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National Library Arts Conversations – Kuo Pao Kun : The Educator (Conducted in Mandarin)

Published on : 4 Feb 2017

National Library Arts Conversations –  Kuo Pao Kun : The Educator (Conducted in Mandarin)
Saturday, 18 March 2017
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

This programme will be conducted in Mandarin.

The National Library Arts Conversation series is a platform for arts practitioners to share their knowledge and insights with the public.

Kuo Pao Kun is one of Singapore’s greatest dramatists and arts activists and a pioneer of Singapore theatre.  Many of his works have been translated into other languages such as Malay, Tamil, German, Japanese, and Arabic. His works have been staged by theatre companies both in Singapore and abroad. He was also an educator who established The Theatre Practice, The Substation and                                                                                                   the Theatre Training & Research Programme.

Find out more about Kuo’s role as an educator and how his far-sightedness has nurtured generations of theatre practitioners.

Free admission. Please register at library eKiosk or

This programme is held in conjunction with exhibition Script & Stage: Theatre in Singapore from the 50s to 80s. Join us for a tour of the exhibition after the panel discussion.

Featured Speakers
Liu Xiaoyi is a director, actor, playwright and educator. A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, Xiaoyi is considered a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental Chinese theatre scene in Singapore. He was the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Young Artist  Award in 2016.

In 2002, Xiaoyi started working professionally in theatre, which augured what was to become a deeply passionate and rigorous involvement with Singapore Theatre and the Arts. Over the past decade as a professional artist, Xiaoyi distinguished himself first and foremost as an actor. Now, he is considered one of the most acclaimed male actors on the Singapore Mandarin theatre scene. A gifted playwright with a deft sensibility for language, Xiaoyi is one of the most active playwrights in the mandarin theatre scene, creating works that often polarise, drawing both praise and debate. As a director, the cornerstones of his oft lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry.

A recipient of JCCI Singapore Foundation Culture Award in 2005, Tan Beng Tian co-founded The Finger Players in 1996. She was trained in Graphic Design, but 1994 marked the turning point in her career when she left for Fujian, China, to undertake an intensive course on traditional hand puppetry from renowned puppet master the late Li Bofen. Under Beng Tian’s guidance as artistic director, The Finger Players grew from a two to an eight-member strong company.
Besides her company’s productions, Beng Tian has been a part of many important Singaporean works produced by other companies such as Drama Box, The Theatre Practice and TheatreWorks as well as overseas companies such as The Fantasy Puppet Theatre (Hong Kong) and Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong).

Dr Lee Chee Keng’s interest in theatre took on a committed and serious dimension during his undergraduate days after he participated in the Playwriting Studio organised by Practice Performing Arts School, which was founded by the late renowned local playwright Kuo Pao Kun. Lee subsequently had various opportunities to work with Kuo over sustained periods of time as an actor and researcher. Lee’s creative practice is anchored in theatre-making, directing and actor training. His theatre is inspired by his appreciation of Asian traditional forms as well as his systematic study of the Stanislavski system during his years at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities at Yale-NUS College.

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