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About The Programme

Teater Ekamatra highly regards the youth’s voice in the current face of theatre and thus constantly aims to include them in productions through various means such as mentorship programmes, internships, FYP projects and volunteering jobs. The Playwright Mentorship Programme was set up as an extension of Teater Ekamatra’s commitment to providing young artists with a platform for growth. Teater Ekamatra’s associate artists have consistently distinguished themselves at the national level, as nominees and winners for Best Original Script at the annual Life! Theatre Awards, this makes us well poised to support the growing needs of new playwrights in Singapore. Participants are also given a venue to stage their work during the programme. Teater Ekamatra showcases their scripts in table readings and black-box productions. Our playwright mentees benefit from the technical expertise and publicity we provide.

The Mentor

Participants in the programme write and receive critical feedback from acclaimed playwright Zulfadli “Big” Rashid. Zulfadli Rashid or ‘Big’, Rashid – who is an educator, a writer, and a theatre practitioner. In his 15 years of practice, Big has had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best local theatre-makers, from whom he has acquired much knowledge. Over the years, he has written and adapted numerous plays, staged at different local performance venues over the years, produced by different theatre companies and collectives. Big is currently exploring possibilities of collaboration with artists of various disciplines. More recently, Big assists his baby daughter with her cognitive development endeavors.



In 2013, Teater Ekamatra introduced Eklectic as a close-to-no-budget, experimental platform featuring and supporting local artists. The inaugural works included, 'The Day I Decided to', 'The Elephant Project' and 'Stupid Questions'. It is an extension of Teater Ekamatra's commitment to providing artists with the space and support for growth.

Most recently, it dissected the traditional Indian dance form of Bharathanatyam in Ruby Jayaseelan's, 'Flowers, Birds, & Guns.' It is an extension of Teater Ekamatra's commitment to providing artists with the space and support for growth.


About merEKA

merEKA is Teater Ekamatra’s 1 year incubation programme catered to youths, to provide training and opportunities to develop interest and skill in the 3 aspects of theatre, acting, directing and playwrighting.

Participants can look forward to learning and practicing writing, directing, physical theatre, site specific work, forum theatre and many more. The programme involves 4 showcases including a graduation showcase, where participants are given a platform to perform. Participants are also offered opportunities to be involved in our main season shows.

This programme aims to nurture young enthusiasts into committed professionals, with extensive knowledge of theatre.




Take a peek into the lives of several historical figures through this interactive tour at the Malay Heritage Centre. Be enthralled by larger than life characters as they wind through the exhibits, narrating real, historical events. Join us for the Kampong Gelam Tales: A Dramatised Tour and be captivated by pieces of Singapore’s history.


Farez Najid

Umi Kalthum Ismail

Shafiqhah Efandi

Faizal Abdullah

Dates and Times

*Show schedule for 2017 to be confirmed


Since 1999, Teater Ekamatra has been organising the Pesta Peti Putih (White Box Festival), an annual Malay theatre festival for tertiary students that attracts on average some 150 junior college, polytechnic and university students each year. These young talents are mentored by experienced Malay theatre practitioners and those with potential are invited to contribute scripts for its playwright programme, Via. The scripts are then reworked and staged as free public readings at locations such as the Library@Esplanade. Subsequently, the better scripts are further enhanced and staged as full-length productions under the Mentah (Raw) series. 

Currently, Teater Ekamatra is taking a more personal approach in education and outreach and conducts in-curriculum workshops, adjacent to MOE syllabus, and trains highly-motivated individuals as part of their co-curricular activity.

If you are interested in future programmes for your school, please contact Khairina Khalid at 81615344 or