T. Sasitharan (Sasi) is Co-Founder and Director of ITI, formerly the Theatre Training & Research Programme (TTRP). Together with the late Kuo Pao Kun, he conceived and established TTRP in 2000. Prior to that, he was Artistic Director of The Substation from April 1996 to August 2000.
From 1988 to 1996 he was the theatre and visual art critic with The Straits Times, where he also served as the arts editor for ‘Life!’. An important writer and commentator, he has had 14 articles ranging from commentaries on Singapore culture and the arts to reviews of performances, exhibitions, talks and catalogue entries published both in Singapore and abroad. He taught Philosophy at the National University of Singapore from 1983 to 1989.
For more than 30 years, Sasi has been actively involved as an actor/performer and producer in the local theatre scene. One of Singapore’s finest actors, he has performed in more than 25 plays directed by Singaporeans Chandra Lingam, Max Le Blond, Ong Keng Sen and Kuo Pao Kun.
Sasi has been invited to lecture on Theatre, Theatre Training and Education, Theatre Criticism, Aesthetics and Creativity both at home and abroad, including UNESCO’s Forum on Communication and Cultural Expression in the Dominican Republic, the International Association of Theatre Critics in Hong Kong, the Instituto De Estudos Europeus in Macau, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Columbia University, the University of Buffalo, New York, the Shanghai Theatre Academy, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne and the National School of Drama in New Delhi. He has served on the Boards and Panels of several Singaporean and multinational institutions including: The Substation, National Arts Council, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore International Foundation, National Book Development Council and the Asian Arts Network.
Sasi has a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the National University of Singapore.
In 2012, he received the Cultural Medallion, Singapore’s highest honour for artists, from the President. His nomination for the Cultural Medallion was supported by artists of all disciplines in Singapore, and by artists, academics and educators from all over the world.