Nick Shen (Founder)
Nick Shen Weijun, recipient of the Junior Chamber International (JCI)’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Honouree Award 2014 for Cultural Achievement, is a media personality who contributes immensely to the arts and culture scene in Singapore.
In 2011, Nick established Tok Tok Chiang as a platform to promote Chinese opera. With his determination in perfecting this art form, Nick mastered the unique Chinese art of Sichuan Mask Changing in 2012.
Nick first began his career in showbiz after winning the Singapore Star Search competition held by Singapore’s leading broadcasting company, his wealth of acting experience has led to him being appointed as a drama instructor at the Singapore Media Academy since 2014.
Besides dedicating his time to arts and culture, Nick actively volunteers for various charities. Nick’s positive and personable disposition has made him a renowned host as well as the ambassador for several brands and campaigns.
Passion for Chinese Opera
Nick has a deep affinity for the Chinese opera and is adamant to keep this traditional art form alive in Singapore. He believes that the Chinese opera is more than just a form of art. The stories portrayed in Chinese opera are very meaningful and steeped in moral values and life experiences.
In 2011, Nick started his own company – Tok Tok Chiang as a platform to promote Chinese opera. Tok Tok Chiang has since been invited to partner with People’s Association to bring awareness of the Chinese opera to the Singapore public. It also works with several government ministries and statutory boards to plan and conceptualise cultural events and workshops on Chinese opera in schools, museums, libraries, and shopping centres. Some of its clients include the Ministry of Education, National Heritage Board and the National Library Board.
To make Chinese opera enticing to people especially the Singaporean youth, Nick has created a hybrid genre of traditional Chinese opera dance with western magic techniques. He conducts these performances in bilingual format, with supporting English subtitles on-screen while the troupes (including himself) are performing on stage with the original script and music in the respective dialects.
Nick continues to work hard at perfecting this art form, developing new techniques and learning new skills. He is the first actor in Singapore to master the unique Chinese art of Mask Changing. Nick was under the tutelage of China’s professional Mask Changing Master Li Shuimin for two years, and started performing Mask Changing on stage since April 2013. He has since added Mask Changing to his hybrid genre of Chinese opera. His work has been featured in local and overseas media, including China Phoenix TV Station in 2015 and Taiwan Da Ai TV Station in 2014 and 2015.
Nick is also the Creative Director for many Chinese opera performances. He collaborated with the National Heritage Board’s Wan Qing CultureFest and Night Under The Stars (2011 to 2016) as well as National Library Board’s Chinese Opera workshops. In 2014, he conceptualized a multi-racial Chinese Opera performance – the first in Singapore – with Malay and Indian friends for Shan You Counselling Centre, which garnered positive feedback from MP Dr Lily Neo and the audience.
Do watch out for Esplanade Mid Autumn Festival in September 2016 where Nick will be the producer for the third consecutive year for Chinese Opera performances!
Nick’s unique ability to relate and connect with everyone has made him a very popular host.
He has hosted many community grassroot events as well as events involving the Bruneian royalties and foreign dignitaries from Spain, Peru and Mexico. In 2013, Nick had the special privilege to host and perform for the Late Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew at the Singapore National Day and Birthday Celebration for Founding Father of Singapore. Nick has also hosted and performed in many charity projects and large-scale events that in the presence of VIPs such as President Tony Tan, former President SR Nathan, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, as well as numerous Ministers and Members of Parliament (MP).
He also actively performs in many charity shows for organisations like the National Cancer Centre Singapore, National Kidney Foundation and President Star Charity. In December 2013, he performed the lead role in Tzu Chi’s Water Repentance stage musical with MP Mr Yeo Guat Kwang. He was also invited to perform in Taiwan and China by the director of Money & You, Professor Lin Wei Xian. He was selected by prominent local film director and producer Jack Neo to be his co-trainer in the Filmmaker’s Workshop in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Contribute to the building of the next generation of Singapore
In 2012, Nick had the privilege to be selected by MP Irene Ng to be a grassroot leader and committee member of the Community Arts and Culture Clubs in Tampines. He was also appointed by Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan to be the Singapore Youth Ambassador.
Besides organising workshops in local schools, Nick volunteers his time and expertise at the St. Andrew’s Junior College, Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Raffles Girls Secondary School students in their school projects. He also mentored students from the Singapore Management University’s Lee Kong Chian School of Business from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, Nick was invited to participate as a SG50 Groundwork Partner in the Pre-University Seminar 2015 jointly organised by St Andrew’s Junior College and the Ministry of Education.
Nick is also an advisor for the Business Advisory Panel for PSB Academy in 2015 and 2016. He conducts school tours and the upcoming school tour in July 2016 will be for students from the University of Wollongong, Australia.
Raising awareness and funds for charitable organisations
Nick contributes to various charitable causes. He performs at and hosts to help raise funds and awareness for charitable events and organisations such as the Singapore Kindness Movement, National Cancer Research Centre, Republic Polytechnic, Tzu Chi, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See and the Singapore Buddhist Federation.
Ambassador for various organisations and campaigns
Nick is also the ambassador for various organisations and campaigns; namely the Singapore Kindness Movement, Singapore Youth, Anti-smoking, National Library, Singapore Heart Foundation, African Care Centre and Shan You Counselling Centre.
Nick hopes to inspire young people to help others. One such local cause that Nick is involved in is “Keeping Hope Alive” – a movement to provide much needed support to underprivileged families in Singapore living in 1-room government flats. In 2014 to 2016, Nick was appointed the “Keeping Hope Alive” Ambassador with a mission to create awareness for these families so that more people will come forward to help.
In the Singapore Kindness Movement event that promoted kindness, love, patriotism and filial piety, he organised a Chinese Opera performance with NTUC nEbO youths for the elderly from various nursing homes. It was a special event as the youth participants were performing for the elderly for the first time.
In addition, Nick has been working with African orphans from Africa Care Centre (ACC) to conduct workshops in schools and raise funds through cultural performances from 2014 to 2016. He is in the ACC committee in – charge of media publicity and youth projects. In 2015, he led a group of Singapore students to Africa for volunteer work with ACC. Nick is organising another such project in December this year.
2013 年 和 2014 年，炜竣的事业获得一些长足进步。他被提名为世界十大杰出青年-新加坡荣衔。2014 年 4 月，他荣获世界十大杰出青年奖，文化荣誉成就奖。这几年也在本地导演粱志强的导演培训班中负责演绎课程，同时也联合主办新加坡传媒学院的演员训练班。
2013 年 8月很荣幸为新加坡国父李光耀先生主持国庆日和生日晚宴，同时呈现变脸表演。11月，他负责策划孙中山博物院的文化飨宴艺晚情活动，首次邀请新加坡国会议员马炎庆先生一起同台演出潮州戏。2013 年 12月他在慈济大型舞台剧《法譬入水》中演绎男主角—悟达国师，之后也受邀到台湾花莲慈济精舍与慈济证严法师分享参与过程。
2014年，炜竣被著名实践家知识管理集团董事长（ Money & You）林伟贤博士邀请到中国大陆及台湾呈现十场文艺演出。他也安排策划善友辅导中心“子孙情，潮时代”的筹款活动，邀请马来和印度同胞一起呈现华族传统戏曲。在新加坡第一次呈现跨种族，跨文化的演出，获得许多正面的回应。炜竣也被选为 2014 年的新加坡行善大使，策划一些列礼貌运动和 ACC 非洲小孩的筹款活动。他也代表新加坡到德国和来自150多个国家的青年参加世界十大杰出青比赛，最后为新加坡得到世界十大杰出青年的荣誉奖项。
2015年，孙中山南洋纪念馆邀请炜竣的节目策划公司咚咚呛协助“星空下”一系列的节目。当中，他除了策划节目也担任当晚的主持人。他也受邀参加国庆日SG50 Sing Along 的一项活动。另外，炜竣再次在新传媒演员训练班的一个Diploma课程担任导师。除此之外他也在ACC当义工，陪伴非洲的小孩到新加坡中小学表演和主持。年底将会到非洲参与纪录片的拍摄。
Dr Patrick HM Loh, BBM, PBM (Co-Founder)
Dr LOH, Heng Meng Patrick is a Director-Shareholder of LINK (THM) SCIENCES Pte Ltd and Sabah Froz Sdn Bhd in Sabah, East Malaysia. In 2008 to 2010, he is appointed President Commissioner/Non-Executive Chairman of both IDX-listed PT. Citra Kebun Raya Agri and PT. Royal Oak Development Asia in the Republic of Indonesia. He has served as Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board at SGX-listed Eu Yan Sang International Ltd from 2011 to June 2013 and as its Chief Scientific Officer from 2007 to 2011. In June ‘13, he is appointed Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board of the Singapore Manufacturing Federation-Institute of Higher Learning (working partner with Murdoch University, University of Newcastle, Edith Cowan University in Australia and the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom).
A practicing plant scientist, he is one of the early pioneering bio-entrepreneurs in Singapore who has successfully established the commercial application of biological and molecular techniques to plant and crop improvements in the agro-based industries in the ASEAN region.
Dr Loh is an Adjunct Professor in Murdoch University, Australia, the SIM University (UniSIM) and the Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore. In March 2011, he is appointed Member of the Industry Advisory Panel at the School of Biosciences of Taylor’s University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In October 2011, he is appointed Advisor to the Centre for Cancer Research and International Collaborative Partner Global Network (ICPGN) at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Malaysia. In June ’13, he is appointed Member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. He served as Agri-Adviser to the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), Ministry of National Development, Republic of Singapore from 2003 to 2011.
He is a qualified Member of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture (MCIHort) and the Chartered Institute of Management for Sports & Physical Acitivity (CIMSPA) in the United Kingdom. In 2005, admitted as Member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology (AIAST) and a Certified Practicing Agriculturist (CPAg) of Australia and New Zealand. He is an Advisory Member of the School of Science & Technology at SIM University (UniSIM) and also the School of Chemical & Life Sciences at the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore. Dr Loh is the Mentor-in-Residence of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Member of the Area of Excellence & Core Innovation Working Group at the Provost’s Office in Singapore Management University. He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Business Information Systems Strategies (IJBISS) and a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. In 2014, he completed and qualified as Clinical Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (estb 1951,New Hampshire), USA.
Dr Loh completed his doctoral research training in plant virology and tissue culture technology from the Institute of Arable Crops Research, ROTHAMSTED EXPERIMENTAL STATION (estb 1843, Harpenden) United Kingdom. He earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1992 from the University of Dubuque (estb 1852, Dubuque), Iowa, USA.
In 2009, filed a joint-Patent in the USA with researchers from the Nanyang Polytechnic of Singapore on “Method of Making A Red Yeast Rice Extract” (US Patent Application:US61/167543, 2009) and published in the Scientific Reports of Nature.com in March 2012.
In 2011, together with food technologists from the Food Science & Nutrition programme of the School of Chemical & Life Sciences at Nanyang Polytechnic, developed “Frozherb” Recipe – a combination of two herbal ice creams consisting of Hawthorn and Wolfberries. “Frozherb” competed with more than 100 flavours from 25 countries including China’s Mengniu Dairy Company (China’s biggest supplier of dairy produce) and Japan’s Meiji Dairy Company to win the “Best New Ice Cream” Award at the 2011 International Dairy Federation (IDF) Dairy Innovation Competition in Parma, Italy.
In June 2012, he filed a Patent on “Method to Extract Borneol From Exudates of Dryobalanops aromatica” (Grant of New Patent No.PI 2012002620) in Malaysia with medical researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia.
In April 2014, a Patent (Grant of Patent No:175085) has been granted by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) for the invention of “Plant Extract Comprising Statins And Preparation Techniques And Uses Thereof”.
Latest Product Development: An innovative Nutritional Medicine (LPR-1) developed by using a proprietary production method for the “damaged aging-cells” in the internal organs of the human body. In November 2014, an official Trade Mark has been filed with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
In recognition of his leadership to the community, Dr Loh was conferred the PINGKAT BAKTI MASYARAKAT (PBM – THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL) in 2001 and the BINTANG BAKTI MASYARAKAT (BBM – THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR) in 2006 by HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE.
Miko is a passionate amateur Chinese opera actress. She has been learning this art form for 8 years. Through her learning process, Miko has also the opportunities to take part in many performances of various types of Chinese Opera. She has also represented Singapore to perform overseas and took part in international art festivals in Japan, Taiwan, Iran and Indonesia etc.
Li Shuai Min
Li is a professional Chinese Opera actor who graduated in a Chinese Opera school in Henan province, China. Upon graduation, Li has taken part in many performances and became a teacher at the Chinese Opera school which he graduated from. Besides being a professional Chinese Opera actor, Li is also a mask changing 变脸 master. He has performed this mask changing technique in various local events before.
Guo Xu Qian
Guo Xuqian graduated from Xu Chang culture performing arts school – opera performing course. He was hired by Singapore “Pei Yan Ling” Opera Art Centre as a performer in 2003, and later became a performer art lecturer in Singapore Chinese Opera Institute in 2010. He is currently the Art Director in Chinese Culture Performing Arts Centre. He has arranged and operated traditional opera performance and lectures for many secondary schools, primary schools and junior colleges.
He has also travelled overseas to America, Malaysia and Bangladesh many times on cultural exchange trips to spread awareness on traditional Chinese culture as an actor and lecturer. In 2010, he was awarded the “Best Actor” in American International Opera Festival. In 2012, he was the director and main lead in “Huo Yan Shan”, a Chinese opera for children, and an Art Director in the movie “Xi Qu Wa Wa”.
Stacy Ong has been acting in local street opera troupes since 2005 and has rich performance experiences for the past 5 years. Stacy acts mostly young female roles and has performed for several popular local troupes like Xiao Kee Lin and Xin Bao Feng. Currently, Stacy is working at Kranji Secondary School as a Co-Circular Program Executive.
Susan Koh is a passionate amateur Chinese Opera actress and has been learning the art for the past 24 years. Currently a member of Siong Leng Musical Association and Bedok Yueju troupe, Susan has learnt to portray the roles of young male scholars. As an all-rounded actress, Susan can also portray comical roles and female roles well.