The Emerging Directors Lab – EDL in short – is Theatresauce’s response to the dearth of trained directors in the Kuala Lumpur theatre scene. This rigorous year-long program – now in its second season and overseen by Artistic Director Kelvin Wong – offers early-career directors with a conducive yet challenging space to hone, sharpen and personalize their craft. The EDL is among the few highly-structured, long-term director-training programs in the country by a theatre company, if not the only one. The initiative came about as an alternative to MFA training programs abroad. 

Over a year, directors immerse themselves in seminars, research, and practice. The EDL consists of three parts and includes more than 160 contact hours with the Artistic Director. Part one explores the foundations of drama, realism and dramaturgy while part two examines theatre theory, composition and style. In part three, directors investigate trends and practices in post-drama, nonrealism, devising theatre, and theatre criticism. To maximize directors’ experience, they also assist our New Project directors (also EDL alumni) in their productions. All three terms end with a public showcase: first a quadruple bill of realistic plays, then an experimental deconstruction of a text from the local canon, and finally, original creations of new works that the directors pitch, ideate and create from scratch. 

Apart from rehearsal and assisting periods, directors meet once a week. Besides a returnable deposit, the entire program is free. The EDL admits four directors every season. Through this initiative, Theatresauce hopes to provide the local scene with a steady influx of inquisitive, critical and aesthetically-diverse theatre-makers.

For more information on the program, email

edl  showcases   of   the    2019   season

WHEN WE WERE Poster Lo-res (April 2019)
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Khairi is the Artistic Director of the Kuala-Lumpur-based Anomalist Production. A law graduate, Khairi has contributed to the theatre scene since 2013 as writer, director, producer and actor. His first play, Teater Bangsa: Anak Kecil Main Api, won the Audience Choice Award at the 14th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2016. His second play, HOME, toured to Singapore as part of the Causeway Exchange Festival, also in 2016. His latest piece of work, I.Q. Rock, was staged to crucial acclaim in 2018. Khairi is currently working on Poh, Li & Thik, which explores the freedom of expression in our country.

Sheng recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Vassar College in New York. She is interested in food history and the relationship between trees, the community, and their surroundings. Directing credits include Diana Son’s R.A.W ‘Cause I’m a Woman, Thornton Wilder’s Nascuntur Poetae, and Hiroshima, an original play. She is excited to contribute to the theatre scene in Malaysia.

Ali was born in Tehran, Iran. For the past two years, he taken on the roles of director, producer, writer, photographer, stage manager, video artist and editor for a variety of works and companies in and around Kuala Lumpur. Ali is the co-founder of Kampung Pictures, a local multi-disciplinary production house. His notable directorial works include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, David Ives’s Sure Thing, and most recently, Huzir Sulaiman’s Atomic Jaya. Ali is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications.

Hana is an actor, composer and director, having ventured into the theatre scene in 2008. Selected acting credits: Swordfish + ConcubineRiwayatShakespeare Demystified: Romeo & JulietUda dan Dara, INDICINELIVE!. Selected directing credits: SIFU Productions’ Never Eat Too Much Before RaptureElectric Minds Project’s Stage Therapy. She won Best Music Director and Best Composer in Short + Sweet Musical Malaysia 2015 for Belantara, which she wrote and composed. 


ALEX CHUA (2017/18)


ESTHER LIEW (2017/18)

TOBY TEH (2017/18)

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