Huzir Sulaiman works across different media, art forms, and genres, telling stories that allow people to access complex ideas in simple, personal, human ways. Huzir writes for theatre, film, television and newspapers; directs for the stage and screen; and acts.
A co-founder and Joint Artistic Director of Checkpoint Theatre, his play The Weight of Silk on Skin opened the Man Singapore Theatre Festival in August 2011 and won Best Original Script at the 2012 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. Huzir last directed #UnicornMoment (2014), the 15th anniversary production of Atomic Jaya (2013), and City Night Songs (2012), to critical and popular acclaim.
As a playwright, his works include the satire Atomic Jaya (1998), as well as Singapore Arts Festival commissions Occupation (2002) and Cogito (2007). His Collected Plays 1998-2012 was published in 2013 by Checkpoint Theatre and another collection, Eight Plays, was published in 2002 by Silverfish Books.
Huzir has taught playwriting at NUS, NTU, NYU Tisch Asia, and SOTA. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the National University of Singapore’s University Scholars Programme. He also heads Studio Wong Huzir, a creative consultancy, and publishes POSKOD.SG, an online magazine about Singapore.
Huzir was educated at Princeton University, where he won the Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize. He is a Yale World Fellow.
A director, actress, filmmaker and lawyer, Claire is Joint Artistic Director of Checkpoint Theatre.
As a theatre director, Claire directed Huzir Sulaiman’s The Weight of Silk on Skin and Occupation; Faith Ng’s Normal, For Better or for Worse, and wo(men); and The Way We Go by Joel Tan. She also co-directed Dream Country: a Lost Monologue for the Singapore Arts Festival 2012 and directed The Weight of Silk on Skin by Huzir Sulaiman which opened the Man Singapore Theatre Festival 2011. Other productions she has directed include wo(men), which garnered 4 Life! Theatre Award nominations and was a Flying Inkpot Top 5 Pick of 2010.
As an actress, Claire most recently appeared in Checkpoint Theatre’s 15th anniversary production of Atomic Jaya. Claire’s other memorable lead roles include her one-woman performances in Madame Mao’s Memories and Occupation. She has performed in landmark Singapore stage productions and in international arts festivals including the Singapore Arts Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, the Telstra Adelaide Arts Festival and Theater der Welt festival in Berlin. Trained in both Asian and Western performing arts, Claire obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from New York’s Columbia University.
Claire is a co-founder of Studio Wong Huzir and serves as its Senior Consultant.
Karanina graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Arts Management awarded by Goldsmiths, University of London. Notable production credits include the first local theatrical production at the beach Sonnets for an Old Century (2012), part of the i-AM Festival, as Sponsorships Manager; The Perfection of 10 (2012) by Sean Tobin, part of the 2012 Esplanade Presents The Studios, as Production Assistant; and Jean Tay’s Everything but the Brain(2013) presented by Sight Lines Productions as Marketing/PR Assistant.
She was also Co-Producer at Take Off Productions, a network of young theatre practitioners dedicated to supporting independent youth theatre in Singapore. Her producing credits include Living Rooms (2012), a triple bill of original local plays and Orh Hor! A Night of Sketch Comedy(2013).
Jerusha is the Marketing and Communications Assistant at Checkpoint Theatre.
She graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA(Hons) in Arts Management and has worked with several arts companies across Singapore in various administrative capacities. Her past project credits include Conference Secretariat for the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference (2013), Marketing Executive for Crazy Christmas (2011), and Producer for Love-In(2011).
A firm believer of the arts’ inherent ability to make a positive difference, Jerusha has also volunteered with Arts Wok, Esplanade, the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, and the Salvation Army.
Faith Ng is an Executive (Engagement) and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. Her plays include Normal (2015), For Better or for Worse (2013) and wo(men) (2010). She holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the University of East Anglia, under the National Arts Council Postgraduate Scholarship.
Faith also teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore and was the writer-in-residence for the Singapore Creative Writing Residency 2014. She gives talks and workshops on playwriting in schools and as part of arts programmes and festivals.