Trainer Ong Keng Sen

Ong Keng Sen
© Jeannie Ho

Ong Keng Sen, artistic director of TheatreWorks and the artspace 72-13 in Singapore, founded the Arts Network Asia, a micro-grant peer organization and the international Curators Academy focused on the synergy between contexts and curation in Asia.  

His seminal work is the nomadic artist residency, The Flying Circus Project which brings together international artists traveling through Asia, sharing their contexts amongst themselves and young people in the local sites.  

He is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the prestigious Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize in 2010 for his creations in Asian contemporary performance. His directions have been presented to much acclaim all over the world including Lincoln Center in New York City, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Theater der Welt in Berlin, Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle in Denmark, Tanzquarter Vienna, Rotterdam Schouwburg, Roma Europa Festival, Cocoon Theater in Tokyo, Idans Festival in Istanbul, Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro and Adelaide Festival in Australia.

He holds a Masters in Performance Studies (Intercultural Performance) from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and was also an Adjunct Professor with the National University of Singapore, where he started the theatre studies programme in 1992.

Ong is the Founding Festival Director of the all-new Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA). He directed four editions of SIFA from 2014 to 2017.  He is the first Singapore artist to have received both the National Arts Council Young Artist Award (1992) and the Cultural Medallion (2003).