is a Melbourne-Based Singaporean Actor, Performer and Maker.
Her artistic practice centres around how spaces can be facilitated for people to feel a sense of belonging and inclusiveness.
Her recent work, “ROOM”, commissioned by the University of Melbourne explores her experience of being a Singaporean living in Melbourne and tackles the desire to be in two countries at once.
Cheryl has worked alongside Leisa Shelton on SCRIBE at Dance Massive and “Threads that Bind”, with a focus on community and cultural practice.
As a graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting), her credits include: Gladys inThe Skin of Our Teeth (dir. Dean Bryant) and Ezekiel Cheever in The Crucible (dir. Adena Jacobs).
She recently performed in the Melbourne Fringe Show: Oh No! Satan Stole My Pineal Gland! (dir. Jean Tong and Lou Wall), which won the Best Emerging Performance Ensemble.
She played Collette, in an independent murder mystery series called Secrets (dir. Jake Low) and Lola in an independent short film, Mirage (dir. Maki Morita)
I believe that Theatre and Art speaks to people in a way that is visceral, provocative, touching and powerful.
I do it because I enjoy it. I’m Inspired by images, by the things happening around the world, by cloudiness and the need for clarity.
I strive to make my work accessible.
To respond with curiosity and not judgement.
To engage with the community.
To be open and to listen.
To be prepared, to give and to be vulnerable.
To value every opportunity and value the time and work of others.
I try to find the medium where the work is best expressed but as my formal training is as a performer, I do enjoy performing in my work. I find that the desire to make a work interactive, immersive or participatory is from my desire for audiences to experience the same transformation and imaginative work I experience as an actor.
I am interested in the creation of worlds, in narratives that allow us to look into how we navigate our roles in a society. Themes of social inequality, identity, tradition, culture, waste and excess are currently themes I’m interested in. The question of how one’s environment serves to shape one’s perceived identity and experience of the world are things I’m exploring. I’m also interested in one’s sense of belonging and how we can find and create spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging and safety. In my craft, I search for ways to be open and inclusive, to facilitate a sense of safety and empathy and create worlds that allow participants to experience fully, to be immersed and provoked.