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Mr Glen Goei, Film Director and Co-Director, the Singaporean theatre company, W!LD RICE

Glen has been a key player in Singapore's rise to international prominence in the Arts over the last twenty-five years. His broad  body of work embraces the full gamut of performing and visual arts from film, theatre, musicals, large scale shows, World Expos, dance, music to architectural design.  In his artistic endeavours, his intense passion is to illustrate how art must connect with wider audiences and is a crucial pillar in the national dialogue. Glen is strong in his conviction that art must be relevent to Singaporeans, that good art is a mirror to society and informs the creation of a National Identity. He believes that art must inspire and challenge his audiences to think deeply about their country and how we live as a society.

 

Glen’s professional career started with his Olivier Award-nominated performance in the title rôle of M.BUTTERFLY opposite Anthony Hopkins in London's West End in over 250 performances, reaching out to over a quarter of a million audiences. This role made him the first and only Singaporean to act in a starring role on the West End stage.

 

It grew through his multi-award winning tenure as Producer/Artistic Director of Mu-Lan Arts in London – the first Asian theatre company to be established in the United Kingdom.

 

In 1998 his film career began with his first picture FOREVER FEVER (aka THAT'S THE WAY I LIKE IT) which he wrote, produced and directed - the first Singapore film to have achieved a worldwide commercial release. 

 

He received the National Youth Award for his contribution to the Arts from Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong in 1994. He was Creative Director of the National Day Parade from 2003-2006, the only Singaporean to have this honour for 4 consecutive years. 

 

Internationally, he was Creative Director for the Singapore Pavilion at the World Expo Nagoya, Japan, 2005, which combined architectural and experiential design with performance arts to connect with millions of visitors. The Singapore Pavilion was voted second most popular among 120 other pavilions in several surveys. 

 

He is Board Member and Co-Director of the acclaimed Singapore company W!ldRice (a non-profit company) and frequent director for the most commercially successful company Dream Academy.

 

His productions for W!ld Rice have included hits such as HOTEL (which has been invited to the Tokyo Festival in October 2016) and his internationally lauded 2009 interpretation of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.