Jayson Phuah

Jayson Phuah

Facilitator

Jayson Phuah was one of the pioneer students of KDU’s Diploma in Entertainment Arts program. He first enrolled back in 2012, privileged having professionals like Jo Kukathas and Suhaili Michelline as his tutors. He graduated in 2014 and has since been active in the local performing arts industry. Paper Crane (2012) the musical was his debut. He played an ensemble role under Joe Hasham’s direction and that was the same for Broken Bridges (2013) and Sinbad (2014) the musical. After that, he landed his first lead role in MUD: Our Story of Kuala Lumpur (2014) as Meng, one of the three lead characters. The production is produced by the collaboration of Enfiniti Vision Media and DBKL, and is currently Malaysia’s longest running stage show. Jayson performed in MUD for a year until he decided to seek growth as a performer. He was offered the role of Jackson in Five Arts Centre’s Cheras the musical (2015). Working with theatre veterans of Five Arts was definitely a challenge to Jayson, but it was a treasured experience with lots of unforgettable lessons. At the end of 2015, his wish of playing his favorite Disney prince came true. Aladdin: The Musical Comedy (2015) was produced by Enfiniti Vision Media and he performed as the street rat Aladdin, alongside Tria Aziz, Peter Davis and Rashid Salleh.

Later, he took part in Masakini Theatre Company’s production of Wayang: Malaysia Kita (2016), a shadow theatre play. Being a performer with the dedication to learn, he has never done physical theatre prior to that, therefore Wayang was the perfect ground to learn something alien to him. He was also the male lead for that show and had the chance to perform alongside dancers from Dua Space. He studied voice under the tutelage of Ian Lim, and now Dominic Lucien Luk being his current vocal coach. He holds a foundation certificate of vocal distinction by Trinity College London. Jayson was also one of the students of YES Academy ASEAN 2015: Broadway which was held in Bangkok, Thailand last year. Other theatre credits include Short and Sweet Musical and Theatre (2012-2013), La Boheme (2012), Andrea Bocelli’s Concert (2013), D’State of D’Nation (2015), Nick Choo’s Epic Journey concert (2016) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (2016).