Roy Szeto received an MFA in Directing from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Drama, where he currently serves as Associate Professor (Directing). Recent productions he’s directed include Hu Xueyan, my Dear (HKRep), The Amahs (Hong Kong Arts Festival) and Twelfth Night (HKAPA), which won two awards—Best Ensemble Acting (Fusion) Award and Audience Award—at the Istropolitana International Drama Schools’ Festival in Bratislava (2016). Szeto’s 100th production—Hu Xueyan, my Dear—won him the Best Director award at the 2017 Shanghai One Drama Awards.
Currently the HKRep’s Associate Director, Szeto served as the company’s Resident Director between 2006 and 2012. Before joining the HKRep, he had directed the company’s production of Xi Nai on Rock; he was also co-director with Fredric Mao of the 2004 black comedy A Small Family Business starring Anthony Wong. After joining the HKRep, Szeto directed such works as The Lost and Found Trilogy, Calling, the original musical Family Protection Unit, Moon over Buffalo, Beautiful Connection, Communicating Doors, Le Dieu du carnage, Shed Skin, Being Poon Chan Leung – Chanting in Silhouette, I Have a Date with Autumn and The Emperor, his Mom, a Eunuch and a Man, injecting contemporary energy and dynamism onto the stage.
Szeto has long been involved in popular large-scale productions in Hong Kong, among them Snow Wolf Lake, The Legend, Freemen Show 2, War of the Genders, Cheung Tat-Ming’s One-Man Show 1 & 2, A Man & A Woman and Butterfly Lovers. In 2000, his 1941 Girl generated tremendous resonance within theatre circles.
Apart from directing, Szeto has also contributed multimedia creations for such recent blockbusters as Queer Show, Scrooge – the Musical (premiere production and 2011 revival) and Dr. Faustus. He was awarded (along with Leo Cheung and Billy Tang) Best Lighting Design at the 2011 Hong Kong Drama Awards for Dr. Faustus.
Szeto’s HKRep productions have been honoured at the Hong Kong Drama Award, many selected among the Top Ten Most Popular Productions. He was awarded Best Director for Le Dieu du carnage (2011), Shed Skin (2012) and The Emperor, his Mom, a Eunuch and a Man (2014). Shed Skin, The Emperor, his Mom, a Eunuch and a Man and Hu Xueyan, my Dear also won Best Overall Production and other awards.