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Nelson Chia

Artistic Director, Nine Years Theatre (Singapore)

Nelson is an actor, director and theatre educator. For more than two decades, he has been performing in English and Mandarin productions, taking on major and leading roles. He has directed 26 major productions and was the first local artist to be commissioned for three years consecutively by the Esplanade to present at the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts. He is a two-time winner of both the "Best Actor" (2011 and 2013) and "Best Director" (2014 and 2015) categories at the ST Life! Theatre Awards.

In 2012, Nelson co-founded Nine Years Theatre (NYT) with his wife Mia Chee. Within a few years, NYT has grown to become one of the key players in the scene.

Through his direction, the company has not only managed to revive an interest in production of classics within the Mandarin theatre audiences, but has also raised an awareness of training among the acting community.

Nelson has been training regularly in the “Suzuki Method of Actor Training” and “Viewpoints” since 2008. He studied these methods with the SITI Company in New York and the Suzuki Company of Toga in Japan, and has performed at the Toga Summer Festival.

In 2013, he created the NYT Ensemble with an aim to establish a company of ensemble actors who train regularly, in a systematic way, and create together over an extended period of time. To date, NYT Ensemble is the only actor ensemble of this nature in Singapore.

Nelson is currently the artistic director of Nine Years Theatre, and the director of the NYT Ensemble.