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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Estella Wong is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Drama and the Head of Academic studies/ Applied Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Drama. Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Birmingham City University, Estella Wong joined two professional theatre companies, Prospects Theatre Company and Chung Ying Theatre Company, before joining the Academy as a full-time faculty member in 2008. Her earlier creative works include 4.48 Psychosis by On and On theatre and the original musical production The Chiu Chow Groom by Rayanita production as leading actress, Broadway musical Once on this Island by Hong Kong 3 Arts Musical Institute and Homo Superus by 2 On Stage as assistant director. Recent works include the innovative online interactive mini-ethnotheatre See You Zoom and See You Zoom Again by Case One (as director), both created under the pandemic 2020. Being an advocate of applied theatre, Estella has designed the first certificate course (jointly with Chung Ying Theatre Company) Drama education techniques for drama tutors for the Academy’s drama students in 2002; designed and established the first local Master of Fine Arts programme in Drama and Theatre Education in 2008; designed and established the first Bachelor of Fine Arts programme in Applied Theatre in 2020 (to be launched 2022). Her publications include Applying Theatre (co-author, 2011), Dramawise: An Introduction of GCSE of Drama by Brad Haseman & John O’Toole (Chinese translation, 2005), Gavin Bolton: Essential Writings by David Davis (Chinese translation, 2013) and Risks and Opportunities: the Tension in Hong Kong Drama Education Development (editor, 2007). Wong was a member of the academic committee in IDEA 07 hosted in Hong Kong, and the chairperson of academic committee in the World Conference of Drama Education in Chinese Communities (DECC) in 09. Estella also serves as the board member of Pants Production and Hong Kong Teacher’s Drama Association (HKTDA).