Our Team

Co-Founders

LIU XIAOYI

Liu Xiaoyi is the Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs

A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, he is regarded as a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia. Xiaoyi received the Young Artist Award awarded by the National Arts Council in 2016. 

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JO LIM

A graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Programme, Jo has worked as an arts manager and theatre producer for over a decade. 

As a Producer, she has led theatre festivals, such as Kuo Pao Kun Festival and M1 Chinese Theatre Festival (The Theatre Practice) and Southernmost Project (Emergency Stairs) and numerous musicals and plays, the latest being Four Four Eight (Emergency Stairs) presented under the Huayi-Chinese Festival of the Arts in 2019. As an Arts Manager, she has managed arts organisations, worked with cultural institutions, corporations, foundations and government agencies to foster partnerships for the non-profits she represents.

She completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management with Goldsmith, University of London in 2018 and presented her dissertation titled, “Management Challenges of Small, Non-profit theatre companies in Singapore: Perspectives from their Leaders” in the 15th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management in Ca’Foscari University of Venice in 2019. Jo is also a recipient of the Singapore Toteboard Overseas Scholarship to Duke University in 2015.

CHONG WOON YONG

Graduated with a BA from National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Programme in 2011, Woon Yong is a bilingual performer, writer, producer and founding member of Emergency Stairs.

As performer, he was in Merdeka (W!LD RICE), Self-Portrait (Access Path Productions), FRAGO (Checkpoint Theatre), GRIND (Toy Factory Productions) etc..

As producer, Chong has led several theatre productions such as Offending the Audience (Huayi Festival 2017), FLUID (The Theatre Practice) and Wanderer Seeker (The Theatre Practice) etc.. 

He also wrote and performed in the bilingual monologue G.F.E, which was presented by W!LD RICE’s Singapore Theatre Festival 2018.

MELISSA LEUNG HIU TUEN 

Melissa LEUNG is currently the Assistant Artistic Director (Education) of City Contemporary Dance Company, CCDC, in Hong Kong. She graduated from the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  

A multi-faceted theatre practitioner, Melissa is known for her intense and exquisite physical acting. She has experience in various aspects of theatre – in acting, directing, arts education and arts administration. 

Melissa pursued her professional theatre education in Singapore and was among the second batch of graduates from the Intercultural Theatre Institute. She was trained in four classical Asian theatre forms as well as Stanislavski and post-Stanislavski acting techniques.

Between 2013-2014, Melissa joined RCE Tongyeong, Korea, an international network acknowledged by the UNU, as Program Designer in International Cooperation where she planned Asia-Pacific education programs and fostered international networking for all disciplinary talents and educators.

Before returning to Hong Kong, Melissa served as the Director of Education and Outreach in The Theatre Practice (Singapore) for four years. 

Associates

Associate Producer

Jo Lim 

Associate Graphic Designer

Huang Suhuai 

Associate Designers

Lim Woan Wen (2017-2019), Darren Ng (2017-2019)

Associate Artists

Ang Gey Pin (2017-2020), Melissa Leung Hiu Tuen (2017-2020)

Artistic Advisers (2017-2020)

Danny Yung

Co-Artistic Director, Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong)

Makoto Sato

Artistic director, Za-Koenji Public Theatre & WAKABACHO WHARF

Board Members (2017-2020)

Danny Yeo 

Han Minli

Low Hee Tang

Liu Xiaoyi

Chong Woon Yong

Jo Lim

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