A well-respected stage and television actress, Janice Koh began her performance training under the Theatre Studies and Drama ‘A’-level programme at Victoria Junior College. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Theatre Studies, and in 1996, received a Masters with Distinction in Theatre Administration from the University of London’s Goldsmith’s College, under a Public Service Commission scholarship.
A familiar face on Singapore television and in the theatre scene, Janice has performed in over 40 productions, both locally and abroad. In 2014, she was nominated twice for the Life! Theatre Best Actress Award for her roles in Alfian Sa’at’s Optic Trilogy and Pangdemonium’s production of Rabbit Hole. In 2003, she won the Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in David Auburn’s Proof and received a Life! Theatre Best Actress nomination in 2008 for her role in Ovidia Yu’s Hitting (On) Women. Some of her theatre credits include Bryony Lavery’s Frozen by Pangdemonium, The Finger Player’s Rant & Rave for the Esplanade’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, Pangdemonium’s Swimming with Sharks, Cooling Off Day by Wild Rice, Tan Tarn How’s Fear of Writing,《我爱阿爱》 by The Theatre Practice, Poop by The Finger Players, The Crab Flower Club by Toy Factory, 120 and Diaspora by Theatreworks and Eleanor Wong’s Jointly & Severably.
Internationally, Janice has toured with a number of productions to major venues and festivals in Europe and Asia. These include The King Lear Project by Ho Tzu Nyen and Fran Borgia, which premiered at the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels in 2008, Theatrework’s Diaspora for the renowned Edinburgh International Festival in 2009 and Dream Work/Dream Home with Spell #7 and Bodies-in-Flight for the Bristol Mayfest on 2010. Other productions including Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral and The Spirits Play have toured to Berlin, Hamburg and Tokyo.
Janice’s work and interest in the arts extends beyond the stage and screen. Trained in arts policy and administration, she worked at the National Arts Council from 1997 to 2002 in arts funding and strategic planning. She also served as a Nominated Member of Parliament from 2011 to 2014, passionately championing the arts and creative sectors in Singapore. In her maiden speech in Parliament, she highlighted the importance and potential of the arts and the artistic community to Singapore, emphasizing the pivotal role they play in projecting Singapore’s unique identity, its stories and its creativity to a global audience. During her term, Janice highlighted the importance of literature and the humanities in local education system, advocated greater support for Singapore music, and emphasized the need for greater heritage conservation in preserving Singaporeans’ sense of place and home. She has also been vocal in raising questions on the regulation and censorship of the arts in Singapore.
Janice currently sits on various boards in the non-proft arts and education sector including the the Singapore International Film Festival, Wild Rice Ltd, the Singapore Musicians’ Guild and the Victoria Advisory Committee. She is managed by FLY Entertainment.