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Ms WONG, Estella

Associate Dean of the School of Drama and Head of Academic Studies/Applied Theatre

Drama

Ms WONG, Estella
Drama

Biography

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 Trilogy" See You Zoomprequel) and See You Zoom Again (interquel) by Case One as director, both created under the pandemic 2020. Being an advocate of applied theatre & drama education and active alumnus of the Academy since late 90s, Estella has designed the first certificate course (jointly with Chung Ying Theatre Company) Drama education techniques for drama tutors for the Academys drama students in 2002; developed the first local DSE recognised Theatre subject (formerly titled Introduction to Theatre Arts) as an ApL subject launched in 2012; designed and established the first local Master of Fine Arts programme Drama and Theatre Education major in 2008; and designed the first Bachelor of Fine Arts programme Applied Theatre major in 2020 (to be launched 2022). Her publications include Applying Theatre (co-authored 2011), chapter contributor of Performing research: Tensions, triumphs and trade-offs of Ethnodrama (edited by Ackroyd & O'Toole, 2010), Dramawise: An Introduction of GCSE of Drama by Brad Haseman & John OToole (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.  She is currently an international cluster member of the Research-based Theatre Cluster in the University of British Columbia, she also serves as the board member of Pants Production and Hong Kong Teachers Drama Association (HKTDA). Estella Wong Applied Theatre and Drama Education Scholarships has been founded in 2010 for the academy drama students who have shown outstanding committment in the Applied theatre and drama education field, more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students have been awarded thus far.

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Education & Qualification+

  • Graduated from Northcote College of Education (Teacher Certificate)

  • Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (BFA in Drama)

  • Gained her MA degree (Drama in Education) at the University of Central England, Birmingham

Awards+

  • Outstanding Arts-in-education project Award (co-presented by Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Hong Kong Education Bureau, Hong Kong institute of Education

Professional Achievements+

  • Drama examiner of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council

  • A Board member of Pants Production

  • A Board member of Hong Kong Teacher’s Drama Association (HKTDA)

  • An Executive member of Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK)

  • Former external consultant of the School of Drama on Drama and Theatre Education

  • Former Board member of FM Theatre Power

  • Recent publication on Drama education and Applied theatre:  authored Applying Theatre , Chinese translated Dramawise  (Brad Haseman & John O’Toole), Gavin Bolton: Essential Writings (ed. David Davis),  edited Risks and Opportunities- the Tension in Hong Kong Drama Education Development etc

  • A member of the editorial board of The Journal of Drama and Theatre Education in Asia