Singapore actress Janice Koh has put herself forward as a possible nominated Member of Parliament (NMP).Announcing her decision to do so on Facebook on Sunday afternoon, Janice Koh said she is responding to the need for nominees to step up ahead of the 8 December deadline, when nominations from members of the public close.
Janice Koh, who is with FLY Entertainment, added that she hopes to be able to build up on the work that the most recent arts NMP Audrey Wong has done, find out relevant concerns that have been raised, and have face-to-face sessions with the various art sectors.Wong, whose term ended on 19 April this year, does not intend to stand for a second term as NMP.
Sharing her intentions, Janice Koh wrote, “I think it’s about how the NMP can make our marginalised voices heard in Parliament, to serve as a check on the work of the government that has impact on the cultural sector, and to be that cultural conscience for Singapore, which I find so lacking in the chamber.”
Janice Koh also expressed hope that her move will “start the ball rolling” and motivate others to step up to fill the NMP role for the arts community, so that the Special Select Committee of Parliament will have a more diverse range of candidates to choose from.Janice Koh’s announcement has since triggered positive response from the arts community.
When veteran theatre actress Janice Koh last decided to try something other than acting, she felt like throwing up. And while she doesn’t expect to be heading for the toilet on opening night, “my brain is melting down from all the multi-tasking”, said Janice Koh, 35, with a laugh.
The production – four vignettes set in a budget hotel about various couples in certain “situations” – is the stage version of MediaCorp’s Arts Central (now Okto) TV series of the same title shown last year.
It features plays by Eleanor Wong, Ken Kwek, Kaylene Tan and Kelvin Tong (who directed the TV series).Janice Koh, who will also be acting in Tong’s piece “Brunch”, credits her friend of 17 years, actress/producer and now-first-time director Tan Kheng Hua, for her new experience.
Tan, who had come up with the TV series and is directing the stage version, had her hands full producing the recent teenage musical “It’s My Life” and roped in Janice Koh.Janice Koh Singapore Nominated Member of Parliament.
Janice Koh is a Singaporean stage and televison actress.Janice Koh Education:Janice graduated from the Theatre Studies and Drama programme at Victoria Junior College and the National University of Singapore with an Honours degree in Theatre Studies. She also have a Masters degree in Theatre with Distinction from Goldsmith’s College, London.
Janice Koh Career:As a stage actress, she won the coveted DBS Life! Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn’s Proof in 2003.
On television, Janice is well known for her roles in The Pupil and Fighting Spiders.