W!LD RICE was founded in 2000 by Ivan Heng, an internationally acclaimed and award-winning theatre practitioner, and is recognised today as one of Singapore’s leading professional theatre companies.
Our mission is to provide an open forum for the shared experience of theatre; celebrating our diversity, reflecting on the problems and possibilities of our times, and presenting productions that inspire, challenge and entertain.
A commitment to the highest standards informs every aspect of W!LD RICE’s creative work which is first and foremost a celebration of Singapore theatrical talent. By producing and touring productions that are distinctively local in flavour and yet universal in vision and concerns, the company creates memorable experiences for audiences in Singapore and the World.
The company’s exciting and varied programming for the main stage includes:
- New and original works.
- New productions of the Singapore repertoire.
- New interpretations of the World’s Classics.
The company’s mission to build a theatre culture also extends to the wider community through the following divisions:
- CH!LL! PADI, our Education and Outreach division for schools and community audiences.
- FIRST STAGE!, a project which nurtures young talents from 5 – 16.
- young & W!LD which identifies and develops Singapore’s young theatre professionals.
W!LD RICE is committed to touring its shows internationally to raise the profile of Singapore theatre, to create an international awareness of its unique productions, and to engage its artists and collaborators in creative dialogues with the international arts community. Its distinctively Singaporean productions have won great acclaim at major international arts festivals in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Russia.
W!LD RICE is a Singapore Registered Institution of a Public Character (No. 000122).
Singapore's multi-disciplinary Checkpoint Theatre, already a repository of much of the territory's best stage talent..."Financial Times (UK)
Checkpoint Theatre was founded in 2002 in Singapore. Its Joint Artistic Directors, Claire Wong and Huzir Sulaiman, are both directors, actors, and writers, and they bring this multi-disciplinary approach to Checkpoint's work.
Checkpoint creates new work that is anchored by strong writing and acting - the traditional foundations of theatre. With rigorous technique, Checkpoint makes art with a strong sense of craft, respecting the intelligence of audiences and challenging them aesthetically. Connecting in ways both beautiful and intellectually honest.
The work – including productions like Atomic Jaya, Occupation and Cogito - is varied in theme and form: socio-political satire, explorations of history and memory, verse texts, chamber opera, collaborations with regional artists, rapid-fire comedy, powerful music and arresting imagery. All united by an attention to detail and integrity of performance.
CHECKPOINT MENTORS NEW TALENT
Checkpoint is the mentor of NUS Stage, the student theatre group under the auspices of the National University of Singapore’s Centre For the Arts. Through a rigorous mentorship programme and thoughtful collaboration, Checkpoint is nurturing the next generation of theatre talents and staging debut plays by young writers, like wo(men) by Faith Ng and The Good, The Bad & The Sholay by Shiv Tandan, to popular and critical acclaim.
CHECKPOINT TURNS TEN
In 2012, Checkpoint marks ten years of theatre-making. We celebrate the joy and magic of theatre. We celebrate our past work - from large-scale arts festival commissions to theatre in the intimate setting of an art gallery – and we celebrate our future, as we continue to create theatre that connects, challenges and inspires.
Drama Box Ltd is a non-profit contemporary Mandarin theatre company with charity status. Formed in 1990, it has since gained a respectable reputation for its acute sensitivity and perception in heightening social awareness and civic responsibility. Our productions remain fun and entertaining, yet thought provoking and reflective.
Known to be a forerunner in Community Theatre here in Singapore, Drama Box has been creating numerous theatre projects with different interest groups, such as the elderly, migrant workers and out of school youth to rave reviews for the past 10 years. Topics such as domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, Problem Gambling and Environment (eco-issues) have been explored.
In creating a theatre that is essentially about life, Drama Box’s mission is to be a contemporary Mandarin theatre company that liberates life!
Teater Ekamatra is a non-profit theatre company that is dedicated to developing and producing socially relevant plays that reflect the contemporary Singaporean vernacular. Teater Ekamatra believes in integrating the arts, social services and the different cultures as a vehicle for entertainment, education, tolerance and affecting social change. The company believes that theatre must be seen as an integral part of Singapore’s artistic evolution. To renew itself, theatre must constantly reassess its role in society and address what role it may play in the future.
In existence since 1988, Teater Ekamatra is recognised for its dedication and commitment to developing and expanding definitions and forms of Malay Theatre, and is a recipient of the National Arts Council Annual Arts Grant. Teater Ekamatra does not define nor restrict Malay Theatre to performances in the Malay language, but seek to give voice and visibility to the Malay condition and experience with regards to contemporary local and global climate. Ultimately, Teater Ekamatra is about individual equality, cultural pluralism and artistic excellence.