Our members

Anne James

Anne James was trained in theatre at Universiti Sains Malaysia and Northwestern University (USA). She is a much respected actor and dancer who has performed both locally and internationally. A member of Marion D’Cruz and Dancers since the 1980s, she has also had the privilege of working with directors such as Krishen Jit, Kee Thuan Chye, Richard Schechner, Ong Keng Sen, Joe Hasham, William Gluth, Hiroshi Koike, Ivan Heng, Zahim Albakri, Edwin Sumun, and Jo Kukathas. Her appearances in film include Amir Muhammad’s 'The Big Durian' and Bernard Chauly’s 'Gol & Gincu.' Anne teaches voice and acting.

Chee Sek Thim

Chee Sek Thim started performing with Marion D'Cruz and Dancers in 1994 and has since gone on to acting and directing. He also founded and ran Reka Art Space, a gallery that supported exciting and alternative artists, from 2003 to 2007. He teaches acting and shuttles between Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Chew Kin Wah

Chew Kin Wah is a versatile actor who has been performing on the Malaysian stage since the 1980s. He has performed in numerous Five Arts Centre productions, including 'Yap Ah Loy: The Play', 'Skin Trilogy', 'Family', and 'Dumb Waiter'. Kin Wah is one of the most well-known faces on the Malaysian television screen, having appear as a regular cast member in three of the most popular local shows - the long-running English sitcom 'Kopitiam', the Cantonese serial 'Homecoming,' and the Malay soap 'Astana Idaman 3'. He now works mostly in film, appearing in 'Susuk', 'Dukun', '1957: Hati Malaya,' 'Setem', and 'Daybreak'.

Fahmi Fadzil

Fahmi Fadzil is a performer and writer. He is a principal coordinator for the Projek Wayang experimentation group and helps run Bright Lights At Midnight, a graphic design and multimedia studio. Fahmi has performed in numerous award-winning theatre productions, including 'Second Link' and 'Dua, Tiga Dalang Berlari', and was the recipient of the Most Promising Artist Award at the 2006 BOH Cameronian Arts Awards. He was also a finalist in the theatre section for the 2008/9 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Ivy N. Josiah

Ivy N. Josiah began dancing with Marion D’Cruz and Dancers in 1983. She has danced and acted in several Five Arts Centre productions, most notably 'Sintesis ‘84', 'New Directions ‘88', 'Let Me Speak', and 'The Cord'. Ivy is presently the Executive Director of the Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) and is well known for her work in the women’s movement. Since 2011, Ivy has been a Theatre judge for the Boh Cameronian Arts Awards organised by Kakiseni.

Janet Pillai

Janet Pillai is a senior lecturer at the School of Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Besides formal lecturing in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Janet leads Arts-Ed, an organisation specialising in community-based arts and heritage education for young people. She is a veteran director of theatre who works in collaboration with performing artists and young people, and has produced over 25 creative works at the commercial, educational and community level. Her present research interests are in the area of arts and culture education and creative pedagogy.

June Tan

June Tan is a biologist from Imperial College, London who was involved in toxic waste management and is currently working on renewable energy projects. She has stage managed for Five Arts Centre ('Family', 'A Chance Encounter', '7 TEN') and Dramalab ('Spilt Gravy on Rice'). Recently, June helped produced the 'Krishen Jit Experimental Workshop Series' in 2006 and 'That Was The Year' in 2007.

Kubhaer T. Jethwani

Kubhaer T. Jethwani is an up-and-coming film director in the Malaysian advertising industry, and has worked extensively in theatre, radio, film, and television. He was a founding member of Akshen, and his varied contributions to Five Arts Centre have included publicity work, stage managing, writing, as well as acting.

Mac Chan

Mac Chan has worked as a lighting designer and theatre consultant. He is a four-time recipient of the Best Lighting Design award at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, and in 2006 he received a National Arts Award for his lighting design work. He is also extensively involved in researching Asian performing arts spaces, and has been invited to many international forums and conferences to participate in discussions on the development of theatre architecture and technical theatre in Asia.

Marion D'Cruz

Marion D'Cruz is a founder member of Five Arts Centre which was formed in 1984. Marion graduated with a BA in Performing Arts and an MA in Dance from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang. Marion has studied classical, modern and contemporary dance in Malaysia, Indonesia, London and New York. In 1983 she formed Marion D'Cruz and Dancers, who have performed extensively both locally and internationally. One of the pioneers of contemporary dance in Malaysia, Marion's focus is to create a contemporary Malaysian identity in dance and to create works that speak of what she is passionate about. Marion now teaches, produces, performs and choreographs. She was the manager of Arts Network Asia from 2004 to 2006 and is now the manager for the Krishen Jit ASTRO Fund. In the 2006 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards, Marion was awarded the Cross-Cultural Champion of the Arts Award.

Mark Teh

Mark Teh is a performance director, educator and researcher whose diverse projects are particularly concerned with the issues of Malaysian history, memory and participation. His relationship with Five Arts Centre began in 2000, as a member of the ARTicle 19 and Akshen youth theatre collectives. Since then, he has been engaged in a range of collaborative projects - facilitating community/youth arts workshops; staging documentary performances, exhibitions and videos; working on research and new media projects; and teaching. Mark was the inaugural recipient of the Most Promising Artist Award at the 2002 Boh Cameronian Arts Awards, and he recently graduated summa cum laude from Goldsmiths, University of London. His MA Art and Politics dissertation, "Mapping Multiplicities and Deconstructing History: Documentary Arts Practices in Malaysia 2004-2008" was awarded the Alan Little Memorial Award.

Ravi Navaratnam

Ravi Navaratnam began his theatre involvement as an actor in the 1980s. He soon moved on to production and administrative work for Five Arts Centre. Ravi works in Corporate Finance and continues to be active on the production and finance side of Five Arts Centre.

Suhaila Merican

Suhaila Merican is a food technologist by profession. In the 1980s, she performed in productions such as 'Three Children' and 'Lady White Snake'. She has produced many productions for Five Arts Centre and continues to support the collective.