GAURAV KRIPALANI

Artistic Director
Singapore Repertory Theatre

Having received degrees in Theatre and in Political Science, Gaurav worked briefly in the U.S. on Capitol Hill before returning to Singapore eighteen years ago. He has been with Singapore Repertory Theatre since his return. In that time, SRT has staged plays in Manila, Los Angeles and on Broadway.

Significant milestones for SRT include the opening of their own 380-seat state-of-the-art theatre at Robertson Quay. SRT has provided employment to almost a 1000 Singaporeans, and has produced over a 100 plays in the past 15 years.

SRT produced the musical Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress as the opening musical for the 2000-seat Esplanade Theatre, followed by sold-out seasons in 2003 and 2006. The company has also produced a number of critically acclaimed plays that include Into the Woods, Rent, M. Butterfly, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, They’re Playing our Song, Barefoot in the Park, Honk! and Art, as well as numerous plays for children. SRT is also known for its annual Shakespeare in the Park productions at Fort Canning, the most recent being Othello.

In 2007, SRT entered into a partnership with its counterparts in Australia and New Zealand to tour landmark productions in this part of the world, commencing with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s world tour of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Chekhov’s The Seagull directed by Sir Trevor Nunn and starring Sir Ian McKellen.

In 2009, SRT co-commissioned the world tour of The Bridge Project, collaboration between BAM (Joe Melillo), The Old Vic (Kevin Spacey) and Neal Street Productions (Sam Mendes), and presented the first production, The Winter’s Tale, in Singapore. In 2010, SRT worked with the same partners to present The Tempest also directed by Sam Mendes, and in 2011, presented Richard III starring Kevin Spacey.

To commemorate its 20th anniversary last year, SRT, in collaboration with the Esplanade, presented plays by three of the biggest directors in the world – Simon McBurney of Complicite, Yukio Ninagawa from Japan, and the legendary Peter Brook.

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