Ken Mizusawa is a Lecturer in the English Language and Literature Academic Group and Programme Leader for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Literature at the National Institute of Education (NIE), an institute of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a teacher educator, education researcher, and a playwright represented by Playmarket, New Zealand.
Ken’s play collection, The Boy Who Caused 9/11 and Other Plays (Red Wheelbarrow Books 2013), includes two works that were Highly Commended (That Time. That Place. and Touched with Fire) and one that was shortlisted (Free Fall) for Playmarket’s Plays for the Young 2009. The Ice Cream Truck, Free Fall, and The End were selected for performance in Singapore Short + Sweet, a ten-minute play festival 2007 and 2008. His full-length play, Why Do We Do What We Do?, was shortlisted for the Adam NZ Play Award 2015.
Ken has also published several education titles, two of which were Finalists for Best Education Title in the SBPA (Singapore Book Publishers Association) Book Awards 2019. He has co-authored the two-volume, Integrating Language and Literature (2016), and authored, Mastering Visual Literacy (2018). He is the editor of Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed (2018), a Singapore drama anthology cum lower secondary textbook designed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore. This publication has now been adopted as a set text by over 45 Singapore schools.
In 2017, Ken received the Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award from NIE. He was also an external consultant on the MOE’s Literature in English Teaching Syllabus 2019.