Chong Tze Chien is an award-winning and published playwright/director in Singapore.
Some of the awards he has won include the Singapore Dramatist Award and The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards. He has two play collections published, containing critically acclaimed plays such as Charged (Best Script, Life! Theatre Awards) and PIE (Singapore Dramatist Awards). Other notable plays directed and written by Tze
Chien include Turn By Turn We Turn (Life! Theatre Awards: Production of the Year & Best Director), Poop!, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Life! Theatre Awards: Best Director), The Book of Living and Dying (Singapore Arts Festival 2012), Rant & Rave (as part of Esplanade’s 10th anniversary), and SEED (Asian Performing Arts Festival, Tokyo). For his contributions to Singapore Theatre, he was awarded the Young Artist Award by the Singapore’s National Arts Council in 2006.
Kenneth has served with the Ministry of Education as a school teacher, Vice-Principal and Assistant Director of Curriculum Policy and Planning, receiving the national Outstanding Youth in Education Award as a young teacher in 2002 for his efforts in promoting drama education. He pursued an Ed.M. in Arts in Education in 2007 and is currently Director of Arts & Youth at the National Arts Council of Singapore. He has taught Educational Drama at the National Institute of Education and has also been involved in various community arts programmes over the years with groups such as the Singapore Drama Educators Association.
Liting works full time as a theatre practitioner with an interest in devising performance from personal stories. Liting’s past directorial credits include the devised works Taking The Subs (The Substation Director’s Lab), The Eulogy Project I: Muah Chee Mei and I (Potluck Productions), (When I’m) Sixty Four (Ageless Theatre), Re: Almost Left Behind (Singapore Arts Festival 2011), Almost Left Behind (NUS Thespis). Liting teaches drama in schools, and has trained her students in both performance and backstage work, in the hopes of providing a more balanced theatre and drama experience. Liting is also a founding member of Theatre Cell, a collective that was started to provide platforms for theatre jamming and training without the pressure of putting on a production.