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About Chua Lian Choon

Academic Qualifications


PhD candidate, University of South Wales (UK) (Thesis: Diploma in Entertainment Arts – A Bourdieusian Commentary on its Field, Habitus and Social Capital)

Fellowship Trinity College London (UK), Education Studies (Applied Drama) (Masters) (Thesis: Study on Existing Meagre System of Assessment of Applied Drama Programme of the Singapore National Arts Council- Arts Education Programme)

Bachelor of Business Administration (with distinction) (Finance), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

Visiting Scholarship

Visiting Scholar, Institute of Tourism Studies, Macau (May 2016)

Professional Membership

Member (Southeast Asia) – International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC)

General Thinking

Editorial/Publication Appointments

Co-founder and Member, Journal of Theatrex Asia (ISSN: 2345-7678)

Member, Editorial Board, Graduate Journal of Culture and Creative Industries, Chinese University of Hong Kong


Trinity College of London, Excellence Award (2013)

Taught Subjects

  • History and Aesthetics of World Theatre
    • Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry
    • Navigating Hollywood
    • Entertainment Marketing
    • Introduction to Entertainment Industry
    • Acting Lab 1
    • Acting Lab 2
    • Directing Lab
    • Public Speaking
    • Writing and Referencing Skills
    • Critical Thinking and Reading Skills
    • Media, Culture and Society
    • Creative Industries

Thesis Supervision

Bachelors Level (Undergraduate)

A Case Study on the Engagement of Malaysian Celebrity Lawrence as a “Friend” of the School of Communication and Creative Arts, KDU University College. | Mu Jia Hong (2014)

The Considerations KDU University College Sdn Bhd members possess when choosing informal communication channels of Keith Davis’s Cluster Chain & Single Strand Network. | Charlene Wong Shing Yi (2014)

A Case Study on how Facebook Communication impacts on student communication in Bachelor of Communication (Hons) Classes | Chan Lo Sin (2014)

To Investigate the Preference of Young People in Choosing Television Programmes of Media Company Media Prima, Malaysia. | Joanne Yeo (2016)

To Investigate Young People’s Perception on the Branding Process of English Speaking Radio Stations of Media Company Astro, Malaysia. | Wong Siao Hui (2016)

Masters Level (Postgraduate)

The Scarcity of Qualified Speech and Drama Teachers in Malaysia | Amina Jindani (on-going)


Conferences and Trainings

  • Directors and Actors Training Seminar (2013) (A director master class organised by the Japan Director Association in Fukuoka, Japan)
    • Linking Student Centred Learning and Outcome-based Education (2013) (in KDU University College)
    • Convenor and organiser, The First Southeast Asian Performing Arts Symposium, Georgetown Festival 2012, a collaboration between KDU University College and Georgetown Arts Festival.
    • Participated in the Johor Arts Festival 2011, the first showcase of KDU University College entertainment arts students.
    • Master class by renowned Taiwanese Theatre Director Stan Lai (2011) (Singapore Esplanade Theatres by the Bay)
    • Chinese Drama Festival Academic Symposium (2011) (Held in Macau)
    • KDU University College DISC Module 1 (2011)
    • KDU University College DISC Module 2 (2011)
    • PSMB Certification Programme – Train the Trainer (2011)
    • Chinese Drama Festival Academic Symposium (2007) (Hong Kong)

External Examination Engagements

  • New Era College, Department of Theatre and Film (Malaysia)

Research and Publications

  • International Journal of Education and Research, Vol 3, Number 7, July 2015: The Ambiguities of Singapore National Arts Council Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) (Co-authored with Dr Benny Lim, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
    • Columnist, Sin Chew Jit Poh (Malaysia) – A major Chinese broadsheet in Malaysia.
    • KDU University College Research Grant on Malaysian Chinese Theatre (2013 to 2015) (On-going)
    • Chinese Drama Festival Journal Publication: Theatre and its Publics, and Everything Else (In Chinese Language) (2012)
    • Authored a Literary Picture Book on Celebrity Lawrence Wong titled Taking Flight (Published by KDU University College)
    • Editorial contributions as a columnist at Taiwan performing arts magazine MJKC (Every Week, A Show) (2010 – 2011)
    • Invited as columnist at Macau performing arts magazine Yue Du (Reading) (2009)
    • Editorial contributions to Singapore contemporary arts magazine Confabulation (various issues)
    • Editorial contributions to Singapore contemporary arts magazine The Singapore Pocket Arts Guide (various issues)
    • Editorial contributions to Singapore contemporary arts magazine Nanyang Arts (various issues)

Creative Output/Professional Practice

  • Invited as the artistic director of performance Ai Si to Small Theatre, Big Drama Festival (2012)
    • Invited as the director of performance Generations to Taipei Fringe Festival (2010)
    • Invited as the director of performance Ah Kua Show to the New York Fringe Festival (2010)
    • Invited as actor to perform Singapore Impromptu in the Chinese drama festival in Malaysia, organised by the Dramatic Arts Society (2005)
    • Nominated Best Actor for Singapore DBS Life! Theatre Awards for performance Still Flight (2006)
    • Nominated for Best Production Design for Singapore DBS Life! Theatre Awards for performance Lover’s Words (2005)
    • Invited as the director of performance Lover’s Words to the Chinese Drama Festival (Kunming, China) (2005)
    • Nominated Best Supporting Actor for Singapore DBS Life! Theatre Awards for performance in Ghost (2003)

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