, five roles that he originated for ‘Mahsuri (And Other Peculiar Tales): A New Musical’ by Liver & Lung Productions (2016) – 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’ (2017), Michal Katurian in theatrethreesixty’s staging of ‘The Pillowman’ (2017), a member of a 4-part ensemble in Theatresauce’s production of ‘4.48 Psychosis’ (2017), and a Lead Vocalist in The Actors Studio’s Seni Teater Rakyat’s ‘Yesterday Once More’ (2018). He also completed a year-long actor’s residency with The KL Shakespeare Players in 2018, during which he toured Malaysia to perform ‘Shakespeare Demystified: Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘A Tale That Must Be Told: Macbeth’.
His performance as Siraj in Kent Tan’s play, ‘1504’, earned him the Best Male Supporting Actor award in the 2015 Short + Sweet Theatre Malaysia festival, while his performance as Ben in Terence Toh’s musical ‘Parallel’ garnered him the Best Male Lead Actor award in the 2016 Short + Sweet Musical Malaysia festival. He was also in the cast of ‘CS: The Musical’, which won the Best Overall Production Award and Audience Choice Award during the 2016 Short + Sweet Musical Malaysia festival.
When he isn’t busy terrorizing people on stage, Phraveen can be found hunting down the best cakes in town, hiking, or simply contemplating the existence of dragons.
Kimmy Kiew was a theatre Director-in-Residence at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) (2010-2012) and is currently a facilitator for the preschool drama programme at The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac.
Graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Arts with a major in theatre, she last performed in PAPER CRANE (a musical directed by Joe Hasham OAM), Sharman Macdonald’s AFTER JULIET (2010) and her own devised physical theatre piece, SMS FROM AN ANGEL (2011). Being creatively involved in various capacities in the past 20 years, Kimmy has supervised front-of-house, acting coach for TV actors, acted in film and TV, and took on roles as publicist and Associate Producer for the Gardner & Wife Theatre Company.
An active pursuer of cultural-exchange programmes, Kimmy has also participated in the ASEAN-Japan Exchange (2003) in Tokyo; CPI (2007) in Seoul where she collaborated in symposiums, forums and art markets; and as a guest artist at Tamsui Arts Carnival 2010 with Sun Son Theatre in Taiwan.
Kimmy fell in love with the Cantonese Opera arts and currently she’s been learning the arts with the Cantonese Opera Master Madam Kam Sin Kiew under KSK Art Crew.
Other noteworthy achievements include THE BEAR (2003) which won Best Production at the 2nd ADA Awards and 7 nominations (including Best Director) at the 2nd BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, as well as RACE: ONE IN A BILLION (2008) which was nominated for Best Script at the 8th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. Kimmy was also a director in the musical category which won the Best Overall Production for SHORT & SWEET FESTIVAL MALAYSIA 2011.
Kimmy also received Best Actress at the BMW Shorties Awards in 2008. The rest of her directorial endeavours include NIGHTLIFE CREATURES (2011), WAITING FOR GODOT (2010), PILGRIMS & A LOSER (2010), WOMEN OF SILK RIVER (2010), THE BENCH (2009) and OKIKU – A TRAGEDY RETOLD (2007) and Co-director in MALAYSIAN GIRLS THE MUSICAL (2011) alongside the celebrated Joe Hasham OAM.
Rebecca Bajok, or better known as Becky, is an educator, facilitator, and a colour therapist. She has been in corporate training and development for almost 10 years, graduated with a Degree in Business Administration, and Diploma In Management Information’s Systems. Currently, she is in her final year of MBA in general business administration with Westminster International College which is a division of the London School Of Commerce Group of Colleges.
After she completed her 4 years of BBA in Temple University, Philadelphia, USA, she returned to Malaysia to join an affiliate organization. Her professional experience from the very beginning has been mostly in Human Resources, mainly in the Training & Development division for industries such as Oil and Gas, Hospitality and A&P.
She has now reinvented herself with her passion in Performing Arts. Thus, she believes through its form of expression, creativity and education, one can certainly identify and enhance a child’s personality and strength. Now she is focusing on alternative education for children and teenagers. Arming herself with her past corporate experiences, she has now developed training program modules in creative learning for children to discover themselves through arts.
Her exposure in this industry such as teaching preschool, primary and secondary children in Speech & Drama, Public Speaking, Science & Tell, Story Cartooning, and Art & Colours.
Mei Yee was a business analyst in the IT industry until she decided stop climbing up the corporate ladder and to become a facilitator for us. She believes creative drama is an approach to establish and develop social communication and confidence in children. She is currently pursuing a diploma in teaching Speech & Drama accredited by Trinity College London.
Mei Yee is also fascinated by the shadow arts. She has performed in the Wayang – Malaysian Stories (Restaged) and Wayang – Malaysia Kita staged in 2015 and 2016 respectively.