Nabilah Said is a playwright, arts writer, editor and poet. She holds an M.A. in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London, as a recipient of the Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Her 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, and Lazy Native, a theatre collective that champions Southeast Asian narratives. She is also the writer-in-residence for Sing Lit Station in 2018/2019.
Nabilah’s most recent work is Inside Voices, a dark comedy about Singaporean Muslim women which had a sold-out six-show run at London’s VAULT Festival 2019. It was also published by Nick Hern Books. She presented two new original works at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2019 including 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.
In 2019/2020, Nabilah will be part of Projek Bahasa Pengarah (Director's Language Project 2), initiated by Akulah Bimbo Sakti and Malay Heritage Centre. This is a year-long incubation programme for directors to develop and articulate an interdisciplinary directing language.
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 both 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. From 2014 to 2017, she was a correspondent with The Straits Times, covering the arts and culture scene in Singapore. Prior to becoming a journalist, Nabilah worked in the cultural and visual arts sector for four years. She is also a freelance editor and copywriter.