Emergency Stairs | Who We Are
避难阶段 Emergency Stairs is a nonprofit experimental theatre company in Singapore creating self-reflexive works that challenge existing notions of art-making.
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Who We Are


Liu Xiaoyi
Artistic Director

Liu Xiaoyi is a multi-hyphenated theatre practitioner – a director, actor, playwright, teacher, and creator who continually pushes the boundaries of theatre. In 2016, Xiaoyi was the recipient of NAC’s Young Artist Award. He is currently the Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs.

Besides being an accomplished actor, Xiaoyi’s passion for language has made him one of the most active playwrights in Singapore Chinese theatre, with a flair for poetry and imagination. In 2014, Xiaoyi conceptualised and directed FLUID, which won Best Playwright at the Straits Times Life! Theatre awards. As a director, he focuses on theatre with a strong experimental edge, with a focus on creative discourse and thought, and his works are often polarizing. In recent years, his directorial works have been nominated multiple times in the Straits Times Life! Theatre awards for Best Director and Best Playwright.

Jo Lim
Arts Manager

A graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies Programme, Jo is an arts manager and theatre producer with a passion for the non-profit sector. She has recently completed her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management with the LASALLE College of the Arts (Goldsmith, University of London) and her research interest lies in the area of arts management practices. She is a recipient of the Tote Board overseas scholarship that invested in the capacity building of nonprofits. She is also one of the founding members of Emergency Stairs Ltd., a new experimental theatre outfit.

Chong Woon Yong
Development Manager

Woon Yong is somewhat of a contradiction. He revels in artistic creation and collaboration, as well as arts management and administration, and was even formerly an arts administrator. Credits as a performer include Frago (Checkpoint Theatre), Prism (Toy Factory Productions), Grind (Toy Factory Productions), The Struggle: Years Later (The Theatre Practice), Almost Left Behind (Singapore Arts Festival 2011) and 11 • Kuo Pao Kun Devised (Kuo Pao Kun Festival 2012). He is a founding member of Emergency Stairs and produced Offending The Audience, which was commissioned by the 2017 Huayi Festival. Woon Yong graduated with a BA from NUS’ Theatre Studies Programme in 2011.