Xiaoyi is the founder and Artistic Director of Emergency Stairs. A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, Xiaoyi is considered a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Asia. He was the recipient of “Young Artist Award” by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2016.
In 2002, Xiaoyi started working professionally in theatre, which augured what was to become a deeply passionate and rigorous involvement with Singapore Theatre and the Arts. Over the past decade as a professional artist, he distinguished himself first and foremost as an accomplished actor. Now, Xiaoyi is considered one of the most acclaimed male actors from the Singapore theatre scene. Xiaoyi's passion and talent for words also revealed a gifted playwright with a deft sensibility for language. As a director, the cornerstones of his oft lauded but controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry. Xiaoyi’s works often polarize, drawing both praise and debate.
Since 2011, Xiaoyi has been particularly involved in the intercultural dialogue. Since 2017, he curates the annual Southernmost: One Table Two Chairs Project, a first-of-its-kind arts festival in Singapore. It seeks to bring prominent and established traditional and contemporary theatre artists from the region together at Singapore for intercultural exchange and presentation.