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Xiao Ting is a freelance Singapore-based hyphenated theatre practitioner. Her various roles include: actor, director, movement-based performer, dramaturg, educator and interdisciplinary collaborator. Her works have been shown in: Australia, Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan and the U.K. She is an Associate Artist with The Theatre Practice (Singapore) and Programmer for Practice Tuckshop. Her practice is informed by the intersection of theatre/performance with field research and community collaboration to advocate for social innovation and change. Along with FERRY, she was a recipient of the Experimental Micro-Fellowship 2021 (Performance Space, Sydney). She was selected for the Asian Performing Arts Camp 2021 (Tokyo Festival).
In terms of her acting practice, her solo work Blank Run was invited to the World Stage Design: Taipei, Shanghai ACT Festival and was featured in the M1 Chinese Theatre Festival, along with the support of AWARE Singapore and the Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC). Some of her acting credits include: The Bride Always Knocks Twice: Killer Secrets (Singapore Tourism Board & The Theatre Practice), Liao Zhai Rocks! (Shanghai Original Musical Festival 2019), Four Horse Road (The Theatre Practice, 2018, 2020), PIP’s Playbox Storytelling (Esplanade Presents, 2018, 2019), and The Lieder Festival (Sing Song Club, 2016).
Since 2012, Xiao Ting has been involved in more than 40 Theatre-for Young-Audiences projects - be it in the role of actor, director, storyteller, dramaturg, curriculum planner or educator. Her creations are often bilingual (English and Mandarin), narrative-based and highly participatory. Between 2020-2022, she was part of the creative team at The Theatre Practice Education Project that helped transition live shows to digital shows, bringing digital theatre to more than 130 schools across Singapore. In 2022, she was commissioned by Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall to direct a year-long run of Meet My Unusual Family.
Her practice in Eco-Theatre is multi-platform in nature and ranges from long-term engagements to short-term commissions. As a programmer for Practice Tuckshop, she is engaged in a series of projects that advocates for community life and green practices. One such project is: ‘Recess Time’ – a communal lunch advocating creative approaches to utilising rescued fruits and vegetables. ‘Recess Time’ was shortlisted out of over 727 applications to be featured in the 2021 Social Art Award Book (The Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin) and toured to World Stage Design 2022: Calgary. It received an 'Honourable Mention' at #CreateCOP27 - an global open call for art that responds to the climate emergency in conjunction with COP27. In 2018, Practice Tuckshop was also listed as one of the 'Community Groups that Inspired Us' - a year-end review by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth. As a director, she was commissioned by Singapore Writers' Festival 2021 for her project 'Extinction Feast' (rerun in November 2022, in collaboration with Ah Hua Kelong).
Xiao Ting’s diverse practice has resulted in a career that often centers interdisciplinary devising processes. As a dramaturg, she supported the creation of ‘I Came At Last To The Seas’ - an Esplanade commission for Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2018. Over 2 years, she documented the process of working with internationally-acclaimed artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore to devise a show about the Chinese diaspora in Asia. In 2019, the first iteration of PROJECT Utopia worked with artists from Berlin, Indonesia, Finland and Singapore to collaborate digitally and present a final showing that was eventually staged in Singapore’s M1 PATCH! Theatre Festival that same year. Since 2021, she has been working with FERRY on 'Land of Loss: Wisdoms' (NAC SEPG) - a transdisciplinary collaboratory that posits artists as potential myth-keepers.
Xiao Ting is a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Undergraduate Scholarship. She graduated from Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts (LICA), Lancaster University, UK, where she received the LICA prize for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre.