Kok Heng Leun
Drama Box Artistic Director
Kok Heng Leun is a prominent figure in the Singapore arts scene, having built his artistic career as a theatre director, playwright, dramaturg and educator. Heng Leun is known for his ability to engage the community on various issues through the arts, championing civil discourse across different segments of society. Having begun his work in the theatre almost 30 years ago, some notable directorial works include Happy (2005), Drift (2007) , Trick or Threat (2007) , and Manifesto (2016). His explorations with multi-disciplinary engaged arts has produced works like Project Mending Sky (2008, 2009, 2012) , a series on environmental issues, Both Sides, Now (2013, 2014), a project that seeks to normalise end-of-life conversations and It Won’t Be Too Long (2015), which touched on the dynamics of space in Singapore. Heng Leun’s contributions to the arts have landed him the National Arts Council Singapore Young Artist Award in 2000 and the National Arts Council Cultural Fellowship in 2014. Heng Leun is currently the Arts Nominated Member of Parliament.
Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures