Avant Theatre & Language

Mr G Selvananthan (Selva) Founder & Artistic Director

Selva is one of the accomplished theatre directors of Singapore. Till to date he has written, directed and acted in more than 50 plays in English and Tamil including overseas productions. Selva started off as an actor in the 1980s and soon progressed to writing and directing his own plays. He has acted and directed numerous Tamil and English theatre productions. Selva graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Class-Honours) majoring in Media Arts and Drama from Deakin University, Melbourne with the support from National Arts Council, Singapore in 2005. The honourable title of ‘Kalai Chemmal’, was bestowed on Selva by Singapore Indian Artiste Association (SIAA) on 25 September 2010. Selva is not a new comer to stage or to the film industry as he was awarded the Most Popular Celebrity award by Singapore’s Media Corp Television’s Vasantham Central in April 2001. His accolades include receiving the Distinguished Artist Award from the President of Singapore, His Excellency S R Nathan in 2000. He was also nominated for Best Actor Award at the 1997 ‘Pesta Pradhana’ award ceremony by Singapore Television 12 Network for acting in the first ever-Tamil sitcom in Singapore “Amali Thumali". Selva has a list of Programmes he has worked on the local Television and recently he was featured in Malaysian Television RTM in the programme Vannamayilgal, as notable artiste from Singapore. The documentary highlighted Selva’s Theatre and Dance ventures over the years. From 2005 to 2006 Selva worked in Deakin University, Melbourne as a tutor teaching tertiary level students for numerous semesters. I have also satisfactorily completed the Professional Development Program for Sessional tutors, in Australia. From 2007 to 2008 Selva had been steering a mid-range arts organization that have been in existence from 1988 in the various strategies and business plan necessary for future development and sustainability in Singapore. I have created various genre of theatre performance for public viewing over the past 20 years in Singapore and in Australia as well. Current industry expectations and government regulations are key aspects to be educated for students studying the field of arts at large. I am much exposed to such regulations and guideline which departed to students can be of great value for wholesome education. Also during this period Selva was invited by NIE Singapore, to teach trainee teacher to approach teaching with a difference using theatre both for Tamil and English Language teachers. Research is an area that Selva showed keen Interest, where much experience was gained in working closely with an academic unit in dealing in the area of Corporate Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Australia. I have written a research paper on the development of Tamil Theatre in Singapore, as part of my thesis, and planning to publish it as a reference book. Selvas has worked on a collaborative research assignment commissioned by the National Arts Council and National Library Board Singapore, to research on cultural medallion recipients and archive the valuable contribution to the Arts scene in Singapore for NLB NORA Project. From 2009 till 2011 Selva had the opportunity of teaching Drama and Theatre studies in an International School in Singapore. My creative teaching styles together with my dramatic presentation techniques have help students understand the subject with interest. I am qualifies to teach IGCSE Drama and IB Theatre studies courses. On a professional level Selva continues to stage productions and tours with production, recently in 2011 travelling to Sri Lanka and India in the intention to exchange creative ideas and collaborative partnership ventures with overseas arts ministries. He was again invited with another production to stage in few states in South India. Selva has created signature productions that are unique in terms of idea and presentation techniques. Bhishma, Sakuni, Romz n Julz and 12 A M are some of those which were highly talked about. He also wrote an original Theatre Training programme with the primary intention of appreciation theatre holistically called “Avant’s Theatre Immersion Programme”. Its success is tried and tested resulting in success. Read more about Selva's performance presentations and Analysis of his works at:-




Some written endorsement of G Selva


“(Selva’s)…reputation in Singapore in this field (of Performing Arts) was of the very highest, and he was then, and continues to be, held in high esteem as actor, dancer, television host, arts practitioner, and theatre director. His work for me was always of the best quality, and I was always confident to leave him to continue what were often complex tasks, as part of a large team, in unsupervised ways. If he needed to learn something new, he would do so with speed and accuracy. He was, during his time with the CCRU, also studying for his honours degree at Deakin University, which he completed very successfully as a double major in media and drama. As a consequence of his excellent results Deakin University had no hesitation in appointing him as a tutor in various undergraduate units of study. His work with both Australian and international students was outstanding and his teaching of the very best standards”.
Prof David Birch, Deakin University, 2009

“Mr. G Selvananthan has an excellent academic record and is highly regarded as his peers and teachers. He has always been sensitive to the needs of others and always been open to constructive criticism. While never failing to be proactive his professional works in the theatre has always been received critical acclaim. On a personal note, I have always found Mr. Selvananthan to be reliable, innovative and calm in the face of academic and social pressures”.
Dr Glen De Cruz’ School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, 2006

“Selva has co-organised some interesting projects related to Drama and other Arts Education related projects with me such as Youth Drama Forum, in which students have benefited a great deal. Selva presents and conducts himself professionally and his knowledge in delivery of his work is based on his vast experience in handling youth in performing arts related events, sound planning and passionate practices. He has always displayed willingness and aptitude to incorporate ever-improving processes in his subject delivery to the students and performing artistes. Selva has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. His ability to connect with students and his talent at teaching concepts and pedagogies are both truly superior. He has good written and verbal communication skills, and extremely organised, reliable and computer literate. Selva can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure job gets done. He accomplishes these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude”.
Mr Surulirajan, Counselor, Shalom Christian College, 2009