About Us

Meet Our Leaders

Deborah Hoon – Programme Co-ordinator & Group Leader

Deborah is a theatre practitioner, producer and educator. She is a company member of Wag The Dog Theatre, and co-owns Allegra Productions where she heads the education wing. In 2015 she graduated from the BA Physical Theatre Course in East 15 Acting School (UK) with a 1st Class Honour.

Specialising in Physical Theatre, she was trained in techniques mainly developed by Phillipe Gaulier, Jacques Lecoq, and Tadashi Suzuki. Other techniques were developed by companies such as Complicite and Frantic Assembly. All of which are highly influenced in the theatre industry in the United Kingdom and Europe. These techniques include Mime, Neutral and Character Mask, Clowning, Bouffon, Commedia Dell’Arte and Circus. She often uses these techniques in her work, as a director and educator. She uses physical ensemble training for devising in her curriculum as well, as it pushes actors to work together creatively and reactively. She believes a lot of great theatre comes from the ownership of the actors not only in the delivery but in the creation itself.

Ghazali Muzakir – Group Leader

Ghazali is an all-rounded theatre practitioner, drama educator and certified medical clown. To date, he has performed internationally to audiences in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Berlin, China, Korea and Japan. Aside from performing, Ghazali has also written scripts, directed plays for children and produced independent theatrical shows. He has written and directed “Billie & the Big Book” for Esplanade’s children festival, Octoburst! 2017. Most recently he collaborated with the National Museum of Singapore to bring historical characters to life as part of “Get Curious! Children’s Special at the Museum”.

He has taught students as young as 18 months old and learners with various learning needs. He is also a member of the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and has a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education provided by NIE. Ghazali is also part of the pioneer team of clown doctors in Asia (Clown Doctors Singapore), who bring fun & happiness to children in hospitals and support senior citizens' health, by implementing humour in the Healthcare system.

Chng Xin Xuan – Group Leader

Xin Xuan is a stage actress, director and drama educator, having received her professional training from the BA(Hons) Acting program at LASALLE College of the Arts in 2013. Her professional acting credits include ‘The Way We Go’ by Checkpoint Theatre, ‘Bukit Brown-The Cemetery; Dusk & Dawn’ by Dramabox and ‘Becoming Graphic’ by Edith Podesta and Sonny Liew commissioned by Singapore International Arts Festival amongst others. Xin Xuan is also founding member of the collective 'Go-Go Girls’ which uses devising, viewpoints and composition as a framework for creating new works.

When she’s not working on productions, Xin Xuan is an educator for students at pre-school, primary and secondary levels. Using her experience with drama and theatre, she has conducted public speaking sessions, choral speaking classes and physical theatre workshops.

Farah Ong – Group Leader

Farah Ong is a bilingual theatre practitioner and teaching artist. She received her formal training in LASALLE College of the Arts and is constantly diversifying her artistic umbrella by participating in workshops and further training. Amongst them include Forum Theatre workshop by Dramabox, Suzuki Method of Actor Training and Viewpoints workshop by Nine Years Theatre, Physical Theatre Masterclass workshop organised by Singapore Drama Educators Association and a Devising Workshop by Frantic Assembly organised by Esplanade.

Farah works with students from preschool to tertiary level. She received formal pedagogical training and obtained a Specialist Diploma in Art Education by NIE. Her other pedagogical training includes The Essentials in Teaching and Learning workshop organised by NAC and NIE as well as Working and Facilitating the Learning of Children with Special Needs in the Arts organised by NAC and Social Service Institute and Teaching the Arts in an Early Childhood Environment by Seed Institute.

Angelina Teo – Group Leader

Angelina is a theatre-maker and educator. She creates to empower and believes that theatre has the ability to stir discussions, creating change. Angelina was part of the second batch of 艺树人 ARTivate mentored by Koh Hui Ling and Han Xuemei, and has been in multiple productions as well. She was in《结》KNOTS as principal (dir. by STRANGER), A New and Better you as ASMR and S hook woman (dir. by Edith Podesta), Pinter Triple Bill as Old Woman (dir. by Effendy Ibrahim), Henry V as Bardolph, Jamy and Williams (dir. by Adam Marple) and 告白 Confessions as Jiahui (dir. by Han Xuemei). In future, she hopes to create work that are accessible for young audiences.