Janice Koh

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Janice Koh
Born Janice Koh
Singapore
Occupation Actress, Politician
Years active 2004—
Agent Fly Entertainment
Website
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Janice-Koh

Janice Koh is a a stage and television actress and a former Nominated Member of Parliament in Singapore.

Education[edit]

Koh had her secondary school education at Singapore Chinese Girls' School. She later graduated from the Theatre Studies and Drama programme at Victoria Junior College and the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Theatre Studies. She also has a Masters degree in Theatre with Distinction from Goldsmith’s College, London.[1]

Career[edit]

On television, Janice is well known for her role as the ambitious lawyer Angela Ang on the MediaCorp Channel 5 legal drama The Pupil. Her performance earned her an Asian Television Awards 2010 nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Other projects include Fighting Spiders and Chase for Channel 5 and the award-winning Singapore Short Story Project. More recently, she played the quirky mom of Amos Lee in Okto’s The Dairy of Amos Lee.

A familiar face in the theatre scene, Janice won the coveted Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress in 2003 for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn's Proof and received a Life! Theatre Award Best Actress nomination in 2008 for her role in Ovidia Yu’s acclaimed play Hitting (On) Women. Recent work include Pangdemonium’s Swimming with Sharks, Alfian Sa'at’s sold-out play Cooling Off Day by W!LD RICE, Tan Tarn How's critically acclaimed Fear of Writing,《我爱阿爱》 by The Theatre Practice, Poop by The Finger Players, which was also nominated for the Life! Theatre Best Ensemble Award, The Crab Flower Club by Toy Factory, 120 and Diaspora by TheatreWorks.

Internationally, Janice has toured with a number of productions to major venues and festivals in Europe and Asia, including The King Lear Project to the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and TheatreWorks' Diaspora at the Edinburgh International Festival.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film & Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Love Poetry Dana TV Movie
2009 Sayang Sayang Mellie Film
2010 Fighting Spiders Supporting TV Series
2010-2011 The Pupil (TV series) Angela Ang TV Series
2013 Mister John Lek Film

Theatre[edit]

Theatre Credits
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Descendants of the Eunuch Lead Directed by Ong Keng Sen
2003 Proof Catherine Directed by Krishen Jit.
2003 Jointly & Severably Zee Directed by Claire Wong.
2005 Skylight Kyra Hollis Directed by Mark Waite.
2005 Lovepuke Louise Produced by TheatreWorks.
2005 Quills Mdm Royer-Collard Directed by Samantha Scott-Blackhall.
2006 Diaspora Main Ensemble Directed by Ong Keng Sen.
2009 The Crabflower Club Lead Produced by the Toy Factory, Singapore.
2012 Swimming with Sharks Lead Produced by Pangdemonium, Singapore.
2012 Cooling Off Day Lead Written by Alfian Sa'at
2013 Rabbit Hole Lead Opposite Adrian Pang

Awards[edit]

  • DBS Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn's Proof in 2003.
  • In 2008, Koh received a Life! Theatre Award Best Actress nomination for her role in Ovidia Yu’s acclaimed play Hitting (On) Women.
  • Koh's performance in The Pupil (TV series) earned her an Asian Television Awards 2010 nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.[3]

Politics[edit]

In 2012, Koh was selected to be one of nine new Nominated Member of Parliament (NMPs) in Singapore.[4] She was nominated by the Arts community and was chosen from 47 eligible candidates. Koh is known for her support of the Singaporean arts scene,[5] and her desire for transparency in regards to the MDA's censorship rulings.[6]

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