Our diverse faculty of coaches have trained and taught all over the world. This cosmopolitan mix of respected industry professionals ensure all HCAC workshops are of an international standard.
Jolene Wong is an actress and storyteller. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Acting from LASALLE College of the Arts, where she received training in the following methods of actor training: Stanislavski’s System, Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Meyerhold’s Biomechanics for Theatre, Grotowski-based Physical Acting, Clown, and Mask Work. Her physical training includes the asian forms of Kalaripayattu and Tai Chi, while her vocal training includes Fitzmaurice Voicework and Estill Voice Training. Her thesis explored the psychological impact of working in theatre on actors in Singapore, and she continues to seek insight into the working culture and experience of the Singapore theatre and film industry.
Jolene made her professional acting debut in Toy Factory’s Here and Beyond (directed by Stanley Seah), and other acting credits include roles in Alfian Saat’s The Insiders (directed by Jo Kukathas), Carol Churchill’s Skriker (directed by Natalie Hennedige), and Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (directed by Noor Effendy Ibrahim). She has also acted in numerous short films and commercials.
As a performer, Jolene prizes versatility and intelligent choices. As a teacher, her philosophy is to guide students to the best versions of themselves. While she is currently training to teach under Kamil Haque at HCAC, Jolene intends to further her studies in voicework to become a certified vocal coach.
Ana Sousa Gavin is a storyteller, coach and event organiser since 2014. Portuguese but resident in Singapore since 2005, she currently coaches three storytelling groups in Singapore: Organic Storytellers, Story Telling Club SAS and Story Soupers.
In Singapore, she has featured as a storyteller for children in 398.2 Storytelling Festival, she has organised storytelling sessions for children and adults at various local libraries, she has told stories to students from Preschool up to Middle School at the Singapore American School, she has told stories in French at the Alliance Française, she has told stories to families at the restaurant Marché, at the Arts House and in various parks, as part of the Park Play events she organises.
In Portugal, she has told stories in Portuguese to children at libraries in Cascais, Braga and Graciosa, at schools in Porto and Algarve, and in Lisbon’s Nations Park.
As a coach, she has facilitated workshops for adults in Singapore at various local libraries, at the National Book Council, at Singapore American School and at Playeum. She also facilitated workshops for elementary teachers from Oeiras schools, in Portugal. She coached groups of children and adults for various storytelling events at local libraries, at Playeum, at the National Book Council and at Singapore American School.
She has authored several articles on storytelling, which can be found in her Facebook page “Imagine More”.
Ana found in storytelling a way to learn about different cultures, while finding so much in common with those who seemed so different. For Ana, telling and listening to stories activates one’s imagination and empathy, improving our communication skills. She believes that everyone is born a storyteller with their own personal style.Her varied background in Psychology, Fitness Training and Early Childhood Education allows her to select and adapt stories for different age groups, including adults. She continues her training, particularly in improv theatre, to complement the art of storytelling and coaching of storytellers.