Sheila Wee has been a professional storyteller for 20 years, and because of her work in pioneering the revival of storytelling in Singapore, has been described by Dr Margaret Read MacDonald, as a Godmother of Singapore storytelling.
Sheila co-founded Singapore’s first storytelling circle and its first professional storytelling company. She was instrumental in the development and organisation of the Asian Congress of Storytellers and the International Storytelling Showcases (from 2000 to 2009) which in 2006 were rebranded as the Singapore International Storytelling Festival. Sheila is a founding Professional Member and Committee Member, a 4 term President, 3 term Vice-President and the current Workshop Chair of the Storytelling Association (Singapore).
Sheila was a pioneer of storytelling to both child and adult audiences in Singapore. She is comfortable telling to both small and large audiences of all ages and is adept at varying her storytelling style according to her audience. Her storytelling has been described variously, as warm, engaging, elegant and captivating.
Sheila’s storytelling experience is deep and wide-ranging. She has curated and performed exhibit specific performances for museums, trained tourist guides and docents for museums and art galleries to use storytelling in their tours, trained teachers and lecturers to use storytelling in their teaching and corporate, military and civil service leaders in the use of storytelling as an organisational tool.
As well as running her storytelling company Storywise, Sheila is a director of Story Connection, a non-profit company she set up with fellow storyteller Roger Jenkins, to run the annual the 398.2 Storytelling Festival, the Storytelling Carnival @ Enabling Village and other community storytelling events. Shew is also a founding director of FEAST (Federation of Asian Storytellers)an international non-profit which supports Asian storytellers and promotes the development of storytelling in Asia.
Sheila’s international work as a performer and workshop leader has taken her to Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the UK and Vietnam.
Sheila’s highly practical workshops have garnered consistently high ratings from participants. Her clients include ST Electronics – Centre for Management Development, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy–NUS, Yale-NUS, SMU, SIT, The National Gallery, Singapore Tourism Board, MND, HDB, MOE, ECDA, WWF, Ezy-Link and Aventis School of Management.
She has been running the Introduction to Storytelling Course since 1999 and conducts quarterly seminars on organisational storytelling for Aventis School of Management.
How to Contact Sheila:
Tel: (65) 6258 3307