TAN KHENG HUA
Kheng Hua is a well-known award-winning theatre/television actress/producer in Singapore. She is regarded as a veteran of Singapore theatre and was recently selected as one of 50 iconic local stage personalities in an exhibition celebrating 50 years of Singapore theatre.
Onstage, she has appeared in countless local theatre productions of all genres, including leads in landmark plays such as Beauty World, Lao Jiu, Descendants of the Admiral Eunuch and Animal Farm. Most recently, she was seen in Wild Rice’s Cooling Off Day and TheatreWorks’ Fear Of Writing, both box office and critical hits, and noteworthy commentaries on the state of government in Singapore. Kheng is a household name in Singapore for having played the role of Margaret on Singapore’s longest running and most successful sitcom, Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd. She balances this popular comedic profile with a consistent dramatic presence in well-received television dramas and dramadies in English and Mandarin including War Diary, The Singapore Short Story Project, The Pupil Season 2, Sayang Sayang and Beautiful connection, many of which earned her nominations at the Asian Television Awards.
12 years ago, she decided to try her hand at producing, and today, is one of the more prolific creative producers for stage and television in Singapore. She produced the critically- acclaimed original musical cabaret The Dim Sum Dollies® shows from 2004 to 2006. On television, she created and produced the dramas 9 Lives and Do Not Disturb, the latter being the first local TV series to receive the maximum 5-star rating from Straits Times Life! In 2009, she created, produced and acted in her first Mandarin serial, Mr & Mrs Kok, starring opposite local comedy legend Mark Lee. On a lighter note, she also creates, hosts and produces lifestyle infotainment programmes such as Heartland Getaways and Table For Three, both of which were acquired by The Asian Food channel.
She also creates and produces original works outside of Singapore and was co-creator, producer and performer for No.7, an original theatre piece commissioned by the Georgetown Festival 2011 in Penang. No.7 was sold out with a waiting list. Last year, she brought more than 64 Singaporean and Malaysian artists together in a project entitled The SIN- PEN colony back to Penang’s high profile The Georgetown Festival in a mini Singapore festival there, celebrating Singapore and Penang’s shared heritage in food, visual art, music, theatre and design. The theatre segment within The SIN-PEN colony, 2 Houses, was also sold-out, within four days of ticket sales.
On the international scene, she was cast in The Philanthropist (NBc, Lead Supporting, Actor), The Patriarch (UFA, Lead Supporting, Actor), Serangoon Road (HBO Asia Original Series, Lead Guest) and scored a major role as Empress Dowager in Netflix Original Series, Marco Polo in 2014 . She is currently one of the 20 Singaporean contemporary artists chosen to represent Singapore in a showcase presented by The Singapore Tourism Board in Beijing, London and New York city and is directing a site-specific dance for Singapore’s only arts-walkabout OH! Open House in March 2015.