Anthony Chan is among the few distinguished theatre professionals with expertise in not only playwriting and directing but also set design, theatre education and stage management. His scripts (including translations and adaptations) number more than 100; he has directed 69 productions and designed sets for 13 shows. A former Head of Directing and Playwriting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts who served for 19 years at the institution, he has dedicated himself to nurturing a new generation of playwrights and directors. He also devised the curriculum for the M.F.A. degree in Drama (Directing) before his departure from the HKAPA.
A frequent award-winner, Chan was the 1991 Artists of the Year from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild. Other accolades include “Outstanding Achievements of the Decade” in 1994 and “Outstanding Translator—Silver Jubilee Commemorative Award” in 2009 from the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies.
His scripts cover a wide range of topics, each a microcosm of dramatic mastery. Metamorphosis under the Stars has been frequently revived in the past two decades; Formula of the Thunderstorm won Best Performance at the 2000 Hong Kong Drama Awards. He adapted Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus and created Reverie on an Empire and A Bowlful of Kindness. All of these works reveal Chan’s unique perspective and his ability to shape words for the stage, and his enthusiasm and talent in the dramatic arts.
His works have been performed frequently overseas, in cities such as Edinburgh, London, France, Tarascon, Bordeaux, Toronto, Melbourne, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Since assuming the position of Artistic Director at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in 2008, Anthony has led the following productions: Field of Dreams (playwright, director), Caligula (translator, director), A Flea in Her Ear (adaptation, director), Boundless Movement (director), Cao Yu’s Last Soliloquy (playwright), Dr. Faustus (adaptation, director), Reverie of an Empire (playwright), A Bowlful of Kindness (playwright, director), 18/F Flat C (director) , Wait Until Dark (adaptation, director), Hello, Dolly! (adaptation, director), Wolf in the House (director), The Imaginary Invalid (translator), 1894 Hong Kong Plague(co-playwright) and Footprints in the Snow (playwright, re-run director). He is dedicated to the artistic mission of the HKREP. Apart from contributing his talents in playwriting, directing and management, he has been an avid supporter of the development of local original dramas, theatre education and international exchange. Always keen to discover a new generation of theatre artists, he brings the HKREP onto new milestones.
Anthony obtained his M.A. from the University of Colorado at Denver, having received prior training in theatre, art and design. He was made Honorary Fellowship of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in June 2013. He is currently a member of the China Theatre Association and an assessor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.