Cheung Man-lai is a Lecturer in Technical Direction. He specialises in stage technology, technical direction for productions, venue operations, and workplace health and safety.
He began his career as a freelance draughtsperson and technical coordinator for commercial events, and he did freelance work for local drama productions. Before teaching at the Academy, he was involved in projects related to automation installation at theme parks, and technical operations at various performing art venues.
He holds a BFA from the HKAPA and a Professional Diploma from the School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University.
German is continually honing his craft by obtaining professional training at such institutions as the Association of British Theatre Technicians, Artek Formations, and Total Trainings. Collaborating with his colleagues, he translated the ICoPER, the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging, into traditional Chinese to propagate and share best practices to those in the industry.
German’s current focus is on automation, the application of new technologies in theatre-making, sustainable practices, and cultivating a healthy and safe culture in theatre-making.