Singapore Repertory Theatre

Beyond the Stage podcast is brought to you by the Learning & Engagement team at Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT). The podcast aims to inspire and inform young people and professionals to pursue and learn about the arts, igniting conversation amongst industry peers. The programme focuses on Arts Education, Careers, Community & Access and Professional development.

Season 2 | Episode 3: Gaurav Kripalani’s Journey as an Artistic Director with SRT

What should you do if you've had an unsuccessful audition with one of Singapore's leading theatre companies? We look to Gaurav Kripalani, Artistic Director of Singapore Repertory Theatre for answers. Tune in and discoverer more about Gaurav's start with SRT, current role and his thoughts regarding his personal legacy with Singapore's theatre industry.

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Season 2 | Episode 2: Julie Wee’s Journey with The Young Company

Join Julie Wee with Paul as they discuss about Julie’s experience with acting in Singapore. Julie shares with us her start as a tv child actor, achieving her goal of attending an acting school (The Victorian College of Arts, at that) and advice to younger actors in the industry now.

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Season 2 | Episode 1: An Actor's Journey with The Little Company, Shakespeare and More (Shane Mardjuki and Tia Guttensohn)

We discuss about Shane’s and Tia’s entry into the Arts Industry and their journey with SRT so far. The highlights of this podcast includes how they are able to sustain themselves whilst navigating this career path. We also explore their approach to Shakespearean text and the rehearsal process for their show — The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

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Season 1 | Episode 1: Beyond the Stage with Jemma Gross

Jemma Gross is a theatre and film director and Co-Founder of children’s theatre company Fly High Stories with Rachel Barnett-Jones. Fly High Stories creates accessible theatre to captivate children and their grown-ups. Their first show Fly High will be touring the UK from September 2020.

During the podcast we talk about STEM and STEAM, arts education and making theatre with learning intentionally at the heart of the process. 

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Season 1 | Episode 2: Beyond the Stage with Daniel Slater

Daniel Slater has worked for the last two decades as a freelance international opera and theatre director. Theatre productions includes The Life Span of a Fact (SRT) and Romeo & Juliet for SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park. During the podcast we talk about growing up surrounded by theatre, career decisions, RNLI life boating duties (true story) and how Daniel was influenced by family and industry peers. Plus, he shares some fantastic insights into his rehearsal room and directing processes for A Life Span of a Fact and beyond.

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Season 1 | Episode 3: Beyond the Stage with Samuel Wilde

Samuel Wilde is an emerging set, costume and puppetry designer, he was the 2016/17 Laboratory Set and Costume Designer at Nuffield Theatres, Southampton and trained in Theatre Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduating with an MA in 2015. He is an associate Lecturer at Derby University and studied Drama Studies at Winchester University.

During the podcast we talk about growing up in rural England and how he was shaped by his parents, his route to a career in theatre design and designing Fly High and The Lifespan of a Fact plus why theatre isn’t important! 

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Season 1 | Episode 4: Beyond the Stage with Gabriel Chan

Gabriel is a painter of light and sculptor of shadows. Recipient of the NAC Overseas Bursary, he graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with First Class Honours in Lighting Design. He was awarded the Strand Lighting Scholarship, funding his training at the Metropolitan Opera (New York '09 Winter Opera Season). In 2019, Gabriel was conferred the Young Artist Award by NAC for his excellence and contribution to the performing arts.

During the podcast we talk about growing up in Singapore, picking your career path and how his industry mentors guided his lighting design career. We highlight two of his favourite shows and why we shouldn’t forget that a standing ovation is not just for the people we see on stage.

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Season 1 | Episode 5: Applied Theatre and Rap

Grace Lee Khoo is the Founder of Access Path Productions, a disability-led arts company in Singapore. She obtained her MA in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK), BA in Theatre Studies from the National University of Singapore and Postgraduate Diploma in Education. She works internationally as a director, performer, dramaturg, researcher, educator and producer.

Wheelsmith is an award winning Singapore based Music Producer, Rapper, Beat maker and Storyteller. He is particularly drawn to rapping as “music allows me to be fearless and brazen”.

During the podcast we talk about Applied Theatre and Rap, what support these two artists had to get to their current career position and how they came together to make theatre in Singapore. They share very personal accounts of growing up and some awesome top tips for those looking to pursue any career in the arts and beyond. 

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Season 1 | Episode 6: STEAM Education with Song Choon and Geraldine

During the podcast we talk about the impact of arts integration in early childhood development. We get to understand a little more about our guests journey with the Arts and how it has impacted them personally and professionally. They also share some great insights to their work with and beyond SRT, as well as top tips on approaching arts education and thinking about the importance of STEAM in the 21st Century. This episode is not to be missed.   

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