Photo by Jemima Yong

KEI FRANKLIN (b. 1993)

Kei (pronounced like a key) is a writer, performance-maker, facilitator, musician, and researcher working at the intersection of culture and the environment. Concerned with questions of power, identity, and justice, she designs interventions that speak to the systemic, cultural, and psychological roots of our current planetary moment. In her free time, she enjoys creating immersive experiences that explore the intersections of performance, dialogue, movement, and sound.

She grew up in a lively family amidst the music of New Orleans, Louisiana, and in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico (USA). She spent three years in eSwatini, and has called Singapore home since 2013. She was a scholar at the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa in eSwatini, and graduated as part of the inaugural class of Yale-NUS College in Singapore.