The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Motto 藝術 超越想像
Motto in English Art – Surpassing Imagination
Established 1984
Type Performing Arts
Director Professor Adrian Walter
Students 8,000
Location No. 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Campus Main Campus, Béthanie Campus
Colors Purple     
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Traditional Chinese 香港演藝學院
The Main Campus of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Chinese: 香港演藝學院), located near the north coast of Wan Chai on the Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong, is both an academic institution and a venue for performances.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established in 1984, is one of the leading institutes of higher arts education in Asia. It provides professional education, training and research facilities in the performing arts, theatre and entertainment arts, film and television. Its educational policy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions and interdisciplinary complementarity. The Academy offers academic programmes from Diploma/ Foundation to Master's degree level in Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, Theatre and Entertainment Arts, as well as Chinese Traditional Theatre.

Every year, HKAPA enrolls about 750 students for its full-time programmes and around 770 students for the junior programmes. Furthermore, its extensive EXCEL (Extension and Continuing Education for Life) programme offers part-time personal enrichment courses and in-service professional training to nearly 8,000 students each year.

Since 1986 the academy has hosted the annual Hong Kong International Dance Conference.[1]

Academic units[edit]

The Academy offers academic programmes from Diploma/Foundation to Master's degree level in 6 Faculties:

Academic staff[edit]

Academic staff includes:

  • Prof Adrian Walter, Director
  • Dr Anita Donaldson, Dean of Dance
  • Ceri Sherlock, Dean of Drama
  • Shu Kei, Dean of Film and TV
  • Benedict Cruft, Dean of Music
  • John A Williams, Dean of Theatre and Entertainment Arts
  • Eleanor Wong, award-winning pianist as artist-in-residence
  • Nancy Yuen, renowned soprano as Head of Vocal Studies


  • Lyric Theatre, with 1,181 seats.
  • Drama Theatre, with 415 seats.
  • Concert Hall, with 382 seats.
  • Recital Hall, with 134–202 seats
  • Studio Theatre, with 120–240 seats
  • Wellcome Theatre at the Béthanie Campus


The notable alumni include;


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Coordinates: 22°16′49″N 114°10′10″E / 22.28028°N 114.16944°E / 22.28028; 114.16944