Joy Tan

Award: Ian Fleming Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Musical Theatre

Instrument/voice type: Mezzo soprano

Location: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Joy is a recent graduate of the BA Musical Theatre course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and plans to further her studies on the MA Musical Theatre program at Mountview.

Her theatrical career began at ten years old, where she was hand-picked from over 500 candidates to be part of the UK’s ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ production in Asia. This sparked an enthusiasm and dedication towards Musical Theatre that led her to solo performances in New York (Carnegie Hall), London (Prince Edward Theatre), and at home in Singapore (Esplanade Theatres).

Joy strives to frame performances in ways that form new meaning and add additional layers to the text, so as to move the audience further. Whilst studying at the Conservatoire, she has performed as Giuseppe Zangara in Assassins (Sondheim) and as Denise in The Baker’s Wife (Schwartz).

As an accomplished budding playwright, Joy won the ‘Most Promising Playwright’ award from the Trinity International Playwriting Competition in 2015. Her most recent work, Lovesick, explores gendered bias towards different types of domestic violence, and was workshopped and staged in 2019.

Joy aspires to work internationally, creating and being part of meaningful work that changes the lives of those who experience it. She is honoured to be an Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award holder and is extremely grateful for the support Help Musicians has extended to her.
Help Musicians’ support has been invaluable in providing the financial means necessary to overcome the next academic year during my Musical Theatre MA. As an international student, fees are ever-rising, and the lack of artistic support in my home country meant that this was one of the only avenues through which I could apply for much-needed financial aid. Being offered a place at Mountview was a dream come true, but I was extremely worried about balancing the cost of living in London with the intensive and physical demands of the course. Support from Help Musicians means I can get now get the most out of my studies.