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Chelsea Crothers is a theatre practitioner and performance teacher. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Theatre and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education from Griffith University. She has her Master of Arts (Performing Arts) by practice-as-research at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She currently teaches at the School Of The Arts (SOTA), Singapore.  She has deeply studied the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the Nobbs Suzuki Praxis and allows her understanding of these pre-expressive trainings to inform her performing, teaching, and devising work. She regularly works with OzFrank Theatre Film (Australia), and Autopoetics (Singapore) of which she is a founding member. She has performed and devised Theatre for Young Audiences, is committed to personal and professional development, and believes in inculcating embodied knowledge practices in her classrooms. She is enthusiastic about performer training, education, working with young people, practice as research, theatre and theatre devising techniques.

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Laura Hayes is a British theatre-maker living and working in Singapore, where she is Associate Dean at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA). Before moving to Singapore, she worked as an actor, casting assistant, and educator. She received an Entente Cordiale Scholarship and the Daebliz Award to study at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq (2005-2007). She was also awarded the Percival Steeds Prize on her graduation with a degree in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland (RCS). She holds an MA from Birmingham University (2019) and is studying for a PhD with Royal Holloway University.

Laura’s acting experience began at the National Youth Theatre and the Manchester Youth Theatre. Her performing experience includes work at the Tron Theatre, the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, the Polka Theatre, Southwold Rep, Eye Theatre, and for Rumpus, and Dreamthinkspeak. She has taught extensively for companies which include the Royal Shakespeare Company, Touchstone Shakespeare Theatre, Polka Theatre, Dundee College and Oxbridge Programs. Laura was a founder member of 3 short 1 tall and is a co-founder of Autopoetics. As a playwright, her play You/I was selected for the Singapore Theatre Festival in 2019. She also wrote the (play)box (an expanded playtext) for Provenance.

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Maiya Murphy is a performer, deviser, teacher, and scholar. She began as both an actor and dancer, and found a common meeting point for her passions in movement–based training and creation approaches. She interweaves her practice with both writing and teaching. Credits include directing and developing UC San Diego’s undergraduate main stage show, Doctored and Devised based on the work of Dr. Seuss; directing Something From Nothing, a UC San Diego undergraduate cabaret; co-creating and performing in mugwumpin’s Your Nightgown is Jealous When You Dream (San Francisco) a theatrical adaptation of a 17th century Pu Songling story; and collaborating as the theatrical director for hip-hop dance company Elements of Motion’s Inkspot, a hip-hop physical theater show (Colorado). Acting credits include performing at the Lincoln Center Director’s Festival at HERE (New York), Theatre Studio, Inc., (New York), The Colorado Shakespeare Festival New Works Series (Colorado) and the Yale Repertory Theatre (Connecticut). She received her BA in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Performance from Yale University, a PhD in Theatre and Drama from the University of California, San Diego, and trained in the Lecoq approach at the London International School of Performing Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Theatre Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore and a co-founder of Autopoetics. She is also the author of Enacting Lecoq: Movement in Theatre, Cognition, and Life (Palgrave Macmillan 2019).

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