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Teater Ekamatra is an established and exciting Singaporean arts company that spotlights artists of diverse ethnicities.

Helmed by award-winning director and performer Mohd Fared Jainal, we are living out our vision of being at the heart of theatre, by staging daring works that address socio-political issues.

Teater Ekamatra has been commissioned by notable international arts festivals and has also won numerous accolades, especially at Singapore’s highest platform for excellence in theatre, the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards, where our trophies have included Best Original Script several times.

Guided by our values of diversity, inclusivity, integrity, accountability, and people-centredness, Teater Ekamatra is committed to our mission of creating engaging art that inspires, as well as incubating emerging talents, and expanding diversity within the industry.

We have a dedicated team of associate artists comprising of video designer, E Lee Loong; playwright / director, Irfan Kasban; actress / host Munah Bagharib; Bharathanatyam dancer, Ruby Jayaseelan; and playwright / dramaturg Zulfadli Rashid.


Shaza Ishak - Artistic Director

Shaza has been managing Ekamatra since 2011, leading the company in its strategy and vision; programming and producing the company’s artistic works. She believes in effecting social change through the art of storytelling on stage and is committed to forging progress for the ethnic minority arts scene and communities in Singapore and beyond.

In 2019, she graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK) with an MA in Creative Producing with the support of the NAC Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award, and the Li Siong Tay Postgraduate Scholarship; as well as the BinjaiTree Foundation and the Trailblazer Foundation. She is also a fellow of the Singapore International Foundation’s Arts for Good Fellowship; the International Society for the Performing Arts (USA); and most recently, the Eisenhower Fellowship (USA), the youngest fellow in its 68-year history. In November 2021, she was conferred the inaugural Tunas Warisan (Special Mention Award) by President Halimah Yaacob on behalf of the Malay Heritage Foundation in acknowledgment of her work in the Arts and Heritage sector. She is also an adjunct lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts (BA Arts Management).

Khairina Khalid - General Manager

Khairina Khalid is a Singaporean producer and production manager who enjoys working on productions that touch on socio-political issues, as well as projects that give a voice for the minority community. Having first been involved in Ekamatra’s youth incubation programme back in 2014, Khai has grown together with the company for almost a decade. Most recently, she produced and facilitated Call To Action, an online and cross-cultural interpretation of the Living Newspaper, that aims to engage with young people, through digital and online techniques. To date, the Call To Action programme has seen 3 editions and has impacted over a hundred youths globally. In 2022, Call To Action was awarded the CDN Digital Learning Award (UK) for its impact as a social learning tool for young people.

Currently, she is exploring more ways to create programmes for youths and young audiences, to create more meaningful work that champions the ethnic minority culture and traditions.

Anais Adjani - Business Development Executive

Anais Adjani is a Singaporean arts manager who’s spent a majority of her life studying, watching and practicing theatre. She has an acute interest in engaging with artists to create meaningful work that tackles socio-political issues. She spent her formative years studying theatre at School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), where she developed a strong foundation and introduction to theatre and discovered a keen interest in producing.

This inspired her to further her studies in Arts Management at LASALLE College of the Arts, where she honed her skills through various placements with theatre companies. Upon graduating, she began working at Teater Ekamatra as their Business Development Executive. Anais hopes to help continue building on the work Ekamatra has done for ethnic minority artists and managers.

Board Of Directors

Jane Binks

Shaily Gupta

Shameen Akbar

Shaza Ishak

Izzie Saleh Ali

Shirlene Noordin

Mohd Fared Jainal