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Jeremiah Choy 蔡光明 is an actor, writer, director and choreographer.
Jeremiah Choy is a trained lawyer who went full-time into directing, acting, writing and choreography in 1997. Since 1988, he has performed and toured in many critically acclaimed productions with TheatreWorks. He was part of the Best Actor (Ensemble) in the Descendents of the Eunuch Admiral in the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre in 1996.
Choy directed various productions such as A Broadway Christmas Carol and Machine where he was nominated the best Director for the DBS Life! Theatre Awards in 2002. He also produced and co-directed Margaret Chan in Emily of Emerald Hill in Singapore Arts Festival 2010, and directed The Conference of the Birds for Singapore Arts Festival 2011. In addition, he directed and co-wrote DragonTales, which premiered in Manila in 2010. He helmed the Play Den Productions, a joint venture with the Arts House, which is a platform for Singapore works. He directed ChildAid in 2011 and will be directing ChildAid 2012 at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre. He has been a resident Judge of the Singapore Youth Festival's Drama Competition since 2000. He directed Selamat for Spotlight Singapore in Cape Town 2011 and Living Dreams for Spotlight Singapore in Bratislava and Prague 2012. He has just curated and wrote for this year's NS45: Fathers and Sons and co-curated for four hubs Singapore Heritage Festival 2012: Jurong Point, Bugis, Century Square and 112 Katong.
He had directed The Swing Thing, the closing show for NUS Arts Festival in March 2013.
He was the Artistic Programme Director for the Social Functions of World Bank IMF 2006 and APEC 2009 and is currently the Artistic Director for p. L.a.Y!, a Young NTUC's performing arts group. Choy was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Kent Ridge Hall Alumni award in 2010.
Choy founded the Orangedot Group of Companies comprising Orangedot Productions Pte Ltd, Orangedot Entertainment Pte Ltd, Orangedot Management Pte Ltd and Orangedot Talents Pte Ltd. The four companies complement and complete the services in the arts and entertainment industry from providing consultancy and production to looking after the needs of the people in the industry. He was also founding member and President of the Association of Singapore Actors.
Choy has various stints of teaching at several educational institutes in Singapore. He had taught at National University of Singapore Department of Theatre Studies, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts and Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences.
Play Den Productions: Artistic Curator, Play Den Productions. The joint venture with The Arts House intended to curate, germinate and produce honest, intimate Singapore theatre productions with a universal appeal.
– Someday, Samsara, 2010 (Featuring Sandy Philips) – Shopping For Chopin 2010 (Featuring John Cheng) (Co-wrote and director) – Shopping For Chopin 2010 at NUS Alumni (Featuring John Cheng) (Co-wrote and director) – Salusuah – Hong Kong, Fringe Club, 2010 (Featuring Gani Abdul Karim) (Co-wrote and director) – A Christmas Adam, 2009 (Featuring Ramesh Panicker and Gerald Chew) – The Devil’s Encore, 2009 (Featuring Robin Goh) – These Children Are Dead, 2009 (Featuring Nora Samosir) – Salusuah, 2009 (Featuring Gani Abdul Karim) (Co-wrote and director)
Regenerating Communities @ Empress Place Artistic Curator and Director for Regenerating Communities@Empress Place. The series revisit and rejuvenate the Empress Place precinct as a space for the arts.
– Endings/Beginnings 2011 (Installation and Contemporary Dance Performance) – Life, On a String 2012 (Chinese Street Puppetry) – Dang Anum 2012 (Bangsawan)
National Projects: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Meetings 2009 – Singapore Evening at the Esplanade (Creative Curator for Artistic Programmes for APEC at the Esplanade Waterfront)
IMF/World Bank Meetings 2006 (Creative Curator for Artistic Programmes for 4 IMF/World Bank official programme including Welcome Reception at the Esplanade Waterfront)
ASEAN Ministers Meetings and ASEAN Festival of Arts 2012 (Artistic Curator for the Performances for the weeklong meetings and Show Director for Festival of Arts where 10 countries participated.)
Singapore Biennale 2006 and 2008 (Event Managers for Opening and Closing Events)
Singapore Arts Festival – Emily of Emerald Hill (Producer and Co-director) 2010 – Conference of the Birds (Producer and Director) 2011 – The Flight of the Jade Bird (Producer) 2012
Singapore River Festival – Legenda Singapura 2008 (Playwright and Director) – River Romance 2009 (Playwright and Director)
Singapore Heritage Festival (2006 to 2012) (Curated and wrote various exhibitions for the Festivals)
NS 45 2012 (Curated and Wrote the Anchor Exhibition for NS45)
Asia on the Edge – 2006 Jing (Directed a site-specific fashion-in-theatre performance at the Arts House in conjunction with F1 – 2011 (Directed and Produced for AOTE opening ceremony featuring the robotics of Dr Hiroshi Ishiguro)
Night Festival 2010 (Directed and Coordinated Paths of Time, Taxi Girls and Guys and Boxing/Muay Thai together with Ong Keng Sen)
NTUC (Artistic Director for performing arts group for NTUC – p. L.a.Y!) – May Day Rally 2006 to 2011 (Creative Director for May Day Rallies) – Young NTUC National Day Celebrations (2007 to 2010) – May Day Musical 2007 – A Labour of Love (Playwright, Lyricist, Director) – Because U Care 2009 (Directed, curated and produced an album in conjunction with U Care Fund) – Voices of Singapore 2010 (Produced compilation of songs in celebration of Youth Olympic Games 2010)
Others: Overseas Performances: DragonTales 2010 (Director and Producer of a newly commissioned work in Manila)
Singapore Season – Shanghai 2007 (Mark Chan – Little Toys – Producer) – Paris 2010 (Mark Chan – Little Toys – Producer)
Arts Festivals – Hong Kong Arts Festival 2003 (Mark Chan – Little Toys – Producer) – Singapore Arts Festival 2003 (Mark Chan – Little Toys – Producer) – Images of Asia Coppenhagen 2003 (Mark Chan – Little Toys – Producer) – Singapore Arts Festival 2007 (Mark Chan – Dreaming of Kuanyin, Meeting Madonna – Producer) – Hong Kong New Vision Festival 2012 (Mark Chan – The Flight of the Jade Bird – Producer) – NUS Arts Festival 2013 – The Swing Thing – Director
Spotlight Singapore – Cape Town (Selamat – Producer and Director) – Bratislava (Living Dreams – Director)
Major Performances (Selected) TheatreWorks – Beauty World (1988, 1992, 1998) – Beauty World Japan Tour 1992 (Osaka, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Fuokuoka) – Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral 1995, 1998 – Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral Tour (Cairo, Hamburg, Berlin) – Broken Birds – Destiny of Flowers in The Mirror – Yang Family – Lear 1997 – Lear Tour 1998 (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Hong Kong, Jarkarta) – Machine – The Sprits Play 2000 – Spirits Play Japan Tour 2000 (Tokyo)
In 2015, Choy was the creative director of Sing50, a concert to honour 50 years of Singapore music.
- Reference: The Straits Times Monday, 5 April 2010 Life! The Monday Interview (www.straitstimes.com)
- Reference: Machine https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB1015523251372387800
- Reference: The Swing Thing http://www.nus.edu.sg/cfa/NAF_2013/fp-swing-thing-artist.html