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HARESH SHARMA

Haresh has been the Resident Playwright of The Necessary Stage since 1990. He was awarded the cultural Medallion in 2015. To date, he has written more than 100 plays which have been staged in over 20 cities. His play, Off centre, was selected by the Ministry of Education as a Literature text for ‘N’ and ‘O’ Levels.

Haresh has 10 publications of his plays, including Trilogy, Shorts 1, Shorts 2 and Don’t Forget to Remember Me. His works have been translated into Malay, Mandarin, Greek and Italian. He was awarded Best Original Script for Fundamentally Happy, Good People and Gemuk Girls at the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Life! Theatre Awards respectively.

He has participated in several writers’ festivals including the inaugural Singapore Literature Festival in New York (2014), the New Delhi Book World Fair(2015), the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2014) and the Hong Kong Literary Festival (2015).

Haresh is the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious Goldberg Master Playwright by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2011. In 2014, he was conferred the Southeast Asian Writers (or S.E.A. Write) Award (Singapore), which recognises and honours literary excellence in the ASEAN region.

Haresh was the Playwright of the 2011 National Day Parade Show and the Researcher/co-conceptualiser of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games Opening and closing ceremonies.