||Jonathan Lim, Director
Jonathan Lim is an actor, director and playwright who graduated with Honours from the NUS Theatre Studies Programme and went on to study directing at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He is currently Artistic Director of STAGES and an Associate Artistic Director at WILD RICE, where he also runs Young n W!LD, W!LD RICE’s youth actor training division. He is also the creator of the long-running parody show Chestnuts, which is approaching its 12th year.
Jonathan’s directing credits include the Sydney premiere of Ovidia Yu’s Woman In A Tree On A Hill, the charity extravaganza A Nation In Concert, the mandarin play A Right Ritual, Two Modern Kyogen (Sydney), MURDER D.i.Y, Pontianak -A Love Story, Quiet The Gorilla and Pan Island Expressway for Theatreworks, Dick & Ja: The Early Years, From Eve To Mary : Walking With Women, and all the STAGES productions since 1996. He is also the artistic director of STAGES; and has written and performed in eleven installments of the yearly parody show Chestnuts since 1996. For W!LD RICE, he has directed Alfian Sa’at’s Homesick (which launched the inaugural Singapore Theatre Festival) and the hit panto Jack and the Beansprout, for which he also wrote the lyrics. For young & W!LD, he has directed Tony Perez’s On North Diversion Road and Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest. He also directed the Singapore Day concert in New York City’s Central Park in April 2007 and most recently the People’s Association Youth Chinese Orchestra concert The Enchanted Journey and Own Time Own Target – three comedies about NS - for the OCBC Singapore Theatre Festival. His next project is an interactive murder mystery that takes place in a house in Serangoon.
His acting credits include Into the Woods, Dick Lee’s Kampong Amber, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Bent, Aladdin, The Fantasticks, Little Violet and the Angel, Lao Jiu: The Musical, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Caliban/Ferdinand/Gonzalo in Tempest. He was nominated for Best Actor in the 2002 Life! Theatre Awards for his one-man show Emerald Hole. On screen, he played Hugo A-Go-Goh in the film Chicken Rice War and TV series such as Triple Nine and Growing Up. Last year, he appeared in Connect the Dots in the Hong Kong City Festival, The Magic Fundoshi and Second Link (2007 Cameronian Award for Best Ensemble) – all by WILD RICE. He most recently appeared on Royston Tan’s film 881 and Brian Gothong Tan’s feature film Invisible Children. Most recently, he appeared in Magic Box and The Soldier and His Virtuous Wife for The Theatre Practice. He next appears in Das Experiment : Black Box by Blank Space Productions, directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall.
His writing credits are eclectic, ranging from WILD RICE’s 2006 panto Oi! Sleeping Beauty!!, musicals like Women on Canvas and Saturday Flight Fever (the 2004 SIA musical), plays like People Say Got Ghost and Emerald Hole (both directed by the late Krishen Jit), and various scripts on AIDS awareness, smoking and healthy eating for the Health Promotion Board. His poetry and prose also appear in CAPSULE and The Best Of Singapore Erotica. His first non-fiction book Between Gods And Ghosts (Times Editions, Marshall-Cavendish Intl.) is out on shelves now. In October 2007, he visited London as a guest speaker for the prestigious Singapore Uncovered cultural showcase, along with Eric Khoo and Brian Gothong Tan. He is currently writing and directing a short play for the Health Promotion Board’s Love Them, Talk About Sex campaign.
||Desmond Sim, Playwright
Desmond, currently a branding and communications consultant and lecturer, as well as playwright and painter, went full-fledged into dramatic writing after winning both first ("Red Man Green Man") and second ("Storyteller") prizes in the NUS/Shell Short Play Competition in 1990. He also won the top prizes in the 1989 NBDC Short Story Writing Competition and in Action Theatres very first national 10-minute Play Competition in 1993.
Desmond has written more than 20 theatre pieces including "Corporate Animals", "Drunken Prawns", "Teochew Porridge", "Who's Afraid of Chow Yuen Fatt", "The Swimming Instructor", and "Hubbies4Hire". His work on "Autumn TomYum" with Action Theatre won Play of the Year in the Life! Theatre Awards, as well as the awards for Best Original Script and Best Supporting Actress in 2002. His screenplay for the movie "Beautiful Boxer", which was released in Bangkok in December 2003, has also attained awards in several film festivals in Europe and Asia.
Desmond is actively involved in charity and arts projects and has been a guest lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic School of Design since July 2003.
||Wayne Loh, Make-up Designer
Wayne Loh is a veteran image and product creator. He is formerly trained in Music, Design and holds a degree in Biochemical Sciences. With over 15 years of experience in design fields ranging from interior, product, jewelry and print design, Wayne is a diverse designer well-versed in the creative conceptualizing field.
Having founded one of the most exciting cosmetic brands in the world, Wayne is proud that his creative work is being internationally recognized. Voted as one of the most promising and innovative brands by Marie Claire US, I NUOVI is grabbing attention worldwide, and has been endorsed by top Hollywood and Asian celebrities alike.
Having founded and created what is now one of the most exciting cosmetic brands in the world, Wayne is proud that his creative work is being internationally recognized. Voted as one of the most promising and innovative brands by Marie Claire US, I NUOVI COSMETICS is grabbing attention worldwide, and has been endorsed by top Hollywood and Asian celebrities alike.
||Yeo Hon Beng, Lightings Designer
Yeo Hon Beng’s expertise has ranged from production, technical to stage management. Artistically, he is also a theatre director cum lighting designer.
He has worked with all the major companies in Singapore; National Arts Council, Drama Box, Singapore Dance Theatre, Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble, Chinese Opera Institute, The Theatre Practice, The Necessary Stage, Singapore Chinese Orchestra and STAGES.
He has also a vast experience in theatre education. From a lecturer-director in National University of Singapore to theatre mentor to students in Singapore Polytechnic, even to nurturing young minds in Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges, Hon Beng has been a committed teacher.
He has also avid interests in digital photography, graphics, popular arts, installations as well as mural paintings. He presently runs a multi-disciplinary and multi-medium design firm - Room 69 – in Oxley Road.