Isaiah Christopher Lee
Theatre Practitioner | Drama Educator | Literature & Art History
Isaiah Christopher Lee is a multilingual Singaporean playwright, poet, and theatre practitioner. A graduate of Catholic High School, Singapore and Raffles Institution, Isaiah's repertoire of works include Out Damned Spot! (2014), Cermin (2013), Drowning Demons (2013), Umbrellas in the Rain (2013), Di’Vine (2015), Dive (2015), Ladders to Heaven (2015), When The Bough Breaks (2017), and Yatim (2021). Most recently, he was the playwright for the interdisciplinary performance《空》 Reflections for Esplanade’s HuaYi 2021. His poems have been published in The Kindling Journal, and SingPoWriMo 2018: The Anthology, and he was shortlisted for the 2018 Editorial Consultations by Arts House, Singapore for poetry.
Apart from writing, he is active in performance and is particularly interested in movement and physical theatre. His latest work The Old Woman and the Ox debuted on the Singapore stage by The Second Breakfast Company (2BCo) in November 2018 at Gateway Theatre, Singapore. As part of his directorial work, Isaiah directed Single Mothers (2019) at the Playden at the Arts House, Singapore. As a theatre practitioner, he has worked with New Opera Singapore and MUSA: The Collective.
Isaiah was an MOE Humanities Scholar, and the Artist-in-Residence and a Drama Educator at inwardBOUND – Transformation through Drama (2019), during which time he worked on Forum Theatre focusing on theatre for intervention in Singapore schools. He continues to work as a theatre practitioner and drama educator in Singapore. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of the independent art, design and theatre company, The CreativeWerkz (2019).
Isaiah was engaged as a guest lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore (NAFA) and teaches Reimagi(ni)ng Sanskrit Epics in Contemporary Southeast Asia for MU4631: Music & Sound Design for Theatre under the School of Music. Isaiah was an Artist-in-Residence with Centre 42 under the The Vault: Lite 2021 with a research specialisation on reimagining Singapore theatre classics, in particular Chong Tze Chien’s Poop!. He has also worked with pioneer Singapore artist Tang Da Wu on 'The Big Rehearsal' at The Substation, Singapore (2021).
He is currently reading a BA(Hons) Double Major in English Literature and Art History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In parallel with theoretical research within and beyond the disciplines of Art History and English Literature, he explores performance and storytelling through theatre and education.
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Read Along with Me!
Fish-Hair Woman (2012), Merlinda Bobis
Fish-Hair Woman is a novel of many rooms running between love and war. In 1987 the Philippine government fights a total war against communist insurgency. The village of Iraya is militarised. The days are violent and the nights heavy with fireflies in the river where the dead are dumped.
The Plague (1947), Albert Camus
The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus. Published in 1947, that tells the story from the point of view of a narrator of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.
The Harmony Silk Factory (2005), Tash Aw
The Harmony Silk Factory is Tash Aw's critically acclaimed first novel, set in 1940s British-ruled Malaya, which is now called Malaysia. It was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and won the Whitbread Book Awards for First Novel Award.