Playwrights

Gabriel Lim

Playwright of We Fell In A Marathon

Gabriel is an avid theatre-goer and does reviews for Centre42. Apart from the occasional poetry-writing, he also enjoys flipping through surreal novels such as that by Murakami, or simply capturing moments around his neighbourhood whenever he is free.

Mayura Baweja

Playwright of Paper Thin

Mayura Baweja has worked in theatre and film as an actor, writer, collaborator, and director in India, the U.S. and Singapore for over 15 years.  Based in Singapore since 2005, she completed a Masters in Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore in 2013.

She wrote her first two plays – Eight Days for Project Chiaroscuro (The Substation) followed by The Picnic for Short and Sweet Singapore, in 2007. The Writing from the Heart workshop with Tony Perez organized by TheatreWorks in June 2014 enabled her to write her first full length play, Paper Thin. She is grateful to have found a community of writers and friends as a member of this group.

Writing for the theatre is an extension of her fascination for the theatre space and the many possibilities it offers. She is committed to exploring women’s voices within the theatre.

Serene Tan

Playwright of Hazy Pre-Nuptials

Serene is an accountant by profession. She fell in love with theatre when she first saw rain on stage in one of the local Junior College’s productions. It was in that moment she bore witness to the magical possibilities of theatre.

Serene’s first attempt at playwriting came in 2004 when she was a seventeen year old Junior College student. She submitted her script to the Singapore Young Dramatist Awards and was placed third in the Youth Category. In 2007, she participated in the same competition and clinched the second placing in the Open Category.

As a member of the Adelaide University Theatre Guild, she served as the Props Manager in the University’s amateur production of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, A StreetCar Named Desire.

Her favourite theatre production to date is When the Rain Stops Falling by Australian playwright, Andrew Bovell. She cites local playwrights Edgar Liao and Jacke Chye as her playwriting inspirations. She enjoys playwriting and aspires to write Singaporean plays for Singaporeans.

Chan Li Shan

Playwright of Conversations with My Father

Chan Li Shan currently works at the National Council of Social Service, Mental health services team. Outside of work, she has written a book ‘A Philosopher’s Madness‘ (Ethos Books). She has also published non-fiction articles in the opinion sections of The Straits Times and The Business Times, as well as on the websites of the Institute of Mental Health and National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre, and on independent online publications such as Poskod, Eco-business.com and Punctum. This short play is dedicated to her parents, and would not have been written without the encouragement of her friend Tan Tarn How.

Eliete Vivino

Playwright of A Feathery Effect

Traveling, writing and choir singing are a few of Eliete’s favorite things.  During the past two years Eliete made the most of her time while living temporarily in Singapore. She enjoyed participating in the “Writing from the Heart” workshop taught by Tony Perez at Theatreworks. She also had the chance to join three local musical chorus groups and was fortunate to perform with amazing singers and musicians at, among other venues, the Star Theatre, American Club and Esplanade Theatre.

She recently returned to America where she lives with her husband.

Liow De Jun

Playwright of My Promise to My Animal Tamer

Liow De Jun, 17 years old, first ventured into world of playwriting with Tony Perez’s Writing from the Heart workshop conducted during May last year. Since then, his playwriting journey took off. He has participated in TheatreWorks very own 24-Hr Playwriting Competition in 2014 and has worked with Tony Perez for Writing from the Heart workshop last December. Enthused and inspired by works of local playwrights, he is now currently in VJC Drama Club, pursing his passion in theatre.

Samantha Chia

Playwright of No Regrets

Samantha graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Creative Industries, and has worked extensively on various productions and events.

Some of her memorable projects include, The Tale of the Frog Prince (SRT), If There are Seasons (The Theatre Practice), ChildAid Concert, Turn By Turn We Turn (The Finger Players) and Titoudao (Toy Factory).

Helmi Yusof

Playwright of My Mother Buys Condoms & My Father Wears Bras

Helmi Yusof is the arts correspondent for The Business Times, covering visual and performing arts. He has written on the arts and entertainment scene for various publications, including The Straits Times and Arena men’s magazine. My Mother Buys Condoms / My Father Wears Bras were written in response to the National Library controversy last year, in which the library deemed children’s books depicting non-conventional family structures unfit reading material for children.

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