In mid-2019, Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) became the first overseas affiliate to Wolf Trap Institute of Early Learning Through the Arts, launching the Singapore Wolftrap Classroom Residency programme. A total of 10 Singapore-based artists were trained in Wolf Trap’s unique teaching methodology. This enabled local schools to receive high-quality arts-integrated curriculum whilst providing professional development for preschool educators. This year, we are proud to announce that the Singapore Wolf Trap programme is eligible under the NAC-AEP for Pre-Schools, allowing local anchor operators to receive Tote Board funding. This grant will provide more pre-school students with the opportunity to learn through the arts, a fundamental feature in early childhood education.
SRT recognises that as we progress into the 21st century, critical thinking, communication, and creative skills have become increasingly important in order to thrive. While rote learning worked for the 20th century, the world we live in today and in the future calls for self-directed learners who enjoy the process of learning. The Singapore education system recognises this and is taking steps in that direction. The Wolf Trap programme is poised to equip teachers with strategies to develop these skills in children from a young age through arts integration.
Option 1: ‘In your classroom’. The programme first and foremost is centre based. The visiting Teaching Artist will come into your classroom, coaching and teaching alongside the classroom teacher.
Option 2: ‘Zoom’. Due to COVID19, the programme has been successfully delivered via Zoom video conferencing platforms. If you’d prefer to have a contactless programme, please advise the L&E team when enquiring about the programme.
Actor & Musician
Andrew is just an ordinary guy who has been lucky enough to be able to pursue his love for performing. He is best known for his role as Joshua, a teenager with severe autism, in Pangdemonium’s production of Falling, for which he won an M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Award for Best Actor in 2017. Aside from acting, Andrew also writes, cooks, does stand-up comedy, and sings at bars with his band, Van Milos.
I have been a freelance dancer instructor for as long as I can remember, teaching Hip Hop to all ages starting from preschool. I’m an Applied Drama/Theatre graduate and am looking to do more work in this field with a drama company that aligns with my beliefs. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary and Applied Theatre from Griffith University, Brisbane Australia, along with a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology from Singapore Polytechnic.
Dwyane graduated from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York. A performer for 17 years, his local and US credits include the LKY Musical, Jr. Claus, Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Romeo & Juliet, Hot Pants, Beauty World, Army Daze, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, and Forbidden City. His full resume is available on his website (www.dwaynetan.webs.com).
He has staged, written, and produced for the Esplanade – Fairy Tales – The Full Picture, The Show Must Go On, School Rules! Dwyane wrote and composed his first musical, Hansel and Gretel: An Eco Adventure. Being a finalist on Singapore Idol to his self-produced EP, Moments Alone. His works extends to voiceovers for the regional channel, Life Inspired, TV commercials and many cartoons. On TV, he credits include Sunshine Station, HBO’s Serangoon Road and Mediacorp’s first animated sitcom Heartland Hubby. Currently, Dwayne also teaches singing.
Applied Theatre Practitioner and Founder of Access Path Productions
Grace Lee-Khoo is the Founder and Creative Development Director of Access Path Productions. A UK-trained applied theatre practitioner, she completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2016. An Honours graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies programme in 2009, she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore).
In 2017, Grace was an international artist-in-residence at Graeae Theatre Company (London) – UK’s flagship disability led- inclusive theatre company. Grace’s latest project is ‘And Suddenly I disappear: The Singapore-UK ‘d’ Monologues’ where she served as associate producer and performer. The international production about disability, diversity and difference between the 2 countries premiered in Singapore, opened at the Southbank Centre in London and toured in the U.K. in 2018.
Applied Theatre Practitioner, Learning & Engagement Officer at SRT
Kimberly is a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a Degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education and an alumna of Singapore Polytechnic’s Diploma in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education.
As an artist, Kimberly greatly believes in bringing the arts into the local community, as evident through her past endeavours working with like-minded social and educational institutions such as SPD, Babes, the National Library Board, and the National Institute of Education.
Kimberly is also an aspiring playwright having written her first play; Curry Puff commissioned as part of the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival.
Dance & Theatre Artists, Founder & Director of Creative Inspirit
Shanice Stanislaus started as a performing artist with Flamenco Dance Theatre Company: Flamenco Sin Fronteras and has since worked internationally with esteemed choreographers and theatre-makers such as Antonio Vargas, Sue Samuels and Alberto Velasco in New York and Spain.
She is the founder of Creatives Inspirit, its mission to nurture a community of socially responsible artists and creative changemakers. As an advocate for arts and fitness education, her work has included developing and training new choreographers and dance instructors in impoverished communities internationally from Kenya to Cambodia. She has worked as an international Zumba Fitness instructor for Move to Empower, an organization supported by the United Nations and the Zumba Home office.
She is also a documentary filmmaker and has had her filmed premiered at the Guam International Film Festival, Info Cinephone Festival, Evolution Mallorca Film Festival and Colortape Festival Australia.
Tia is a multicultural storyteller of Singaporean and Austrian descent. Having grown up in Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong, her passion lies in exploring cultural identity.
Tia trained at LASALLE College of the Arts, and her acting credits include The Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 (SIFA 2015), Swipe Right (dir. Clair Wong), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare in the Park ’18 dir. Guy Unsworth), Rubber Girl on the loose (dir. Natalie Hennedige), and Gretel and Hansel (dir. Daniel Jenkins). In her most unconventional show to date, Tia appeared as a scuba-diving sea goddess in a 12m-deep aquarium.
Tia dreams of living every story there is to be lived, be it first-hand through others, or through the characters that she plays.
Wolf Trap Singapore Director/ Learning & Engagement Manager
Paul Adams is the full time Learning & Engagement Manager at the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT). Paul joined SRT from Manchester in The UK after spending over 10 years in the theatre industry working for leading charities and commercial theatre companies. Paul has a Diploma in Musical Theatre and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Performance from the University of Huddersfield. He has worked for many UK Theatre companies, facilitating and managing Arts Education programmes with participants across formal education, community outreach and venue-based programmes. Paul prides himself in the application of theatre as a tool of non-traditional theatres settings, working with children and adults from a diverse range of backgrounds, whether that is in a self-esteem boosting workshop or a leadership enhancement programme.
In recent years in Singapore, Paul has developed new learning programmes for SRT working strategically with pre-school organisations, MOE schools and third-party organisations to strengthen learning for young people and professional development for adults. Recent highlights include the planning and execution of a strategic partnership with Little Skool House; embedding drama in the curriculum and training pre-school teachers to harness creative approaches in the classroom.
Graduating from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology in 2015, Reginal worked with a variety of Drama companies which allowed her to hone her skills. With every child that Reginal meets, she believes that using Drama, they are able to grow in confidence, learn more about themselves and the art of Theatre in the process of participating in the different activities.
Reginal has acted in various Forum and Community Theatre shows as well as school assembly shows. Past show credits include the Twenty-Something Theatre Festival in 2016, Storytelling Comes Alive at Sentosa in 2015, and All This Intimacy by Yellowchair Productions in 2014.
She has since obtained a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education from NIE in 2017, a Certificate in Teaching Arts in an Early Childhood Environment in 2018 and is currently pursuing her BA in Psychology and Human Resource Management.