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CAAP Directors Announced

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP)

Queensland Theatre is proud to announce the artists selected to join the CAAP Directors Initiative. Congratulations to:

Ling-Hsueh Tang.


Ling-Hsueh Tang trained as an actor at the Queensland University of Technology and has been a regular on television series such as All Saints, Doctor Blake’s Murder Mysteries, Breakers and Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC/Sundance Films).  On stage she has appeared in productions by Griffin Theatre Company, La Boite, Living Room Theatre and Moor Productions.  

Merlynn Tong.

Merlynn Tong is an actor and playwright. Recent performances include Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC/Sundance Films); The Mathematics of Longing (La Boite); and The Lost Lending Library (Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre). Her solo work Blue Bones (Playlab) won six Matilda Awards including Best New Australian Work.

Ngoc Phan. 

Ngoc Phan is an actor and playwright.  Recent acting credits include The Mathematics of Longing, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Village (La Boite Theatre Company); Pawno (Toothless pictures) and Australia Day (Hoodlum/Foxtel). She is Artist-in-Residence at La Boite Theatre Company where she is developing her first full-length play.

Shari Indriani.

Shari Indriani is a writer, performer and emerging director.  Her short plays have received public readings: Lola’s Gift (Playlab/La Boite); and The Knot (QT/Brisbane Writers Festival.)  Her full length play Squint Witch was developed through the LOTUS playwriting program (Playwriting Australia/CAAP) and her new play Recipe featured at La Boite’s HWY Festival 2018.

Nasim Khosravi.

Nasim Khosravi is a writer, director and performance maker. She was born in Iran where she studied and practiced contemporary performance until her work was banned. She relocated to Brisbane, founded Baran Theatre, presented Vis and Ramin and Thin Air Brush at Metro Arts, and is developing a new work, Tower of Babel. Nasim is currently Assistant Director for Bell Shakespeare’s national tour of Julius Caesar. 


This initiative is the result of a powerful partnership between the four companies to identify, develop and provide career pathways for Asian Australian directors in main stage theatre companies.

More than 100 applications were received for the two-year program. After introductory directing workshops led by Paige Rattray at QT, Jessica Arthur at STC and Sarah Goodes and Dean Bryant at MTC, 13 emerging directors have been selected to continue in the next phase of the program. This entails a series of seminars, workshops, networking opportunities and placements to observe company productions up close. The following phase of the program will offer hands-on opportunities as assistant directors, directing creative developments and play readings.

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), in partnership with Queensland Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Sydney Theatre Company is proud to announce the CAAP Directors Initiative, aimed at unearthing, nurturing and developing Asian Australian directors for the stage.


Image Credit: CAAP-STC Directors Workshop 2016 - Photo by John Ma

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