Ivan Heng is one of Singapore’s most prominent and dynamic creative personalities, and the founder and artistic director of W!LD RICE, Singapore’s leading professional theatre company. A law graduate from the National University of Singapore, he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
In a pioneering career spanning more than 2 decades, Ivan has directed and acted in many landmark Singapore theatre productions which have been performed in more than 20 cities throughout Europe, Asia, America, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. In 2000, with his portrayal of the titular character in Emily of Emerald Hill, Ivan founded W!LD RICE. Under his leadership, the company is today at the vanguard of creating theatre with a distinctive Singaporean voice. In 2006, he founded the Singapore Theatre Festival, which has been acclaimed as “the main event in the world of the arts” (SPH The Straits Times), and the “Blockbuster Event of the Year” (T oday).
Ivan was the Creative Director of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (Singapore, 2010), as well as the National Day Parade 2009. In 2013, Ivan was conferred the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural award.