DrEdmund Chow


Dr Edmund Chow

Programme Leader, MA Arts Pedagogy & Practice
Dr Edmund Chow
  • PhD (Drama), The University of Manchester, UK
  • MA (Educational Theatre), New York University, USA
  • BA Honours (English Language), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Dr Edmund Chow is an educator and theatre director. He specialises in applied theatre, applied storytelling and arts pedagogies across disciplines and industries. He mentors arts researchers and builds capacity for teacher development programmes. His research interests include the representation of cultures and identities, as well as the production of theory and knowledge.

Prior to joining LASALLE, he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the INSEAD Business School, where he used experiential pedagogies such as storytelling and improvisation to develop a communications and leadership module for the MBA and Executive MBA classes in campuses across Europe, Singapore, and the Middle East.

For more than 20 years, Edmund has been using his creativity and imagination in the arts both in his artistic practice and teaching. Most recently, he devised and directed Toba Tek Singh (2016) and Project Roop Kaur (2017), both of which were community theatre projects that retold narratives of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan, with the latter being featured on Indian Beat on Vasantham channel.

Edmund was also instrumental in establishing a Prison Theatre and life-skills programme at the Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School in Singapore, and has volunteered on rehabilitation programmes at the Woodbourne Correctional Facilities in upstate New York. Besides partnering with drama therapists to run workshops in psychiatric hospitals in the USA, he has also managed media projects in Afghanistan to broadcast a 37-episode radio drama on women's empowerment and entrepreneurship. Edmund has also taught in secondary schools, prisons, universities and business schools. 

Edmund was awarded the National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Professional Scholarship in 2006 and the NAC Arts Postgraduate Scholarship in 2012. He was a recipient of the New York University (NYU) Educational Theatre William Vorenberg Award for Directing in 2007 and was nominated for excellence in academic achievement and leadership with the Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award by NYU in 2008. He was a finalist at the Three-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Manchester in 2015. 

To date, Edmund has garnered three speaking awards from the Professional Speakers Academy in London. He has also appeared as an expert guest on Talking Point on Channel News Asia and was also featured in local newspaper Business Times and radio Money FM 89.3. Edmund is also a TEDx public speaking coach.

  • Adapting for ‘The Kite Runner’: A Fidelity Project to Reimagine an Afghan Aura, in Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation, ed. K. Reilly (Palgrave Macmillan) (2017).
  • Performance Appraisal on the Hotseat, in Teaching Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach, eds. S de Janasz and J Crossman (Edward Elgar Publishing) (2018).
  • Early Educator Institute Scholarship to the Organisation Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Providence College; Rhode Island, US (2017).
  • Overseas Research Studentship and Home Fees Bursary, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester; Manchester, UK (2012).
  • Arts Scholarship (Overseas), National Arts Council; Singapore (2012).
  • Nominated for Pi Lambda Theta Rho Leadership Award at New York University for excellence in academic achievement and leadership; New York, USA (2008).
  • William Vorenberg Scholarship in Directing, Programme in Educational Theatre, New York University; New York, USA (2007).
  • Arts Professional Scholarship (Overseas), National Arts Council; Singapore (2006).
  • PSC Local Merit (Teaching) Bursary, Public Service Commission; Singapore (1996).
Research and Practice
  • How Technology, Applied Storytelling, and Theatre can Humanise Values for Effective Practice, Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), National University of Singapore; Singapore (upcoming, 2020).
  • Cultural Commodification of Afghanistan: A Case Study of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ in 2012 London Olympics, 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Universiteit Leiden; Leiden, the Netherlands (2019).
  • Workshop, Storytelling and Leadership, International Storytelling Festival Singapore, The Arts House; Singapore (2019).
  • Director, Project Roop Kaur; Singapore (2018).
  • Director, Toba Tek Singh; Singapore (2017).
  • Dramatically Re-examining Conflict Management with Forum Theatre, Organisational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators, Providence College; Rhode Island, USA (2017). 
  • Image Theatre: Rehearsing Alternative Ways to Act in a Conflict Situation, Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Sheraton Inn Harbor Hotel; Baltimore, USA (2017).
  • Devising Theatre Ethically, Aesthetically and Democratically as a Cultural Outsider, SDEA Theatre Arts Conference; Singapore (2017).
  • Director, Toba Tek Singh, Goodman Arts Centre; Singapore (2016).
  • Panel chair, Youth Theatre in Singapore: Who Cares?, M1 Youth Theatre Festival; Singapore (2016).
  • Memory Boxes, Augusto Boal, and Traces of Ghost in Afghanistan, 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute, National Institute of Education; Singapore (2015). 
Current Research and Practice
  • Applied storytelling in medical education.
  • Pedagogies in performing arts.
  • Pedagogies in traditional arts.
Research Interests
  • Critical pedagogies.
  • Educational theories.
  • Cultures and identities.
  • Performance and performativities.
  • Leadership and storytelling.
  • Qualitative and arts-based research methods.
  • Afghanistan and conflict zones.