Founder / Chief Creative Office / Veteran Trainer
Kuo Po, a graduate from National University of Singapore, curated and wrote the DSA Preparatory Program. With 15 years of experience coaching DSA students, Kuo Po's success rate of guiding and placing students in the school of their choice is stellar. She produces stage shows, events and musicals. She is also a music producer, and has produced albums both for professional artistes as well as her students.
She also has wide connections with the arts and entertainment industry and thus is able to give our students a leg-up in casting opportunities. Kuo Po is also busy producing original content on the web and screen using young talents trained by her and her amazing team of trainers.
Head of Curriculum - Communication / Acting
VICTORIA A CHEN
Victoria is passionate about nurturing life-skills in creative thinking and communication, as well as building self-esteem and compassion in children. With over two decades as a drama educator under her belt, she has designed and conducted a range of communication and drama programmes for varied learners and age groups for both schools and corporate. Victoria's immense experience in early childhood and special education makes her versatile in her teaching approach.
Apart from education, Victoria wears the drama practitioner hat in teaching, acting and directing. She has taught drama and directed plays in numerous schools, and has coached candidates, both youth and adults, in preparation for acting, recital and public speaking exams. Victoria is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and is constantly challenging the status quo. She is committed to education and empowering individuals to realise their full potential.
Senior Trainer - Communication & Literary Arts
Teacher Desmond has vast professional experience in playwriting with published works such as Six Plays and Student Plays (Epigram Books, 2013) and Mistress, and Other Creative Take-offs (Landmark Books, 1990, (co-author) amongst others.
His teaching experience has included guest lecturing at Temasek Design School (2003 – 2016) and Lasalle College of the Arts (2008 – 2016). He also had several works produced by KLPAC (KL Performing Arts Centre) from 2010 to 2013.
He has held more than a dozen art exhibitions and won several national prizes for theatre (such as Play of the Year and Best Original Script for Autumn Tomyam), short story writing and poetry.
Senior Trainer - Acting
Cordelia has much experience in voice overs and MC work. She conducts corporate training on a freelance basis and was one of the core actors for the Masquerade Theatre Enterprises. She received various certifications such as RSA Cert TEFLA ( Kent, United Kingdom) and Associate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama ( AGSMD) Teachers' Diploma .
Cordelia's 6 year involvement with Academie of Stars is a wonderful complement to her academic teaching. She teaches the Talk Show classes and coaches students for the external LAMDA examinations. She has also conducted numerous Master Classes in Acting, Public Speaking and Professional Preparation.