The Actors Studio Academy @ klpac is made up of dedicated and passionate facilitators. Click on their names to find out more about them! 😀
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.
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).
Oxford Tong is a Performing Arts (Drama) graduate from Universiti Malaya. Since his graduation in 2016, the 25-year-old made his stage debut through Tsao Yu’s Thunderstorm, directed by the First Lady of Malaysian Theatre, Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican in 2017.
That same year, Oxford stumped critics by bagging “The Best Newcomer” at the Short + Sweet Theatre Malaysia for his adorable portrayal of Peter in Sukhbir Cheema’s Tok Kok.
In 2018 he was part of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Theatre For Young People programme which was staged on two occasions including the Yayasan Sime Darby Arts Festival 2018.
Oxford was also the lead actor in a web-film advertisement, “Reality not Virtual” for TNB Chinese New Year 2020 which hits 25 million views in social media.
Megan is an educator of Musical Theatre with a focus on bridging the gap between singing, dancing and acting; in hopes of developing the ever elusive “triple threat” performer. Megan is also a certified Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms). She teaches a variety of movement classes ranging in style and skill level, in many regions in South East Asia including: Bangkok, Jakarta and Singapore.
Megan is back after completing her 3 month ISVP course at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC, where she got to train under established and rising broadway choreographers and performers. She is excited to share all that she has learned with the theatre community back home.
AXYR HANZ WILLIAM is an up-and-coming theatre practitioner specializing in the art of acting and directing. He was a (2017) Theatre for Young People (T4YP) alumni who discovered his passion for theatre when he first became part of the Drama Team in St. John’s Institution.
In 2018, Axyr debut as a director in his very first Short + Sweet play – Cin(T)a Buta. His team made it through to Gala night.
Axyr founded the Experimental Theatre Club (also known as IUMW Thespians) of the International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW) in 2018. His goal was to bring the joy of theatre to the students of IUMW. In 2019, under his direction, the club successfully staged a Malaysian-adaptation of Gruesome Playground Injuries (an American play). The play made national news on The Sun Daily.
While Axyr has took on roles in plays like The Fall of the House of Usher (by TheatreThreeSixty), Floor 43 (by Kudos Production) and A Man for All Seasons (by Joe Hasham), he has also been selected for roles in advertisements, most notably a Chinese New Year Ad – The Ong-est Hour by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
At present, Axyr is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication under the Faculty of Communication, Arts and Media in IUMW.
Khayma Balakrishnan is passionate about teaching the English language, focusing on literature, writing techniques, communicative games, varied use of classroom materials and public speaking. When she isn’t teaching, she’s either reading, writing or chasing butterflies. She’s really your clichéd version of the girl next door who lives her life by two rules, which are, to be kind and to choose happiness, always and every single time.
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!
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.
Vicky specializes 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.