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Shannen Tan is an actor and theatre practitioner. She trained under the tutelage of Edith Podesta in the 5th cohort of Wild Rice's training arm, young & wild. She graduated as a Psychology and Theatre Studies graduate from NUS and did her thesis on the psychology of acting. 


Her recent self-produced, co-devised, and performed play Lotus Root Support Group at 72-13 enjoyed a sold-out run and was featured on Channel News Asia. 

Her other acting and stage credits include: Web of Deceit by Paper Monkey Theatre, Fat Kids are Harder to Kidnap, Caught by Singapore Repertory Theatre, Anything Can Happen / Something Must Happen by Wild Rice, The Old Woman and the Ox by Second Breakfast Company, Toy Factory Productions’ The Wright Stuff: A Piece of Cake and M1 Fringe Festival’s Pretty Butch by Tan Liting.

She has also dabbled in the field of performance art. Her most recent foray was Heman Chong's durational performance, everything (Wikipedia) curated by Singapore Art Museum at the National Gallery of Singapore. 


Apart from theatre, she makes various appearances in films and music videos. She also continues to host for a variety of companies and events such as OH! Open House, Asian Film Archive and Gillman Barracks: Art after Dark. She also believes in continuous training and spent her pandemic years completing Knight-Thompson Speechwork Courses. 





  • Experiencing Accents Simon Masterson and Linda Nicholls-Gidley (Knight-Thompson Speechwork)

  • Phonetics Intensive with Simon Masterson and Linda Nicholls-Gidley (Knight-Thompson Speechwork)

  • Experiencing Speech with Simon Masterson and Linda Nicholls-Gidley (Knight-Thompson Speechwork)

  • Young and Wild (Edith Podesta - Viewpoints, Laban, Devising, Voice work)

  • Puppet Making Course (Beng Tian from The Finger Players) 

  • Introduction to Physical Theatre (Yazid Jalil) 

  • Embodiment 体现 - Beyond Creativity, Embodied Theatre (Ang Gey Pin)

  • Suzuki Method of Actor Training (Nine Years Theatre)

  • Introduction and Beginner's Course to Contemporary Dance (Completed Twice) (Sigma Contemporary)


  • American Council on Exercise Personal Training Certified


  • Backlogues: Vocal Clinic for Studio Recording by Serene Chen and Artwave Studio

  • Performing Shakespeare by Simon Purse

  • Exploring the Work of Jacques Lecoq by Laura Hayes

  • Playwriting Workshops with award-winning UK-based playwright Kaite O' Reilly

  • Speaking and Moving: Workshop for Your Voice by Koh Wan Ching

  • Directing Masterclass with Steven Dexter


Double Major in Psychology and Theatre Studies (Distinction with Honours)

Thesis: To Be or Not To Be - The Effect of Emotional Memory on Acting Performance and its Aftereffects on the Actor 

Relevant Training/Modules:

  • Voice Studies and Production (Nora Samosir)

  • As If: Actors & Acting (Nora Samosir; Sharon Frese)

  • Play Production (Felipe Cevera)

  • Professional Theatre Internship (The Necessary Stage)

  • Making Contemporary Performance (Natalie Hennedige)

  • Introduction to Playwriting (Faith Ng)

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