Mr. Sean Tobin

M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Artistic Director Singapore


Sean Tobin is a Singapore-based Theatre-Maker and Educator from Australia, who has a passion for experimentation, engagement and education in the Arts.

2015 is Sean’s first year as Artistic Director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival but he is no stranger to the festival. His works have been featured in the Fringe previously; namely What Did You Learn Today? (2011) and Tongues (2012).

In the past, Sean was Artistic Director of SOTA Festival of Arts (2011), The Necessary Community Festival (2001), M1 Youth Connection (2001 – 2003), M1 Theatre Connect (2004), On The Verge (1999) and Spoke ’98 (1998).

Sean enjoys creating interdisciplinary devised theatre. His directing credits include TheatreWorks’ recent touring production of Marco Polo (2014), by Jovi Tan and The Perfection of 10 (Esplanade Studios 2012), presented as part of Esplande’s The Studios. As former Associate Artistic Director of The Necessary Stage (2001 – 2004) he directed the productions Such Sweet Sorrow, Sing Song, Oh Man!, Close In My Face, Fires Within Fires and Ah Boy and The Beanstalk. Sean also writes and performs for the stage, and is a teacher, speaker and consultant in theatre and education.

Since 2009, Sean has been Head of the Theatre faculty at School of the Arts, Singapore and maintains this position to his role in the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival.

Curatorial Statement:

Sean Tobin is currently the Artistic Director of the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, which is a thematically curated Festival of theatre, dance, music, visual art and hybrid art forms from Singapore and around the world.

We have a persuasion towards emerging and progressive practices, and smaller scale works that are presented in intimate studio spaces. Dance and Physical Theatre companies that have been featured in the Singapore Fringe over the past 12 years include T.H.E. Dance Company (Singapore), DIN A 13 Tanzcompany (Germany), A.lter S.essio (France | Japan), Muse Motion | Performer Studio (Hong Kong), Compagnie Khan (France), Isabel Croxatto Dance Company (Chile), Delfos Contemporary Dance (Mexico), Daniel Leveille Danse (Canada), Joji Inc. (Belgium), Zerogrammi (Italy), RAWdance (USA), and Pappas & Dancers (USA).

The theme for the Singapore Fringe 2016 is Art & The Animal, so we are particularly interested in works that may fit well with that theme. The Theme for 2017 is still being decided.