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

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.

James Thoo

James started out his career in journalism, as the editor of the industry leading film website, Joblo.com and his work was featured regularly in publications like the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

He transitioned into screenwriting, working on several features including The Rude Mechanical (2006), which he wrote for Ravenwood films in Los Angeles and the award winning Malaysian film, Jarum Halus (2008).

After that he took some time away from writing to get married and move to Singapore, where he now lives with his wife. When he returned to writing his script, “Sonata” placed number one on Scriptshadow’s annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood for the year 2015, and was represented by Kaplan/Perrone, one of the biggest talent agencies in LA.

He most recently wrote the play Stool Pigeon (2017), which was the debut production for Thomas Pang’s new theatre company, Room to Breathe.

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.

Prescott Gaylord

Prescott Gaylord is the former Artistic Director of the Baltimore Improv Group, and creator of ‘Unscripted – an improvised play in two acts,’ a show that has enjoyed sold out runs in Baltimore over the past 9 years. He has directed large and small scale improvised projects in several cities in the US including, ‘Skinesthesia – Body Painted Improv’, ‘The Movement’ (with modern dance troupe “The Collective”), and ‘Secrets’ (improvised storytelling and secret sharing).  He has performed in and directed shows in improv festivals in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Bethlehem, Washington DC, Austin, New York, Shanghai, Manila, Singapore, and Chicago.  Before escaping to Singapore, Prescott was a performing member of Lekker, and Evan the Loyal (in which he performed fully wordless sets from time to time).  He now performs with Singapore troupes The Latecomers and NotOK.

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.

In 1998, he established the Lost Child Project, where he used theatre as a tool to allow children on the streets around the world to tell their stories. In 2000, he established the Centre For Creative Development in Cambodia, training aid agencies in Creative Practice.

David now teaches around the world. He is a visiting Tutor at Bournemouth University of the Arts and LAMDA Drama School. He continues to write and has recently established the Centre for Creative Practice in London to help creative workers, development agencies and education organisations to become more successful.

David has nurtured many working actors. Past students of David’s include Emma Thompson, Stephen Daldry (Billy Eliot), Simon McBurney (Theatre de Complicite), Amit Lehav (Gecko Theatre), Jim Chim (Theatre Ensemble Hong Kong), Tina Ellen Lee (Opera Circus), Tom Morris (Director Warhorse) and Adam Sunderland (Sticks Theatre).

Giovanni Ortega

Giovanni Ortega (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC) is a theatre-maker based in Southern California. In the past year, he directed Mama Bares at East West Players, The House of the Spirits, Urinetown: the Musical in Pomona College and A Sunday Kind of Love (Orange County Playwrights Alliance). His international credits include directing Immigrant’s Diasporic Imagination (Styria, Austria) ALLOS (Kampala International Theatre Festival) Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw (Upstage Bern Theatre Company) in Switzerland and adapting The Kingdom of Banaras for the Nirman Organization. Giovanni staged the Asian premiere of ALLOS, The Story of Carlos Bulosan at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, a self-written, self-directed and self-produced one-man show commissioned by East West Players Theater (March 2011). Criers for Hire, his other commissioned work for East West Players Theatre, became the highest grossing world premiere play in its 50-year history. He was also the resident scholar for Australia’s 2016 National Play Festival.

As a filmmaker, Giovanni directed and produced Upon the Fragile Shore, which was screened at the 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. He also produced six short films entitled Green shorts: films (re)imagining our troubled environment. The films were screened at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California (VisionLA Fest) and Arts House Theatre in Melbourne, Australia (COPOUT) as part of ARTCOP21, a global initiative for cultural activity in Climate Change.

For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com

Hear from our Students

All Testimonials
I have had the opportunity to know Kamil Haque….
Fernanda Rohd (Maria)
Kamil is a very down-to-earth guy.
Bridget Sell
Very engaging and encouraging
Laurence Pang
I love the safe space and close environment that had been created since day 1.
Rahul Daswani
Kamil is a lovely, attentive teacher.
Karlyne Wong
Dr. Jane Gilmer is firm but understanding towards our needs.
Arunidathi Gunawardena

Our Studio

89A Desker Road
Singapore 209611

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

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

We have two studios, The Living Room & The Skylight Studio within HCAC that are available for hire at $50/hr.

Details: Studio Hire

Our Location

Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity

89A Desker Road
Singapore 209611

Nearest MRT: Farrer Park MRT (Purple Line) or Jalan Besar MRT (Blue Line)
6 minutes walk from either MRT station.
We are next to the barbershop. Look for the HCAC logo and our iconic red door
and come on in.

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