Artistic Director 藝術總監 – Peter Poon潘煒強
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. They are not just participated in various classic modern play like “Run for your wives”, “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 Vancouver and Toronto. In 2018-2019 they leading a National Tour in Canada for a musical production named “Try to Remember…” within the provinces include Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.
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 respectively. In 2017, the Toronto Chapter called Dramaonetoronto was established and Dramaone Calgary was established in 2018 which accomplished Dramaone as a national theater group in Canada.
「The Chinese University of Hong Kong - Artist-in-Residence」
In 2018 Mr Peter Poon was appointed to be the Artist-in-Resident and holding drama workshop in Hong Kong to share his theatre vision and experience with the students as a multicultural exchange
「The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen) - Artist-in-Residence」
In 2016, the CUHK-Shenzhen also initiated the Artist-in-Residence Program in the campus to create an artistic atmosphere on campus and to elevate student's aesthetic taste. The school 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.
Director Poon was invited as one of CUHK-Shenzhen Artist-in-Residence in 2017.
Director Poon (Poon Peter Wai Keung) 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 also 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.