A world-class director, renowned theatre educator and veteran actor, Tang Shu-wing was the former Dean of the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Between 1986 and 1992, Tang studied in France where he received training of acting in l’Ecole de la Belle de Mai and his Maîtrise Diplôme in Theatre Studies from the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He is the current Artistic Director of Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio and also the Head of Programme of the first ever physical theatre training programme in Hong Kong (www.tswtheatre.com).
An advocate for minimalism and physical theatre, Tang regards theatre as an artistic form to learn about life through a process of self-discovery. Dubbed by the media as "one of the most talented theatre directors in Hong Kong", Tang has directed over forty- five productions of drama, dance and opera while Titus Andronicus, Titus Andronicus 2.0, Detention, Thunderstorm and Why Aren’t You Steve Jobs? are his essential works of late, and which have all been toured to many cities. In 2015, Tang has been invited to direct three new productions including Opera Datong in Hong Kong Arts Festival (March), Phaedra in Macau Arts Festival (May) and Macbeth in London, it is the second honorable invitation from Shakespeare's Globe where the work premiered in Cantonese in August. In 2016, following the premiere of Macbeth in Hong Kong Arts Festival in March, he has been invited to direct Antigone in Beijing in March.
Tang’s major awards include Distinguished Interpretative Performance in Tashkent International Theatre Festival (1993), Best Actor in a Leading Role (2003) and three-time Best Director (2006, 2007, 2011) in Hong Kong Drama Awards, l’Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2007), Award for Arts Achievement (Drama) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2008), Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service Award (2012), Outstanding Achievement in Direction for Dance of Hong Kong Dance Awards (2013), Best Artist of the Year Award (Drama) of Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2013) and Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University of Hong Kong (2013).