Mentorship & Education

Checkpoint Theatre is committed to nurturing Singapore’s new generation of theatre practitioners. As part of that commitment, Joint Artistic Director Huzir Sulaiman conceived and taught the first undergraduate playwriting course at the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2007 to 2013.

During that period, Claire and Huzir served as Principal Tutors for NUS Stage, the only university-wide English language theatre company at NUS. This mentorship was multi-disciplinary and covered all aspects of theatre-making, including writing, acting, directing, design, and management.

These efforts culminated in professional stage productions which received critical and popular acclaim. Two plays written under Huzir’s tutelage – Faith Ng’s wo(men) and Shiv Tandan’s The Good, the Bad and the Sholay – were staged by Checkpoint Theatre with NUS Stage, and both were selected as among the Top 5 Best Plays of 2010 and 2011 respectively by The Flying Inkpot. Plays written under Huzir’s mentorship are also regularly produced by other professional theatre companies in Singapore, such as Buds Theatre Company and Wild Rice.

Associate Artist Faith Ng now teaches the playwriting course in NUS’ English Department, while Huzir teaches playwriting as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the NUS University Scholars Programme.

On the public front, Checkpoint Theatre runs TheatreCraft for Youths: The Art of Playwriting for budding writers. Our first batch in December 2014 of nine teenagers wrote short plays under the guidance of Associate Artists Faith Ng, Joel Tan, and Lucas Ho. Participants were taught the key elements of craftsmanship and a good play in a series of carefully-designed exercises about character development, basic form and framing devices, and language. The workshop drew to a close at the end of the week with readings of the nine plays. TheatreCraft for Youths: The Art of Playwriting was conducted again in June 2015 with a new batch of participants. Some of these plays are being developed for possible future production by Checkpoint Theatre.