Ivan 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.
In 2013, he was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest cultural award for his contribution to excellence and distinction in arts and culture. In a pioneering career spanning nearly 3 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.
As Creative Director of Singapore's National Day Parade 2009, Ivan’s theatrical vision radically reimagined and updated the event, and it reached out to a record-breaking live-television audience. Ivan also conceptualised and directed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Singapore 2010. For its creativity, ambition and technical delivery, it was ranked among the top three opening ceremonies by International Olympic Committee.
Ivan’s awards for excellence in theatre include the Edinburgh Fringe First, Scottish Daily Express New Names of ’93 Award, Edinburgh Spirit of the Fringe 1995, Singapore Young Artist Award 1996, the Singapore Youth Award 1998, the Straits Times Life! Theatre Award for Best Director 2002, and the inaugural Singapore Tatler Leadership Award for Culture (2006).