The work of ArtsWok Collaborative focuses on arts connecting communities by harnessing the power of the arts to create dialogue, invite social participation and build bridges across difference. It does so by developing the capacity of artists as well as strengthening partnerships within the ecosystem of interconnected stakeholders engaged in the field of arts-based community development.


ArtsWok Collaborative works with multidisciplinary teams to design and implement innovative community-based arts programmes such as BOTH SIDES, NOW, an immersive arts experience that invites conversations about end-of-life issues. It developed and continues to facilitate The Greenhouse Series, a field-building initiative that catalyses learning through a community of practice and incubates innovative ideas though an action-learning programme. It also conducts and shares research that builds legitimacy for the field of arts-based community development.


ArtsWok Collaborative Limited is a recipient of the National Arts Council’s Seed Grant for the period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2018.   |








Artistic Director


Alvin is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage and a leading proponent of devising theatre in Singapore, having directed more than 60 plays which have been staged locally and at international festivals.  In 2010, Alvin was conferred the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of his significant contribution to the arts. He was on the board of the National Arts Council from 2013 to 2015 and was invited by the Ministry of Education to design a drama syllabus at ‘O’ level for implementation in schools. In 2014, Alvin was conferred the Cultural Medallion for his artistic excellence and contribution to Singapore’s arts and cultural landscape.







Production Stage Manager and Mentor


Jason Ng graduated from NUS as a Theatre Studies major in 2006. After 7 years of experience in the field of corporate events management and the secondary school classroom, Jason returned home to theatre in 2013, reinventing himself as a Production Stage Manager, Writer, Designer, Director and Educator. Jason’s production credits include Revolutionary Model Play 2.0 at 2015’s Singapore International Festival of the Arts, Poor Thing, Gitanjali (I Feel The Earth Move) and Rise Of The Phoenix by The Necessary Stage, and Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral by Jeff Chen.  Jason believes that theatre, as an explorative platform for youths, brings an unstoppable potential for young minds to discover the world, and themselves, where youths can encounter the power of invention, the magic of collaboration, and the inspiration for creation. He is currently the Drama CCA coach for Woodlands Secondary School and Si Ling Secondary School.










FESTIVAL 2016 23 30

Various Venues at

Esplanade –

Theatres on the Bay