Haresh is the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage. To date, he has written more than 100 plays. His play, Off Centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for N and O Levels, and republished by The Necessary Stage in 2006. In 2008, Ethos Books published Interlogue: Studies in Singapore Literature, Vol. 6, written by Prof David Birch and edited by A/P Kirpal Singh, which presented an extensive investigation of Haresh’s work over the past 20 years up to 2007. A collection of Haresh’s plays have been translated into Mandarin and published by Global Publishing with the title 「哈里斯·沙玛剧作选」.

Haresh was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls during the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively. In 2010, The Necessary Stage has also published the above-mentioned plays in the collection entitled Trilogy. In 2011 and 2012, two collections of short plays by Haresh entitled Shorts 1 and Shorts 2 as well as a collection entitled Plays for Schools were published. 2013 saw the publication of a new collection of Haresh’s plays on medical-related issues entitled Don’t Forget to Remember Me, launched at the Singapore Writers Festival. Most recently in 2014, Haresh’s play Best Of (staged four times to rave reviews in Singapore and Malaysia) and Eclipse (staged in both Singapore and Scotland) were published.

Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. He also participated in the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in New York in October 2014. Most recently in 2014, Haresh has been awarded the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honour literary excellence in the ASEAN region.


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