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Desmond Sim
Desmond Sim
Drama , Speech and Creative Writing

DESMOND SIM is a drama, speech and creative writing trainer, and an  e-commerce entrepreneur.

He had been guest lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic Design School since July 2003 till December 2016. He was an adjunct lecturer at Lasalle College of the Arts from 2006 till 2015. He has also held the position of Associate Artistic Director of ACTION Theatre since April 2004 and ran ACTION Theatre’s Singapore Theatre Oasis – an incubator programme for new and existing Singapore playwrights till 2009. He was, from 1991 till August 2002, an Executive Creative Director and founding partner of The Green House Group, an e-commerce design, marketing & communications firm.
He has since stopped being a full time businessman to lecture, offer consultancy for corporate and brand communications, as well as to work on charity and arts projects.
He has also worked as a Duty Manager in Singapore Airport Terminal Services, and as TheatreWorks very first Playwright-in-Residence, who was instrumental in launching the Writers’ Lab in 1991, which is still run by TheatreWorks today. Desmond has held more than a dozen art exhibitions (eight of them solo), and his paintings were recently acquired by the National Museum for the Peranakan Museum opening in April 2008. In 2009, he wrote two short plays for ACTION Theatre, co-wrote THE WEDDING GAME for Scorpio Pictures and Raintree Productions, and is writing a new play for ACTION Theatre. He continues to conduct playwriting courses for ACTION Theatre’s Theatre Oasis Programme. 


Since his poems were read out on Radio and Television Singapore in primary three (1969), Desmond has been actively involved in creative writing and the arts. Poems, short stories, freelance articles and school publications were just some of the early avenues for his creative drive in secondary school, junior college and the varsity.

Awards and Prizes

In university, Desmond won a place in Japan Airline’s summer session scholarship at Sophia University to study Japanese theatre and art history in 1985.
He also won a research scholarship at NUS to do his Masters in Literature. Later, he went into full-fledged into dramatic writing after winning both first (RED MAN GREEN MAN) and second (STORYTELLER) prize in the NUS/Shell Short Play Competition in 1990. He has also won top prizes in national competitions for short story writing (1989 NBDC Short Story Writing Competition for the story THE NOSE) and poetry (1993 Singapore Literature Prize, Merit Award for the anthology PLACES WHERE I’VE BEEN).
In 1991, he was given a 3 month scholarship on the Fulbright Professional Programme to study and participate in theatres across the USA (New York, Kentucky, Montana and Seattle).
In 2002, Desmond’s play Autumn Tomyum swept three prizes in the Life! Theatre Awards – Best Play, Best Original Script and Best Supporting Actress.





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