Our Team

Artistic Team

Youth and Education

EZZAT ALKAFF Head, Youth & Education
SHALYN YONG Manager, Children & Young Audiences
NELLIE QISTINA Youth & Education Executive
ZAILINA ZAINAL ABIDIN Youth & Education Executive, Audience Development
BENJAMIN LYE Administrator, Young & Wild


KOH BEE BEE Producer
MELISSA TEOH Head, Production
JOYCE TAY Production Manager
ANGELA EE Production Co-ordinator
NURARINA NASIR Production Co-ordinator

Marketing Communications

LINDA TAN Marketing Manager
SHAWNE WANG Communications Manager
CHOO YING TONG Marketing Executive
RACHEL NG Social Digital Content Executive


ANDREA EE Development Manager
DEBBIE NG Development Executive
SHARON POO Development Executive


KATHERINE KHOO Head, Administration
JASMINE LIM Accounts Manager
ROSS TOH Senior Administrative Executive
IVY HENG Administrative Executive


KOH WEE GIAP Venue Manager
MUHAMMAD FADLY Assistant Venue Manager
DAVID SAGAYA Technical Manager

Ivan Heng

Ivan Heng is one of Singapore’s most prominent and dynamic creative personalities. In a pioneering career spanning three decades, Ivan has directed, acted and designed many landmark Singapore theatre productions, which have been performed in more than 20 cities around the world.

Ivan founded Wild Rice in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has reached out to an audience of more than a million people, and is today at the vanguard of creating theatre with a distinctive Singaporean voice.

In 2013, Ivan was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural honour. He has a law degree from the National University of Singapore, and trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSAMD).

Tony Trickett

Born in Liverpool, Tony moved to Singapore in 1997. Prior to joining Wild Rice, he worked as a management consultant, specialising in leadership coaching and team development for multi-national companies. 

Tony acted as a consultant in the establishment of Wild Rice and became a director of the company in 2001. In August 2002, he was appointed Executive Director, responsible for the overall management of the company. 

Tony is the producer for all Wild Rice shows, both in Singapore and abroad. This includes all editions of the acclaimed Singapore Theatre Festival, which he conceived together with Founding Artistic Director Ivan Heng.

Glen Goei

Glen’s substantial body of work encompasses a wide range of the performing arts, including theatre, film, parades and world expos. Highlights include his Olivier Award-nominated performance in the title role of M. Butterfly opposite Anthony Hopkins in London’s West End; and his critically acclaimed feature films, Forever Fever and The Blue Mansion

Glen has also made significant contributions to Singapore’s theatre scene. Since 2002, Glen has served as the Co-Artistic Director of Wild Rice, for which he has directed hits such as La Cage Aux Folles, HOTEL, Public Enemy, The Importance of Being EarnestThe House of Bernarda AlbaCook a Pot of CurryEmily of Emerald HillFamily OutingBlithe SpiritThe Magic FundoshiAladdin and Boeing Boeing.

Alfian Sa'at

Alfian is the Resident Playwright of Wild Rice. He has been nominated at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for Best Original Script 12 times, and has received the award four times. 

His plays with Wild Rice include HOTEL (with Marcia Vanderstraaten), The Asian Boys TrilogyCooling-Off DayThe Optic Trilogy and Homesick

He was the winner of the Golden Point Award for Poetry and the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature in 2001. His publications include Collected Plays One, Two and Three; poetry collections One Fierce HourA History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript; and short story collections Corridor and Malay Sketches.

Thomas Lim

Thomas is currently Wild Rice’s Associate Artistic Director for Youth & Education. He received his training in Applied Drama and is an experienced drama educator.

He has worked extensively with secondary schools and junior colleges, writing plays, designing curriculum, directing and producing school musicals. His plays on youth issues such as stress management have toured around the schools in Singapore.

He made his professional debut as a playwright and director with Grandmother Tongue at the Singapore Theatre Festival 2016, which was nominated for Best Original Script and Production of the Year at the 2017 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards.

Edith Podesta

Edith Podesta is an award winning theatre-maker, actor and performance lecturer. She studied acting and movement studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), and holds a Master of Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts. 

In 2014, she was named Best Actress at the 14th Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her role in Cake Theatrical Productions’ Illogic, directed by Natalie Hennedige; and her production of BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species won Production of the Year and Best Original Script in 2017. 

Edith has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts, School of the Arts, Theatre Training and Research Programme, NIDA, Conservatorium of Music and University of Technology Sydney.

Joel Tan

Joel is a playwright, performer, and inter-disciplinary artist. He is an Artist-in-Residence at Wild Rice, and serves as the company’s Literary Manager.

His playwriting practice is divided between Singapore and London, and he has written plays for leading companies in both cities including Wild Rice, Pangdemonium, Checkpoint Theatre, The Royal Court, The Almeida Theatre, Headlong Theatre, Theatre 503, and the Orange Tree Theatre. Joel also writes for screen and audio, and collaborates inter-disciplinarily to create installation and contemporary performance.

Joel is a passionate advocate for new writing development for the theatre, and is a Creative Associate with Centre 42’s New Writing Development Programme.