TRACIE PANG, 48
Artistic Director, Pangdemonium
Tracie Pang was never supposed to have a career in theatre. “I went to art school where I was going to do Fine Arts, but part of the course was six weeks’ training in theatre and after doing that, I wanted to switch,” she reveals. Luckily she did, because her expansive work has earned her praise after praise. This culminated in her hitting the Best Director gong at the 2017 M1-The Straits Times Life Theatre Awards for her artistic vision in Pangdemonium’s family drama, Falling. The win comes seven years after she started the company with her husband, actor Adrian Pang. “In the beginning it was hard to get an audience base behind you,” she shares. “We were limited in the type of productions we could stage, because we didn’t have a strong following.” Fast forward to now, and Pangdemonium productions are considered some of the best in Singapore’s arts landscape, with consistently sold-out shows. But Tracie, who’s also mum to two boys aged 17 and 16, says the best is yet to come. “We have our own fundraiser each year to help underprivileged people who want to enjoy the arts. This year,
The Jam: A Pangdemonium Fundraiser, is on 1 September at Esplanade Concert Hall, starring Nathan Hartono and friends.”
WORDS TO LIVE BY: “As long as your passion is there, you’re going to be fine.”
NEXT UP: “Our new show, FunHome, will be coming up in September. It’s a delightful Tony award-winning musical about a family and their hidden skeletons.”
Top, pants and necklace, all from Dorothy Perkins; and sheer outerwear from MAX.TAN.