A triple-threat, multi-faceted, multi-discipline Singaporean performer, as well as a highly sort-after director-choreographer and instructor, Gani has a long string of stage experiences locally and abroad and awards under his belt. He has worked with renowned artistes like Glen Goei, Ivan Heng, Iskandar Ismail, Najip Ali, Lea Salonga, Jacintha and Dick Lee to name a few.
He has appeared in many productions directed by Ong Keng Sen such as the original cast of “Beauty World” in ‘88 as well as the Japan touring cast of ‘92, “Mortal Sins”,“Broken Birds: An Epic Longing” and the Japan premiere of “Lear”. “Lear”, an inter-cultural , post-modern production also toured Hong Kong (Hong Kong Arts Festival 99), Singapore, Jakarta and Perth (Perth Arts Festival) as part of its Asian Tour. Playing the role of the dynamic ‘Retainer’, “Lear” also participated in the Berlin International Arts Festival (Teater de Welt 99) and Copenhagen International Arts Festival (International Sommerscene 99) as part of its European Tour.
Immediately after, he acted in their musical entitled “Haunted” where his performance received outstanding reviews. He then played the role of “Erica” in the Theatreworks’ offering entitled “Comrade Mayor” (2001).
His most recent collaboration with Ong Keng Sen would be the original commissioned musical “National Broadway Company” which was the main highlight of Esplanade’s 10th Anniversary commemorative celebrations in October 2012. He played the role of “Lulu” to critical acclaim while also providing the interviews that later featured Gani Abdul Karim as a character in the musical which was played by Norlinah Salim – conceived and directed by Ong Keng Sen, choreographed by Zaini Tahir, Music Arranger and Conducter Iskandar Ismail, Music and choral Director Babes Conde, and music by Dick Lee, Mark Chan and Ken Low – norminated for Life Theatre Awards for Readers Choice Award 2013.