[Checkpoint Theatre] gives young practitioners an equal footing with the established artists guiding them, and the confidence to one day take the reins of Singapore’s theatre and arts scene.
The Straits Times (Singapore)
Launched in 2013, our Associate Artists’ Scheme is a long-term investment in voices we believe are important and speak for their generation. We provide our Associate Artists a home in which they can create, experiment, and hone their craft.
Associate Artist, Executive (Engagement & Development)
Oon Shu An
Adib Kosnan is a theatre practitioner, educator, and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
Since his professional debut in 2003, Adib has performed in numerous productions for the English and Malay-language stage. He is also a founding member of Singaporean playwright collective Main Tulis Group. He writes and directs extensively in both languages. His play 28.8 (2017) was nominated for Best Original Script at The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2018.
As an educator, Adib conducts and facilitates Checkpoint Theatre’s NAC-AEP programmes. He especially enjoys the collaborative nature of theatre and sharing what he has discovered from wearing his multiple hats.
Lucas Ho is a writer, director, educator, and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
As a writer, his debut play FRAGO was presented by Checkpoint Theatre in 2017 to critical acclaim. He currently teaches playwriting at the National University of Singapore, and is an Adjunct Faculty of Literary Arts at School of the Arts, Singapore.
Outside of playwriting, he was Assistant Director for The Last Bull: A Life in Flamenco, and continues to direct and facilitate Checkpoint Theatre’s NAC-AEP programmes. Lucas has also edited various play anthologies by Checkpoint Theatre, including Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1 and Faith Ng: Plays Volume 1.
Faith Ng is the Executive (Engagement & Development) and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
Faith Ng is the Executive (Engagement and Development) and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. Her plays include A Good Death (2018), Normal (2015, 2017), For Better or for Worse (2013), and
Faith has also taught 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. Her play Normal continues to be read in schools under the NAC-AEP programme.
Oon Shu An is an actor, writer, and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
Shu An first worked with Checkpoint Theatre on the ensemble-devised City Night Songs (2012). Her one-woman play #UnicornMoment (2014), which she wrote and performed in, was nominated for Best Original Script at the M1-Theatre Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2015. Her work with other theatre companies include This is What Happens to Pretty Girls (2019), Mergers and Accusations (2019), and Chinglish (2015), for which she received a Best Actress nomination.
Shu An has appeared on screen in television series Code of Law and Netflix’s Marco Polo. She recently represented Singapore at the Asian Academy Creative Awards, under the Best Actress category, for her role in HOOQ’s How to Be a Good Girl. Her feature film credits include 4Love, Our Sister Mambo, and Rubbers.
Luke Somasundram is a writer and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
His play Swipe Right (2017), directed by Claire Wong, was commissioned as the graduation production for the final-year BA(Hons) Acting cohort from LASALLE College of the Arts. Other significant works include The Untitled Funeral Play (2012) — which was published in the Checkpoint Theatre anthology This Is My Family: New Singapore Plays Vol. 2 — Paper Men (2012), and Postvorta (2011). He has also contributed sketches and microplays to Late Night Texting (2016), The Rishi and Sharul Show (2015), and Orh Hor! (2013).
When he isn’t writing, Luke does improv comedy with The Modern Schemers and The Latecomers, two of Singapore’s premiere improv troupes. He has performed at festivals in Singapore, Shanghai, Manila, New York, and Bengaluru.
Joel Tan is a playwright, performer, and Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre.
His plays have received acclaim for their stylistic range, formal innovation, and complex insight into contemporary Singapore. Several are featured in Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre.
Beyond playwriting, Joel frequently collaborates inter-disciplinarily as a dramaturge and director, and has created performances with artists from a wide range of practices, from the visual arts to dance, and poetry.
Shiv is an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre, Creative Director at The Film Guys, and Founder of Castiko.
Shiv has worked across film, television, and theatre as a writer and director. Shiv wrote and co-directed The Good, the Bad and the Sholay with Checkpoint Theatre for Kalaa Utsavam – Indian Festival of Art 2015. He also co-devised and co-directed #UnicornMoment in 2014.
Besides his work with Checkpoint Theatre, he was co-writer for Google Creative Lab Australia and Griffin Theatre Company’s transmedia experiment, The Next Stage (2014). Other credits include Club Desire (Actor), Normal (Assistant Director), and Mind Games (Director and Choreographer). More recently, Shiv’s play A Fistful of Rupees came second in the international Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards, and was featured at the Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2018.