The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Type Performing Arts
Established 1984
Director Professor Adrian Walter
Students 8,000
Location No. 1 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Campus Main Campus, Béthanie Campus
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Traditional Chinese 香港演藝學院
The Main Campus of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (Chinese: 香港演藝學院) is a provider of tertiary education in Hong Kong. Located near the north coast of Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island, the main campus also functions as a venue for performances. Apart from the main campus in Wanchai, Bethanie, the site of the institution's Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed the School of Film and Television since 2007.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, established by Government Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in performing arts in Asia. It provides practice-based and professional diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational policy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with an emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions and interdisciplinary learning.

Every year, the Academy enrolls about 750 students for its full-time programmes and around 770 students for its Junior Music Programme and Gifted Young Dancer Programme. 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.

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
  • Professor Anita Donaldson, Dean of College of Allied Arts
  • Professor John Williams, Dean of College of Theatre and Media Arts
  • Billbob Brown, Chair of School of Dance
  • Professor Ceri Sherlock, Chair of School of Drama
  • Shu Kei, Chair of School of Film and Television
  • Dr Sharon Choa, Chair of School of Music
  • Gillian Choa, Chair of School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts
  • Dr Fredric Mao, Chair of School of Chinese Opera


  • 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

Notable alumni[edit]


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