Swee Yean has been a storyteller for 14 years. She was formerly a secondary school teacher with specialised training in Speech and Drama and Public Speaking. She taught English to students ranging from those with low self-esteem and poor learning abilities to the gifted and motivated high achievers.She began to tell stories in the classroom as a means to promote change in behaviour and attitudes. Her students looked forward to the daily dose of stories before they began their academic studies. Gradually, she moved on to telling stories professionally. There is a famous saying, “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Swee Yean is able to use stories to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere with her audience. Through songs and audience interaction, her stories teach in non-didactic ways, stirring up the moral imagination and creating gentle positive change.
Swee Yean has performed commissioned works for the Singapore Land Authority, the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Malay Heritage Centre and more. She has also provided customised workshops for organizations such as the Ministry of Education, Singapore Discovery Centre, National Library Board, pre-schools, government schools and churches.
Being fluent in the Mandarin, Swee Yean has taught storytelling skills to pre-school Mandarin teachers and performed in neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Taiwan. Recently, she worked with senior citizens in a Silver Arts Project commissioned by the National Arts Council to preserve the oral heritage of the Chinese community.
Swee Yean is the current President of the Storytelling Association (Singapore).
Swee Yean can offer:
Performances and workshops for Singapore primary and secondary schools, kindergarten, nursery and pre-schools
Performances in public places like the museum
Storytelling skills training for youth and adults
Storytelling techniques for parents, librarians and volunteer readers
Storytelling programmes for families and community organizations
Customized performances based on specific themes e.g. racial harmony, character building etc.
Workshops on oral communication skills and drama techniques
To contact Swee Yean:
HP: +65 9852 8440