Mr YUEN, Cheuk Wa
Associate Dean of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts and Head of Media Design & Technology
Yuen Cheuk Wa is the Associate Dean of TEA and the Head of Media Design & Technology. He has more than 20 years of experience in sound design in both Hong Kong and abroad.
Prior to joining the HKAPA in 2018, Wa was the Manager of Technical & Production (Performing Arts) at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
A prolific sound designer, Wa produced and directed the highly acclaimed multimedia concert, Primary Shapes: an Eternal Golden Braid, commissioned by the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He flexed his expertise in 3D audio when he created a 52-channel surround-soundscape for the panoramic multimedia spectacular, Bubble Show: Year of Dragon, for City Of Dreams Macau, and he developed an original multi-channel musical-soundscape for Swire Properties’ Pacific Place Mall. His other notable multimedia works include Blending Worlds – Primary Shapes x DJ Tommy and 5_(5) The Interviews in Sync.
Wa earned a BFA (First Class Honours) in Theatre Technical Arts at the HKAPA; an MFA (Sound Design) supported by the prestigious Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Fellowship at the California Institute of the Arts; and an MSc in Architectural Sciences at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He received the Best Sound Design award from Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies for the score that he created for Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s Secret of Resurrection. He was also one of five winning theatre designers to represent Hong Kong at Prague Quadrennial 2011.
Wa has worked with many celebrated artists throughout his career, including Mark Fisher, the late world-renowned British artistic director, architect, and designer. Wa contributed to the sound design of Fisher’s acrobatic spectacular, AQUA, in southern China.
In addition to his professional practice, Wa has presented at the international conferences of Audio Engineering Society, Acoustical Society of America, and the Academy’s International Symposium of Practice-as-Research.