A recipient of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Culture Award 2007, Noor Effendy Ibrahim has served as a member of the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC) Board from 2004 to 2006 (7th term) as well as on several other consultative panels and committees on arts and culture in Singapore. Effendy is also recipient of the NAC Cultural Fellowship 2014. Currently the Artistic Director of The Substation since 2010, Singapore’s first independent contemporary art space, Effendy has also served as the Artistic Director of Teater Ekamatra, a Singapore-based contemporary Malay Theatre company, from 2001-2006. Having completed his ‘O’ Levels at Raffles Institution (1989; Singapore) and ‘A’ Levels at Victoria Junior College (1991; Singapore), Effendy went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000; IL, US), and a Master of Arts in Contemporary Practice from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts-University of Huddersfield (2007; Singapore).
An interdisciplinary artist, Effendy has created solo and ensemble art projects and performances, and has worked with arts groups such as Teater Kami, Teater Ekamatra, Cake Theatrical Productions, spell#7, and Maya Dance Theatre. Effendy began his artistic journey and career in 1991 as a playwright and theatre director, and was known as the enfant terrible of the Singapore theatre scene when he presented his controversial Malay-language play “Anak Melayu” (Malay Youth) in 1992 presented by Teater Kami. Since 1991, Effendy has written and directed over 30 theatre productions, and has performed in over 20 theatre and dance performances as part of an ensemble, collaboration processes, and as a solo performer, in Singapore as well as internationally. Effendy is also an arts educator, having taught and conducted theatre and performance courses and workshops at all levels from pre-school to tertiary since 1999. Besides, writing, directing, and performing for the theatre and live performances, Effendy also does set and costume design for the theatre