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Prof POON, Wai Sum

Dean of the School of Drama

Drama

Prof POON, Wai Sum
Drama

Biography

Before joining the School of Drama at the HKAPA, Mr Poon was Artistic Director of Hong Kong Prospects Theatre Company (1993-2012). His first play, Shades Under the Banyan, staged by the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in the mid 80’s, was an eye-catching piece. He then started a non-stop career in playwriting, exploring theatre forms and content, and establishing his unique style, which has seen him awarded a number of prizes.  As a playwright he had collaborated with many theatre groups, including Theatre du Pif’ in The Oak Tree (1996), Singapore’s Practice Theatre in The Cat Town(2000), Theatre Ensemble in Man of La Tiger(2005), Germany’s Dusseldorf Theatre in Spider in Meditation(2009) and Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in The Emperor, His Mom, A Eunuch and A Man (2013). Recent works directed by himself include Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Bun In the Cave (2009), Prospects Theatre Company’s The Happiest Day I Lost (2009) and Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Show Flat (2012).

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Education & Qualification+

M.A. (1982) in Asian Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Awards+

1985, 1st Prize for Playwriting, Urban Council Awards for Creative Writing;

1992, 2nd Prize for the Awards for Outstanding Original Script, Open Section, Council for the Performing Arts; 1993, 3nd Prize for the Awards for Outstanding Original Script, Open Section, Council for the Performing Arts;

1998, Best Script Award, Hong Kong Drama Awards;

1999, Drama Practitioner Annual Achievement Award, Hong Kong Arts Development Council;

2000, Best Script Award, Hong Kong Drama Awards;

2001, Best Script Award, Hong Kong Drama Awards;

2002, Best Script Award, Hong Kong Drama Awards;

2003, Award for Arts Achievement, Hong Kong Arts Development Council;

2003, Best Director Award, Hong Kong Drama Award;

2004, Best Script Award, Hong Kong Drama Awards;

2006, Awardee of The Secretary for Home Affairs’ Commendation Scheme, Home Affairs Bureau.