Nelson Chia

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Nelson Chia (simplified Chinese: 谢燊杰; traditional Chinese: 謝燊傑; pinyin: Xìe Shēnjíe) is a Singaporean theatre director, actor and lecturer. He is the co-founder of Nine Years Theatre.


Nelson studied at The Chinese High School and Hwa Chong Junior College He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from National University of Singapore and a master's degree in Theatre Arts (Directing) from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Chia has been working in theatre both as an actor and director since 1994. Chia's first major TV role in the drama Together Whenever, which was aired on SPH MediaWorks Channel U, alongside Erica Lee.He briefly headed the Department of Theatre in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, but later left the post in order to devote more time to his craft. He is currently an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Theatre in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts as well as the Theatre Studies Program in National University of Singapore. He is the associate artistic director at Toy Factory Productions (formerly Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble),[1][2] an Associate Artist with The Substation and the founding member of a collaborative ensemble A Group Of People.[3] Chia founded Mandarin theatre company Nine Years Theatre in 2012.[4]

He is married to fellow theatre practitioner and co-founder of Nine Years Theatre Mia Chee,[5] and has two twin daughters (born 2004).[6]


As director[edit]

As an actor[edit]

  • Lao Jiu (in Mandarin, 老九), The Theatre Practice, Singapore, 1990
  • Titoudao (in Mandarin, 剃頭刀), Toy Factory Productions, Singapore, 1994
  • The Coffin is Too Big For The Hole (in Mandarin, 棺材太大洞太小), The Theatre Practice, Singapore, 1995
  • The Soldier and His Wife (in Mandarin, 都是當兵惹得禍), The Theatre Practice, Fort Canning Drama Centre, Singapore, 1996
  • Love A La Zen (in Mandarin, 愛情觀自在), The Theatre Practice, Victoria Theatre, Singapore, 1999
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (in Mandarin, 仲夏夜之夢), The Theatre Practice, Singapore, 1999
  • Hundred Years In Waiting (in Mandarin, 百年的等待), The Theatre Practice, Singapore, 2001
  • The Island (in Mandarin, 島), (as John), The Theatre Practice, Singapore, 2002
  • Animal Farm (in Mandarin, 動物農莊), The Theatre Practice, Victoria Theatre, Singapore, 2002
  • Mad Phoenix (in Mandarin, 南海十三郎), (as Title Role), Toy Factory Productions, Esplanade Theatre Studio, Huayi Festival, Singapore, 2003
  • Porcelain, (as John Lee), Toy Factory Productions, Singapore, 2005
  • Big Fool Lee (in Mandarin and Cantonese, 李大傻), Toy Factory Productions, Singapore, 2005
  • Nanjing: 1937, The Substation, The Substation SeptFest, Singapore, 2007
  • Nanjing: 1937 Phase II, The Substation, The Substation SeptFest, Singapore, 2008
  • Own Time Own Target, W!LD RICE, Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore, 2009


  • Agong Bak Kut Teh 阿公肉骨茶 (telemovie, in Mandarin), (as Alan, a credited walk-on part), MediaCorp Channel 8
  • Like Father, Like Daughter 寶貝父女兵 (drama serial, in Mandarin), (as Akirah), MediaCorp Channel 8
  • Live Again 天堂鸟 (srama serial, in Mandarin), (as Sayang), MediaCorp Channel 8
  • Happy Family 过好年 (drama serial, in Mandarin), (as bread skin), Mediacorp Channel 8