Ong Keng Sen

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Ong Keng Sen has been the Artistic Director of Singapore’s T:>Works (formerly known as TheatreWorks) since 1988. He was the founding festival director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) from 2013 to 2017. He founded the international Curator's Academy in 2018, which was hosted by the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin in 2019 - 2022. His productions have been seen in major theatres around the world, the latest being Trojan Women which played at BAM Next Wave Festival in New York in 2022 and Edinburgh International Festival in 2023 to rave reviews.  

He was the Artistic Director of the Amsterdam-based Prince Claus Funds’ digital 25-hour Festival in 2021 to commemorate its 25 years of existence, as well as its inaugural Biennial Symposium in 2023 which he entitled “Legacies of Care, Failures, and Emerging Solidarities”.  

In 2022, Keng Sen was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Arts London and was the Valeska Gert Guest Professor at Freie University Berlin. Recently, he has been sharing his knowledge with graduate students at Institute of Applied Theatre Arts in University of Giessen, the Norwegian Theatre Academy in Oslo, and University of Salzburg. He was the fellow of National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney in 2023. He holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.  

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