Yuen De Wei graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature. He then went on to complete his Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University.
De Wei joined SOTA as a Literature teacher envious of the opportunities his students get in honing their artistic talents in the unique environment of a pre-tertiary arts institution. Now a frequent theatre-goer, De Wei recalls how he went from being forced to take part in numerous public speaking and drama competitions during his primary and secondary school days, to very voluntarily auditioning to be a part of his junior college’s Drama Elective Programme. It was De Wei’s junior college days that cemented his passion for the theatre as the excitement of live performance never fails to enamour him.
De Wei went on to read English Literature at university, and, while doing so, signed up for every imaginable theatre module that would count towards his graduation requirements, and eventually even wrote an interdisciplinary honours thesis titled, Seeing Asian Shakespeare Performance as a Play-within-a-Play.
In case concerned individuals suspect that he has joined the wrong department, De Wei would like to reassure everyone reading this that he is as passionate and as qualified in Literature, and in teaching Literature, as he is in appreciating theatre. In fact, teaching at SOTA allows De Wei to tap on the artistic dispositions of his students, such that they come to realise that Literature is not all that divorced from the various performance, visual, and literary art forms. He has also undergone International Baccaulaureate's specialised training in teaching Literature and Performance.
Ultimately, it is De Wei’s belief that the study of Literature should be defined not just by textual analysis, but rather, one is learning how to become more sensitive towards the language that one creates, and that others produce.