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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.

Alec Tok

Alec Tok is a film and theatre director. He had a prominent career as a stage actor and was a highly successful producer of popular musicals and comedy revues, in Singapore. He moved into directing after obtaining an MFA in Directing from the prestigious Yale School of Drama. Since then, his work has been seen by audiences in San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. A BIG ROAD was Alec’s first full-length feature film. His latest work, NANYANG, THE MUSICAL was commissioned by the Singapore International Festival Of Arts.
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Darren Guo

Darren, a bilingual performer, graduated from NAFA’s Theatre course. He was also part of the pioneer batch of Creative Edge, a division of I Theatre, which produced People and Under the Dragon Moon as their graduating performances.

Some of his notable works include Citizen Dog by The Finger Players, Art Studio by Nine Years Theatre, and Lao Jiu the Musical by The Theatre Practice. Other credits include Prism of Truth by GroundZ-0, Samsui Women by The Finger Players, Liao Zhai Rocks! by The Theatre Practice, Toy Factory’s December Rains and KumarajivaHop & Honk and Aesop’s Fables by I Theatre. Darren was part of The Practice Lab from 2014 to 2016. He was an apprentice under The Finger Players, and currently also a member of Emergency Shelter, the artist training and research programme of Emergency Stairs. Lao Jiu the musical and Samsui Women were nominated for Best Ensemble and Best Production for the Young respectively in the Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2018. Art Studio was awarded Best Ensemble Award in the Straits Times Life Theatre Awards 2018. As a screen actor, he was given opportunities to play a multitude of different characters across TV, films and commercials, allowing him to showcase his abilities and versatility as an actor. Some of his leading roles include Tan Chin Shiong in <Still Standing> by Kristen Tan and Tan Wei Ting, Leedon Ang in an episode of <Avenue 14> as the Orang Minyak by Monochromatic.

As an acting teacher, Darren is a MOE approved coach and he has experience teaching speech and drama classes/CCA in schools ranging from Primary to Junior College level. He is also able provide private coaching to all levels of experience. Since 2017, Darren has been teaching Acting 101, an introduction to acting short course at Lasalle College of the Arts.

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Krissy Jesudason

Krissy has been a professional actress since 2010 and has experience performing in Canada, the UK and Singapore.  She is best known for her work on Mediacorp’s long running drama “Tanglin” where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the Asian Television Awards in 2017.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of British Columbia specialising in Theatre (Performance).  She moved back to Singapore in 2012 and began her acting career here with SRT’s Shakespeare in the Park.  Since then she has self-produced 3 shows under Phenix Arts and Wag the Dog, performed in multiple shows with theatre companies around the island and in 2016 she made the switch to TV.  Krissy is currently appearing on “Kin” and “Slow Dancing”. Krissy first began teaching with HCAC in 2015 where she taught the “Intimate Shakespeare Series”, workshops focusing on performing Shakespearean text in a small studio space.  She is looking forward to getting back to teaching after a brief hiatus.
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Hansel Tan

Hansel Tan is an actor and educator based in NYC, and has enjoyed a 15-year international career on stage and onscreen. He got his start in Singapore, performing locally with companies such as Singapore Repertory Theatre, and W!LD RICE, before pursuing his training in the USA. Since then, Hansel has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, The Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Symphony Space, Signature Theatre, LaMaMa, 54 Below, and The Green Room 42 with companies such as The Public, The Flea, Ma-Yi, Pan Asian Rep, Prospect Theatre, Tectonic Theatre, and at festivals with the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Regionally and internationally, he has performed and premiered work at Pioneer Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, North Shore Music Theater, Flat Rock Playhouse, The Village Theatre, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Indiana State Fair, Pacific National Exhibition (Canada), Sharjah Water Festival (UAE), Aichi World Exposition (Japan), and Figurteatret i Nordland (Norway). On screen, you might have seen him in Complete Unknown (Amazon), In Game: The Webseries (Man Powered Films), The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC), and Madam Secretary (CBS). As an educator, Hansel has taught audition masterclasses in Brazil, and On-Camera technique at Yale-NUS. He is a recipient of the Singapore NAC Overseas Bursary, The Wesleyan Lipsky Choral Prize, “Best Actor” winner at Theatre Now New York’s inaugural “Sound Bytes” festival, “Best Principal Male Actor” finalist for the 2017 Theatre Bay Area Awards, and “Best Actor” finalist for the 2017 Broadway World Regional Awards. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
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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 for many 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, Manila, Singapore, Shanghai, 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). In Singapore, he has performed mostly  with The Latecomers and NotOK and sometimes a show called "One of Us Is Drunk." He has taught in Baltimore and in Singapore at The Improv Company, The Singapore American School and Haque Centre for Acting and Creativity.
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Tom Schulz

Tom directed his first play in 1977, while an undergraduate at Pomona College in Claremont, California. He has remained actively involved in theatre ever since. He worked with THECO in NYC in the early 80’s, directing the American Premiere of “The Archbishop is Here” by Peter Sattmann, which was funded by the Goethe Haus. He earned his MA (Directing) at San Francisco State University’s “Center for Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art,” where he founded “Elbows Akimbo,” a collaborative performance ensemble, and served as Artistic Director for 7 years. In 1992 he moved to Jakarta and began his work in theatre education. This is his 10th year working as the Director of the High School Theatre program at Singapore American School. Tom is also an Associate Director of the David Glass Ensemble.
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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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