25th March 2021
We wanted to shine a light on the brilliant people who are working in offstage roles across our sector.
We wanted to shine a light on the brilliant people who are working in offstage roles across our sector. They are the backbone of the industry, those who ‘make the magic happen’ but are often complete unseen. Join us as we put faces to some of the names you have read in programmes over the years.
Our panel, chaired by Tuyet Huynh, will discuss what drew them to their role, the opportunities available ‘offstage’ and how we can improve diversity in these roles. There will be a Q&A at the end so whether you are thinking about an offstage career, just starting out in the industry or curious about what it takes to make a performance, there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Tuyet Huynh – Chair
Nicola T. Chang
Date 25th March 2021
Tuyet Van Huynh is British Vietnamese & Chinese Producer. She is an advocate in amplifying and championing underrepresented voices in the arts. She is always looking at ways in how to raise the profile of BESEA arts and artists within the UK cultural industry and increase this voice and representation within the UK’s cultural discourse. Tuyet is the cofounder of VanThanh Productions, a platform for enabling minority groups to tell their own stories. In 2019/2020 she produced the first and second British Vietnamese productions to have ever hit UK stages. She is also the Co-Director & Producer of Interactive Film LTD and is currently producing three short immersive films exploring a future world where people are resisting weaponised technology and bias algorithms in favour of AI Democratisation. Tuyet is also the Digital Producer for Tamasha and previously worked as a Digital Producer at the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio. She also holds an MA in Film Programming and Curating.
Nicola T. Chang
Nicola T. Chang is a composer/sound designer for stage and screen. She is a member of the 2020/21 Old Vic 12 cohort (Composer/Sound Designer), BFI x BAFTA Crew (Film Composer) and a Composer and Musical Director attached to British Youth Music Theatre UK. As a performer, she has played for SiX (West End) as deputy MD/Keys 1 and is a former cast member of STOMP! (West End/World Tour). She has also performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Shakespeare’s Globe as a percussionist. In 2017, she conducted the London Film Music Orchestra playing her original soundtrack to The Perfect Dinner accompanied by a live film screening, and premiered her concerto for Ping Pong and Piano Trio at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in January 2019. This concerto was performed in Shanghai later in the year. Her selected theatre credits include: 15 Heroines (Jermyn Street Theatre/Digital Theatre), Miss Julie (Chester Storyhouse), Funeral Flowers (Camden Roundhouse/Hackney Empire), Wild Goose Dreams (Theatre Royal Bath), Little Baby Jesus (Orange Tree Theatre), White Pearl (Royal Court), The King of Hell’s Palace (Hampstead Theatre), The Death of Ophelia (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe), Summer Rolls (Park Theatre), The Tempest (Orange Tree Theatre), No Man's Land (Square Chapel Halifax) and A Hundred Words for Snow (Arcola Theatre).
Nemo Martin is a non-binary writer, stage manager and producer. Their debut play [The Cobbled Streets of Geneva] won the Origins Award for outstanding new writing and their first collaborative musical ASIAN PIRATE MUSICAL sold out at VAULT Festival 2020. As a stage manager they have worked on shows including Invisible Harmony 无形的和谐 (Southbank Centre), WE DIG (Ovalhouse), Drink Rum With Expats (Summerhall), and Forgotten遗忘 (Arcola).
Nao is a London based video and lighting designer, performance maker and educator from Japan. Since emigrating to UK solely at the age of 15, she trained at Rose Bruford College in Lighting Design and she's been Lighting and making multiple genre of performances, nationally and internationally. Credit includes , Last Gasp WFH(Split Britches), Scenes with Girls, Living Newspaper(Royal Court), Ceremonial Blue(Barbican Centre), Copyright Christmas(Duckie), Madama Butterfly, Tosca(Arcola Theatre), Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto(Bury Court Opera) Yellowman(Young Vic), OUT, Night Clubbing(Rachel Young),The Moment I saw You I know I could Love you(curious international), Fake it Till You Make it(Bryony Kimmings), Putting Words in your Mouth(Scottee) Dr.Carnesky’s Bleeding Woman(Carnesky Production) and many more. Nao also performs regularly with the cult pop performance group Frank Chickens(winner of Foster's Comedy God Awards). She is a tutor in Lighting Design at Goldsmiths, University of London.
TK was one of the Linbury Prize winners in 2019, working with the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was a recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Scholarship in 2016. He remains professionally active in Singapore and the UK.
Natalie B. Wong is a Southeast Asian director, performance maker, co-founder of the Orang Collectif and production & stage manager based in London. Natalie was the inaugural resident assistant director at the Singapore Repertory Theatre where she was mentored by international directors such as the late Braham Murray, Bruce Guthrie, Scott Graham and Kate Golledge. She enjoys working with youths and her experience spans performing and assistant directing children’s theatre; directing youth theatre and teaching theatre. She has worked extensively with youths of special needs and at-risk communities. Her recent directing credits include Children of God by Jimin Suh (A short play adapted for film for New Stories online festival of new BE/SEA writings), The Tree of Objects (CAN Fest ’20), and Chapters of a Floating Life by Clarence Coo (Yellow Earth’s Typhoon'19). With the Orang Collectif, Natalie has co-produced The Sane Asylum and The Giving (A promenade evening of Live Performances). And she directs and performs in their ongoing project, AN:ODYSSEY (9-vignette performance exploring themes of Home, Borders and Identity). Natalie is currently working on her first solo performance, Pipi (a drag show exploring femininity and post colonialism). As production and stage manager, Natalie works regularly with Chinese Arts Now, New Earth Theatre, Split Britches, and Steakhouse Live. Natalie holds an MA in Performance Making (Dist) from Goldsmiths, London.