Welcome to Toy Factory Productions Ltd

Toy Factory Productions Ltd , first established in 1990 under the name Toy Factory Theatre Ensemble, is Singapore’s leading bilingual theatre company. Known for its fiercely original, gutsy and edgy productions, Toy has constantly redefined boundaries with its creative approach to theatre making.

From its humble beginnings as a puppetry theatre company, Toy has evolved through the years into a professional multi-disciplinary theatre company that strives to create works that are accessible to all audiences. Being bilingual enables Toy to address, perform and reach out to both English and Mandarin-speaking audiences, a role which has been challenging, demanding and ultimately, rewarding.

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GOH BOON TECK

- Chief Artistic Director

Described as a prominent creative force of Asian theatre to be reckoned with respect, Goh Boon Teck’s works cross cultural and territorial borders enthralling audiences of different nationalities and ethnicities. His works are showcases of humanity deftly dealt with post-modern sensitivity, yet staying firmly focused on profound human issues and morality. Boon Teck’s purposeful direction also encapsulates aesthetically-pleasing visions into which he weaves in socially conscious messages from our lives and loves. This young director oozes unapologetic courage and distinctive drive and a finely attuned sense and appreciation of beauty and aesthetics.


A professional theatre director, playwright and production designer with more than a decade of experience under his belt, Boon Teck is also the first recipient of the VISA International Arts Scholarship, a ticket which enabled him to pursue a Masters in Theatre Directing in London, United Kingdom.

Having graduated from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore with a string of merit awards to his name, he brings to the theatre scene, a strong and much-needed creative sense and vision for aesthetics, words, sound and visuals. Boon Teck is effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin and presently, continues to lead one of Singapore’s most vibrant and productive theatre companies, Toy Factory Productions Ltd.

TITOUDAO, a play written and directed by Boon Teck, won five out of nine awards at the inaugural LIFE! Theatre Awards in 2001. The awards included Best Play of the Year, Best Original Script, Best Production Design, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. This play went on to tour Cairo, Shanghai, Beijing and Hangzhou to similar critical aplomb and a big screen adaptation is now in the works.

In the same year, i.e. 2001, Boon Teck received the prestigious National Arts Council Young Artist Award for his contribution to the development of Singaporean theatre. He was also awarded Best Set Design for the production FIREFACE at the LIFE! Theatre Awards in 2003.

That year, he was commissioned by Japan’s Kageboushi Theatre Company to write and direct a six-countries collaboration titled PRISM, which was funded by The Japan Foundation. This touring production premiered in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space Theatre and went on to play in Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta.

A prolific director, Boon Teck’s works include POSTETERNE, OSEAN, I HAVE A DATE WITH SPRING, PURPLE, K, MAMA LOOKING FOR HER CAT, STORM, UNDER, GUYS AND DOLLS, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, WHITE SAILS OVER BLUE BLUE SEA, A TINTED EDGE, THE EASTERN LINE ON MY PALM, THE SEVENTH DRAWER, BEAUTIFUL THING, THE MORNING PEOPLE, CHESSMASTER, OLEANNA, MEE POK MAN, MAD PHOENIX and PRISM.

Other recent stage design credits include SHOPPING AND F***ING, MR BENG, THE EASTERN LINE ON MY PALM, THE SEVENTH DRAWER, A RIGHT RITUAL, BEAUTIFUL THING, K, THE MORNING PEOPLE, STOP KISS, BENT, FIREFACE and CHESSMASTER.

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BEATRICE CHIA-RICHMOND

- Artistic Director

One of Singapore’s most prominent theatre directors and actresses, Beatrice Chia-Richmond’s works are often an explosive combination of strong text, a provocative approach, bold designs and purposeful direction. Her works deal with themes of humanity scored by a modern sensitivity.

Beatrice graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts. She began her professional career in a play CHINOISERIE at the Royal Court Upstairs Theatre and went on to work on films for BBC Wales and other independent projects.


Beatrice returned to Singapore in 1997 and began a multi-faceted performing career in theatre, television and film. Her television work includes roles in “The Donny Lee Show” as well as the long-running police drama “Triple 9”. She was also the host of Singapore’s longest-running weekly arts magazine programme “Art Nation” on Arts Central.

While Beatrice’s roles in film include “Stories About Love”, “A Sharp Pencil” and the Hong Kong-American film “Red Trousers”, she is proudest of her roles onstage. Her work in the theatre include roles in Toy Factory Productions Ltd’s TITOUDAO, MAD PHOENIX, Luna-Id’s POPCORN, and most recently in Escape Theatre’s DEAD CERTAIN. In 2005 she was awarded ‘Best Actress’ at the 2005 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards for her role in DEAD CERTAIN.

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 the prestigious “Play of the Year” in the 2003 Straits Times Life! Theatre Award. BENT also won “Best Actor”. She went on to complete work on the 2003 Japan-Asean Cultural Exchange, multi-cultural touring production – PRISM. A collaboration between 6 Asian countries, PRISM was a multi-disciplinary piece commissioned by Kageboushi Theatre Company in Japan. In 2004, she directed Toy Factory’s all-male production of EAST SIDE STORY. For the year 2005, she has completed work on DANGEROUS LIAISONS and ‘PORCELAIN. In 2006, she co-directed ARMYDAZE and went on to direct the critically acclaimed musical CABARET. She is currently Artistic Director at Toy Factory Productions Ltd, one of Singapore’s most vibrant and productive bilingual theatre companies.

In 2005, Beatrice was awarded a Capability-Development grant by the MDA (Singapore) and the ASA (Association of Singapore Actors) to pursue a certificate in Film-Making at New York University (Tisch School for the Arts). Since then she won 3rd prize in the ASEAN New Media Art Competition in 2006 for her short film “Mad Beat In Your Mouth.”

In 2006, Beatrice was awarded Singapore’s Young Artist Award, the nation’s highest accolade for the arts.

Directing Credits: SHOPPING AND F***ING, LOVEWAVE 96.6, BEAUTIFUL THING, MORNING PEOPLE (Co-Director), FIREFACE, PROOF (Co-Director), BENT, EAST SIDE STORY, DANGEROUS LIAISONS, PORCELAIN, ARMYDAZE, CABARET

Acting Credits: MAIL-ORDER BRIDES, MR BENG, TITOUDAO, PLUNGE, SEVENTH DRAWER, MORNING PEOPLE, MAD PHOENIX, POPCORN, THE ODD COUPLE, SUCH SWEET SORROW, IMMACULATE MISCONCEPTION, DEAD CERTAIN, MODERN DANCE FOR BEGINNERS

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NELSON CHIA

- Associate Artistic Director

Nelson graduated from the National University of Singapore with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies. Following that, he went abroad to complete his MA in Theatre Arts (Directing) at Goldsmiths College, University of London. After his return, he worked as a core member of the Artistic Team of the Theatre Practice from 2000 – 2002. Before that, he had, since 1993, performed in English and Mandarin productions by various theatre companies, taking lead roles in productions such as Lao Jiu, The Island, and The coffin is Too Big For The Hole, as well as major roles in Mahabharata, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Descendents of The Eunuch Admiral, TiToudao, K, Love A La Zen, and Hundred Years In Waiting just to name a few.


His latest performance was as a lead in Toy’s Mad Phoenix, which played to critical acclaim at the Esplanade’s Theatre Studio. On TV, he landed a major role in SPH Mediaworks’ 40-episode epic Chinese drama serial Together Whenever. As a director, Nelson’s credits include Rozencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (London) and Oleanna. The latter was nominated for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress in the 3rd DBS Life! Theatre Award in 2003. Besides acting and directing, he designed and conducted theatre workshops for schools and is a part-time lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. He is also a regular columnist with Lianhe Zaobao. Nelson is currently a full-time freelance artist and is the Associate Artistic Director of Toy.

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> Goh Boon Teck

- Chief Artistic Director

> Beatrice Chia-Richmond

- Artistic Director

> Nelson Chia

- Associate Artistic Director