Meet The Team
Nora Neo-Crothers is the founder of inwardBOUND, a uniquely positioned company that uses drama to inspire confidence and empower creative change. Having received First Class Honours in Drama and Performance from the National Technological University of Singapore, she became a prolific writer, trainer and director.
She is a recipient of numerous Outstanding Contribution Awards for her efforts at developing drama in schools. She was the 1st runner-up for Woman of Asia - Rising Star Award (RBS - Coutts and Financial Times) and was nominated for the Outstanding Youth in Education Award.
She believes in the transformative power of drama which has, over the years, evolved into the core of her work with youth at inwardBOUND. In the long term, her vision is to see her drama programs making a difference, especially to people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be empowered through such a medium.
Isabelle Low is a theatre practitioner who loves storytelling through performance and using art to empower children and youths. She graduated from School of the Arts, Singapore (2014) and trained at the Intercultural Theatre Institute (2017).
Since graduation, Isabelle has taught Speech and Drama for ages 6 to 12 and workshops for youths. She has worked with Paper Monkey Theatre for Hold My Hand as part of Esplanade’s Octoburst! (2018), she is part of their cast for their Teochew Rod Puppet Show ‘Web of Deceit’ which toured to Taiwan, Malaysia and Thailand (2019). She is currently learning puppetry under Benjamin Ho. She is part of the collective C!puppets creating puppets for a younger audience. Her other works include a musical with the Church of Saint Vincent de Paul entitled ‘A Saint for All Seasons’, an experimental performance “Pretty Little Things’ a collaboration between Ying Qing, Ruyi Wong and OSH.
Isabelle looks for new ways to express thoughts and ideas. She is interested in the interaction between voice and body and enjoys physical theatre. She is an ardent supporter of arts in educations. She hopes that children and youths will be able to find some solace in the arts if nothing else does.
Dwayne Ng is a local theatre-maker and drama educator. He believes that theatre, more than a tool for storytelling, has the power to affect and change lives. He has acted in, written for, and directed both professional and independent productions, in various forms—traditional, promenade, playback, forum, digital; in diverse styles—realist, absurdist, physical, immersive; and in different languages—English, Mandarin, and Baba Malay. He was trained at young&W!LD in 2016-2017. Over the years, he worked with various theatre companies such as the Second Breakfast Company, Patch and Punnet, Toy Factory Productions, Peranakan Siblings, Images of Singapore LIVE, Shoes Theatre, and BOUND Theatre.
As a playwright, Dwayne is keen in exploring the human condition. Recurring themes include family, parenthood, gender, sexuality, loss and grief. In Dec 2017, he premiered his first play ‘A Mother’s Love’ with Patch and Punnet. In Dec 2019, he independently produced his second play ‘Single Mothers’ at the Arts House, having received funding from the National Youth Council. He also debuted his first digital play, 'Singaporean Schadenfreude', in Aug 2020. Dwayne is a graduate from Singapore Polytechnic with a
Diploma in Architecture.
Naquiah Ridzuan graduated from Queensland Universty of Technology with a Bachelors Degree in Creative Industries. In pursuit of gaining as much knowledge and experience, she immersed herself in various arts festivals and programmes during her course of study in Australia. There, she discovered her passion and calling to work with youths through theatre and performance arts.
Since her graduation, she has been with inwardBOUND, one season after another, picking up skills of drama education, learning to lead and command teams.
After these many years and now blessed with 2 children, Naquiah is one of our senior co-creators, forging a path for herself yet holding on to her passion, to continue to connect youth through theatre by working closely with children and youths. She taught students the art of performance using her knowledge, skills and experience gained from her previous platform of studies.
Shalyn Yong is a graduate of a BA (First Class Hons) in Drama, Applied Theatre & Education at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London.
Shalyn has done numerous applied theatre projects which include child abuse awareness project Missing, theatre in education project Where's My Star? and To Timor With Love in East Timor. She is also a founding member of Bound Theatre, a youth ensemble group which started in 2011. In London, she has worked in various capacities including as a director onAcross Lands (presented at the South East Asia Arts Festival), as a support facilitator with Cardboard Citizens working with the homeless, and with Immediate Theatre on Estate Based Youth Theatres programme.
She aspires to work with different communities to create theatre that expresses and considers a range of social issues from multiple perspectives. Her research interests include international theatrical collaborations and theatre for development.
Umi graduated with a Diploma in Theatre Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2006, Umi has acted for theatre and television. Her theatre credits include Merdeka; Supervision (WILD RICE), for which she was nominated for Best Actress at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards; Kampong Gelam Tales and 5IVE (Teater Ekamatra).
Internationally, she has toured France with The Reunification of the Two Koreas (TheatreWorks). While she profoundly enjoys performing, teaching has always been Umi’s first love – she has spent the last decade educating young theatre-makers in the disciplines of writing, directing and acting. In 2013, she co-founded The Videosmith, a video production company, and currently serves as its Content Producer.
Nina Chabra has always had a flair for story-telling and has channeled her passion into film-making for more than a decade, taking on many roles in the production process, including organising film festivals.
In recent years, she has further developed her knack for presenting stories, by getting involved in stage-based projects and being a drama trainer for teens. She has been with inwardBOUND for 3 years.
Being brought up in a generation where the television is often his nanny, Benjin has been drawn into many fantasy worlds where different stories, characters and endings all collide.
He believes that as much as theatre is a place where people get to satisfy their fantasy of an alternate life, it is also a medium where we can feel, love and grow.
His desire is to show people his love for theatre through what he teaches and hope it will lead to people developing their own love for the art.
Rebecca Louise Burch
Rebecca Burch has been a drama trainer with Inward Bound since completing her studies at Lasalle in 2007.
Balance is very important to Rebecca. She loves singing and performs regularly at events, weddings as well as on collaborations on music tracks with DJ’s around the world. So the perfect life for Rebecca is to work with students in the day/week, and perform and immerse herself in music during the evenings and weekends. Working with and guiding students keeps her young hearted, energetic and motivated.
And cats; she. Loves. Cats
Jelaine trained at LASALLE College of the Arts with a BA (Hons) in Acting, where she trained in Chekhov’s Mask Work (Aole Budi Miller), Kalaripayattu (Elizabeth de Rosa), Suzuki Method of Actor Training (Koh Wan Ching) and Viewpoints (Adam Marple).
Jelaine has worked with directors like Claire Wong, Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Sarah Jane Scaife. Her acting credits include WITHOUT REASON by Sim Yan Ying for M1 Peer Pleasure Youth Festival 2017 and The Wedding Pig by The Second Breakfast Company.
Jelaine recently performed her solo piece, The Shadow Curriculum, at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2020. The show discussed issues regarding the education system, meritocracy and elitism.
Jelaine is also a founding member of The Assembly Point. She hopes to develop works that will raise people’s awareness of their privilege and to encourage empathy.
Mitchell Fang is a theatre director, performer and teacher. His previous works include the M1 Fringe's '1000 Millennials Crying', Toy Factory's 'Permanence', and 20-Something Festival's 'Long Weekend'. He has performed for productions such as Toy Factory’s 'GRIND', Red Pill Production’s 'Let’s Get Back Together', One Man Riot's 'Pull Up', and Artivate's 'Bus Stop'. Mitchell has taught in various secondary schools and junior colleges in Singapore over the last 10 years, running drama-in-curriculum programmes, in-house school productions, and directing drama clubs in the bi-annual Singapore Youth Festival.
Fatin Syahirah is a freelance theatre actor/educator who recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2017. She is equipped with dance and music skills,and is trained in Yoga, Kalaripayattu, Viewpoints, Chekhov’s Mask Work, and Suzuki Method of Actor Training. She has also received Grotowski training from Steve Wangh and trained in Bali for Mask and Image Training by Aole Budi Miller.
Her theatrical credits include Swipe Right (dir. Claire Wong), The Beckett Project (dir. Sarah JaneScaife), D Singapore International Festival of Arts’ The Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 (dir. Wang Chong & Théâtre Du Rêve Expérimental), Singapore Arts Festival’s Dream Country: a lost monologue (dir. Marion D’Cruz) and various forum theatre community tours for BABES Singapore and BeyondSocial Services. Apart from performing, Fatin has also wrote, directed and produced multiple small shows with her working ensemble while she was in college.
Fatin has participated in the Asian-Pacific Bureau Theatre Schools Festivals & Directors Conference in 2017, performed in Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) Theatre Art Conference in 2015 and co-exhibited under Celebrate Drama! in 2012. She was also an active member of the Singapore Contemporary Young Artists from 2013-2014, spearheading the organisation’s efforts for an interdisciplinary approach by writing and facilitating small drama and art workshops.
She enjoys working with young people and is passionate on making art about women. Her research circles around the sexualisation of women in performance and her interest lies in their movement through time and space.