Artis­tic Direc­tor, Pangde­mo­nium

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - GREAT WOMEN OF OUR TIME -

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.

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