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Chair of Creative Writing and Theatre

P.K. Richards
(MA, PhD Harvard; MFA Creative Writing, Boston)
Poetry, creative writing, life writing, drama, theatre, performance, script and film, mathematics, AI and interdisciplinary research

Tel: 3917-5145 Office: CRT-7.40 Email: pkerr@hku.hk

 

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Visiting Lecturers for the MFA and an Undergraduate Creative Writing


Kimberly Elkins
(MFA Creative Writing Boston; MFA Creative Writing Florida SU)
Fiction, historical novel, memoir, playwrighting

Saskya Jain
(MFA Creative Writing, Boston; MA Theatre Studies Free University Berlin)
Fiction, translation, nonfiction
Tel: 3917-2751 Office: CRT-8.62

Belle Ling
(PhD Creative Writing, University of Queensland; MA Creative Writing, University of Sydney)
Poetry, the short story, literary studies
Tel: 3917-2751 Office: CRT-8.62

Michael Mandlin
(MFA Creative Writing, Boston)
Fiction, journalism, editorial

Saffron Marchant
(MFA Creative Writing, The University of Hong Kong; MFA Creative Writing City U; Dipl Law, Nottingham)
Fiction, memoir, long and short form narrative

Dino Mahoney
(MA Linguistics, Birmingham; Dipl Drama, Notthingham)
Poetry, playwrighting, short form narrative, radio, and performance

Ploi Pirapokin
(MFA Creative Writing, San Francisco SU)
Fiction, long and short form narrative, creative nonfiction

Shane Sakhrani
(MFA Dramatic Writing, University of Southern California; Dipl Creative Writing, The University of Hong Kong; PCLL Law, The University of Hong Kong)
Playwriting, drama, threatre

Brittani Sonnenberg
(MFA Creative Writing, University of Michigan)
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, comedy, theatre and improv

Michelle Sterling
(MFA Creative Writing, Boston)
Fiction, creative nonfiction, journalism

Yvonne Yu
(MFA Creative Writing, City University of New York, Brooklyn)
Fiction, filmmaking, animation, documentary

Tel: 3917-2751 Office: CRT-8.62

 

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Distinguished Guests in Creative Writing and the HKU Black Box


Henri Cole

Harold Bloom has called Henri Cole the “best poet of his generation.” He was born in Fukuoka, Japan, to an American father and French-Armenian mother, and raised in the U.S. From 1982 until 1988 he was executive director of The Academy of American Poets. Since that time he has held many teaching positions and been the artist-in-residence at various institutions, including Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Davidson College, Brandeis University, Ohio State University, Reed College, Smith College, and The College of William and Mary. He has collaborated with the visual artists Jenny Holzer and Kiki Smith. And from 2010 to 2014, he was poetry editor of The New Republic. Cole currently teaches at Claremont McKenna College, and he has published nine collections of poetry.

Rita Dove

Rita Dove was named the United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress, an office she held from 1993 to 1995. She received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Dove received the National Humanities Medal / Charles Frankel Prize from President Bill Clinton, a Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal and a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. In 2015, she was the first American to receive the Poetry and People Prize in Guangdong, China. Dove has published ten volumes of poetry, a book of short stories, Fifth Sunday, a collection of essays, The Poet’s World, and a novel, Through the Ivory Gate. In the spring of 2018, Dove was named poetry editor of The New York Times Magazine.

Ellen W. Kaplan

Ellen W. Kaplan is Professor of Acting and Directing at Smith College, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, Romania and Hong Kong. She performs and directs internationally. Her acting won a prestigious BESSIE Award, and playing Gloucester in King Lear with Kristen Linklater. She has directed, among many plays, After Mrs. Rochester by Polly Teale, and Saul Bellow: Stories on Stage, at The Egg in Albany, NY. Professor Kaplan is also a playwright. Her award-winning play, Pulling Apart, was a 2004 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays have been performed at Theatre Matrix/Los Angeles, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in Northampton, MA, and, internationally, in Galway, Ireland, the Jewish State Theatre of Bucharest, and in Jerusalem. Her plays were twice named as finalists for the Massachusetts Playwriting Fellowship. Among her many publications are included creative nonfiction pieces, and she is the author of several articles on international theatre. Her poetry includes work in Deronda Review, Songs of Eretz, MomEgg, among many others. She has recently written a memoir, The Violet Hours.

Li-Young Lee

Li-Young Lee is the recipient of a Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award, the I. B. Lavan Award, three Pushcart Prizes, and grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Lee is the author of The Undressing (W. W. Norton, 2018); Behind My Eyes (W. W. Norton, 2008); Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (BOA Editions, 1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (BOA Editions, 1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. Lee’s other work includes Breaking the Alabaster Jar: Conversations with Li-Young Lee (Edited by Earl G. Ingersoll, BOA Editions, 2006), a collection of twelve interviews with Lee at various stages of his artistic development; and The Winged Seed: A Remembrance (Simon and Schuster, 1995), a memoir which received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Yukio Waguri

Yukio Waguri was the disciple and main male dancer of Hijikata Tatsumi. He performed in a number of Hijikata’s works such as 27 Nights for Four Seasons and A Silent House, as well as many Hakutobo performances, and has performed worldwide since 1990. His dance is characterized by many nuances of style – from the rigid to the flexible, the sharp to the delicate, the beautiful to the grotesque. It often explores a transformation through different subjects and suggests new possible ways of working in dance. Waguri works with the unique lineage of Hijikata’s butoh-fu to draw out physical images through a particular attention to language. His release of the Butoh Kaden CD in 1998 provided an opportunity for the re-evaluation of the Hijikata method. As well as various performance activities, including collaborations with artists from diverse genres, Waguri held workshops widely in association with research organizations and universities, both locally and overseas.

 

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Visiting Artists for Workshop and Theatre


Rebekah AuYeung

Soprano Rebekah AuYeung received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Lauded for her warm and pure sound, she has performed the roles of Almirena (Rinaldo), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), and Diana Barry (Anne of Green Gables). In Hong Kong, she recently sang Ophelia's Mad Scene from Hamlet with Musica Viva. Concert highlights include singing Bach's Cantata 51 on the New York Philharmonic Chamber Series, Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Creation with the South Dakota Symphony, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. 

Ming Kwong

Ming Kwong is very active in the opera world. He was recently appointed chorus master for the upcoming production of L’elisir d’amore by Musica Viva. He also works at Opera Hong Kong as a pianist. Acclaimed conductors he has worked with include; Maestro James Levine (music director emeritus at the Metropolitan Opera), Maestro George Manahan (once a music director at the New York City Opera) and Maestro Lio Kuokman (music director of Musica Viva). He holds a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying from Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Warren Jones, and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. 

Jeanette Lee

A native of Hong Kong, mezzo-soprano Jeannette Lee graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honors). She was awarded the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund to further her musical studies at Boston University. Apart from obtaining her Licentiate Diploma in singing with Distinction from Trinity College London, she has won top prizes in local competitions such as the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival’s prestigious Miss Barbara Fei Vocal Solo Prize twice and the Good Hope Singers Trophy. Jeannette has appeared as a concert soloist with Masterworks Chorale, Hong Kong SingFest and the Chung Chi Choir and has performed the role of Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro)and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus)in Italy.

Wiki Lo Wan Ki

Wiki received her BA in Architectural Studies at the University of Hong Kong. She attended the MFA program at the Yale School of Drama in 2009-10 and received The Donald and Zorka Oenslager Scholarship in Stage Design in 2010. She is co-founder of local theatre collective group 37°C (fb: thirtysevendc).

Christina Marcenkus

Christina Marcenkus is an American born, UK based soprano and a graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in the Master of Arts in Opera Performance course. Also a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the University of Tennessee and the Juilliard School, Christina is delighted to be at the last step of her formal education in music. Christina is a multiyear bursary winning choral scholar with the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, under the batons of Adrian Partington and Thomas Sondergard. With the BBC NCOW she has performed at the opening night of the 2015 Proms and as a featured singer during the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular UK Tour. Versatile and dynamic, Christina is currently performing primarily as a dramatic soprano. Recent roles include The Witch (Hansel und Gretel), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), La Badessa (Suor Angelica), Naomi (Cendrillon), and Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro).

Tom McCrory & Nina Nawalowalo

Co-founders of the The Conch in Wellington, New Zealand, Tom McCrory and Nina Nawalowalo have established one of the country’s leading Pacific Theatre Companies. Providing significant support and leadership to Pacific Arts in New Zealand and abroad, they strive to create works that are ground breaking, produced through international collaboration and expressed through unique theatrical languages. Their work has met critical acclaim internationally, including seasons at The Sydney Opera House and London’s Barbican Centre, since 2002. ‘The White Guitar’ commissioned by Christchurch Arts Festival won an Excellence award at the Auckland Theatre Awards and toured nine cities.  As visiting artists in 2018, they visited and joined with HKU Black Box productions for a series of theatre practices and workshops.

Francis Mok

Baritone Francis Mok was selected as one of the Best Singers in the 1st International Opera Exchange Masterclass in 2015. Francis graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2015. He was involved in various opera productions at APA during his studies, including Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni, Harašta and Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Snug in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His interpretation of Bartolo in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro won high reputation as “a vibrant character in the opera”. He has won numerous scholarships including the Grantham Memorial Scholarship, Welsh Male Choir Scholarship, Hong Kong Children’s Choir Scholarship, McWarwick Memorial Scholarship and more. Francis is currently Music Director of the Hong Kong Medical Association Choir and Chinese University of Hong Kong United College Choir.

Jessica Ng

As an active opera singer, writer and artist, Jessica Ng is constantly searching for a more complete integration between her favoured artistic disciplines. She wrote and directed the critically acclaimed and sold out musical puppet play Tallard and the Ladderbird; produced in Pretoria in collaboration with artist Nina Torr and performed with music by Pieter Bezuidenhout. Ongoing projects include a collaboration with South African cabaret composer Franco Prinsloo, harpist Judy Ho Ching-man and Malaysian illustrator Sokkuan Tye on an original themed song cycle. Hansel and Gretel in the HKU Black Box marked her first foray into directing Classical opera, followed by production and direction for Weird Pool Party in December 2018 at the HKU Black Box, and a leading role in the World Premiere in 2019 of Beauty and Sadness: A Chamber Opera.

Mathew Pryor

Mathew Pryor is Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture. He teaches Design Studio as well as technical courses in professional practice, planting and ecology and sustainable development practices. Mathew is a Fellow and Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects, and Chair of their Publications Committee. He is also a Registered Landscape Architect in Hong Kong, and a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in the UK. He is also a Certified Arborist. Mathew worked for more than 20 years in private practice and has extensive experience in strategic planning, master planning, design, documentation and contract administration on a wide range landscape projects throughout China and South East Asia.  His current research studies include a long-running investigation on the science and practice of tree transplanting in Hong Kong, as well as on street trees, environmental remediation, productive green roofs, public open space and walkability in the city. He joined with the HKU Black Box on Urban Islands, a collaboration, installation, and performance with a team from the HKU undergraduate Landscape Architects and the HKU undergraduate Creative Writers.

Christopher Ross-Ewart

Christopher Ross-Ewart is a sound designer, composer, and performer from Vancouver, Canada. Learning the cello at an early age, his musical experience ranges from orchestral and chamber music to experimental electronic composition. Studying theatre at the University of Toronto led him to his first experience composing and performing music for theatre. After creating original work in Vancouver and Toronto, he completed the MFA program in Sound Design at Yale School of Drama. Now working across the US and Canada, his experience ranges from performer to composer to designer, in theatre, musical theatre, dance and installation. He composed and produced the original “tank” music of Weird Pool Party in 2018.

Andrew Toland

Andrew Toland joined the new Landscape Architecture program at UTS in mid-2016. He was previously an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. He holds degrees in architecture, law and economics. Current research work covers 'realism' discourses in recent built-environment design culture; the Asian megalopolis as a rhetorical device within contemporary architectural theory and practice; the nature-culture formations of large scale infrastructure projects in the greater China region; and the historical and current intersections of landscape phenomena and evolving legal categories encompassing the non-human realm. In 2016, he worked with the Urban Islands project at the HKU Black Box.

Gina Wong

Gina See-Yuen Wong is a filmmaker and founder of the Pineapple Underground Film Festival, which screens independent films from around the world.  Wong directed the video short “Shanghai Saga: Other Skies, Other Lands.” The short film was selected in the International Competition section of the 55th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. She wrote, produced, and directed the documentary “Orient Top Down.” Wong produced “The Lives of Hamilton Fish” and “The Road to South.” Wong is also curator and co-founder of Experimenta, a digital media and performance art space in Hong Kong.

 

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Writers and Artists in Residence


Yang Hao & Alice Rensy

A contemporary dancer based in Hong Kong, Yang Hao won an inaugural Arts Fellow of the Yale-China Arts Fellowship.  He has received several funding and scholarships, such as Culture Partnership Initiative (CPI) of Korea as a resident Artist at the Seoul International Dance Festival, and as an artist at Vienna Impulse Dance Festival Dance., He studied at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In addition to teaching dance in Hong Kong, Yang Hao has also toured with different companies, including City Contemporary Dance Company of Hong Kong. He choreographed "Out Spoken" in 2014.  Since 2014, he and Alice Rensy, producer and dancer, have started to create works such as “Outspoken,” “The Work with Hong Kong Ballet,” “Pied A Terre,” and “Middle.” Rensy received a HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund to participate in the Depth Movement with Edivaldo Ernesto in France 2016. Recently, they served as Artists in Residence on the production Weird Pool Party at the HKU Black Box.

Gish Jen

Gish Jen is an American writer and speaker. She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in English and attended The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop for the MFA in fiction. Jen is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has been awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, a Guggenheim fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellowship, and numerous other awards. Jen’s piece “Birthmates” was selected as one of The Best American Short Stories of The Century by John Updike. Several of her short stories have been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, and her first novel, Typical American, was nominated for a National Books Critics’ Circle Award. Jen’s novels include, Mona in the Promised Land, The Love Wife and World and Town. She has also written a collection of short fiction, Who’s Irish?, and works of nonfiction, including Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self and The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap. She has published numerous pieces in The New York Times, The New Republic, and in other venues.

Ellen Kaplan

Ellen W. Kaplan is Professor of Acting and Directing at Smith College, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica, Romania and Hong Kong. She performs and directs internationally. Her acting won a prestigious BESSIE Award, and playing Gloucester in King Lear with Kristen Linklater. She has directed, among many plays, After Mrs. Rochester by Polly Teale, and Saul Bellow: Stories on Stage, at The Egg in Albany, NY. Professor Kaplan is also a playwright. Her award-winning play, Pulling Apart, was a 2004 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Other plays have been performed at Theatre Matrix/Los Angeles, the Cleveland Public Theatre, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, in Northampton, MA, and, internationally, in Galway and Jerusalem. Among her many publications are included creative nonfiction pieces, and she is the author of several articles on international theatre. Her poetry includes work in Deronda Review, Songs of Eretz, MomEgg, among many others. She has recently written a memoir, The Violet Hours, and she served as Artist in Residence at the HKU Black Box, directing an adaptation of her original play, Livy in the Garden.

 

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Last updated: 2 September 2019