Director Peter, POON

For our 12th Artist-in-Residence, we invited Mr. Peter POON, the director, who talked with the students through his unique language and humor about the evolving theatre art.
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Director POON introduced the evolving theatre art by tracking down the history of theatre drama. He took the drama of Ancient Greek as the case to analyze the difference between the dramas on stage and on screen.

 

Director POON talked about six training methods of performing and invited the students to try them. It was a lot of fun.

 

At the same time, Mr. POON was the director of stage drama “The Beauties in Political Turmoil” played by students and staff of CUHK-Shenzhen. The drama was written and adapted by Dr. Anita LEUNG Fung Yee, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. It took him only two months, leading a cast that had never had any acting training to give a fantastic performance. He presented his expertise and full engagement of artistic pursuits in every minute of rehearsal and the final show.

 

[Artist Profile]

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Mr. Peter POON, actor, director, playwright as well as drama educator, was among the first graduates of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Drama School in 1989. From 1989 to 1992, he served as a professional stage actor in Hong Kong Repertory Theatre and played many important roles in modern classic drama such as Becket in “Becket”, Eben in “Desire under in the Elm”, Amadeus in “Amadeus”, “Marriage of Figaro” and “Much ado about Nothing”, etc. In 1991, he was awarded Best Actor of the Year by Hong Kong Artists’ Guild and Best Actor (Drama) by Hong Kong Drama Association for playing the role of Song Liling in “M Butterfly”.

 

After receiving the awards, he immigrated to Vancouver Canada and joined the Fairchild Media group as a Radio Program Director and VP of Program Department for 10 Years and produced many significant radio activities and functions.  He was invited to start teaching drama in Vancouver School board for years and being the Chairman of Fotocine Workshop which is an Arts promotion association in Vancouver.

 

In 1995, he and Ms. May SOO established their own drama group “Dramaone” in Vancouver focusing on high quality stage performance, drama education and arts appreciation. This drama group is not just playing classic modern play like “Run for your wifes”, “I have a date with Spring”, “Bed Room Farce”, but also creates their own play including “Women’s Heart” in 2014, “Letters” in 2015, “Album the Musical” in 2016, “Noodle of Love” in 2017.  “Caged beasts” and other two plays were even put on stage twice in Toronto. 

 

In 2015 and 2016, Dr. CHUNG King-Fai, Mr. YUEH Hua and Mr. Dominic LAM joined “Dramaone” as Art Consultant, Performance Consultant and Principal Instructor of acting techniques respectively. In 2017, the Toronto Chapter called Dramaontoronto was established which accomplished Dramaone as a national theater group in Canada. Also, an exchange project of drama with the University of British Columbia will be launched in the coming 2018.

 

 

「Artist-in-Residence」

 

In 2016, the University initiated the Artist-in-Residence Program to create an artistic atmosphere on campus and to elevate student's aesthetic taste. We regularly invite top artists from various fields to reside on campus, create artworks and hold workshops with students.

 

The program may last 5-10 days or 1-2 months. Artists will work with or guide students to create or appreciate artworks through workshop or lectures. Artists will also take into account resources available off campus to contribute towards our development.