Mr SY, Billy
Lecturer (Voice/Movement) & Academic Project Coordinator
Billy graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama in London with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice specialized in Performing. He was awarded a Distinction for the ACTL Diploma in Musical Theatre Performance by Trinity College. He also received extensive training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (London), Moscow Arts Theatre School (Russia), Trinity Laban Dance School (London) and IUGTE Physical Theatre Lab (Austria). In the UK, Billy had worked with many theatre companies included The Old Vic, Royal Court Theatre, Yellow Earth Theatre, and StoneCrabs Theatre. After London, Billy returned to Hong Kong to develop his career in theatre. He works as an actor, theatre director, voice teacher/coach, movement teacher/director, and writer. He has performed in a wide range of theatre productions in Hong Kong include plays, musicals, cabarets, and devised/experimental/physical theatre. His awards and nominations include:
Best Supporting Actor (Tragedy/Drama) for Jan in 'Czechmates . 1968' at the 25th Hong Kong Drama Award 2016
Best Supporting Actor (Comedy/Farce) for Poser in 'The History Boy' at the 23rd Hong Kong Drama Award 2014
Best Director (co-directed with Ivor Hulker) in 'Milk and Honey – Songs of the Sacred and Profane' at the 9th Hong Kong Theatre Libre
Acting credits include:
The Not-A-Christmas Show; Nunsense A-men; Women, Love, and Life – a cabaret ; Milk and Honey – Songs of the Sacred and Profane ; Czechmates . 1968; The History Boys; A Chorus Line; Golden Lotus The Musical; Avenue Q (re-run); The Passage Beyond (all stage and concert versions); A Beautiful Day; R.A.W.; W.A.R.; Cabaret des Annees Folles; My P.E. Period; I Sell Love (1st and 3rd run) ; LISTEN; Scrooge – the musical (1st run – English and Cantonese version); One Night in Falsettoland in Concert; A Hollow Room; Animal Farm – the musical (1st run – English and Cantonese version) etc.
Directing credits include:
Flatmates (original work produced by Billy Sy x Ivy Lau x Jessie Yeung); In Transit co-produced by 'A Thin Line Theatre' and 'chikago'; Milk and Honey – Songs of Sacred and Profane produced by Rooftop Production; Criminals By Nature produced by Brainstormers; The Other Shore ('彼岸') by Gao Xingjing ; The Imaginary Invalid by Molière; Antigone by Sophocles; Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Criminals by Nature presented by Brainstormers; Hong Kong Institution Annual Performance - 匪夷所思 ; Dance Theatre – Hope Diamond; and Journeys (assistant director) at Tara Arts Studio, London etc.
Movement Directing/Choreography credits include :
Musical Cabaret by HKAPA; The Other Shore ('彼岸') by Gao Xingjing ; The Imaginary Invalid by Molière; 'About Environmental Dance, What I Want To Say Is...' by On&On Theatre; ; I Sell Love by Theatre Lab; A Mid Summer Night's Dream at Southwark Playhouse (London); MONKEY! at Polka Theatre (London); Weighted Down By Love, Fumininal & The Diaboric Banquest at Contact Theatre (London) etc.
Voice and Singing Coaching credits include:
Musical Cabaret (English coaching) by HKAPA; What The Butler Saw (Voice coach) by HKAPA; Animal Farm (musical) (English coach) by Theatre Noir; 不小心創作社 《有沒有一首情歌屬於我》2016 音樂劇場
Playwriting credits include:
Flatmates (in Cantonese), In Transit (in Cantonese), Web 2.0 (In English) (International Arts Carnival 2013 School Touring Musical). His plays Doppelganger (In Cantonese and English) and In Transit were performed as staged reading in 'Prospects Theatre – Playwright Scheme VII and VIII' respectively