Nelson Chia


Co-founder & Artistic Director

Nelson Chia is a director, performer, playwright, acting teacher and theatre lecturer. He has won Best Director four times and Best Actor twice at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. In 2012, Chia was the first Singapore artist to be commissioned for three consecutive years by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay to present a major theatre work at the annual Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts.

In 2017, he transcreated Cultural Medallion writer Yeng Pway Ngon’s seminal novel Art Studio for the stage, which was commissioned by Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) as the opening programme for the festival that year. In 2021, he collaborated with the renowned SITI Company from New York to present a hybrid version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters at SIFA 2020/21. Other commissioning and artistic partners he has worked with include Macau Arts Festival, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Singapore Writers’ Festival, The Substation, The Arts House, World Shakespeare Congress, T.H.E. Dance Company and Contemporary Legend Theatre (Taiwan), to name a few.

Chia’s directorial works are marked by detailed and dynamic ensemble work. His original scripts and transcreations are known to be culturally layered, possessing sensibilities that speak to audiences from all backgrounds. In 2012, Nelson, with his wife Mia Chee, co-founded Nine Years Theatre (NYT) – currently the only company under NAC’s “Major Company Scheme” that positions itself as a Singapore Mandarin theatre company. NYT sees Chinese culture as the foundation of its work but not the centre of its practice. It believes in the uniqueness of local Chinese culture and aspires to recognise and celebrate the multicultural identity of the Singaporean Chinese through theatre.


燊杰是一名导演、演员、编剧、表演导师和戏剧讲师。他在海峡时报“生活!戏剧大奖”中四度荣获最佳导演,两度获颁最佳演员奖。燊杰是首个连续三年获本地主要艺术机构 — 滨海艺术中心委约,为旗下的“华艺节” 呈献演出的新加坡导演。

2017年,他将本地文化奖作家英培安的长篇小说《画室》译创成舞台作品,并获“新加坡国际艺术节”委约,作为同年艺术节的开幕演出。2021年,他和纽约知名剧团SITI Company合作,在新加坡国际艺术节呈献混合媒介版的契柯夫名剧《三姐妹》。其他曾合作的委约及创作伙伴包括:澳门艺术节、新加坡华族文化中心、M1新加坡艺穗节、新加坡作家节、电力站、新加坡艺术之家、世界莎士比亚大会、人舞团、当代传奇剧场(台湾)等等。



waiting for audience

Waiting For Audience

Two eccentric characters negotiate with a theatre owner for a final performance, in a play inspired by existential theatre classics.

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