Keynotes


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Dennis KENNEDY

  • Dennis KENNEDY is Emeritus Professor and Fellow in Trinity College Dublin, where he held the Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre until retirement. He is the author or editor of many award-winning books from Oxford and Cambridge university presses, including The Spectator and the Spectacle, Looking at Shakespeare, Foreign Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Asia (with Yong Li Lan), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, and The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance. He lectures and gives acting workshops around the world, and has held distinguished visiting professorships at universities from Berlin to Beijing. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and Academia Europaea, he has frequently worked as a playwright, director and dramaturg internationally, and his short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines.

ONG Keng Sen

  • ONG Keng Sen (Ph.D.) is the artistic director of TheatreWorks Singapore. He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Arts and Culture Prize in 2010 for his creations in Asian contemporary performance. His directions have been presented at Lincoln Center New York City, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Edinburgh International Festival, Festwochen Vienna, Holland Festival, Theater der Welt Berlin, Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle Denmark, Roma Europa Festival, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Cocoon Theater Tokyo, National Theater of Korea Seoul, Idans Festival Istanbul, Panorama Festival Rio de Janeiro and Adelaide Festival. Ong founded the Arts Network Asia, a micro-grant peer organization, and the international Curators Academy focused on the synergy between contexts and curation. His seminal work was the nomadic Flying Circus Project - traveling international artists through Asia, sharing their contexts amongst themselves and young people in the local sites. Ong is the Founding Festival Director of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) and directed four editions from 2014 to 2017. In 2019, he spent the year on a fellowship at the Freie University Berlin’s International Research Center, Interweaving Performance Cultures. Ong holds a doctorate of philosophy in Performance Studies, Tisch School of Arts, New York University.
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SUZUKI Tadashi

  • SUZUKI Tadashi is Founding Director of the Suzuki Company of Toga (SCOT), organizer of Japan’s first international theatre festival (Toga Festival) and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Japan Performing Arts Foundation. Not just one of the world’s foremost theatre directors, Suzuki is also a seminal thinker and practitioner whose work has a powerful influence on theatre everywhere. He is the creator of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training.

Preti TANEJA

  • Preti TANEJA teaches writing in prisons and is a Lecturer in Prose Fiction at Newcastle University. Her novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press) translates Shakespeare's King Lear to contemporary India. It won the 2018 Desmond Elliot Prize for the UK's best debut of the year, and was listed for awards including the Folio Prize and Europe’s premier award for a work of world literature, the Prix Jan Michalski. It was a book of the year in The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The Spectator, achieved starred reviews in Kirkus and Publisher's Weekly, and was a top 10 Book of the Decade in India's The Hindu newspaper. It has been translated around the world and is published in the USA by AA Knopf.
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