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 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.
Rayve Zen is an actor/ acting coach based in Los Angeles, California. He is a masterclass student of Gregory Berger-Sobeck (coach of Riz Ahmed, Lupita Nyong'o, Andrew Burnap, Winston Duke, Tom Pelphrey) and has also trained under Howard Fine (coach of Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson, Bradley Cooper, Gal Gadot) and Marilyn McIntyre at the legendary Howard Fine Acting Studio in Los Angeles. In a wild career that's taken him from Singapore to Hong Kong/China to Los Angeles, he has worked with top actors such as Eric Roberts, Andy Lau, Matthew Willig, and auditioned for some of the top casting directors in Hollywood. Versatile and driven, he is deeply passionate about the business and craft of acting. Two of his greatest interests as a teacher are to simplify the often-overloaded acting process and empower actors to re-discover the innate ability to bring their most private, intimate, irreverent, and active selves in front of a camera, no matter what or who the audience is.
Cassandra Spykerman is a performer - she started singing when she could, and acting when she was 19. She's starred in various TV shows such as Kin, Distopia, Mr Ballerino and Zi Char Wars. She's also been in short films and certain advertisements. Aside from that, you've probably seen her at Timbre going crazy with SuperSonic, a cover band that she performs with. Cassandra has also done various ads too, and always looks forward to collaborate with content creators and filmmakers. To ignite emotion in people is what Cassandra aims to do with her work.
In 2019, Cassandra took a Grade 6 Speech And Drama course with Trinity College as she wanted to embark her journey as a teacher. She's then started working with pre-schoolers from aged 4 - 6 and has been enjoying it tremendously. She's also finished a course in Drama Pedagogy : Essential Teaching & Learning Approaches with Singapore Drama Educators Association to add on to the tools that she already has. She hopes to inspire children, adolescents and eventually, adults, with Drama.
Shrey is a professional Actor, Host and Filmmaker. He has a BA in Theatre and a BA in Cinema & Media Studies from the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was named a Renaissance Scholar. He was also awarded the Ruth & Albert McKinlay Award for Best Actor. During his time at USC, Shrey trained under many prominent practitioners in Hollywood. For Acting on Camera, this included Kate Burton (Grey’s Anatomy; Scandal), daughter of the Richard Burton (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Joseph Hacker (S.W.A.T; Charlie’s Angels), whose acting pedagogy comes from the having studied with Stella Adler, Peggy Feury, and Lee Strasberg. John DeMita, voice actor on the hit anime series Naruto, trained Shrey in Voice Acting for Animation. Shrey was also trained in the Stanislavski’s system, Maria Knebel’s Active Analysis, and Acting Theory by internationally acclaimed Stanislavski researcher and educator Dr. Sharon Carnicke.Shrey’s actor training in Singapore includes Buds Youth Theatre, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Young Company and Haque Centre of Acting & Creativity. He hosted numerous high-profile live and TV events including the SG50 NDP Concert at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, the National Day Reception at the Istana for then president Dr. Tony Tan and the 28th Southeast Asian Games. At 19, Shrey was one of the youngest contestants on The 5 Search. Out of 700 hopefuls, Shrey placed 2nd overall. Shrey has produced, written, and directed over 7 short films. His film, My Home, Singapore? clinched over 10 official selections in film festivals worldwide. It was featured at the renowned Asian World Film Festival in 2017 and was named a semi-finalist at the Best of India Short Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2018. At the latter, it secured a broadcasting deal with Shorts TV for the South Asian region.Shrey has acted in films such as Lizard on The Wall (2017) by Cannes-acclaimed director K. Rajagopal, and TV shows such as Fine Tune (2016), which was nominated for Best Comedy Program at the 22nd Asian TV Awards. Shrey has also starred in various web series, such as My Lockdown Wedding (2021) – that also appeared as a telemovie on Channel 5 – and Long Story Short (2020), that has over 10,000 views on NSFTV’s Instagram channel. Shrey will also be starring in upcoming Channel 5 period drama, This Land is Mine (2021).Shrey has prior experience as a trainer and facilitator for several theatre-led corporate training workshops organized by the Haque Centre for Acting & Creativity and Dramatic Difference. His clients have included banks such as OCBC and DBS, companies such as Bloomberg as well as brands such as Auchentoshan.Shrey was also the Ambassador for the inaugural Singapore Monologue Slam as well as SRT’s Youth Initiative with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Kimberley Kiew is a bilingual film, theatre and commercial actress. She has appeared in several commercials for Sony, Fitbit, UOB and Ministry of Communications and Information.
Kim is a firm believer of following one’s heart, stepping out fearlessly, and embracing the difficulties in one’s path. She believes that no one should ever stop learning about themselves and she encourages this in her yoga teaching as well as while teaching at HCAC.
Kim is also a member of The Haque Collective (THC) which is the alumni theatre company of HCAC.
Some of her theatre and TV credits include The Land is Mine (Mediacorp), Spectacle (Method Productions), Contract (THC), Hurstville: The Heir (The Underground), Journeying Mercies (MCBC)
Varshini is an Applied Theatre practitioner, collaborator and performer who was part of the pioneering batch of HCAC students. Originally from Singapore, she is now based in London after completing her Masters in Applied Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
While she spends most of her time working as a Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of RootPrints Theatre, developing and facilitating bespoke workshops using cultural diversity as a tool to bring communities together, Varshini is also freelance practitioner and artist facilitator engaging in drama based creative projects with various communities. She has worked with abandoned and orphaned young girls in Delhi, India, adults in dementia care facilities as well as women from a refugee or asylum seeking background in a cross- border production involving London and Lebanon. She also works in other inclusive projects with children and young people in various educational settings including special needs schools.
Varshini is also an associate artist with the David Glass Ensemble and sometimes appears as a guest speaker/facilitator and visiting lecturer. She recently worked with Brock University (Ontario, CA), The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK) and the Brent Artist Network (London, UK). Varshini has also collaborated and devised a one-woman show called “The Cardboard Kitchen Project” with FK-Co Lab which premiered at the Camden Fringe in London in 2019. She has also been invited as a guest and featured performer in various events to showcase her spoken word.
Varshini is passionate about using theatre as a platform to address social issues she cares about including displacement, women’s and children’s rights and human rights violations through a reflective practice of hope.
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.
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 Kumarajiva, Hop & Honkand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.