About Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

HCAC is the home of Method Acting in Asia.

What we do

At HCAC, we support and nurture talent for the global stage.

We have a portfolio of programmes based on a variety of Method Acting techniques. Our international faculty of respected industry professionals are dedicated to unlocking the potential of everyone that enters our doors. The breadth and depth of our training enables individuals to discover their authenticity, express themselves and free their talent.

Learn more: About Method Acting

Our Purpose

HCAC exists to free your talent. We empower people to unleash their creativity. Because we believe those who embrace their artistry – actors, writers, thinkers, dreamers, visionaries, entrepreneurs – are happier, more fulfilled and more successful individuals who make the world a better place.

For actors, specifically, we endeavor to provide robust and varied training of an international quality to prepare you for success on the global stage.

Our Unique Approach

  • Teaching tried and tested acting techniques.

    We are the only school in Asia to teach the work of Lee Strasberg as it was intended. Our workshops explore acting methodologies that have been tested and proven for generations.

  • Inclusive and accessible workshops.

    We customize our teaching pedagogy according to the learning needs and goals of all individuals, regardless of their background, training or experience.

  • A global network of educators and directors.

    We work with teachers from all around the world and they are all experienced leaders and specialists in their respect fields.

  • Three-way feedback between student, teacher and peers.


    We believe in active learning. Fostering communication between teachers, students and peers ensures the sustained growth of the work and our school.

  • Freeing the talent of our students.

    We don’t believe in grading talent. Instead, we want our students to explore the subjectivity of their own personal expression.

  • Emphasizing the practicalities of acting.

    We provide training that meets the needs and wants of the industry. Our students are well poised to apply their skills and learning in any real world scenario.

  • We keep our class sizes small.

    We want each and every student to benefit from the undivided attention of the teacher. Our workshops have an approximate student-teacher ratio of 10:1.

  • Creating an intimate family environment.

    Here, everyone is family and we know all our students by name. We celebrate each other’s work at the end of every semester and support each other by attending shows by our fellow members.

Meet our trainers

All Teaching Staff

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé

Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, two hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than fifteen books and co-produced three audio books. Among other accolades, Desmond is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. He helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.

Emil Marwa

Emil Marwa has been a professional actor for over 25 years. Emil first realised he wanted to act at the tender age of 8 when he played Peter in a school production of “Peter And The Wolf”. At 13, he made his TV debut as a regular in the BBC kids show “Grange Hill”, various commercials and TV roles followed. He then went on to study Acting at Rose Bruford college of Speech and Drama in London graduating with a BA Honours. Please also see this link.

Kamil Haque

Kamil Haque is the founder and Artistic Director of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity. After 8 years working & coaching in LA Kamil returned to Singapore in 2013 to establish HCAC. He graduated top of his class from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy with a BA(Hons) in Acting. He is also the first and only Asian to be given the privilege to train and then coach at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Kamil has also been a working observer at the world-renowned The Actor’s Studio, Head Acting Instructor at East West Players and Global Internship Director at the Company of Angels. To date, Kamil has coached over 1000 students, many of which have appeared on stage as well as in film, television shows & national commercials around the world. Please also see this link.

Arnaud Pierre

Arnaud has worked with various coaches on various different improv formats for 8 years: from the very narrative style of Keith Johnstone to Del Close’s organic approach through to Viola Spolin’s games-based format. He has performed with a variety of different improv troupes in France, and in national and international festivals. Please also see this link.

David Glass

David has worked as a soloist performing in forty countries then establishing the David Glass Ensemble winning international awards including TMA award for best director.

Melissa Eveleigh

Founder and Director of Arts for Action, (www.artsforactionuk.org.uk) Melissa Eveleigh is a physical theatre practitioner. She trained at the London International School of Performing Arts (Lispa) in Jacques Lecoq Training and Devising Techniques and has extensive experience of applying theatre for positive change. Melissa has trained over 1000 practitioners and over 300 students from all over the world, as well as devising award-winning political and social theatre.

Melissa works with actors dancers and facilitators to create visceral physical and multi-disciplinary performance, and has developed an audience engagement and facilitation practice that draws upon forum theatre, combining this with use of chorus, partner contact work, viewpoints, games and image theatre.

She has designed and facilitated national programmes for the use of the arts for justice in Mynamar, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and regularly works in partnership with the British Council. Melissa is also a Visiting practitioner at Warwick, Leeds and Arts University Bournemouth.

Toby Papazoglou

Toby graduated from Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School in 2002 with a Diploma 
in Technical Production. In 2007, Toby returned to Toi Whakaari and in conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington he completed his Master of Theatre Arts (Directing).

To date, he has worked in professional and tertiary training for theatre in New Zealand, Australia, America, Vietnam, Mongolia and Singapore. In his time teaching, he has taught numerous workshops in directing and devising, and has supervised student-lead devised projects, guiding students in developing their own sense of self and artistic identity. Please also see this link.

Hear from our Students

All Testimonials
You really work hard and are focused on making people feel comfortable.
Mario Melchiot
You have made a great impact on my life making my acting dream more and more possible.
Michael Shatto
An engaging and a very safe space.
Sarah Howell
I liked how we talked about the industry in very great detail.
Tatyana Zevereva
I like how interesting conversations can come up.
Kjersti Sivitilli
The class is well paced.
Pooja Dargan

Our Studio

There are 2 studios @

89A Desker Road
Singapore 209611

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park MRT (Purple Line)
Look for the HCAC logo and our red door

Located on the edge of the Little India Arts Belt in Singapore, HCAC is a dedicated performing arts studio on the second floor of an authentic pre-war conservation shophouse.

Our soulful space is a well-equipped and multi-functional sanctuary that can cater for all kinds of creative endeavors.

The HCAC studio space is available to hire. Please contact us for details.

Details: Studio Hire

Our Location

Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

89A Desker Road
Singapore 209611

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park MRT (Purple Line)
Look for the HCAC logo and our red door

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