Biographies

Technical Team

Daren Poh

Technical Director

August Lum

Stage Manager

KK Suen

Lighting Designer

Research and Design Team

Rayne Lau

Researcher

Stefanie Tham

Aesthetics Director

Choo Ying Tong

Graphic Designer

Tan Siew Ann

Web Designer

Music Team

Phua Quan Quan

Chorus

Cassandra Chong

Chorus

Ng Sheh Feng

Chorus

Ng Jingyun

Chorus

Benjamin Low

Chorus

Samuel Ng

Chorus

Lim Jingjie

Chorus

Chong Wailun

Chorus

Yap Yi Yang

Trumpet

Daren Poh

Technical Director

Daren graduated from NUS with a Bachelor’s in Engineering (Honours), with a major in Biomedical Engineering, and a second major in Recording Arts and Science from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. He is currently pursuing his M.D. at Duke-NUS Medical School.

Over the past decade, Daren has acquired proficiency in sound, acoustics, lighting, film and media. In the process, he has honed an acumen for the use of auditory and visual elements in musical storytelling.

With these skills, he has become a freelance media instructor and consultant at several reputed institutions in Singapore, and leads the Lighting Ministry at his church.

August Lum

Stage Manager

August, like most other people on this production, is an alumnus of NUS. Since then, he has been composing, arranging and playing music for media and stage productions.

Animation: The Violin; Little Red Bricks; Rain; The Girl and the Cat; The Erhu (Robot Playground Media)

Film: When Ghost Meets Zombie (Wawa Pictures)

Concerts: Concert in the Dark 2018 (Dialogue in the Dark) Theatre: Four-Horse Road (The Theatre Practice), Masters of Comedy (Toy Factory), Maxx the Cat (The Finger Players), La Vie En Rose (Sing’Theatre), Legends of the Southern Arch (The Theatre Practice), Jack’s Nightmare Circus (Universal Studios Singapore) Covers: Shape of Paganini (Lorong Boys)

This is his debut as Stage Manager, and as the Chinese saying goes, 如有招待不周,请多多包涵。

KK Suen

Lighting Designer

Koh Khuen (KK) holds a BA (Honours) majoring in Lighting Design from LASALLE Technical Theatre. Since graduation, he has been a freelance lighting designer.

Over the course of his career, he has designed for major festivals, such as the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA), the Singapore Night Festival, the Singapore Theatre Festival, the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival, as well as the Rock and Indie Festival.

In his spare time, he works as a photographer and videographer. He is also a CAAS-certified aerial videographer.

Rayne Lau

Researcher

Life became very strange in the last four years of Rayne’s life. First, she left a cushy civil service job to take up a Masters in History, specialising in the ‘yellow culture’ of 1950’s Singapore. Thereafter, she transformed from a Mandopop keyboardist into a metalhead, arranging music for a local symphonic metal band and touring the underground live house scene in Japan.

This collaboration with The MadHatter Project is a natural step in her journey of eclectic experiences, as it marries her interests in history and non-mainstream music. She will bring forth her ironic and verbose tendencies in the name of artful post-colonial critique in Sarong Party.

Stefanie Tham

Aesthetics Director

Stefanie is a History graduate from the National University of Singapore, and holds a Masters in History of Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is interested in the history and heritage of Singapore, as well as urban culture and visual arts.

Stefanie has participated and curated for projects, including Curating Lab, NAC’s The Apprenticeship Programme 2013 and 2014, as well as Urban Hysteria by Flaneur Gallery.

Stefanie currently works at the National Heritage Board, and is largely involved in researching and organising exhibitions.

Choo Ying Tong

Graphic Designer

Having been involved in theatre since the age of seven with Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Arts and Cultural Troupe, Ying Tong has assumed many different roles from acting in to producing many large and small scale plays and musicals over the years. She has also written a few multilingual plays with raving reviews, discussing controversial issues in a lighthearted approach, namely “Treasure” (2007), “MRT” (2010), “MRT Part II” (2012) and “The Conspiracy” (2013).

Apart from writing, her other passions lie in crafts, drawing and designing. Her recent creations as an illustrator and graphic designer includes artworks and house programmes for The MadHatter Project’s first production, “For The Time Being” (2017), The Finger Players’ productions, “I Am, Memory” (2018) and “Not In My Lifetime?” (2019), as well as book cover designs for Pagesetters, “Seah Eu Chin – His Life and Times” (2018) and “Leader and Legislator – Seah Liang Seah” (2019).

She is excited to collaborate with The MadHatter Project again for their second production.

Tan Siew Ann

Web Designer

Siew Ann is a Singapore-qualified lawyer who discovered her interest in digital marketing and website-building while getting her law degree from SMU. So instead of joining her peers in legal practice, she now oversees the marketing efforts of a Singapore legal platform as its marketing director.

Outside of work, Siew Ann has built and continues to operate several websites, such as her personal blog and a resource website for freelancers in Singapore. In her free time, she also plays the cajon.

Phua Quan Quan

Chorus

Quan Quan is a Speech Therapist by training. She has sung in choirs all through school and continues to cultivate this passion in her free time. While studying in Sydney, she sang with the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs youth chorus, Vox. She currently sings with the Raffles Singers.

Cassandra Chong

Chorus

Cassandra has been an active choral singer since 2009, and has sung with choirs such as the Raffles Chorale, Raffles Singers, and the Yong Siew Toh Chamber Singers. She has also sung with the Maior Chorus for Beethovenʼs 9th Symphony and Mahlerʼs 2nd Symphony.

Ng Sheh Feng

Chorus

Ng Sheh Feng completed her Bachelor of Music (with Honours) at the University of Birmingham (UK), and her Master of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (USA) on a scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Singapore. A singing enthusiast, she has sung with notable choirs such as Ex Cathedra (UK), NOTUS (USA), and The Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Singapore).

Currently Head of Department and a Music teacher at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, she was awarded the President’s Award for Teachers in 2018 for her continual dedication to providing quality music education to youth.

Ng Jingyun

Chorus

Soprano by training and adventurer at heart, YSTCM and SOTA alumna, Jingyun Ng seeks out the voice that resonates within and between us — through performance, teaching and project management. She boldly performs art song, stage, and cross-disciplinary works, and delights in combining traditional craftsmanship with contemporary visions of creativity and exploration.

Jingyun has studied with Alan Bennett, Thomas Manhart, Ralph McDonald and currently with Akiko Otao. She has performed with world-renowned piano collaborators Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles, L’Arietta, New Opera Singapore, and in world premieres with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Ding Yi Music Company, ArtBeatz (character voiceover), Theemptybluesky, and Bennett Bay.

Benjamin Low

Chorus

Benjamin Low graduated from Boston University with a double major in Composition & Theory and Vocal Performance. He has performed as soloist and ensemble member in a number of works including Mozart’s Vespers and Massenet’s Cendrillion. His composition, Oom Ji Ji, won the first prize at the Choral Project’s Composition Competition based in San Jose, California, and other compositions such as Wait for you, based on Gwee Li Sui’s Subversive Message, and All we can manage, a piece written for Violin, Tuba and Double Bass, were premiered last year. Benjamin has performed with the Raffles Singers, conducted school choirs, and continues to teach music in schools.

Samuel Ng

Chorus

Samuel is an avid singer and has been pursuing his passion since his secondary school days. Though currently still finishing his undergraduate degree in Theatre Studies at NUS, he actively takes up opportunities to broaden his prospects and enrich his experience as a singer. This includes school-based theatre productions organised and produced by the student community. He recently sang as Stephen in the first fully staged production of Chen Zhangyi’s Laksa Cantata. Between his studies in school and music, he hopes to continue sharing his love for singing with others.

Lim Jingjie

Chorus

Jing Jie Lim currently studies vocal performance at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under Professor Alan Bennett. He is a graduate of the School of The Arts, Singapore (SOTA) and previously studied with soprano, Jeong Ae-Ree. Having sung in various operas, musicals and recitals in Singapore, Australia and Japan, Jing Jie is also a songwriter and performs under the stage name KEAT. His first single, “Eugene” was released on Spotify and iTunes in December 2017 and he most recently performed at the Esplanade Concourse’s All Things New series in January 2019.

Chong Wailun

Chorus

Trumpeter-turned-chorister Chong Wai Lun found his calling in serving the music and fellow musicians as a conductor. After studying at the Kodaly Institute of Liszt Academy, he pursued his Master’s Degree in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, Wales.

Upon his return to Singapore, Wai Lun was appointed the Music Director at the International Festival Chorus of Singapore (IFC). He dedicates his time to teaching choirs at Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, East Spring Secondary School, Jurong Secondary School and Tampines Primary School.

At his alma mater, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Wai Lun is both a part-time teaching faculty and a student under the guidance of Jason Lai. Wai Lun has recently prepared choruses for performances with Metropolitan Festival Orchestra (MFO) and Orchestra of the Music Makers (OMM).

Yap Yi Yang

Trumpet

A graduate of Eunoia Junior College’s MEP programme, Yi Yang’s passion for music has extended beyond the academic realm. He has played with various ensembles in Singapore including the Philharmonic Winds, Philharmonic Youth Winds and is also a member of the Catholic High School Alumni Band. In his free time, Yi Yang also plays the bass guitar and once played with a band called the Bacon Boys. Do note he has just received his A level results and is likely depressed so do pardon him if he doesn’t do so well.