Founder / Creative Development Director / Collaborator
A UK-trained applied theatre practitioner, Grace completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2016. An Honours graduate from the National University of Singapore’s Theatre Studies programme in 2009, she also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore).
In 2017, Grace was International Artist-in-residence at Graeae Theatre Company (London) – UK’s flagship disability-led inclusive theatre company.
A director, performer, dramaturg, researcher, educator and producer who works internationally, Grace’s most high profile project is ‘And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore-UK ‘d’ Monologues’ where she served as associate producer and performer. The international production about disability, diversity and difference between the 2 countries premiered in Singapore, opened at the Southbank Centre in London and toured the U.K. in 2018. In 2019-2020 she was appointed a Singapore International Foundation Fellow.
Since 2018, Grace is Associate Artist of David Glass Ensemble, an international collective of radical artists. She is a proud member of DADC, a collective of dancers living with and without disability. She currently serves as an Adjunct Lecturer (Theatre Department) at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Visit www.graceleekhoo.com for more info.
Company Director / Executive Producer
A MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a specialization in production management, Natalie’s key interests are in creating an environment for artists to share their works and collaborate by bridging conversations and generating platforms that allow these artists to share their works around the world. She has always been drawn towards generating public interest in the arts and encouraging audiences to experience art exchanges in different spaces not limited to the proscenium theatre.
Her experience as a production manager for varied performances and spaces since 2000 has led her to the inquiry of the relationship between the artist and the audience. In her capacity as a production co-ordinator with Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay, a leading arts center in Singapore from 2005 till March 2014, she led teams to manage major annual festivals including Huayi, Tapestry, Da:ns Festival, Baybeats and The Marina Bay Singapore Countdown.
Natalie is the recipient of the Creative Producers Development Programme 2015-2016 by National Arts Council and CultureLink (Singapore). As a creative producer, she co-produced Blue Prince (The Substation, Sept Fest in 2012) by The Blue Statesmen (Singapore), 50/50 (by Loo Zihan, Brisbane Festival 2016) and “And Suddenly I Disappear… The UK/Singapore ‘d’ Monologues” by Ted Hughes Award UK playwright Kaite O’Reilly. This disability led performance is awarded the international commission by Unlimited Festival (UK),premiered in Singapore in May 2018 at the National Museum of Singapore and in Southbank Centre with several tours to Qxford, Leicester and Cardiff.
Her key interest to bring live performances to the masses in non-theatrical spaces also led her to explore art making on a personal level as a visual artist. She held her first interactive installation exhibition “A walk with … ” at the Creative Design Space in 2011.
It is an experience of wonder that she would like to offer for both the artist and the audience.