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|Fellowship Participant - Nelson Chia|
Nelson is a director, actor and educator who believes in patience and practice. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Nine Years Theatre (NYT). He is a two-time winner of both the Best Actor (2011 and 2013) and Best Director (2014 and 2015) categories at the Straits Times’s Life! Theatre Awards, and the first Singapore artist to be commissioned for a consecutive three years to present works at the Esplanade’s Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts. With its high-quality productions and its strong focus on actor training, NYT has grown to become one of the key players in the Singapore theatre scene. This year, NYT was commissioned to create a new work for the opening of the Singapore International Festival of Arts 2017. In 2013, Nelson created the NYT Ensemble (NYTE) with an aim to establish a company of ensemble actors who train regularly in a systematic way, in order to create works that are consistent, grounded and integral. To date, NYTE is the only ensemble of this nature in Singapore.
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