Guests

Guests

(In alphabetical order by surnames)

AU Yi Man

Au Yi Man is an applied theatre/drama education practitioner, trainer and researcher. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne and a Master of Arts in Applied Drama from University of Exeter. She has taken part in different positions in organising projects, regional and international conferences in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China. She was the Co-chairperson of the Academic Committee of the 6th World Congress of International Drama/Theatre and Education Association held in Hong Kong. Her research interests include applied theatre and drama education, art education, adult experiential learning, pedagogy, as well as NGO capacity building. Currently, she is an Editorial Committee Member of The Journal of Drama and Theatre Education in Asia (DaTEAsia), and the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum (TEFO).

  • Host of Talks on Innovative Practices (2): Documentation and Management

Chris BLOIS-BROOKE

Chris Blois-Brooke is the founder of Dialogue – The Community Performance Network. The recent projects he has completed include managing the multimedia documentation for the International Drama in Education Research Institute, the ASSITEJ World Congress, as well as International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People. He has facilitated participatory documentation of community circus, dance, theatre and storytelling practice in Ethiopia, South Africa, Malawi and Zambia. He also continues to teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate level on topics surrounding performing arts documentation. His practical work includes teaching of theatre-in-education programmes at both the primary and secondary school level in Hong Kong, as well as facilitating theatre workshops for young people in the US, UK, and Zambia. He is also a theatre director with various credits, and he holds a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, as well as a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Social Sciences from Durham University.

  • Speaker of Talks on Innovative Practices (2): Documentation and Management

Anthony CHAN

Assuming the position of Artistic Director at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRep) in 2008, Anthony Chan is among the few distinguished theatre professionals in Asia with expertise not only in playwriting and directing, but also in acting set design, theatre education and stage management. Chan was named Artist of the Year by the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild in 1991. Other accolades include Outstanding Achievements of the Decade (1994) and Outstanding Translator—Silver Jubilee Commemorative Award (2009) from the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies.

To date, his scripts (including translations and adaptations) number more than a hundred; he has directed more than 80 productions and designed sets for 13 shows. His works have received numerous awards from the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies and the Chinese Drama Festival.

Chan obtained his Master of Arts from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is also a former Head of Directing and Playwriting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA). In June 2013, he was made an HKAPA Honorary Fellow. He is currently a member of the China Theatre Association and an Assessor for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals

CHAN Kwok Wai Bernice

Chan Kwok Wai Bernice is currently the General Manager of the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), and an Examiner for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Drama Committee). She is also a Panel Member of the Hong Kong Drama Awards, the Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and the IATC(HK) Critics Awards, as well as an Executive Committee Member of the International Association of Libraries, Museums, Archives and Documentation Centres of the Performing Arts (SIBMAS).

She received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council-University of Leeds-Chevening Scholarships in 2005 and obtained her Master of Arts in Theatre Studies from the University of Leeds (UK). She was also an Art Form Panel Member (Festivals) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (2011–2016), an Advisory Committee Member of School of Drama, the Hong Kong of Academy for Performing Arts (2017–2018), as well as a guest host of Artscritique (2007–2018)and a Radio and Television Hong Kong radio programme. Chan has curated and edited over 50 publishing projects about performing arts. Her recent editorial projects have included Ten Years of A City: Selected Hong Kong Plays (2003–2012), which was awarded the 11th Hong Kong Book Prize in 2018.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Host of Industry Roundtables (1): Publication and Marketing
  • Host of Keynote Speeches (2): Understanding Czech Theatre: Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) as a hub of documentation and mediation

CHAN Lai Shan Mary

Chan Lai Shan Mary founded MCCM Creations, an independent Hong Kong publishing house, in 2001. Before venturing into book publishing, she worked in magazine publishing, arts administration, marketing, branding, advertising and business management in different sectors. She has worked with various organisations ranging from non-profit art and cultural organisations to multi-national corporations.

Chan’s engagement with the arts underlies MCCM’s publishing programmes, which largely pertain to the visual and performing arts. She sees book publishing as a way to integrate text, visual arts and graphic design into a delightful and tactile reading experience. She was awarded a fellowship in the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme in 2002. In 2014, she was honoured by the Hong Kong Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with a Citation Award, in recognition of her commitment to publishing original and inspiring books on art, architecture, design, as well as the visual culture of Hong Kong and neighbouring cities, besides fostering public awareness of issues related to the built environment.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (1): Publication and Marketing

KENG Yi Wei

Keng Yi Wei is the Dramaturg of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts. He was previously the Artistic Director of the Taipei Arts Festival (2012–2017). He is the recipient of a Freundshaftsmedaille and a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Keng is the author of several books including Tips for Story WritingRobert Wilson: The Infinite Power of Lights‚ and The Short History of Modern Mime. He is the translator of Letters to Felice, Empty Space, and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies.

His recent works include The Weight of Art, the opening performance of the exhibition “The Testimony of Food: Ideas and Food” (2015); Laharmpa, a lecture-performance-installation at the exhibition “Alice’s Rabbit Hole – Everyday Life Comprehensible and Incomprehensible” (2016), and the installation I was here last summer when you were not in the exhibition “Arena” (2017), all presented at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (1): Publication and Marketing

LI Chia Chi

Li Chia Chi graduated from the Department of Drama, the National Taiwan College of Arts (now the National Taiwan University of Arts), with a major in Playwriting. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from the Sarah Lawrence College, New York, with a major in Directing. He currently works for the National Performing Arts Center – National Theater and Concert Hall, where he is the Chief Editor of the magazine Performing Arts Review. He was previously the Programme, Sales and Public Relations Manager of the organisation. He has extensive experience in media and publishing and worked for the China Times Group, Chinese Television System and Dai Ai Television. He has taught at the Center for Arts Resources and Educational Outreach of the Taipei National University of the Arts, the Chinese Culture University, as well as other institutions and organisations. He has directed and performed in various theatre productions in Taiwan and New York.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (3): Promotion and Engagement

Cynthia Seanne LUK

Cynthia Seanne Luk is the Archivist at Chung Ying Theatre Company. She is responsible for the setting up of the Chung Ying Archives and works closely with the Company to collect, preserve and promote the use of archival records. Luk is interested in the preservation of cultural heritage and the application of archival techniques to the performing arts. Prior to this position, she worked at The South China Morning Post where she assisted with the management of news archives, research and digitisation project. She received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music and a minor in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master of Arts in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master of Science in Library in Information Management at the University of Hong Kong.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (2): Documentation and Cultural Legacy

MOK Kin Wai Patrick

Dr. Mok Kin Wai Patrick is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong. He received a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Philosophy and a Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has a wide range of research interests including history, heritage and cultural studies, cultural policies, as well as the cultural and creative economy in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

From 2008 to 2014, Mok served as Consultant and Manager at the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HKU) for the development of the “Hong Kong Memory Project”, a digital and research project aimed at the preservation of Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. He was an investigator on a number of projects on digital libraries, copyright research, as well as policy studies on the creative economy, including: “A Study on Hong Kong Design Index” (2010) by the Hong Kong Design Centre; “Study on Macau’s Cultural and Creative Industries Index” (2011–2012) and its follow-up studies (2013–2015), both commissioned by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Host of Talks on Innovative Practices (1): Digital Technology and Its Application

MOK Sio Chong

A theatre critic, playwright, director and event coordinator, Mok Sio Chong has written and directed many productions, including Curry Bone’s Travel, Mong-ha 1849 and The House of the Vagrants. He is also the Co-author of A Gambling World and A Gambling World II, Chief Editor of the quarterly Performing Arts Forum and the website Macau Theatre Reviews, as well as the President of the Macao Theatre Culture Institute.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (2): Documentation and Cultural Legacy

POON Sze Wan Janice

Poon Sze Wan Janice is a Senior Lecturer (Playwriting and Dramaturgy) and Academic Project Officer in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She is also the Artistic Director of Hong Kong Dramatists, as well as a veteran theatre artist and cultural practitioner engaged in cross disciplinary playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, curating and theatre making. Her work has been recognised by the Asian Cultural Council Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British Government’s Chevening Scholarship. Devoted to cultural exchange between Hong Kong and the international theatre scene, Poon has been a Resident Artist at the Lark Play Development Center in New York and the Odin Teatret in Holstebro, Denmark, as well as a frequent speaker and facilitator at international theatre conferences and festivals. Her works have been presented in major cities in Europe, the US, Mainland China and other regions in Asia. Small Waisted (2016) won the Multi-cultural Short Plays Competition organised by the International Theatre Institute of UNESCO.

  • Host of Industry Roundtables (2): Documentation and Cultural Legacy

POON Pik Wan Priscilla

Poon Pik Wan Priscilla is an editor, actor and playwright with a Master of Arts in Chinese from Lingnan University. She has performed in more than a hundred productions and written a number of plays produced by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRep). She was a prize winner in the Awards for Creative Writing in Chinese 2014 for her novel A Luncheon Meat on Blue Danube. Poon is currently Manager (Theatre Literature and Projects) of HKRep. She is the Chief Editor of many of HKRep’s theatre publications and Founding Editor of its quarterly magazine Repazine. She is the Chief Editor of 40 Dialogues on Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Development 19772017 written by Chan Kin Bun, which received the “Publishing Award” in the Arts and Design category in the Hong Kong Publishing Biennial Awards 2019. She is currently an Assessor for the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (2): Documentation and Cultural Legacy
  • Host of Industry Roundtables (3): Promotion and Engagement

Jeffrey SHAW

Professor Jeffrey Shaw has been one of the leading figures in new media art since the 1960s. In a prolific body of widely exhibited and critically acclaimed works he has pioneered and set benchmarks for the creative use of digital media technologies in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, immersive visualisation environments, digital cultural heritage and interactive narrative. Shaw was the Founding Director of the ZKM Institute for Visual Media Karlsruhe, Germany (1991–2002) and Co-founding Director of the University of New South Wales Australia iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research (2003–present). From 2009 to 2016 Shaw was Dean of the School of Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He is currently Endowed Chair Professor of Media Art and Director of the Centre for Applied Computing and Interactive Media (Hong Kong, Chengdu) of CityU. Shaw’s numerous awards include the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Visionary Pioneer of Media Art, Linz, Austria, 2015.

  • Speaker of Talks on Innovative Practices (1): Digital Technology and Its Application

Ondrĕj SVOBODA

Ondrĕj Svoboda graduated from the University of Olomouc. He has been working in the Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) since 1997 and has been a Deputy Director of the Theatre Institute since 2004. He has created and implemented several projects focused on digitisation and databases for theatre documentation.

He directed “Theatre Architecture in Central Europe” (2008–2011), an international collaboration through which an online database of theatre architecture was developed. He also directed Preservation and Presentation of the “Cultural Heritage of Czech and World Theatre” (2009–2011), a digitialisation project that focused on processing the extensive photographic archive of Czech theatre housed in the ATI, as well as its follow-up project “Virtual Study”, a comprehensive online interface enabling access to all the institute’s information databases and digitised materials.

He also participated in the international project “European Route of Historic Theatres” (2012–2017), which researches and promotes the historic theatres across Europe. He has taken part in several editions of the Prague Quadrennial as the head of documentation (2007, 2011) and EU project consultant (2011, 2015, 2019).

  • Speaker of Keynote Speeches (2): Understanding Czech Theatre: Arts and Theatre Institute (ATI) as a hub of documentation and mediation

TAM Lai Man Amanda

Born and raised in Macau, Tam Lai Man Amanda received her university degree in Business and Hotel Management. She first worked in the hotel industry and then in human resources management. In 2002, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and joined the newly opened kubrick that same year.

The main line of business at kubrick in the early days was selling books and coffee. Later on, kubrick expanded its business into other areas such as publishing, cultural activities and art sales in Hong Kong, while cultivating similar interests in Mainland China. Today, kubrick operates five stores in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (1): Publication and Marketing

Paul TISCHLER

Born 1981 in Berlin, Paul Tischler studied history at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Information and Communication at SRH-Hochschule Berlin. From 2006 to 2011, he was the Marketing Director of Theater der Zeit. Since 2011, he has been a managing partner of Theater der Zeit in Berlin. He co-founded the bookstore Einar & Bert in 2014 and founded www.stagebooks.shop in 2017. In 2017, he received a special achievement award from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media for his work with Einar & Bert in the curation of cultural programme, promotion of reading and/or literature, literary assortment and its innovative business model. In 2019, Theater der Zeit received an award from the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media for its outstanding achievements as an independent publishing house.

  • Speaker of Keynote Speeches (1): Creativity and Challenges of Performing Arts Publication

Henrik VESTERGAARD

Henrik Vestergaard is the Director of Live Art Denmark, which he co-founded with Ellen Friis in 2004. The organisation has collaborated with more than 250 artists, and organised 15 festivals and 100 events, actively involving older as well as younger citizens. The organisation’s clients and partners include municipalities, libraries, companies, art halls, cultural organisations, as well as museums and theatres in Denmark and abroad. Live Art Denmark presents its own productions and other companies’ works and designs live situations that invite citizens of all ages to participate in the thinking, creation of, and discussion of art and society. Since its establishment, the organisation has worked on documenting its performances in text, photo, video and since 2016 it has utilised virtual reality in its documentation work. Live Art Denmark hopes to employ the technology as a starting point for the development of a literature and research in the field that will have a positive impact on artists’ activities.

  • Speaker of Talks on Innovative Practices (1): Digital Technology and Its Application

WU Ming Yiu Dennis

As the Associate Marketing Director of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wu Ming Yiu Dennis takes a leadership role in digital marketing initiatives for the festival. He worked as a business analyst for a number of years before taking up this role and a mentor with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks mentorship programme, in which he assisted an incubating technology company. As well as being a technical expert, Wu has a career as a classical music specialist, having graduated with a Master of Music from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has given many classical music appreciation talks and actively curates outreach programmes for classical music.

  • Speaker of Talks on Innovative Practices (2): Documentation and Management

WU Yun

Wu Yun graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in History from Nanjing University. She is currently Deputy General Manager of the China Theatre Press where she oversees editorial management and Vice President of the Beijing Xiqu Pinglun Academy. She taught at Shandong Normal University from 1996 to 2000. Between 2003 and 2015, she was Head of Department and later Deputy Editor at the Social Sciences Academic Press and the China Social Science Press, both subsidiaries of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. She has published a number of scholarly essays on different topics such as publishing, social media and theatre publications in the age of new media.

  • Panel of Call for Creative Proposals
  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (1): Publication and Marketing

XIN Ying

Born in 1986, Xin Ying graduated from Shanghai Normal University with a major in Applied Psychology. She is a member of the Shanghai Literature and Art Critics Association, as well as the Editor of the magazine Shanghai Theatre. In addition to her work for theatre publications and event planning, she has published a variety of articles and taken part in various research projects on theatre and opera in Shanghai. She received an award for editorial excellence at the Tian Han Drama Awards.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (3): Promotion and Engagement

YAN Pat To

Yan Pat To is a playwright, director, writer and educator active in Hong Kong and Germany. He received his Master of Arts in Playwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London and graduated with distinction. He is currently Artistic Director of Reframe Theatre, a Lecturer (Dramaturgy) in the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the elected Council Member (Literary Arts) and Art Form Group (Literary Arts) Chairman at the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His play A Concise History of Future China was selected by 2016 Berliner Festspiele Theatertreffen Stückemarkt as one of the five theatrical works presented. It is the first ethnic Chinese play ever selected, and the German production will be premiered by the Staatsschauspiel Saarbrücken in 2020 and then staged by the Theater Lübeck in 2021. Yan was a resident artist at the Munich Residenztheater in 2018 with the commissioned work Happily Ever After Nuclear Explosion, which was performed in Hong Kong and Korea in 2019. The play was nominated for Best Play at the 12th Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and is invited for performance at CINARS Biennale 2020 in Canada. His earlier work White Blaze of the Morning was awarded Best Play at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre, and he was nominated for Director of the Year at the IATC(HK) Critics Awards 2019 for Goldfish of Berlin.

  • Host of Keynote Speeches (1): Creativity and Challenges of Performing Arts Publication

YANG Xiao Luan

A theatre advocate, critic and veteran performer, Yang Xiao Luan is the Founder of “Theatre-Go-Round”, an influential We-media platform serving theatre in Mainland China. He is a member of the Guangzhou Literature and Art Critics Association, founder of and mentor at the Guangzhou Youth Critics Group, as well as a Permanent Nominating Committee Member for the Chinese Theatre Awards. He has over a decade of experience in the performing arts and was previously the Programme Director of the Guangdong Performing Arts Center Grand Theatre. He has worked on more than 100 theatre productions in different Mainland Chinese cities including Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Speaker of Industry Roundtables (3): Promotion and Engagement