Director Tony Wong will explain how he uses the forefather of Singaporean theatre, Kuo Pao-kun’s classic text Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral as the basis for his own work, of how he borrows texts and settings to reflect on today’s circumstances. He will demonstrate how, in his unique adaptation, movements and dialogue are used to reshape the story’s plotlines. Tony will take participants through the process of how texts became transformed as actions.
Tony Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree majoring in acting. He then joined the Chung Ying Theatre as a full-time actor, he played in such productions as Aladdin, A Tale of an Evanescent Mortal, The Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Alchemist and The First Emperor’s Last Day. A recipient of Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies in Australia, graduating with a master’s degree from the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, where he majored in movement studies. He currently serves as a lecturer in acting at the HKAPA.
Tony has received recognition as a playwright, director, actor and choreographer, his multi-faceted talents making him a unique artist. To date, he has participated in more than ninety productions. Among his recent works are HKAPA’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral (director, adaptation and choreographer), The Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Scholar and the Executioner(director and choreographer), My Days in Cat Town and The Taming of the Shrew (choreographer), The School for Scandal (director). His work with the Chung Ying Theatre includes Possible Worlds and The 39 Steps (director), The Government Inspector (director and choreographer),Amadeus (assistant director and actor), The Merchant of Veniceand Flowers for Algernon (actor). He has played the multiple roles of playwright, director, actor and choreographer for Performer Studio’s Invincible Truth, Singlology, Moments in the Palm of Your Hand (Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau performances). He also was choreographer for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard and dance and stage combat choreographer for Richard III. He had also served as assistant movement director for Gallipoli for the Sydney Theatre Company. While at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, he wrote, directed, performed and choreographed in X.
In 2004, Tony won an Actor Award at the Hong Kong Professional Awards. In 2006, he was awarded for Best Director (Comedy/Farce) and nominated Best Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Two of Us. At the 21st Hong Kong Drama Awards, he was nominated for Best Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Singlology. At the 22nd, 23rd, and 25th Hong Kong Drama Awards, he was nominated as Best Director (Comedy/Farce) for The Scholar and the Executioner, The 39 Steps and The Government Officialsrespectively. He was recently nominated as Best Director at the 8th Hong Kong Theatre Libre for Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral.