Who is Shou Chen

Tan Shou Chen 陈寿臣 is an actor and theatre practitioner known for his versatility. With credits that span music, theatre, film, TV, and radio. Shou Chen is part of a new generation of Singaporean theatremakers: passionately focused; outward looking and locally engaged.

Photo by Chris Yap

Photo by Chris Yap

Picked by The Straits Times as one of S’pore’s 30 under 30 talents to look out for, Shou Chen has tackled leading and supporting roles in numerous critically acclaimed productions. Selected theatre credits include: ‘Tung Chih’ opposite Kit Chan in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress (2017); Itsy The Musical (2017); Grandmother Tongue by W!LD Rice (2017, 2016); Treasure Island by SRT The Little Company (2015);  Rising Son by The Singapore Repertory Theatre (2014)Dreamplay: Asian Boys: Volume 1 by W!LD Rice (2013)Ashputtel, The Story of Cinderella (2012); 远角Afar, by Drama Box and The Perfection of 10, by Sean Tobin, both for the Esplanade Theatre Studios 2012 season; Fabian in Twelfth Night by Singapore Repertory Theatre (2012); Bao in Singapore Repertory Theatre’s Little Company’s original George Stiles and Anthony Drewe musical Three Little Pigs (2012); Chong Tze Chien’s Charged (2010, 2011) Dill in Toy Factory’s rendition of To Kill A Mocking Bird (2010); Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (COLLAB, 2010); Cheng in W!LD Rice’s Cinderel-lah (2010); a main cast in Chestnuts Does Christmas (2009), part of that performance went viral with the youtube video of the “12 Days of Ris-mas”; the lead role of Prince Anura in I Theatre’s exuberant production of Duck and Dive (2009); Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, part of the S’pore Arts Festival ’08; the title role of The Hypochondriac (2008) and Gabriel in Mad Forest (2007), both as a pioneer member of the award-winning young & W!LD by WI!D RICE; The Necessary Stage’s Off Centre (2007); The Arts House production of A Broadway Christmas Carol (2005) and W!LD RICE’s Landmarks: Asian Boys Vol 2 (2004).

Shou Chen began his work as a director with the inaugural The Substation’s Directors’ Lab 2013, under mentors Jeremiah Choy (Orange Dot), Tua Pradit Prasartthong (Annata Theatre Troupe, Bangkok), Alvin Tan (The Necessary Stage), and Danny Yung (Zuni Icosahedron, Hong Kong). He chose to present a staging of Euripedes’ Medea as his directorial debut. Since his debut, he directed the NUS Arts Festival opening show in 2015, Words and Music featuring music by Jeremy Monteiro and book by Wang Liansheng and a dramatised reading of Singapore’s first English language plays under The Esplanade Studios 50. His directorial work, Now Then Again for the NUS Arts Festival 2016 was received with wide accolades. He is currently developing an original work with Bangkok Artist Jaturachai Srichanwapen: Open Waters, which is supported by the Singapore National Arts Council Creation Grant and C42. He has directed a community tour for Theatreworks called “Mixed”. He also mentored Singapore Managment University’ StageIt student organization: serving as creative director for their production of The Optic Trilogy, and mentored 4 student directors to stage the work.

On TV, Shou Chen is most recently seen playing Terence on Faculty (Channel 5). He is also known as Joshua Tan in the MediaCorp Channel 5 sit-com Rules of Tham (directed by Gavin Lim), which also stars Kimberly Chia, Joakim Gomez Erin Lim and Edwin Goh. Other selected TV and film credits include: MediaCorp’s Channel 5 Code of Law (S1) (guest starred in feature role Lawrence Tan, Episode 7, directed by Ler, 2012), Love and Other Bad Habits 爱与其它坏习惯 as JJ opposite Zoe Tay, Chen Hanwei, and Kym Ng (directed by TJ Lee); the musical Movie Poster (directed by Yenn Teo, part of How We Met); Boo Junfeng’s Pink Dot 2011 video; and more.

Shou Chen is also a well-known voice in Singapore. As a DJ/producer-presenter for then WKRZ91.3FM, he co-hosted a regular evening show and produced current affair segments for the English music radio station. As a voice over talent, his work can be heard in commercials, and documentaries. A particularly memorable character he had the privilege of voicing was the lead role of Singa (Possibicity) in the 2007 National Day Parade. As a host, he is comfortable in both intimate and large crowds. Hosting credits include: NTUC May Day Rally (2006); F&N and BRAND’S Media Events (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012) to name a few.

Shou Chen serves on the Board of Directors for Teater Ekamatra.

Full CV is available, kindly get in touch via www.facebook.com/shouchentan

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