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Drama Box director hopes to be arts NMP

A prominent Singapore theatre practitioner has signalled his interest to represent the arts in Parliament. Kok Heng Leun, the artistic director at Drama Box, is hoping to step into the shoes of current Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Janice Koh.

SINGAPORE: A prominent Singapore theatre practitioner has signalled his interest to represent the arts in Parliament.

Kok Heng Leun, the artistic director at Drama Box, is hoping to step into the shoes of current Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Janice Koh when she steps down at the end of her term in August.

Mr Kok, 48, has directed over 60 plays and received the Young Artist Award in 2000 from the National Arts Council (NAC). He was also recognised with the Outstanding Young Person (Culture) award in 2006 for his contribution to the local arts scene.

On the Dramabox website, Mr Kok was described as an active advocate of "cultural exchanges and dialogues among artists and cultural workers in the region as well as internationally".

When contacted, Mr Kok said he had "no specific issues" he wants to champion at the moment, but will consider this more deeply if he is selected.

He will present himself as a candidate when the arts community meets at a town hall meeting on May 10.

The shortlisted candidate will subsequently be presented to the chairman of the NAC, who is the appointed representative for the Arts, Media and Sports functional group.

Selected candidates will then be nominated for the NMP position to represent these sectors.

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