Nabilah Said is a playwright, arts writer, editor and poet whose plays have been staged in Singapore and London. She is the founder of Main Tulis Group, a collective of playwrights writing in Malay and English. In 2018, she co-founded Lazy Native, an international theatre collective that champions Southeast Asian narratives. She is the writer-in-residence for Sing Lit Station in 2018/2019.
Her most recent work, Inside Voices, a dark comedy about Singaporean Muslim women, won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work at London’s VAULT Festival, and enjoyed a sold-out six-show run at the Festival in January 2019. It was also published by Nick Hern Books. Nabilah also presented two new original works at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019: festival commission, ANGKAT: A Definitive, Alternative, Reclaimed Narrative of a Native, and a collaboration with Bhumi Collective titled yesterday it rained salt. Past work include Drip, a play presented by The Necessary Stage as part of their debut The Orange Production platform in 2017, and Tart, a short play presented by Teater Ekamatra in 2015.
Nabilah's research interests lie at the intersection of gender, race and religion; shifting and minority communities; and dislocations and relocations of personal and geographic histories. Written in English and Malay, her plays bristle with dark humour and are universal yet grounded in the reality and specificity of the Singapore and Malay-Muslim experience.
Nabilah was the artist-in-residence for Teater Ekamatra in 2016/2017. In 2015, she was chosen by the National Arts Council to represent Singapore for the Southeast Asia Literary Council drama retreat held in Indonesia. She was also selected for the Boiler Room incubation programme cycle 2015 at Centre 42 in Singapore.
Nabilah writes reviews and contributes to Exeunt Magazine, ArtsEquator and Esplanade.com. Her short stories and poems have been published in anthologies by Math Paper Press and Ethos Books. She is also a freelance editor and copywriter with corporate clients such as SCENE SHANG, Prep Luxe and Skyscanner. From 2014 to 2017, she was an arts correspondent with The Straits Times, covering the arts, heritage and lifestyle scene in Singapore. Nabilah was also a communications professional with the Singapore Art Museum, National Heritage Board and various creative agencies in Singapore.
She holds an M.A. in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London, as a recipient of the Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.