Ken Mizusawa is Japanese by birth, a New Zealand playwright by nature and a Singapore civil servant by way of the teaching profession. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at Singapore’s National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, where he teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the English Language and Literature Academic Group.
Formerly, Ken worked at Dunman High School, Singapore, where he was the Subject Head of English and English Coordinator of School-Based Gifted Education (SBGE). In 2004, he was awarded the schoolʼs Most Innovative Teaching Award and in 2005, The Most Outstanding Contribution (Individual) Award for designing and implementing the interdisciplinary Language Arts curriculum, which teaches language in the context of literature, film, media, theatre, politics and philosophy.
In addition to presenting papers and workshops at various national and international conferences, he has conducted a series of Educators’ Workshops for the Asian Film Archive (AFA) and has been a regular guest writer for Lit Up, Singapore!, an annual festival for emerging writers and performers, organised by Word Forward Limited.
Ken works predominantly in youth theatre. His plays have been performed in the Singapore Youth Festival, Singapore Short + Sweet, and Celebrate Drama!. Several have also been shortlisted as well as Highly Commended in the Plays for the Young Competition organized by Playmarket.
He holds a BA (Hons) and MA in English from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Drama and Drama Education and MEd in Drama from NIE.