Mr SUMNER, Ben
Dean of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts
Mr Sumner started his teaching career in 1987 at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Guildhall) in London. In 1990 he joined the HKAPA as Senior Lecturer in Technical Management where he remained for 12 years. He moved to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, Australia as Programme Director (Production, Design and Arts Management) in 2002. In 2007 he returned to Guildhall where he became Vice Principal and Director of Production Arts, a position he held until rejoining HKAPA this year.
Mr Sumner has developed a distinguished career in the field of theatre technical arts and the higher education sector. With over 40 years of extensive experience in the UK and internationally, he has worked in corporate events, dance, drama, musical theatre, circus, opera and television.
Mr Sumner has also been involved in major curriculum development, validation and re-validation exercises and external examination throughout his academic career at prestigious performing arts conservatoires, including the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), Royal Scottish Conservatoire, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and HKAPA.
Trained in Stage Management at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Mr Sumner holds an MBA in Educational Management from the University of Leicester, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as well as National Teaching Fellow in the UK.