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Preview: Toy Factory announces new Director-Mentorship programme with Direct Entry

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Following their Wright Stuff playwright mentorship programme, local theatre company Toy Factory Productions Ltd  is ready to mould and shape the directors of tomorrow, with artistic director Goh Boon Teck having selected Andy Pang as the first mentee under their new director-mentorship programme, Direct Entry. Designed specifically to spearhead the visions of bright young theatre directors, and sharpen their creative eye for the stage, the programme will eventually culminate with the mentee having an opportunity to direct a script of their choice at Toy Factory’s NOWplaying@17 performance space.

“I believe in grooming all-rounded theatre practitioners into competent directors. Direct Entry is our foremost mission to train theatre leaders of tomorrow,” says Goh Boon Teck on his heartfelt intentions behind his company’s conscious efforts of theatre making with a bigger purpose and meaning.

Unfazed by the uncertainties faced by theatre makers in Singapore with the current closure of theatre and performance spaces, Goh Boon Teck will lead Andy Pang in directing Toy Factory Productions Ltd’s first original digital theatre presentation, to premiere in the later part of the year. Known for his sharp eye for nuances and his soulful direction for the stage, Andy Pang is set to bring the heart of the script to life, and is humbled to be selected as a mentee for Direct Entry. 

Andy holds a Masters in Theatre Directing, having trained with East 15 Acting School (UK) and GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts, Moscow). Since then, he has directed multiple theatrical works of different genres, which includes theatre plays, classical opera, traditional & modern puppetry and devised works. A bilingual actor and puppeteer, his work as the puppeteer of the iconic Sun Wukong in Paper Monkey’s The Magic Lantern 宝莲灯, won Best Production for the Young @ Life Theatre Awards 2017. Andy Pang is currently an Associate Director of Paper Monkey Theatre, and a part time lecturer with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

“I’m deeply grateful for this opportunity, as undergoing mentorship with one of Singapore’s most prolific theatre companies is a great blessing. I eagerly look forward to the artistic coaching from Mr. Goh Boon Teck, and to the good times working alongside with the team of Toy Factory Productions Ltd,” comments Andy.

Andy Pang’s production will be presented digitally later in the year. For more information, visit Toy Factory’s website here

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