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.

Theodora Voutsa

Theodora has been an actress, producer, director and coach for more than 20 years now. She received her BFA in Acting and BA in Production and Communication from Hofstra University. She then worked in Off Broadway theatres in New York for several years. She commuted between New York and Los Angeles and studied along acclaimed acting and success coaches like Bernard Hiller, Ken Lerner and received trainings from the Ivanna Chubbuck Studio coaches. Returning to Greece she starred in sitcoms and more. She collaborated with the National Theatre of Northern Greece, starred in plays by Moliere, Shaksepeare, Bellei, Feydeau, Williams, O’ Neil, Coward, Greek classics and many others. Her film career began 2000. She starred in various film productions including the A. David film “the Free Diver” with C.Rutherford ( “Gosford Park”, “Stardom”), J. Nelson ( “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “Suddenly Susan”), A. Baldwin ( “Chuck”, “Serenity”) and Dominique Swain ( “Lolita”). She founded her own production company and produced web series, radio shows, plays and short films. She also studied Personal Development and NLP. Theodora teaches her Los Angeles Method workshops in the Netherlands and Europe and is now offering her programs online. Theodora recently moved to Singapore with her partner and daughter. She founded 88 Productions Pte LTD. She is currently in post production for the documentary “For my Dad”.
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Seth Adams

Born and raised in California, Seth has been acting professionally for 25 years. Seth has acted in over 35 Film and Television Productions, which include Equals, Grey's Anatomy, Rawson Marshall Thurber’s screen adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon's debut novel The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh and Oscar-Nominated Director Sam French's Over The Line; for which Seth received the Best Lead Actor Award at the Beverly Hills Short Festival and a nomination for Best Lead Actor at the Action on Film International Film Festival. Highlights on the stage have included leads in  Marjorie Bowman’s production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, A Few Good Men, Hamlet, Boy's Life and Suburbia. The majority of Seth’s training was with Diana Castle, Jeff Perry (an original co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago) and Tony Greco. He also studied with Joe Salazar, Stan Kirsch, Jeff Cohen, Carolyne Barry, Donovan Scott and was invited to train in workshops with Oliver Stone and Helen DuPont.
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Gursharon Kaur

Gursharon Kaur has taught in different schools during her stint as an Education Officer with the Ministry of Education in the past 8 years. She completed her overseas teaching assistantship, teaching AP Literature and Language Arts at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara in 2013. This was an international partnership program between the National Institute of Education and the Teacher Education Program, The Gervitz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara. Since then, she’s worked with three secondary schools in Singapore with vastly different profiles to teach English Language and Literature. She trained the student emcees for the school’s annual Speech Day. She organised a drama program for the Secondary 1 cohort with the enlistment of Act 3 International. She is working on obtaining her CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) to teach English to speakers of other languages. Her current interest at this point is in exploring somatic education. She is taken in by her personal experience with the Feldenkrais Method and how the brain uses movement and awareness to create possibilities for new neural pathways and changes in lifelong patterns. She is enrolled in the Feldenkrais Professional Training Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Monil SJ

Monil SJ is a professional actor, comedian, writer, and instructor who started in the industry only about a year ago but has had a very steady rise, appearing in a number of films, theatre productions, and commercial works. Some notable works include being part of the movie Reunion Dinner (2022), as a main cast member in Toy Factory’s The Time Machine (2021), and commercials for Singapore Airlines (SIA), National Environment Agency (NEA), Singapore Kindness Movement, National Library Board (NLB) among others. As a writer, his work was nominated as a Top 6 script for the Meisner Institute international scene competition (2021). Monil is also an experienced emcee, hosting corporate events for BHP, National University of Singapore (NUS), and also most of his friends’ weddings. Monil has been on the Improv circuit since 2016, performing at various festivals and was also HCAC’s inaugural Comedy Improv Deathmatch (2021) grand-champion. Adaptable and ambitious, Monil is always looking for opportunities to grow and evolve as a performer and is always wanting to learn.
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Kaelen Ong

Holding a Diploma in Applied Drama and Psychology from Singapore Polytechnic and The Bryan-Tan HCAC Teaching and Acting Scholarship, Kaelen has been active in both the performance and teaching industry. She has worked with numerous companies to teach a wide range of students varying in age Speech & Drama – Pre-school Level (Metropolitan YMCA, Creative Cottage), and Primary and Secondary School Drama CCA or English Literature and Drama Enrichment Programmes (How Drama, Tongue-in-Cheek, DramaArts). Kaelen’s performance credits include Singapore Repertory Theatre’s “Lifespan Of a Fact”, “1984” and “Ghostlight”, Young & W!LD’s “Love & Information”, and KidsSTOP @ Science Centre’s “Saving Billy!”.

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Rayve Zen

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.
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Cassandra Spykerman

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.
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Shrey Bhargava

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.
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Kimberley Kiew

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)

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Varshini Pichemuthu

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.
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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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