Alter Ego

Everyone has at least two sides, and this is the non-work side of me.

My office and work-site (haha) are the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and http://tantarnhow.blogspot.com.

I am a playwright (my last play Fear of Writing was staged in 2011). I am also interested in social and political issues, including those outside my IPS research areas of arts and cultural policy, media and information technology.



  • Six Plays (2011), Epigram 
  • Dirty laundry, Mergers & Undercover : plays from Theatreworks’ Writers’ Lab (1995), Theatreworks and Singapore Press Holdings
  • Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate ‘S’ Machine (1993), Singapore: Sirrus Books


  • Best Script, 3rd DBS Life! Theatre Awards (2003) – “Machine”
  • Hong Kong Best Ten Productions of The Year Award, Asian Performing Arts Festival (1998) – “The First Emperor’s Last Days”, staged by Chung Ying Theatre
  • National Book Development Council Drama Award  (Joint winner, 1996) – “Undercover”
  • Three-month Fulbright Scholarship to Boston University (1993)
  • Merit Prize, NUS-Shell Short Play-writing Competition (1987)
  • Merit Prize, NUS-Shell Short Play-writing Competition (1986)


  • 2011: “Fear of Writing” staged by Theatreworks
  • 2006: “Confessions of 300 Unmarried Men” staged by ACTION Theatre
  • 2002: “Machine” staged by Theatreworks. Won the Best Script prize in the 2003 Life! Theatre Awards
  • 1998: “The First Emperor’s Last Days” staged by Chungying Theatre Company for Hongkong Festival of Asian Performing Arts
  • 1998: “The First Emperor’s Last Days” staged by Theatreworks for the Singapore Arts Festival
  • 1997: Head writer for “Growing Up” period drama series and “VR Man” action hero series
  • 1996: Completed original feature screenplay “Miss Lily”
  • 1996: Play “Six of the Best” staged by Theatreworks
  • 1994: Play “Undercover” staged by Theatreworks
  • 1993: Play “Home” staged by Nanyang Technological University Playhouse
  • 1992: Play “Lady of Soul and Her Ultimate ‘S’ Machine” staged by Theatreworks
  • 1990 Play “Home” staged by Theatreworks
  • 1989 Short play “In Praise of the Dentist” staged by ST*RS


  • Member of the Theatreworks Writers’ Laboratory, 1989-93
  • Dramaturge to young playwrights of the Gifted Programme Arts Enrichment Programme, 1989-1990
  • Resident Playwright to Theatreworks Writers’ Laboratory, 1998

1 thought on “About”

  1. David Sadoway said:

    Nice to see you up at ARI-NUS on Friday ! Sorry that we didn’t get the chance to chat, but hope to in the near future. Kind Regards, david 🙂

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