My name is Nur Khairiyah Binte Ramli aka Khai.
I'm a Singaporean Muslim-Malay Creative Producer based in London. I am passionate about championing stories from the underrepresented voices in the industry.
My journey started in 2010 with The Necessary Stage.
I had the privileged to work for the theatre company as an Assistant Production Coordinator on their award-winning productions like Gemuk Girls (Fat Girls), Model Citizens, and supported their annual M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.
In 2012, I was appointed Programmes Manager at The Substation, and programmed their annual Night Festival, SeptFest, and their Performing Arts season from 2012-2015. My role at The Substation has allowed me to commission, lead incubation programmes and provide a platform for emerging artists to experiment and take risks.
In 2016, I left my full-time job to be an independent producer. I general manage a local theatre collective called HATCH & produced 4 of their original works (Hawa, Super Happy Land, Cari Makan and Lanang). I've toured Super Happy Land to Osaka, Japan and HAWA to Brisbane Fest, Australia.
In 2018, I moved to London to further my studies and graduated with MA (Distinction) in Creative Producing at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. I was awarded the Start Up VISA after proposing a business plan for RUMAH. During the pandemic,
I re-imagined the space virtually, to hold Asian diaspora communities & creatives. I hosted online 'Scratch Nights' called Main-Main, which means to 'Play', supported by Omnibus Theatre, and 'Crying Parties' on zoom where we check in, learn a new skill, meet other like minded individuals in a brave space & stay connected. I was awarded grants from ACE Project Grant and Paul Hamlyn Foundation for all of RUMAH's programmes that year.
In May 2021, I joined 'In Good Company', the flagship development programme for creatives in the Midlands, as their Interim Creative Producer. While in the Midlands, I met Sarah Brigham and Ivan Stott, who then made me their freelance producer for Hiccup Theatre - A theatre company making work for children, young people and their families, based in the Midlands.
In June 2021 I started working with Complicité An international touring theatre company, based in London, founded by Simon McBurney, Annabel Arden & the late Marcello Magni, as their Projects Coordinator. In 2022 I became their full-time Assistant Producer & supported different productions like The Dark Is Rising, Lead the community screening of Can I Live? by Fehinti Balogun and the preview of Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead at Theatre Royal Plymouth
In 2023 I've decided to jump back to freelancing-full-time.
Nominated for Asian Woman Achievement Awards, Arts & Culture, 2022
Recipient of the Charlie Harthill Special Reserve Award for Global Majority Artists - Pat Gets Ready, EdFringe 2021
Recipient of DYCP Round 9, 2021
(Developing Your Creative Practice)
Arts Council England.
Recipient of STAGE ONE Producers Bursary
for New Producers, 2021-2022
Recipient of The Society Theatre Research, Covid-19 Support Grant, 2020
Recipient of METROLAND Culture Fund,
British Council and Fringe Society's Emerging Producer Development Program, 2019
MA (Distinction) In Creative Producing, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2019
Diploma (Higher Education) In Theatre Arts,
Lasalle-SIA, College Of The Arts Singapore, 2008