Roger Jenkins is a Singaporean storyteller whose discovery of oral telling in 1998 re-routed a successful career that had combined theatre and teaching. Winner of the Best Storyteller Award (Kanoon International Festival, Iran 2013) Roger has performed in Festivals in a dozen countries, from Bahrain to Thailand, Kenya to UK.
His teaching has led to work with diverse groups of people: students aged 8 - 18 (and teachers galore!) plus organisations including Allianz, ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific, Google, Maritime Port Authority, Procter & Gamble and the Institute of Mental Heal (helping patients in recovery share their stories.) Roger has a long association with the hearing-impaired community (since using theatre to tell their in the 1980’s) and he is an advocate for access in the arts. He has conducted story workshops for the vison-impaired and the Inclusive Young Company, a Singaporean theatre for actors with disabilities.
Like Sheila, a founding member of the Storytelling Association (Singapore), Roger subsequently founded the 398.2 Storytelling Festival (2015) which celebrates its 9th year this September, before co-founding FEAST in 2018 to support storytellers throughout Asia and beyond by creating an on-line community of tellers sharing their expertise and stories.
A published poet, Roger won the 1995 Singapore Literature Prize for From The Belly of the Carp, a collection of poems inspired by the Singapore River.