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About Us

We are a Mandarin theatre performing arts company by the young, for the young.

Young People’s Performing Arts Ensemble (YPPAE) is a Mandarin theatre performing arts company by the young, for the young. We are dedicated to research, develop and practise Mandarin theatre performing arts and arts education alongside with the young. We believe that theatre performing arts is a holistic platform for the young to stimulate creativity, critical and independent thinking.

Led by our board of directors and artistic director – Ms. Ma Gyap Sen, YPPAE produces “box office hits” Mandarin children theatre productions – ranging from plays and cross-talk shows to choral concerts and musicals – every year.

YPPAE seeks not only to provide theatre works of profound aesthetic and educational value through our performances, but also to achieve our educational objectives of enhancing every child’s confidence and developing his or her sense of identity through creative drama.

Under the guidance of our advisor, Mr Tang Chia-Yu, YPPAE has established our very own Theatre Performing Arts Training framework – an integration of Confucian philosophy and Western theories in creative drama – to nurture our children into artistes.

History of YPPAE

YPPAE is registered as non-profit status as an Institution of Public Character (IPC).

Originally established in 1973 by the former Singapore Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), YPPAE has its roots in producing Mandarin radio broadcasting programmes for children. We have also produced supplementary resources for the Curriculum Planning Division of the Ministry of Education.

YPPAE was housed under Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) from 1992, and had since expanded our scope to encompass performing arts. With the support of former NAFA principal, Mr. Ho Kar Leong, YPPAE became independent and registered as our present-day non-profit status as an Institution of Public Character (IPC) in 1999.