Award-winning theatre director, actor, drama educator and yoga teacher, Mr Tang Shu-wing is the founder and Artistic Director of Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, and former Dean of the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He studied in France during 1986-92 and obtained his Maîtrise Diplôme in Theatre Studies from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle. He received his training of acting in l’Ecole de la Belle de Mai and has worked as assistant director and actor in Théâtre de la Main d’Or in Paris.
For him, theatre is a way to experience life through self-discovery. He believes that physical theatre and minimalist aesthetics are the best ways to realise his vision. He is dubbed “Alchemist of Minimalist Theatre” and “one of the most talented theatre directors of Hong Kong” by the media.
His self-developed pre-verbal expressions have trained a new generation of Hong Kong actors and directly contributed to some of his recent creations including Titus Andronicus, Titus Andronicus 2.0, Detention, Thunderstorm and Why aren’t you Steve Jobs?. His works have been presented in many cities in the world including Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
In 2001, Tang published Analysis and Reflections on the Theories of Acting of Meyerhold, Life and Death Trilogy: a Theatrical Research. In 2004, the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) published a special study on him: The Art of Synthesis: The Theatre World of Tang Shu-wing.
Tang is the chairperson of the Festivals Committee of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (Hong Kong) and an honorary advisor of the Hong Kong Dance Company.