DrEdmund Chow


Dr Edmund Chow

Programme Leader, MA Arts Pedagogy and Practice
  • Ph.D (Drama), University of Manchester, UK;
  • M.A (Educational Theatre), New York University, USA;
  • B.A. (Hons) English Language, National University of Singapore, Singapore.



Dr Edmund Chow received his Master's degree from New York University (2008), and his Ph.D from the University of Manchester, UK (2016).

As an educator and applied theatre practitioner, Dr Chow has been using creativity and imagination in the arts for more than 18 years. 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.

Dr Chow is instrumental in establishing a Prison Theatre and life-skills programme in 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. Dr Chow has taught in secondary schools, prisons, universities and business schools. Prior to joining LASALLE, he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at INSEAD Business School, where he used experiential pedagogies such as storytelling and improvisations to develop a communications and leadership module for MBA and Executive MBA classes across Europe, Singapore, and Middle East campuses.

He 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 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. Dr Chow was a finalist at the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the University of Manchester in 2015.

In addition, Dr Edmund Chow has garnered three speaking awards from the Professional Speakers Academy in London; has appeared as an expert guest on Talking Point on Channel News Asia; and is a TEDx public speaking coach.

Professional Practice/Research Output


  • Chow, E. (2018, in print). Performance appraisal on the hotseat. In: S. de Janasz & J. Crossman, eds., Teaching Human Resource Management: An Experiential Approach. MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Chow, E. (2017). Adapting for ‘The Kite Runner’: A fidelity project to reimagine an Afghan aura. In: K. Reilly, ed., Contemporary Approaches to Adaptation. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


  • 2017: Project Roop Kaur (Theatre Incorporate)
  • 2016: Toba Tek Singh (Dastak Hindi Theatre Festival)
  • 2009: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School)
  • 2009: The Other Me (SDEA Celebrate Drama)
  • 2008: Unsex Me (SDEA Celebrate Drama)
  • 2007: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (NYU Provincetown Theatre)
  • 2007: Fools Mass (Dzieci Theatre Company, New York)
  • 2006: The Toy Story (Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School)
  • 2006: Why Me? (Kaki Bukit Centre Prison School)


  • 2017 – “Dramatically Re-Examining Conflict Management with Forum Theatre” (2017) at the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference for Management Educators (OBTC), at Providence College, Rhode Island, organised by OBTS. Full scholarship granted with Early Educators Institute (EEI).
  • 2017 – “Devising Theatre Ethically, Aesthetically and Democratically as a Cultural Outsider at the SDEA Theatre Arts Conference 2017, organised by Singapore Drama Educators Association.
  • 2015 – “Memory Boxes, Augusto Boal, and Traces of Ghost in Afghanistan” at the 8th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) Conference, at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.
  • 2014 – “Afghanistan, Shakespeare, and A Tragedy of Errors” at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) World Congress, at the University of Warwick, UK.
  • 2014 – “‘Doing Culture’ Erroneously in Afghanistan: A Critique of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ at the Globe” at the Arts, Peace and Conflict Conference, at the Liverpool Hope University, UK, organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for Peace and War Studies.
  • 2012 – “Measuring Arts Project Outcomes: A Provisional Framework for Elderly People With Dementia” at the 8th Annual Theatre and Performance Research Association Conference, at University of Kent, UK, organised by TAPRA.
  • 2012 – “Translating Aesthetics from the Periphery to the Core: A Case of Theatre in Singapore Prison” Singapore Prison at the 7th International Drama in Education Research Institute (IDIERI) Conference, at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • 2011 – “Applied Theatre in the Prison School”presented at the UNESCO-NIE CARE, National Institute of Education, Singapore.
  • 2008 – “Exploring (Dramatic) Principles for Sustainability: Lessons from Singapore Prison School” presented at the Arts Education Conference in New York, organised by New York University.
Research Interests
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Educational theories
  • Cultures and identities
  • Performance and performativities
  • Leadership and storytelling
  • Qualitative and arts-based research methods