Themis Lin Pei-Ann
Co-founder, EX-Theatre Asia (Taiwan)
Themis and Jayanta are co-founders of EX-Theatre Asia, based in Miaoli, Taiwan. The company aims to explore a multi-cultural dialogue in theatrical expression and to establish a neo-classical performance style.
A graduate of ITI, Themis has varied performance experience. In 2004, she performed in Butterflies at the Singapore Arts Festival, and in Princess Cina at Indonesian Dance Festival in Jakarta and Solo, Indonesia. She also performed Day I Met the Prince at Asia Contemporary Theatre Festival in Shanghai in 2006 and Silk Road at the 2007 International Ulker Puppet Festival, Istanbul.
She has worked with PARC (Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication) a multi-language project, Shichinin Misaki, presented at the Poly-National Arts Carnival 2004 and 2006 in Yokohama, Kanazawa and Kyoto. In 2009, she acted in Kuo Pao Kun’s The Spirits Play, for the Traditions & Editions Theatre Circus, a theatre company collectively established by ITI alumni. The Spirits Play went on to the 12th Bharat Rang Mahotsav, a major theatre festival in India, after opening in Singapore.
Having participated in numerous transnational and multilingual productions and communicational projects in various Asian countries, she senses the immediacy for creating a platform to bringing artists from different cultural background to exchange and explore a new theatrical language.
Chongtham Jayanta Meetei
Co-founder, EX-Theatre Asia (India)
Born in Manipur, India, Chongtham Jayanta Meetei grew up surrounded by various physical cultures such as traditional dance, martial art, and yoga. Graduating from National School of Drama, New Delhi, with a major in acting, he later went on to Taiwan, to continue exploring a theatre style beyond the language barrier to touch the soul. Jayanta aims to utilise his training in both traditional and modern acting to transform Asian classics, Western realism, and post-modern physical theatre into his own unique contemporary theatrical aesthetics.