Chief Creative Director
MindChamps Académie of Stars is Singapore’s leading performing arts academy founded by Kuo Po in collaboration with MindChamps .
Kuo Po’s vision for the Académie is to produce star-quality young talents ready for the world stage in this new digital era.
Kuo Po founded Kids Performing Academy of the Arts (2004-2018) . Her students have performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Disney Paris and Hong Kong.
Kuo Po’s protégés performed milestone events in Singapore. This included Singapore Evening for World Leaders 2009 at the Esplanade, Asean Tourism Dinner Gala and HOMETEAM 50th Anniversary show and many more.
Maria Galang Senior Trainer/ Production manager
Maria is a versatile trainer with skills ranging from singing to dancing and acting. Known for providing her students with an innovative, stimulating learning environment, Maria is a very popular trainer with all the students at Academie of Stars!
She achieved full marks in the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Musical Theatre certification. She has also been training and preparing pre schoolers for the Trinity Young Performers' certification for the past 3 years .
Aside from teaching , Maria is fond of making music covers for her students. She also owns a blog site that shares her artistic side in fashion & lifestyle.
Juan Paulo Azul Vocal Coach
Tenor Juan Paulo Azul is a graduate of Bachelors degree Major in Vocal Performance at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He is a former member and a soloist of the world renowned University of Santo Tomas Singers and was part of the award winning batch when they hailed prize winners in many competitions in Spain, Poland, Northern Ireland and United Kingdom.
As a classical trained singer, He was invited to be a part of the opera of Verdi's La Traviata, Strauss Die Fledermaus and Rossini's Il Barbieri di Sivigla all held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and had his debut when he sang Aeneas role in the UST Music Opera Production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. He was also featured in Opera Gala 2011, a presentation of the Klassikal Music Foundation he sang selections from beloved operas at the Philam Auditorium. He was also featured in Gloria! A Jubilant Celebration held at the CCP Little Theatre. Paulo has been invited to perform several times with the Singapore Lyric Opera Production and was part of Il Pagliacci, Turandot and Elisir d’Amore all held at the Esplanade- Theaters at the bay.
Paulo is also a passionate educator and voice teacher. He is presently teaching at MindChamps Academie of Stars His students have obtained distinctions in ABRSM, LCM and LAMDA examinations. Some are prizewinners in local vocal and international competitions for children.
Desmond Sim Senior Trainer
Desmond has had vast professional experience in playwriting with published works such as Six Plays and student plays ( Epigram Books, 2013), Mistress and other creative take offs amongst other works.
His teaching experiences has included guest lecturing at Temasek Design School ( 2003-2016) & Lasalle College of the Arts (2008-2016).
He also had several works produced by KL Performing Arts Centre from 2010- 2013. He has held more than a dozen art exhibitions and won several national prizes for theatre ( such as Play of the year,
Best Orginal Script , Autumn Tomyum) and short story and poetry writing.
Cordelia Fernandez Trainer
Cordelia has much experience in voice overs and MC work. She conducts corporate training on a freelance basis and was one of the core actors for the Masquerade Theatre Enterprises.
She received various certifications such as RSA Cert TEFLA ( Kent, United Kingdom) and Associate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama ( AGSMD) Teachers' Diploma .
Cordelia's 6 year involvement with Academie of Stars is a wonderful complement to her academic teaching. She teaches the Talk Show classes and coaches students for the external LAMDA examinations. She has also conducted numerous Master Classes in Acting, Public Speaking and Professional Preparation.
May Jayashanker Vocal Coach
May Jayashanker is a skilled and experienced vocal and singing trainer and coach with mastery in both Indian Carnatic ( classical ) music and contemporary Western pop performances. A graduate from both Trinity College London (vocals) and Associated Board Royal School Of Music (classical) and twice Top Scorer, she has worked with more than a hundred talents.
Hailing from a family of prominent singers and musicians in Asia – The Subramaniams – May excels in bringing out the voices of children in different languages with distinctive flexibility in stylistics. As an accomplished singer herself, she has guided some of the best young talents from this region to much success.
May Jay also holds a Teaching Diploma in 'Creative Language Arts" from.College of Teachers UK ( specialized subjects are Phonics, Speech & Drama & Public Speaking )
Paul Joplin Trainer
Deeply passionate about teaching speech and drama Paul's experience includes:
Over four years teaching in Singapore, working with students from N1 to adult including outreach at preschool
Teaching speech and drama, confident communication, public speaking, critical thinking, creativity and debating skills
I have an especially strong record of developing confidence in children who experience significant issues with social interaction and integration
I have taken students through over 400 Trinity College London Communication Skills exams with a 100% pass rate and 57% achieving distinction
Magdalene Tang Dance Trainer
A creative fiery spirit, Maggie Koh is best known for her eclectic style of Contemporary Pop. She has been working professionally as a choreographer, instructor and performer for 14 years locally and in the Asia pacific region.
She has worked in shows and companies such as Mediacorp, Fly Entertainment, TVB Asia, Running into the sun, 'Super mummy, the musical’ , Asia's got Talent', 'Getai, the musical ', 'Ah Boys to Men', The Great World Cabaret', '881', 'High Class', 'Vision', Agnes Monica Tour', and has had the honor of representing Singapore in Japan.
Maggie aspires to push the boundaries of dance movement and continues to be a refreshing voice in the arts and entertainment.
Wong Siew Yin @SWING Dance Trainer
After graduated from Jitterbugs' developing artist programme in 2012, Swing started out as a kids dance instructor in Jitterbugs and eventually work for many local studios and MOE schools as dance instructor.
Doing mainly hiphop last time, she is currently learning other genres of street dances such as house and popping to improve her versatility as a dancer. She have competed in local competition such as All Babes Cineleisure Dance, Singapore Dance Delight and also many dance battles in both singapore and oversea.
Some of her achievement are Champion for H20 Dance competition in 2016, Singapore Dance Delight Final with her crew YAAAS in 2017, got into KOD South East Asia hiphop 3V3 Battle Top 4 in 2018 and also Juste Deboute Bangkok House 2V2 battle Top 8 in 2019.