The work of ArtsWok Collaborative focuses on arts connecting communities by harnessing the power of the arts to create dialogue, invite social participation and build bridges across difference. It does so by developing the capacity of artists as well as strengthening partnerships within the ecosystem of interconnected stakeholders engaged in the field of arts-based community development.
ArtsWok Collaborative works with multidisciplinary teams to design and implement innovative community-based arts programmes such as BOTH SIDES, NOW, an immersive arts experience that invites conversations about end-of-life issues. It developed and continues to facilitate The Greenhouse Series, a field-building initiative that catalyses learning through a community of practice and incubates innovative ideas though an action-learning programme. It also conducts and shares research that builds legitimacy for the field of arts-based community development.
Alvin is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage and a leading proponent of devising theatre in Singapore, having directed more than 60 plays which have been staged locally and at international festivals. In 2010, Alvin was conferred the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts. He sits on the board of the National Arts Council and was invited by the Ministry of Education to design a drama syllabus at ‘O’ level for implementation in schools. In 2014, Alvin was conferred the Cultural Medallion for his artistic excellence and contribution to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape.
Production Stage Manager and Mentor
Jason has served in Production and Stage Management capacities for The Necessary Stage’s Poor Thing and Gitanjali, Cake Theatrical Productions’ Decimal Points: First Station, and Temple Reconstructed. He has been a Production Coordinator for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival since 2014. His latest assignment was as Props Master and Assistant Stage Manager in Jeff Chen’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, as part of Esplanade Presents: fifty. Jason believes that theatre brings an unstoppable potential for young minds to discover the world, and themselves. In his youth theatre work, he aims for students to encounter the power of invention, the magic of collaboration, and the inspiration for creation. Jason is the current Drama CCA coach for Woodlands Secondary School and Si Ling Secondary School.