Born on 18th July 1977, Alfian bin Sa'at was educated in Tampines Primary School, Raffles Institution, Raffles Junior College and the National University of Singapore.He was the Chairman of Raffles Players Drama Society in RI and RJC, where he received the Kripalani Award for Outstanding Contribution to Creative Arts.
His plays include Fighting (1994), performed by The Necessary Stage Theatre for Youth Ensemble, Yesterday My Classmate Died (1997), performed by The Creative Arts Alumni, and Black Boards, White Walls (1997) performed by The Necessary Stage. Alfian has also written Malay plays which were all performed by Teater Ekamatra: Dongeng (Myth, 1997), Deklamasi Malas (Declamation of Indolence, 1997), Causeway (1998), Madu II (Polygamy, 1998) and Anak Bulan di Kampung Wak' Hassan (The New Moon at Kampung Wak' Hassan, 1998). He published a volume of poems, One Fierce Hour, which was voted by Life! as one of the top ten books 1998. In the same year, he received the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award for his collection of short stories: Corridor and Other Stories. His poems have been published in the RJC publication Tributaries and local indie rock magazine, BigO.