Khai is a creative producer from Singapore and is currently based in London. She graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with MA (Distinction) in Creative Producing, with support from North East CDC, Singapore & BinjaiTree.
She started as an Assistant Production Coordinator for the M1Singapore Fringe Festival with The Necessary Stage, and Programmes Manager for Performing Arts at The Substation. As an independent producer, she has produced works that were urgent, contemporary and committed to the minority voices in Singapore. International tour credits include Super Happy Land in Osaka, Japan and Hawa in Brisbane fest, Australia by Hatch Theatrics. Her work and practice enabled her to create a platform for emerging artists and create a braver space for exploration and experimentation.
In 2019, she received the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Emerging Producers Bursary. Her recent producing works include productions presented at the Vault Festival: Patricia Gets Ready (for a date with the man that used to hit her) by Martha Watson Allpress and Drop Dead Gorgeous by SameSame collective. Lighthouse by Hazel Lam presented as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival, and Moongate Productions’ digital festival, #WeRNotVirus.
Khai also founded RUMAH, which means HOME in the Malay language. RUMAH is an initiative to open up spaces for integration amongst artists from the various Asian diasporas. Since the pandemic, she has initiated digital projects such as Monologues From My Bedroom, a collaboration with Cognatus Theatre and Rumah’s Solidarity Project, an archival of Singapore’s Malay Theatre excerpts, supported by National Arts Council, Singapore.
Recently she was awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop RUMAHfest, a festival to re-imagine a space online to platform and celebrate Asian diaspora artists from London. She is very thankful to be supported by Metroland Cultures Fund and the Society Theatre Research Covid-19 Support grant to continue developing her producing practice during this unique time.
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