Hossan Leong, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters), is one of Singapore’s most loved and recognised entertainers. Affectionately known as ‘Singapore Boy’, Hossan is a consummate performer whose skills include singing, dancing, acting, piano playing, and stand- up comedy.
Hossan first rose to prominence following his appearances in major stage productions like Off Centre and Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress. But it was his knack for comedy that won the hearts of the public, showcased through such notable engagements as hosting the Channel 5 gameshow We are Singaporeans. His fluency in French has also led him to international fame, as his work on such shows as A Singaporean in Paris and No Regrets: A Tribute to Edith Piaf have enabled him to play an instrumental role in bridging cultural relations between Singapore and France. In 2014, he hosted Singapore’s 49th National Day Parade, in front of 27,000 people and ‘live’ on television to an audience of 2 million.
Today, Hossan continues to delight audiences, whether starring in his yearly stage production The Hossan Leong Show, or through his extensive creative involvement with local theatre productions. Given his talents and achievements, it’s no wonder that he is perfectly positioned to lead a highly sought-after team in hosting corporate events and dinners.
Hossan started his stage acting career in the Necessary Stage’s production Off Centre, and has since gone on to appear in La Cage Aux Folles, The Rocky Horror Show, The Full Monty, The Importance of Being Earnest, Asian Boys Vol.1, Mardi Gras, The Magic Fundoshi, Army Daze, Prelude to A Kiss, Little Shop Of Horrors, Honk!, The Forbidden City, Chang and Eng, Fiddler On The Roof, Twist Of Fate, Beauty World and Sing To The Dawn.
In 2003, Hossan made his directorial debut in Sydney, Australia, with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song. More recent directing credits include Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Beauty & the Beast and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. Hossan also produced, directed and starred in Best Served Cold, a murder- mystery dinner theatre piece for the 2004 World Gourmet Summit. He conceived, produced and directed On This Island, a musical revue, for the APAO Congress 2006. Together with Paul Carr, Hossan wrote, directed and acted in a play for the launch of the 2006 Speak Good English Movement in Singapore. He regularly provides Creative Direction for corporate projects.
Hossan has acted in many Films and TV series: The Lost Empire (Hallmark Productions), The Perfect Cut 2, Under One Roof, I Not Stupid, One Last Dance and ‘You Fu’. He has also hosted Channel 5’s gameshow We Are Singaporeans, Arts Central’s Front and OKTO’s Squirks.
On Radio, Hossan hosted The Gold Breakfast Show on Gold 90.5FM, and was previously a Producer/Presenter with Lush 99.5 and Power 98.
In the Life! Theatre Awards, Hossan received Best Ensemble in 2000 and 2010, as well as nominations for Best Actor in 2005 and Best Supporting Actor in 2003 & 2006.
Hossan’s fluency in French led him to work with the Alliance Française and Sing’theatre, for whom he appeared in Voyage Voyage, A French Kisss, A Singaporean in Paris and the unforgettable No Regrets: Tribute to Edith Piaf. He was in Paris for the Asian Film Festival. In 2006, Hossan was named Ambassador for Paris 2012, and was awarded the Prix des Ambassadeurs Francophones (Francophone Ambassador Award).
In 2010, Hossan was conferred Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for his contributions toward bridging the artistic scenes between France and Singapore.
Hossan was also the Speak Mandarin Campaign Ambassador for 2005/2006.
2015, Hossan fronted the Medishield Life campaign for the Ministry of Health:
Hossan has performed in Dubai, Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Brunei, Shanghai, San Francisco, Boston, London, Chicago, and New York. Clients include Luxasia, Starhub, UBS, Ernst & Young, TNT, IDA, The Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NETS, NTUC, and SIA, amongst many others.
Hossan offers motivational talks as well as corporate training worldwide to executives in drama and presentation techniques. Clients include the Singapore General Hospital, The Health Sciences Authority, Association of Singapore Attractions, Aquent and Fly Entertainment.
Hossan gave a TEDx talk in Hong Kong in May 2012.
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