Interim Dean of Theatre and Entertainment Arts

Hong Kong (HK)
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
06 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and connections, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in developing future generations of performing artists and practitioners in film & television and the theatre technical arts. The Academy's six Schools; Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, Theatre & Entertainment Arts, and Chinese Opera, make the Academy a vibrant centre of practice, production, teaching and practice-as-research. Its outstanding reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, which include some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to the training of future world-class performers and practitioners.

The School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts offers a dynamic range of production-focused courses in performing and entertainment arts. From theatre to theme parks and live events, the School’s professionally-oriented programmes are designed to prepare students for exciting careers in the entertainment and cultural industries.  In addition to its Diploma, BFA and MFA programmes, and in recognition for today’s and tomorrow’s needs for top production crew by local and regional entertainment companies, the School also offers a one-year Fast-track Vocational Certificate with intensive courses in Lighting Technology, Sound Technology, Technical Theatre and Stage Management, Costume Making, Property Making and Scenic Painting.

The Dean is expected to lead the development and implementation of the overall vision and academic development of the School.  He/She will work closely with senior staff to promote innovative developments in the delivery of performing arts education, with a particular focus on the Academy’s unique strengths, including its location in a dynamic and diverse cultural metropolis, and its focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and original creativity. He/she will also play an important role in the development of local, regional and international partnerships, building upon existing strengths and developing new areas that support the overall growth and positioning of the School.

Subject to negotiation, the preferred commencement date is September 2019.

The Person

The successful candidate should have a track record as a leading expert in the field of theatre and live entertainment and production arts.  He/she should also possess the following attributes:

(a)        Strong academic background, preferably with knowledge of practice-as-research

(b)        Strong track record of teaching and scholarly achievement

(c)        Demonstrated record of successful academic, artistic and administrative accomplishment within an educational institution

(d)        A successful track record of leadership within an educational institution or similar performing arts-based organisation, including evidence of an innovative approach to programme management and development

(e)        Solid knowledge of trends and developments in performing arts education, as well as an in-depth understanding of its role within a performing arts and conservatoire context and a strong vision for the School and its future development

(f)         High level interpersonal and communication skills

(g)        Evidence of successful outcomes in building productive partnerships among tertiary institutions, industry, and community groups

(h)        A willingness and enthusiasm to embrace, lead and manage change


Appointment will be made on a two-year renewable contract with 15% end of contract gratuity. Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits. Housing subsidy will be provided to the eligible appointee. The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%.


Interested parties should forward their applications with detailed curriculum vitae to:

The Human Resources Office

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong


The closing date for applications / nominations is 6 July 2019. Please quote reference code ‘Interim Dn(TEA)’ on the envelope.  For further details about the Academy, please visit its website at

The Academy reserves the right not to fill the position if no suitable candidate can be identified and the search will continue until the position is filled.  The information provided will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for consideration of the position.

Personal data collected will be used for recruitment-related purposes only.