Cheryl Chitty Tan is best known for her award-nominated turn as Young Yehenara in Forbidden City and for starring as Sylvia Soo in Faculty, her TV debut.
Ever since landing in Singapore 5 years ago, she has enjoyed consistent lead roles with major theatre companies, most notably the Singapore Repertory Theatre. Her first Shakespeare role ever was Juliet Capulet for Shakespeare in the Park, garnering a Straits Time review with the headline "Brilliance on the Balcony."
Cheryl's powerful and versatile vocals landed her the leading role of Ivy Chan in Beauty World, meaning she has now starred in both of Singapore's most iconic and beloved musicals. Her relationship with Dick Lee began when she led Hotpants, and will continue in the next short film projection at Terminal 4. As of writing time, she was last seen as Mimi in Wild Rice's smash hit pantomime Mama White Snake, where she also performed a solo wushu routine.
Prior to returning to acting, Cheryl spent a year in her native Malaysia singing jazz with the top musicians in the country, tackling difficult contemporary repertoire. Before that, she spent most of a year in New York playing Japanese drums with a former artistic director of Kodo.
On screen, Cheryl worked with internationally celebrated auteur Boo Junfeng on his short film Parting, his beautiful contribution to the 7 Letters Anthology. More commercial projects include hosting Abraureka for OKTO and an advertisement for Singtel Fibre.
Behind the scenes, Cheryl produced and directed a sold-out run of Malaysian musical Follow The Light. At Wesleyan University, she directed Dr. Horrible's Singalong Blog and vocal-coached Sweeney Todd. Her latest directing effort was a musical called Home, which won 8 out of 13 awards at Kuala Lumpur's Short+Sweet Festival, including Best Director. She hopes to write a great Singaporean musical.
Cheryl is also a voice teacher (certified by New York Vocal Coaching) and feminist. She is passionate about mentoring the next generation.
She loves travel, scuba, Terry Pratchett, terrible jokes, travel, smart people, and being extremely silly. Also food, whisky, P. Ramlee songs, travel, batik and any Asian traditional clothing. Did she mention travel?
Cheryl believes kindness is the only thing that can save the world.
Listen to her on Spotify in the Beauty World 2015 soundtrack.
Cheryl is represented by FLY Entertainment.