Noorlinah is an award-winning actress, a teaching artist, creator of public engagement projects and a caregiver to her mother who is diagnosed with dementia. She has delivered talks, participated in panels and workshops as well as created a performance called ‘Recalling Mother’ produced by Checkpoint Theatre to raise awareness on dementia and caregiving.
Since 1988, she has performed and taught in Singapore, Asia, Europe and the United States. Noorlinah is a recipient of the JCCI Cultural Award (2008) and the Women’s Weekly Women of our Time Award (2005) for her contributions to the arts. She obtained her PhD in Arts Education from the University of Warwick in 2013 and was Director of The O.P.E.N., a pre-festival of ideas and public engagement initiative of the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2014-2017).