Seward, Brian (Singapore)

Originally trained in science, with a BSc (honours) in Botany, Brian changed direction a decade later by gaining a post-graduate degree in secondary teaching, specialising in Drama and English. From there he worked as Head of Drama in a secondary school in Harlow, Essex. Since 1995 he has worked in Singapore teaching drama, helping schools to put on productions, writing and directing plays, and occasionally acting.

Since 1999 he has directed, written and produced on average four professional productions a year as Artistic Director and founder of I Theatre; including Singapore’s first full-length puppet and live action musical, The Magic Paintbrush. The Asian themed Dancing with Dragons played to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival 2004, followed by The Rainbow Fish and Under the Dragon Moon in 2007. Other productions appearing outside Singapore include; The Rainbow Fish in India and Australia; The Acorn and Dancing with Dragons in Malaysia, The Little Red Hen in New Jersey, USA.

His first children’s book - The Magic Paintbrush - was published by Marshall Cavendish International in May 2004.