2016 Authors

Alfian Sa'at photo

Alfian Sa’at is a Resident Playwright with W!LD RICE, one of Singapore’s most recognized theater companies. He was also an Associate Artist with Teater Ekamatra, a Malay-language theater company as well as an Associate Playwright with The Necessary Stage. His published works include three collections of poetry, One Fierce Hour, A History of Amnesia and The Invisible Manuscript, a collection of short stories, Corridor, a collection of flash fiction, Malay Sketches, two collections of plays as well as the published play Cooling Off Day. He has also translated two novels, The Tower by Isa Kamari and The Widower by Mohamed Latiff Mohamed from Malay into English.

Alfian has been nominated eight times for Best Original Script at the Life! Theatre Awards, winning in 2005 for Landmarks, in 2010 for Nadirah, and in 2013 for Kakak Kau Punya Laki (Your Sister’s Husband). In 2011, Alfian was awarded the Boh-Cameronian Award in Malaysia for Best Book and Lyrics for the musical The Secret Life of Nora. In 2013, he won the Boh-Cameronian Award for Best Original Script for the play Parah.

In 2001, Alfian won the Golden Point Award for Poetry as well as the National Arts Council Young Artist Award for Literature. He has also been nominated for the Kirayama Asia-Pacific Book Prize and the Singapore Literature Prize for A History of Amnesia. His short fiction collection Malay Sketches was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Prize in 2013. His plays and short stories have been translated into German, Swedish, Danish and Japanese and have been read and performed in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Brisbane, Melbourne, London, Zürich, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm.


Ovidia Yu Photo

Ovidia Yu has had over thirty plays produced in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, including The Woman In A Tree On The Hill, which won an Edinburgh Fringe First, and Hitting (On) Women, which won the Audience Award and Singapore’s Life! Theatre Awards Best Original Script. She has also written musicals like A Totally Fictitious Island In The Sun.

Ovidia has received the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (Drama and Fiction), the Singapore Youth Award (Arts and Culture), the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) Singapore Foundation Award for outstanding contribution to the development of arts. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa’s International Writing Programme and spent three months at the Toji Cultural Centre Residency writing her first children’s book. The Mudskipper, about a mixed race child exploring her Singapore roots, was runner-up for the inaugural Scholastic Asia Book Award, published by Scholastic in 2012 and shortlisted for the Hedwig Anwar Book Prize the same year.

Her murder mysteries Aunty Lee’s Delights (2013), Aunty Lee’s Deadly Specials (2014), and Aunty Lee’s Chilled Revenge (2016) all feature a kiasu, kaypoh, em zai si crime-solving cook.


Jeremy Tiang [photo credit Oliver Rockwell]

Jeremy Tiang‘s short story collection It Never Rains on National Day was published by Epigram Books in 2015. Other work has appeared in the Guardian, Esquire, Brooklyn Rail, Ambit, Meanjin, Asia Literary Review, QLRS and Best New Singaporean Short Stories, and won Singapore’s Golden Point Award. He has translated more than ten books from Chinese, including work by Zhang Yueran, Su Wei-chen, Yan Geling, Yu Qiuyu and Yeng Pway Ngon, and has been awarded an NEA Literary Translation Fellowship, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, a PEN/ Heim Grant and a People’s Literature Award Maotai Cup Prize for Translation. Jeremy is also a playwright; his work includes A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep/ Theater Row), The Last Days of Limehouse (Yellow Earth, UK) and Floating Bones (translations of plays by Han Lao Da and Quah Sy Ren; Arts House, Singapore). He is a member of P73’s Interstate Writing Group.


Marcus Yi

Originally from Singapore, Marcus Yi is an award winning writer/director and performer based in New York. He has created work in Singapore, Atlanta, and New York, and is the artistic director of Living Room Theater. He has worked on over 100 productions and his recently created work include Micro Shrimp The Musical (Winner of 11th Annual NJ Playwrights Contest), 29x/y (WIld Project, Paradise Factory), Pretty Little Mouth (Roy Arias), The Procedure (Gene Frankel Theater), The Ephemeral Lightness of Dreams: the dream plays (Lynn Redgrave Theatre), Thicker Than Water: the blood plays and Baby Baby!. His work has been produced by the National Asian Artists Project, Yangtze Rep, Asian American Film Lab, The Secret Theatre, New Jersey Playwrights Contest, Ingenue Theater, Modern Griot Theatre, Ticket2eternity Productions, Queens Players, Rising Solo, POPLAB, URNetworkAlliance, NYC Actors and Playwrights Collective, All Out Arts, Short Play Lab, Angry Head Productions, and Living Room Theater. His work has been seen at the Midtown International Theater Festival, Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Fresh Fruit Festival, and the Midwinter Madness Theater Festival. Marcus was also named one of Indie Theater Now’s 2014 People of the Year and is an Indie Theater Now Playwright.


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Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/film maker working internationally and based in the U.S.A. Her work has toured extensively including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (The Shape of a Bird, “Superb staging” – Straits Times), INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News), Dumbo Arts Festival, Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival. She has directed and developed new work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Phil Killian Fellow 2015), Goodman Theatre, Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, and was the first Asian American to direct at the National Black Theatre. She is the first cohort for the Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellowship and ArtEquity Facilitator Training, and has received grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Asian Cultural Council, NET, and LMCC. She is an Artist in Residence for The Performance Project at University Settlement 2015/2016 and the Asst. Professor of Directing and Dramaturgy at Hampshire College. MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.


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Jason Wee is an artist and a writer. He lives in Singapore and New York. His art practice is concerned with the hollowing out of singular authority in favour of polyphony and parallax. He transforms these singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architectures, idealism and minor futures. He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library and residency that focuses on curatorship, new writing, design propositions and art. He is an editor for Softblow poetry journal. He is a regular columnist for Pipeline magazine (Hong Kong). He was a 2005-2006 Studio Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has shown in the Chelsea Art Museum, Photo New York, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Casino Luxembourg, ifa galerie (Stuttgart and Berlin), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Biennale, Valentine Willie Kuala Lumpur, Manila Contemporary. Artist-in-residencies include Artspace Sydney, ISEA 2008, Tokyo Wonder Site, Contemporary Art Japan, and Gyeonggi Creation Center in Korea.