Our Faculty

Taroutina, Maria (Head of Studies)

Research Areas
“Although my research primarily focuses on the architecture, painting and sculpture of Imperial and early Soviet Russia, as a scholar of the 19th and 20th centuries, I am more broadly interested in examining international modernism and its multiple and complex crosscurrents in a global context. More specifically, I am invested in rethinking the opposing binary categories of avant-gardism and revivalism, historicism and innovation, modernity and traditionalism, secularism and religion, and regionalism and internationalisation as they have been applied to the trajectory of modern European art. How do modernities and modernisms deemed to be ‘alternative’ mirror, challenge or oppose the Euro-American model? How do we study and historicise transnational and cross-cultural artistic exchanges? What are the politics, ethics and aesthetics of a genuinely global art history?”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Art And Politics: From Modernity to Post-Modernity
  • Masterpieces of Western Art from the Renaissance to the Present
  • Introduction to the Arts: Totalitarian Art and its Opponents
  • Critical Approaches to Art History
  • Painting the Orient
  • Kazimir Malevich and the Black Square

Heidi, Stella

Research Areas
Dr Heidi Stalla explores the way that writers challenge the boundaries of fiction and nonfiction in their work. Dr Stalla is particularly interested in the work of Virginia Woolf and has written about the degree to which Woolf’s craft was not only informed by a lifelong interest in historical genres, but also alludes to the appropriation of material and literary culture from Greece, India, and Egypt as a form of sociopolitical critique.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
  • Advanced Creative Nonfiction
  • Travel Writing
  • The Craft of Virginia Woolf

Vandenberg, Jonathan

Research Areas
Jonathan Vandenberg is a director, writer, and designer of theatre and installations. His work has been presented in a range of contexts, including internationally, Off-Broadway, US regional theatre, museums, and site-specific. He has been on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama, Vanderbilt University, and Middlebury College. He received an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and additional training with the Suzuki Company in Toga, Japan.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Theatre-Making Laboratory
  • Historical Immersion: The Bacchae of Euripides
  • Beginning Acting for the Stage
  • Literature & Humanities I

Li, Churen

Research Areas
Churen attained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore), a Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music, and a Master of Philosophy in Music from Cambridge University. She is an award-winning pianist, who has performed recitals and chamber music at international festivals such as the Norfolk Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, ISA Music Festival, as well as at concert series in the USA, Denmark, Italy, Wales, Ireland, England, Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore. In addition to classical music, Churen is also passionate about new music, having experimented increasingly with combining musical genres, as well as reflecting on the relationship between musical and societal evolution.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Integrative Music Theory I
  • Integrative Music Theory II
  • Introduction to Classical Music Composition

Chen, Yanyun

Research Areas
Ms Yanyun Chen works in charcoal. Her studio-based drawing practice is driven by questions derived from the process of drawing – of putting marks on paper – and the craft of working in charcoal.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Drawing Methods
  • Drawing Process
  • Life Drawing
  • Introduction to 2D Animation
  • Digital Narratives
  • Introduction to the Arts
  • Art Studio Research, Experimentation and Critique

Lee, Chee Keng

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Lee Chee Keng received his BA (Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies) and MA (Japanese Studies) from National University of Singapore, and his DLitt from Central Academy of Drama, Beijing. While he also writes, translates and occasionally acts, his creative practice is anchored in theatre making, directing and actor training. Dr Lee’s theatre is inspired by his appreciation of Asian traditional forms as well as his systematic study of Stanislavski system during his years at the Central Academy of Drama. He gleans from the influences that form his theatre worldview to develop kinesthetic and perceptual awareness in the performance of actors who work with him. He is excited to be part of the Yale-NUS community, and looks to humanising, experiencing and examining issues around us through theater making.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Actor Training
  • Theatre Making
  • Asian Shakespeare Performance
  • Performance and Ideology
  • Translation in Performance
  • Visual Imagery in Performance

Jack, James

Research Areas
Dr James Jack is an artist concerned with rejuvenating fragile connections that exist in the world. He has developed socially engaged artworks for the Setouchi International Art Festival, Busan Biennale Sea Art Festival, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. His works on paper crafted with handmade pigments have been displayed at Kentler International Drawing Space, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, Sumi Gallery, the Asian-American Art Center and the Fukuoka Prefectural Art Museum. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at the Honolulu Museum of Art, TAMA Gallery (New York), Beppu-Wiarda Gallery (Portland), Portland Art Center, TMT Art Projects (Fukuoka) and Satoshi Koyama Gallery (Tokyo).
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Teaching Subjects
  • Social Practice Art
  • Installation Art
  • Introduction to the Arts

 

Naoi, Nozomi

Research Areas
“My research interests include modern Japanese prints and visual culture, the development of new media technologies in modern and contemporary Asia as well as the evolving forms of female imagery in East Asian art and design.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Literature and Humanities II
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Modern Art in East Asia
  • The Female Image in Japanese Art and Literature
  • From Edo to Modern City: Tokyo
  • Critical Approaches to Art History

 

White, Tom

Research Areas
Mr Tom White teaches Documentary & Photojournalism at Yale-NUS College. Originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire in the north of England, Mr White is currently based in Singapore where he works as a freelance photographer. His photography has been published and exhibited internationally. He is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College in London and The International Centre of Photography in New York.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Documentary & Photojournalism

Ypil, Lawrence Lacambra

Research Areas
“My work explores the relationship of photography and cultural memory and the role of space and place in the construction of identity. I write about the ways people build a home away from home. I am interested in the porousness of the border between poetry and the essay, the pleasure of the conjunction of text and image.”
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Teaching Subjects
  • Forms of Poetry
  • Introduction to Writing Poetry
  • Advanced Poetry Writing
  • Philippine Literature: American Period