Kino Klinik by Mook Gwa Institute - Underbelly Arts Festival 2013

The Collective

The Collective is a new Sydney-based collaboration of Asian Australian artists, which aims to propagate diverse work by Asian Australians in lead creative roles through mutual support, development and advocacy to make theatre and contemporary performance. There is a core committee of ten, with an extended membership of thirty other artists

KEVIN NG is an artist of Indonesian-Chinese descent living in Sydney, having created work in numerous contexts including, theatre, experimental live arts, and community arts with a strong emphasis on socio-political dynamics; responding to the experiences of Asian Australians, democracy and a diverse range of marginalised voices. Currently a board member of Crack Theatre Festival. He was also part of Belvoir's Artist Workshop 2017 Development Program, is an artistic facilitator with Milkcrate Theatre, and has also been commissioned to direct Shopfront Arts Co-op's Senior and Junior Ensemble with performances presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art. His collaborations include the Mook Gwa Institute which has presented work at Underbelly Arts Festival and Tiny Stadiums, and also as part of PACT centre for emerging artist's Inaugural year of Rapid Response Team 2015 which challenged seven emerging artists to create politically responsive work within twenty-four hours. As a technical producer he has supported work created by multiple companies and independent artists including Milkcrate Theatre, Rock Surfers Theatre, Performance4A, Blacktown Arts Centre, and Campbelltown Arts Centre.


TEIK-KIM POK is a performance-maker who’s live work has featured at numerous festivals such as Sydney’s Underbelly and Melbourne’s Next Wave and with companies as Performance Space, Urban Theatre Projects and Carriagework since 2002. At the 2014 Sydney Festival, he appeared in John Kaldor's staging of Roman Ondak’s Swap in Parramatta. A highly sought-after performance collaborator, he most recently appeared in Branch Nebula’s Artwork (2015) at Carriageworks.

On screen, he appeared in his and Platon Theodoris’ debut feature Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites, which won Directors’ Choice at the Sydney Underground Film Festival and was selected to screen at the Slamdance 2016, North America’s most prominent independent filmmaker platform.

Previously at Playwriting Australia, he delivered the company’s strategy on new dramatic writing for artists from diverse backgrounds. One of the projects, Lotus, was managed in partnership with Contemporary Asian-Australian Performance (CAAP) where he also serves as an executive committee member, yielding a number of promising new Asian-Australian playwriting voices on Australian stages since 2015.

Teik-Kim regularly reviews live work for RealTime Arts and is also a NSW secondary drama educator and teaching artist, having created performing arts training programs for Years 7-12.


MELISSA LEE SPEYER is a graduate of NIDA (Playwriting) and a current Masters student at AFTRS (Screenwriting). In 2017 she won the inaugural AFTRS Foxtel Diversity Scholarship. Her writing credits include "TickTickBoom", which won the inaugural Silver Gull Play Award, and the devised works "Machine" and “Decay" (Eclective Productions) and "TRADE" which received four star reviews at both Adelaide Fringe and The Old 505 Theatre in 2017. She is a founding member of The Collective, an all Asian-Australian theatre and performance art collective dedicated to supporting diverse stories and arts practitioners. Her practice is divided between "traditional" text-based, writer-driven plays and experimental, collaboratively-devised work incorporating movement, technology and whatever happens to be handy.


MASON PHOUMIRATH is a trained actor and self-taught dancer based in Sydney. Mason carries a joyful presence and easy to work with attitude, injecting positive energy into the work and people around him whilst still challenging his peers as well as himself. Mason is always searching for lessons to hone his craft as he believes everyone has something to offer in terms of his development of not only an actor, but a mature and trustworthy adult. Mason is a graduate of the University of Wollongong, receiving his Bachelor of Performance in 2015. During his study at the UOW, Mason has performed in 'The Trial' directed by Chris Ryan, Awgie Award winning play 'The Gap' directed by Catheron Mckinnon and 'Hold onto Hope' directed by Tim Maddock. Mason has also performed at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre with a Gertrude Stein work titled 'The King or Something (The Public Is Invited To Dance)' directed by Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, Caitlin Newton-Borad. Most recently Mason performed in the debut of 'Australian Graffiti' written by Disapol Savetsila at the Sydney Theatre Company, Wharf 2, as part of STC's 2017 Mainstage Season. Mason was cast in the lead role of Ben.


SUSAN LING YOUNG has an early dance background in classical ballet, tap, jazz & acapella singing (including a repertoire of world music songs in 8 languages). She completed Certificate IV in Music Theatre Performance (Actors College of Theatre & Television, Sydney) in 2009. She wrote, directed, cast & co-produced the award winning Best Film for the 2010 NSW Nurses Association Short Film Festival, screened at NIDA, judged by 3 independent industry judges. (She also did the production & wardrobe design.) As an actor, Susan has worked with Ethan Hawke in South Africa, on feature film ‘24 Hours to Live’ & Director John Bell, on the Creative Development Workshop for children’s theatre show ‘Monkey, Journey to the West’ for Theatre of Image, as career highlights. Currently studying Advanced (Screen) Actor Studio course at NIDA, part time throughout 2018. Diverse credits include TV series ‘Redfern Now’, ‘Soul Mates’ (ABC2), ‘Fragments of Friday’ (Endemol), ‘Pet Killer’ (international streaming TV) & ‘Deadly Women’ (CNN), many other feature & short films, TVC’s, corporate training & music videos, roleplays, numerous other community theatre productions.


IN RESIDENCE 2018

The Collective aims to use the Bundanon Residency towards skill sharing, the development of new work, community capacity building, and finally as a place for Asian Australian artists to reflect on their practice and to develop a shared voice