Drama is at the very heart of human expression, its communication and identity. The School of Drama believes that its unique position in Southeast Asia offers an insight into this artform that will both inform and develop significant creativity and distinctive artists to engage with and feed the cultural community of Hong Kong, the Mainland and beyond. The School of Drama strives to be an incubator, catalyst and repository of the values and importance of the dramatic and performative arts and expresses this in the nurturing of actors, directors, playwrights and teachers who will function as practitioner-artists making a tangible difference to their community and their chosen discipline.
Students acquire professional skills through formal training in classes, which are then honed, developed and explored in performance. Student performances take place both in workshops and in public, using theatre spaces specially designed to be adaptable to both classical and contemporary work. Students encounter theatre texts and practice from both western and Asian traditions. Undergraduate productions are mainly in Cantonese although there are some opportunities to perform in Putonghua.
At undergraduate degree level, the School also aims to cultivate a deep appreciation of the performing arts with a broad range of related studies in theatre and interdisciplinary contexts. It encourages students to be active in the pursuit of cultural knowledge, to be well read and to engage in the wider arts community through attending local and international performances. The School of Drama wants its graduating students to be both skilled practitioners and intelligent, articulate advocates for their artform.
The School is committed to be an important force in the creative development of drama in Hong Kong and to meeting the needs of local audiences, the theatre community and related cultural industries. At the same time the School is also international with a truly global perspective on world theatre.