Shai is a creative producer and arts educator from Singapore. He is Joint Artistic Director of Bhumi Collective and Organising Member of Producers SG. He holds an MA in Creative Producing from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and a recipient of the Goh Chok Tong Youth Promise Award (Distinction). Shai is also currently an ISPA Singapore Fellow from 2021-2023.
Shai is also a TEDx Speaker having spoken at TEDxRoyalCentralSchool on the topic, "Diversifying, Diversity, Tomorrow's Theatre Today" in 2017.
He was the Artistic Director of Yellow Chair Productions (YCP), a community theatre group based in Singapore, which he founded in 2005. He produced and directed several of the group's Main Season programme and initiated the The Open House Series programme, a partnership with the National Library Board to provide young theatre-makers with a platform to develop and devise new ideas. He was also the Producer of The Carpentry, a process-driven young adults theatre programme, launched in January 2016.
On the community arts front, he has been the Chairperson of the Tampines Central Community Arts and Culture Committee (CACC) with whom he has worked on various PAssion Arts events both estate and town-wide. He is also the Festival Producer of the Void Deck Festival, a community-based arts festival revolving around the transformation of void deck spaces at the foot of government-housing apartments into a temporary space for the arts.
As an arts educator, Shaifulbahri has taught English and Literature at Junyuan Secondary School with whom he has also been a freelance drama instructor. He has also been an Arts & Drama Consultant and Student Development Officer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. He has been invited by the National Arts Council (NAC) to speak at Call Me Crazy as part of their Matchbox series of talks for youths interested in the arts and present a paper entitled “Encouraging Creativity Through Performance Building” at the Teachers’ Symposium of the Singapore Arts Festival 2012. He is currently an adjunct lecturer on the BA in Arts Management programme at LASALLE College of the Arts. He has also guest lectured at Singapore Management University and London Studio Centre and currently on the faculty of UK-based CGO Institute's Diploma in Creative Producing.