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Thong Pei Qin

Part-Time Lecturer



Master of Arts in Theatre Directing (Distinction)
East 15 Acting School, University of Essex

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Studies
National University of Singapore


Pei Qin's interests lie in creating conversations and negotiating spaces for alternative voices with the trappings of a larger society. With a penchant for transgressing disciplinary and cultural boundaries in exploring the human condition, she seeks truthful shared experiences which connect diverse peoples, spaces and beliefs.

Some of Pei Qin’s recent directing credits include Human Dolly (The Theatre Practice’s 1 Table 2 Chairs Experimental Series 2017), Centre 42's Understudy (Boiler Room test read 2017), Saga Seed Theatre’s Bintang Temasek & Flower Hero reads (Seed Incubation programme 2017), NUS’ Petty People (Theatre Studies Programme Final Year Production 2017), Bitten (M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2017), Playground Entertainment's State of Mind (2016), Saga Seed Theatre’s Seedy Stories (Singapore Night Festival 2016) and POPup Plays series, TheatreWorks’ Between Consciousness (2016), Natalie Hennedige’s Nothing (The Finger Players’ Watch This Space 2015), Esplanade The Studios: fifty’s Family Relations in Singapore Theatre (2015), David Schneider’s London premiere of Making Stalin Laugh (2013), Michelle Tan’s A Fairytale Ending (2012) and the devised site-specific Re: Almost Left Behind (Singapore Arts Festival 2011).

Pei Qin has devised original works with emerging artists and playwrights on various experimental and self-initiated incubation platforms, sometimes bringing shows out of the conventional theatre space.

She has directed in various parts of the world, including Singapore, London, Birmingham, Shanghai and Russia. As a guest artist, she has also collaborated with theatre companies such as The Necessary Stage, TheatreWorks, The Finger Players and The Theatre Practice, amongst others. She is the associate director of Saga Seed Theatre, which supports and develops new voices through incubating original plays.

Currently based in Singapore, Pei Qin also leads drama courses and workshops in Singaporean varsities (NUS and NIE/NTU) as part-time lecturer, and has taught drama at public schools as well as arts institutions (NAFA, LASALLE and SOTA). She enjoys spending her free time volunteering for communities with special needs.