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Nine Years Theatre is a Singapore Mandarin theatre company that focuses on actor-centred productions, actor training and audience education.
About This Cause
Nine Years Theatre is a Singapore Mandarin theatre company co-founded by Nelson Chia and Mia Chee. The company focuses on the re-imagination of classic work and the creation of new work. Our Mandarin productions (with English surtitles) have attracted audiences from all backgrounds with their consistency in quality and a cultural sensibility in translation and adaptation.
Nine Years Theatre has a strong emphasis on actor training, our works are therefore often being described as grounded in the actors' art. We are the only company in Singapore that works with an ensemble of actors that train regularly on a long-term basis via systematic methods. Furthermore, we also share these training methods and philosophy with the community through classes and open training platforms.
In order to engage our audiences beyond the productions, the company continues to explore various ways of holding dialogue sessions with them. Our efforts are rooted in the belief that audiences should not merely consume art, but be offered an opportunity to discuss art.
To be a significant theatre company that engages the audiences and artistic community by continuously redefining the ways artists and audiences make and appreciate theatre.
To create high quality stage productions that inspire, engage and entertain the audiences.
In order to fulfil the above, Nine Years Theatre will work towards the following goals:
• To build a company of full-time actors that train regularly and create work in an ensemble environment through the NYT Ensemble Project.
• To study, develop, share and champion the notion and practice of systematic actor training through NYT Developmental Platform.
• To engage the audience in the discussion of art through various projects under the NYT Audience Sharing Platform.
• To continuously develop new modes, methods and models in creation, training and audience engagement.
Nine Years Theatre is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Major Grant for the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2019, and a member of the Singapore Chinese Language Theatre Alliance.