One of Singapore’s most prominent creative figures, Beatrice Chia-Richmond is a multi-award winning theatre director and actress. Her works are an explosive combination of strong text, a provocative approach, bold designs, purposeful direction and consistent critical acclaim.
Beatrice began directing in 2001. Her critically acclaimed directorial debut – SHOPPING AND F***ING won 2 awards at the 2001 DBS Life! Theatre Awards. She was awarded “Best Director”.
In 2003, her acclaimed production of BENT was awarded “Play of the Year” in the Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. She went on to complete work on the 2003 Japan-Asean Cultural Exchange, a multi-cultural touring production – PRISM. A collaboration between 6 countries, PRISM was a multi-disciplinary piece commissioned by Kageboushi Theatre Company in Japan. In 2004 and 2005, she directed an all-male martial arts/dance production of EAST SIDE STORY, as well as LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES and Chay Yew’s PORCELAIN,
In 2006, she directed the critically-acclaimed production of CABARET starring Asian superstar Fei Xiang. She was also awarded a Capability-Development grant by the MDA (Media Development Authority Singapore) and the ASA (Association of Singapore Actors) to pursue a certificate in Film-Making at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts). She was also awarded the 2006 National Arts Council “Young Artist Award” – the nation’s highest accolade for the arts.
Since 2001, Beatrice has directed over 40 productions. Beatrice was appointed Creative Director for the National Day Parade 2011. She is the first female director ever to receive this appointment. In 2013, she was appointed the Creative Director for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the South-East Asian Games held at the new National Stadium in June 2015. She is currently Creative Director of the 2016 National Day Parade.