“The Vessel” is the performing arts academy of Punctuation Ministries. Its aim is to train church members who are keen to pursue performing arts in greater discipline. Students of “The Vessel” are trained in an amalgamation of drama, vocals and interpretive dance. Participating students will gain immensely from our trainers with decades of experience in the performing arts between them. At the end of these trainings, past and present students will be involved in a production put up by Punctuation Ministries for the church.
If you feel called to the Performing Arts Ministry or if you like to volunteer in any of our upcoming productions, we would love to hear from you.
- Back in 2011, DUMC’s Punctuation Ministries launched its inaugural performing arts academy called “The Vessel”, aimed to train church members who were keen to pursue performing arts in greater discipline. Nine students enrolled in the academy and were trained in an amalgamation of drama, vocals and interpretative dance. The trainings culminated in the Christmas production “Kindle”.
Moving into its second year in 2012, The Vessel will continue in its training programme which will similarly culminate with this year’s DUMC’s Christmas production. The 6-month part-time course will comprise evening and/or weekend classes and workshops.
The line-up of trainers for this year includes Colin Kirton (drama), Juwita Suwito (vocals), Susanna Saw (vocals) and Michael Voon (dance). With decades of experience between them, participating students will gain immensely from these renowned veterans in their various fields.
Individuals will benefit greatly from the trainings from The Vessel as the skills learnt are transferable and used across the different ministries in DUMC such as worship, training and education, evangelism and outreach programmes. These can also be used in partnership with other churches or even concerts of schools, colleges and universities.
Colin trained in theatre arts at Rosebud School of the Arts in Canada and now freelances as an actor, director, trainer, musician, singer, host/emcee and voiceover talent. He is also the artistic director of touring theatre company Footstool Players, which he founded in 2001, and his own recently-formed theatre company Kirton Call Productions.
His theatre acting credits include Harakiri, Julius Caesar, Broken Bridges – The Musical, P Ramlee The Musical (Seasons 1 and 2) and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. He will also be playing a principal role in KLPac’s upcoming musical Paper Crane this July and August.
On television, Colin is best known for his lead role in the award-winning hit series Ghost (Season 2) on 8tv, and a supporting role in ntv7’s blockbuster Mandarin drama series, Age of Glory 2. He will soon be seen in a supporting role on MediaCorp’s Mining Magnate, airing on ntv7 later this year.
Colin was nominated for Best Vocal Performance (Solo) at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2007 for his leading role in The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre’s Broken Bridges – The Musical and won for Best Group Performance (Theatre) at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards in 2009 as part of the ensemble for Footstool Players’ Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which he also created, produced and directed.
He regularly teaches on issues pertaining to the arts and Christian faith, directs creative projects and conducts practical theatre skills workshops towards equipping and encouraging the Church to restore the arts to the glory of God.
Singer songwriter & vocal coach Juwita Suwito started off in the professional music scene as a backing vocalist & sessionist for prominent Malaysian artistes, award shows and post production studios. She has since released two albums, one EP and two singles; featured on local & international TV as well as movie soundtracks; and has had multiple AIM (Anugerah Industri Muzik) nominations. Her debut album Brand New World also clinched the Best Local English Album award at AIM 2005.
In the global arena, Juwita has performed in Adelaide, Bandar Sri Begawan, Brisbane, Canberra, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Moscow, Mt.Buller, Nairobi, Perth, Singapore, Taipei and Zurich, while her music has been released in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan.
Juwita thrives on a down-to-earth relationship with her listeners and has a passion to encourage youth to discover and realise their full potential. She is one of the founder directors of Four Forty Records, a social enterprise with a vision to unleash the power of music to inspire.
The vocal coach for Malaysian Idol Seasons 1 & 2 also avails herself for vocal/music workshops with her band, Flippin’ Pages and is one of the faculty members of The Vessel as well as Fortissimo (a 2-year mentoring programme for aspiring musicians & vocalists).
In December 2010, Juwita’s adventurous streak brought her on a maiden voyage into the world of theatre, debuting in the musical Follow The Light that played at PJ Live Arts. She also hosted LiteFM’s weekly radio show Best of Asia between April and June 2011, and continues to inspire with her special brand of music.
Susanna is a lecturer and choir director at the Malaysian Institute of Arts. She is also founder of The Young KL Singer, the KL Children’s Choir and the Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod (formerly known as Young Singers Choral Festival). In 2007, she was invited by Interkultur Foundation, Germany, to be a member of the Jury at the Asian Choir Games and World Choir Games and was appointed a Choir Olympic Council Member
of the Foundation.
Her latest venture in the choral scene is the establishment of the Young Choral Academy in Kuala Lumpur, a venue for choral lovers to learn more about choral music and a platform for young Malaysian composers and arrangers to compose more choral works.
Susanna Saw graduated from the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music, Australia and obtained her certificate of Kodaly Teaching from University of Queensland.
Michael Xavier Voon
MXV (Michael Xavier Voon) was formerly the artistic director of “Christian Dance Fellowship of Malaysia”, Michael had facilitated at two International Christian Dance Fellowship Conferences – both in Dallas/Fort Worth, USA and Genting Highlands, Malaysia. He advocates the celebration of life in all aspects of the arts.
Graduated with degrees in Fine, Graphic and Performing Arts from the US, MXV continues to lecture, facilitate, design, direct and choreograph. For the past 22 years, he has created works for stage, print, tv, film and media.
Michael’s Christian-based workshops are much sought after nationally as well as internationally in Brunei, NYC Times Square, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver, Paris and Sydney. Michael’s most popular workshop is “Movement (Dance) from the Heart” and was performance coach to Malaysian Idol I & II, One in a Million & So You Think You Can Dance, Malaysia.
MXV’s recent “prayer for change” motivated dance work ‘Diaries 09′ (Diaries in Black) won the Short+Sweet People’s Choice dance award, won a trip to Sydney, performed at Malaysiakini’s 10th Anniversary and the dance was featured live on Astro’s Sehati Berdansa. He has also recently directed and choreographed “Shout! The Mod Musical”, a musical from Broadway and “Dreamgirls” at Istana Budaya whereby he won the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards for Best Choreographer.
Besides the arts, Michael is a trained counsellor, an NGO supporter, a church volunteer (creativity for catechists, youth work and ministry arts) and an aspiring “Creactivist”.