Artistic Director of the HKRep from April 1 2001 to March 31 2008, Fredric Mao has served for a full seven years at the helm of Hong Kong’s flagship theatre company. As of April 1 2008, Mao assumes the title of HKRep’s Director Laureate.
During Mao’s tenure at the HKRep, he has directed a new production of Forever and Ever (2001), Secret of Resurrection and Love in a Fallen City (2002), Sweet & Sour Hong Kong (2003), A Small Family Business (2004),Proof (2005), Dust and Dawn, The Quintessential Cao Yu and Secret of Resurrection (adapted from XXXX) (2007) as HKRep 30th anniversary productions. Among these works, Sweet & Sour Hong Kong, an original musical, was a collaboration among HKRep, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and Hong Kong Dance Company, which was invited in 2004 to appear in Beijing (7th China Theatre Festival) and Shanghai (Shanghai Charity Foundation fundraising performance). In 2005 and 2006, Mao revised and remounted Love in a Fallen City, which then embarked on an international tour visiting Shanghai, Toronto, New York and Beijing, receiving much critical acclaim. Mao sees it as his mission to produce plays of outstanding quality showcasing the “Main Stage” and “Rep 2″ series for the HKRep, creating repertoire that is truly the company’s own.
Fredric Mao obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa. He then launched his acting/directing career with professional theatre companies and film and television productions in the United States. During this decade in America, he worked with the best theatre professionals, and was in the cast of the Broadway production of Pacific Overtures in 1976.
When The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts was established in 1985, Mao joined its School of Drama as Head of Acting, responsible for training up a new generation of local talents. Before his arrival at the HKRep, he directed numerous productions including major works of Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Shaw and Brecht. He has also been a firm believer in supporting and developing original works of Hong Kong, and among his distinguished productions are The Legend of a Storyteller, The Kids, The Wind And The City, The Girl Who Turned The World Upside Down, and Red Boat.
Mao has received numerous awards, among them the “Best Director” title for five times at the Hong Kong Drama Awards and “Artist of the Year 1999″ (Stage Director) from the Hong Kong Artists Guild. In 2004, the Government of the HKSAR conferred upon Mao the Bronze Bauhinia Star in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Hong Kong performing arts scene. He was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2005 for his contribution to the performing arts and the HKAPA in particular, and an Honorary University Fellowship by Hong Kong Baptist University in 2007.