Liu Xiaoyi is the founder and artistic director of Emergency Stairs. A committed practitioner with a desire to push artistic boundaries, Xiaoyi is considered a promising figure at the forefront of the experimental theatre scene in Singapore. He was the recipient of the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council of Singapore in 2016.
Besides being an accomplished actor, Xiaoyi’s passion and talent for language has made him one of the most active playwrights in Singapore. As a director, the cornerstones of his oft lauded by controversial work are unsurprisingly experimentation, introspection, and poetry. Xiaoyi’s works often polarise, drawing both praise and debate.
Since 2011, Xiaoyi has been particularly involved in intercultural dialogue. Since 2017, he has curated the annual Southernmost: One Table Two Chairs Project, a first-of-its-kind arts festival in Singapore. It seeks to bring prominent and established traditional and contemporary theatre artists from the region together in Singapore for intercultural exchange.