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Mr LI, Wing-hong

Senior Lecturer in Voice Studies and Discipline Leader in Musical Theatre Curriculum

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Biography

LI Wing-Hong is an actor, director, qualified voice and singing coach. He is a member of VASTA, Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association. He is the first Chinese in Britain awarded The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) bursary to complete his MA in Professional Voice Practice with a distinction at the Birmingham School of Acting (BSA) 2010.

He is a graduate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Drama (major in Acting). Under the mentorship of Mr Alex Taylor, he has been nurtured with a great passion and love with voice and theatre work.  In 1999, he was the Drama Scholar of the English Speaking Union and attended the Voice Teacher’s Course at the Royal National Theatre studio, working with international renowned voice practitioners include Patsy Rodenburg, Jeannette Nelson and Kelly McEvenue, and this opportunity triggered his determination to further his training in voice in the Europe. In 2002, He emigrated to the UK. He first trained at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA) in Musical Theatre. Then he launched his career in London after graduation, as a TV and Film actor, theatre practitioner, and community arts worker. TV credits: Casualty, Judge John Deed (BBC); Ultimate Force, The Bill (ITV); Theatre credits: Moonwalking in Chinatown, Soho Theatre, 2007; Sweet Mandarin, True Heart Theatre, 2009, and many other voice-over and commercial appearances.

Later he caught the chance to train with other world-renowned voice teachers include Cecily Berry and Kristin Linklater. He completed his Estill Vocal training level 1 & 2, Advance level and has earned the Certificate of Figure Proficiency in 2014 (www.estillvoice.com/instructors/cfp). He will follow the pathway to train to be a certificated master teacher under the mentorship of Naomi Eyers.

He was a Co-artistic director of True Heart Theatre, a London based, Chinese–led Theatre Company until 2011. During his directorship, he had developed close grassroots connections to the Chinese community and mainstream theatre organisation includes Soho theatre, The Young Vic and New Diorama Theatre and he now still remain this international connection with the London theatre industry.

In May 2010, he directed Yat Yau’s award-winning play 73A in English and Cantonese.  It was the first time a Hong Kong play was staged on an off-West End theatre venue.  This first collaboration was well received and hence enabled him to develop his career further.  He also produced the “In the Mirror”, a series of 3 one-woman plays, in Nov 2011 before his returning to Hong Kong.

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Education & Qualification+

  1. Certificate of Figure Proficiency - Estill Voice International
    22nd June 2014

  2. Master of Arts in Professional Voice Practice (Distinction)
    Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University
    10/2009 - 06/2010

  1. Musical Theatre Diploma
    Guildford School of Acting
    09/2002 – 07/2003

  1. Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons), Major in Acting
    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Drama
    09/1996 – 07/1999

  1. Diploma in Performing Arts (Drama)
    The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Drama
    09/1994 – 07/1996

Professional Achievements+

 

  • Co-Artistic director of True Heart Theatre, a Chinese led- London based theatre company, 2005-2011

  • Research titled “Is the acquisition of the British RP accent necessary, desirable or achievable for Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong migrants entering the UK, speaking English as a second or foreign language?”, published in the (VASTA) Voice and Speech Trainers Association’s Voice and Speech Review 2011.