The resource panel of directors for TRIP, who will provide guidance to the participants through regular consultation sessions.
Aidli Mosbit graduated from Queensland University of Technology and has worked extensively with local companies like The Necessary Stage, Teater Kami, Wild Rice, Cake Theatre, Toy Factory, The Theatre Practice, Teater Ekamatra and Drama Box. With Noor Effendy Ibrahim and Alfian Sa’at, Aidli published an anthology of Malay plays in the book, Bisik. She has toured Scotland, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Romania, Hong Kong and Hungary, performing Singapore-brand theatre.
A recipient of the National Art Council’s Young Artist Award for Theatre in 2008, she played the leading role of Murni alongside Malaysia’s legendary actor, Datuk Haji Rahim Razali, in Sanif Olek’s film Sayang Disayang (2013), Singapore’s official 2015 Oscar® Entry for Best Foreign Language Film. In 2016, she published her collection of Malay plays entitled Chantek, which was awarded the Hadiah Persuratan (Literary Award) 2017 by the Malay Language Council, Singapore.
Aidli is currently working in Temasek Polytechnic as the Deputy Manager of the Arts Division, in the Student Development & Alumni Affairs department and has a Master of Education from the University of Adelaide.
Edith Podesta is an award-winning actor, theatre-maker and choreographer based in Singapore. She studied Acting and Movement Studies at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), holds a Master of Arts Fine Arts from LASALLE College of the Arts, and is currently the Associate Artistic Director of Young & Wild at Wild Rice.
Her diverse artistic background includes co-founding A Group Of People, an award-winning collaborative ensemble of Singaporean actors and theatre-makers, whose production of A Cage Goes In Search Of A Bird won Production of the Year at the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards in 2010. In 2014, she won the Straits Times Life! Theatre Best Actress Award for her role in Cake Theatrical Productions’ Illogic, directed by Natalie Hennedige. In 2017, she was awarded Best Original Script and Production of the Year for BITCH: The Origin of the Female Species, commissioned by the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. In 2019, her production of Leda and The Rage, commissioned and produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, received the Production of the Year Award.
Edith has lectured at LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and School of the Arts in Singapore, as well as NIDA, Conservatorium of Music and University of Technology in Australia.
Sean has almost 30 years experience working in theatre and education, most of it in Singapore. Sean has spent his career mostly teaching and directing in the theatre, starting out with his first full-time job at Act 3 International.
Sean loves to direct but also sometimes performs and writes, and has a special interest in devising theatre and directing Singapore work. He has directed a range of professional productions, as well as a range of productions in education, community and even church settings.
From 2001 to 2004, Sean worked full-time with The Necessary Stage, where he began to hone his craft by directing productions such as Such Sweet Sorrow, Sing Song and Close - In My Face. During that time, he was appointed the company’s Associate Artistic Director and headed the M1 Youth Connection, the Necessary Community Festival, while also leading the Theatre for Youth and Community.
From 2015 to 2020, Sean was the Artistic Director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival. He directed productions that featured in the festival, namely Tongues (in collaboration with Jason Wee) and What Did You Learn Today? (in collaboration with Natalie Hennedige). Sean also directed The Perfection of Ten for Esplanade’s The Studios in 2012 and the performance tour of Marco Polo, written by Jovi Tan Yit Long, winner of TheatreWorks’ 24-Hour Playwriting Competition 2013 (Youth Category).
Sean was Head of Theatre Faculty with SOTA from 2009 to 2019 and continues to teach at the school full-time. He has directed school wide productions and faculty productions, namely Body of Land, Clusterfish by Haresh Sharma, Smartbutt by Jean Tay as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Glass Menagerie, to name a few.
Sean is currently studying Creative Writing part-time at LASALLE College of the Arts, after which he hopes to publish a collection of plays for youth.