About Our Teachers

Our diverse faculty of coaches have trained and taught all over the world. This cosmopolitan mix of respected industry professionals ensure all HCAC workshops are of an international standard.

Kamil Haque

Kamil Haque is the founder and artistic director of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC). After 8 years working and coaching in Los Angeles Kamil returned to his native Singapore in 2013 to establish HCAC, Singapore’s first professional acting centre and Asia’s first centre to teach the preeminent Lee Strasberg’s method of acting.

Kamil graduated top of his class from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) with a BA(Hons) in Acting. He was the first student in half a century to be awarded Latin Honours for this subject. 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. He is the only coach in Asia experienced in teaching the Lee Strasberg Method of Acting.

In 2011, Kamil was bestowed the honour of being invited to become a working observer at the world-renowned The Actor’s Studio. He was the first Singaporean ever to be part of the studio.

In addition to these accolades, Kamil was appointed as the Head Acting Instructor at East West Players, the USA’s oldest Asian American Theatre group, as well as the role of Internship Director at the Company of Angels (CoA), Los Angeles’ oldest repertory theatre company.

In addition to being an award winning actor and storyteller, Kamil has coached well over 2000 students, many of whom have appeared on stage as well as in major motion pictures, television shows and national commercials around the world. He has also produced, directed and acted in several award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions in USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia.

Mark Wong

Born and bred in Malaysia, Mark is a Melbourne-based Voice and Speech Coach. He holds an MA (Master of Arts) in Voice Studies from the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has taught voice to professional actors, singers, public speakers, lawyers, journalists, fitness instructors and health specialists. He currently teaches Speech and Communication at The University of Melbourne, runs an active private studio and regularly conducts voice and speech workshops in Australia and Asia. Theatre productions that Mark has voice and dialect coached on include NEXT TO NORMAL (dir. Mark Taylor), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (dir. Stephen O’Neil), TITANIC: THE MUSICAL (dir. James Cutler), THE COLOR PURPLE (dir. Robbie Carmellotti), and ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS (dir. Chris Baldock). As a teacher, coach and mentor, Mark takes pride and joy not only in sharing his knowledge to his students, but also watching them grow into more successful versions of themselves. Mark strongly believes in creating a safe and supportive yet playful environment for all his students so that they can gain the most out of every session.
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Alys Hill

Alys has a Bachelor of Education specialising in Perf Arts. She is a registered dance and specialist Performing Arts Teacher. Alys has trained in Brisbane with Zen Zen Zo since 2008, and is now Associate director for Zen Zen Zo Brisbane Company and Director of the New Zealand arm of the company, having trained extensively alongside the founding directors, Simon Woods & Lynne Bradley. A regular teacher at the annual Stomping Ground in Brisbane she assists and leads the quality training, also expanding her development of Lecoq pedagogy with frequent annual training with Steph Kehoe. Alys has workshopped with Frantic Assembly and taught as a guest artists in a number of companies around the world, including The Court Youth Company in Christchurch. She has performed and studied with founding Butoh company Dairakudakan, in Hakuba Japan and Brisbane Australia. Alys as director of Zen Zen Zo NZ, currently runs the weekly Actor's Dojo adult and youth classes at The Piano centre for contemporary performing arts. Alys has travelled around New Zealand, Singapore, Australia & Europe to run Zen Zen Zo workshops and residencies for high schools and professional theatre companies. She runs teacher training programs in New Zealand, has been a specialist tutor at LAF (Lyttleton Arts Factory), directs performances in Christchurch and has trained as both a Les Mills BodyJam Instructor, worked for eight years as a tutor with Jolt Integrated Dance company and been the Head of Drama at New Zealand high schools throughout her teaching career.
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Anna Ong

Anna considers herself practically Latina because she was born in Manila and lived in both Colombia and Argentina. She is a former banker turned storyteller.
She found out she wanted to be a storyteller on the night she gave her first monologue at an improv show in New York City. That weekend, she discovered the world of storytelling—the world where ordinary folks share autobiographical tales in an entertaining and inspirational manner. She's performed on storytelling shows such as The Moth and Story District in the US.
Since moving back to Singapore at the end of 2018, she founded What's Your Story Slam, a live storytelling competition where people share their narratives on stage. It's mission -- to promote the art and craft of live storytelling, celebrating our diverse experiences and shared humanity. She is the host and creative director of the show, curating all the stories and coaching all the storytellers that get on the show.
She studied comedy with Magnet Theatre and Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York City. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and studied Social Impact Storytelling at Georgetown University.
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Reginal Allyn

Reginal Allyn graduated from Singapore Polytechnic with a Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology in 2014 and sees drama as a tool for individuals to build relationships, grow in confidence, creativity and communication. She actively incorporates and applies both psychology and arts integration strategies into her workshops, which results in the creation of developmentally appropriate workshops for participants of every age.
She also believes that it is important to constantly grow in one's skills by going back to being a student in order to develop and improve as a teacher and has since obtained a Specialist Diploma in Arts Education from NAC-NIE in 2017, a Certificate in Teaching Arts in the Early Childhood Environment from SEED Institute in 2018 and a BA in Psychology and Human Resource Management from Murdoch University in 2019.
Reginal's niche for arts integration workshops lies in creating and conducting sessions for children in the early childhood sector as well as parent-child workshops.
She was also part of Singapore Repertory Theatre's Residency Programme as the Resident Learning & Engagement Officer from 2018-2019.
Reginal also enjoys event management, networking and building relationships with current and potential clients and in her spare time, enjoys watching football, visiting museums and attending plays and concerts.
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Kamil Haque

Kamil Haque is the founder and artistic director of Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity (HCAC). After 8 years working and coaching in Los Angeles Kamil returned to his native Singapore in 2013 to establish HCAC, Singapore’s first professional acting centre and Asia’s first centre to teach the preeminent Lee Strasberg’s method of acting. Kamil graduated top of his class from the American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) with a BA(Hons) in Acting. He was the first student in half a century to be awarded Latin Honours for this subject. 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. He is the only coach in Asia experienced in teaching the Lee Strasberg Method of Acting. In 2011, Kamil was bestowed the honour of being invited to become a working observer at the world-renowned The Actor’s Studio. He was the first Singaporean ever to be part of the studio. In addition to these accolades, Kamil was appointed as the Head Acting Instructor at East West Players, the USA’s oldest Asian American Theatre group, as well as the role of Internship Director at the Company of Angels (CoA), Los Angeles’ oldest repertory theatre company. With first-hand experience of the demanding industry standards of Hollywood, Kamil is well-acquainted with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed internationally. In addition to being an award winning actor and storyteller, Kamil has coached well over 2000 students, many of whom have appeared on stage as well as in major motion pictures, television shows and national commercials around the world. He has also produced, directed and acted in several award-winning and critically-acclaimed productions in USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. HCAC is the culmination of 23 years of working towards fulfilling a childhood dream. Kamil was born and bred in Singapore with a rich cultural understanding due to his multi-ethnic origins. He found his passion for drama at the tender age of 7 and has spent his life dedicated to the craft of acting. HCAC has been created to enrich lives and inspire actors and non-actors alike. It is part of Kamil’s great vision to elevate and progress acting as well as other forms of creative expression in Singapore. As part of the growth of HCAC, in 2014, Kamil started Method Productions, a presenting production company across all mediums. Kamil has also overseen the inception of several flagship productions including Metaphors Be With You, a curated-true-personal-essay-showcase, Pioneer Passages a regular dramatized reading series of plays by pioneering playwrights and The Singapore Monologue Slam which is Singapore’s first monologue competition.
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Shivram Gopinath

Shivram Gopinath is an award-winning writer and spoken word performer. His work has been featured at the Singapore Heritage Fest, Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore Literature Prize Awards, Spore Art Salon, SPEAK, Speakeasy, Lit Up Festival and more. He has performed alongside internationally acclaimed spoken word artists like Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Kosal Khiev and Luka Lesson.
He is actively involved in the local spoken word scene, helping organise and host monthly slam competitions, workshops and readings. A proud member of the PAP (PARTY ACTION PEOPLE), a rolling poetry troupe, he is also the 2015 and 2016 Singapore National Poetry Slam Champion, the only person to have won the title twice.
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Jolene Wong

Jolene Wong is an actress and storyteller. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts, where she received training in the following methods of actor training: Stanislavski’s System, Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics for Theatre, Grotowski-based Physical Acting, Clown, and Mask Work. Her physical training includes the asian forms of Kalaripayattu and Tai Chi, while her vocal training includes Fitzmaurice Voicework and Estill Voice Training. Her thesis explored the psychological impact of working in theatre on actors in Singapore, and she continues to seek insight into the working culture and experience of the Singapore theatre and film industry.

Jolene made her professional acting debut in Toy Factory’s Here and Beyond (directed by Stanley Seah), and other acting credits include roles in Alfian Saat’s The Insiders (directed by Jo Kukathas), Carol Churchill’s Skriker (directed by Natalie Hennedige), and Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim). She has also acted in numerous short films and commercials.

As a performer, Jolene prizes versatility and intelligent choices. As a teacher, her philosophy is to guide students to the best versions of themselves. While she is currently training to teach under Kamil Haque at HCAC, Jolene intends to further her studies in voicework to become a certified vocal coach.

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Nicole Daswani

Nicole Daswani holds a Masters in Public Health and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Her experience includes working with special needs populations in the social service sector and working with young children and youth in a creative drama setting. In addition, she also holds Associate Diplomas from Trinity College London with specialisations in Performance and Teaching Speech and Drama. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in Drama. She believes in learning through play and is excited on creating programmes that meet the needs of the class and the organisation as a whole.
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Vignesh Singh

A recipient of the Trailblazer General Fund, Vignesh is an actor, theatre-maker, and educator based in Singapore. He received his training at the Intercultural Theatre Institute. His affair with the stage began in 2008, since then he has worked with the likes of Buds Theatre Company, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Teater Ekamatra, Toy Factory Productions, Dark Matter Theatrics, Our Company, Ground Z0, David Zinder and Phillip Zarilli. A drama educator since 2013, Vignesh has worked under companies such as The Learning Wings, The Learning Connection & Faust International. Considering the state of the world and recent happenings, he believes that there is no greater time for an arts education. Vignesh is an advocate for investigation and facilitating safe spaces so that each student may attempt to expand their awareness, beliefs and possibilities freely.
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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.
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Giovanni Ortega

Giovanni Ortega is a multi-disciplinary artist who made his debut on the East West Players stage in 2005 playing the role of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos in the hit musical Imelda. In 2011, Ortega wrote ALLOSthe story of Carlos Bulosan, which was commissioned by East West Players for its Theater for Youth Program. The following year, Chicago’s CIRCA Pintig Theater Company produced it as part of Migrant Stories. During the same time, East West Players included an excerpt of his work in its Theater for Youth touring production Our American Voice. ALLOS was also produced by LA18 for Kababayan Today where he also serves as a Kulturahan correspondent for Art, Activism and Academia. Additional works include: Tug of War (PINTIG), Wayne (Pasadena Playhouse) and Lost in the Margins (Mezçlão). His directing credits include East West Players’ New Works Festival and productions at Pomona College including Medieval Mystery PlaysSpring Awakening, In the Next Room and Urinetown (April 2016). His acting credits include Romance of Magno Rubio at Inside the Ford (LA Weekly nomination) and Dogeaters at Center Theatre Group. Giovanni has performed for over 300 organizations, universities and prisons (P.E.P.) with various one-person shows including Playfair. Choreography credits include: Tea, with Music (East West Players) Cinnamon Girl, Girl Most Likely To(Playwright’s Arena) Last year, he adapted and directed The Kingdom of Banaras in Varanasi, India then directed What the Butler Saw at Upstage Theater in Bern, Switzerland. As an author, he took the literary artist category for the most sought after author with Leaves from the Silverlake Barrio, and a collection of his poetry was included in an anthology of mixed heritage writing in Completely Mixed Up. He is currently working on his next book entitled Gitano, which will be published by Carayan Press.  He is a visiting assistant professor at The Pomona College Department of Theatre & Dance. For more information go to: www.giovanniortega.com
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Tejas Ewing

Tejas Ewing is a Journalist and Author covering social justice issues, a Filmmaker and CEO of Ewing Communications. He teaches filmmaking at NAFA, and specialises in creating innovative learning programmes for NGOs, Academia, Government and the wider non-profit sector. As a filmmaker, he studied at Prague Film School, and has worked on over 15 short films, including both Award-Winning and Award-Nominated films. He has a passion for telling compelling stories that encourage audiences to think about social and environmental issues. His goal is to inspire the next generation of filmmakers to get out there and make films with the tools they already have: a phone, an idea and the commitment to work hard and have fun!
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