The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 18, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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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 that include performers, practitioners, designers and technicians. The Academy's six Schools: Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts create 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 Dean of Drama will be a highly experienced expert in the performing arts who will bring high level discipline-based expertise to the Academy to ensure that the School maintains its place as a leader in drama education. The Dean will be responsible to the Deputy Director (Academic) for the academic, artistic and operational management of the School.

The Dean is expected to lead the shaping of the overall vision and academic development of the School during a period of significant and exciting development within the Academy and the higher education sector in Hong Kong. The postholder will be required to work collaboratively with colleagues in delivering the Academy’s strategic objectives.

The Dean 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 within their discipline, building upon existing strengths and developing new areas that support the overall growth and positioning of the School.

Although subject to negotiation, the expected commencement date is Spring/Summer 2022.

The Person

The successful candidate should have a track record as a leading expert in the field of drama. He/She should possess the following attributes:

  • Strong academic background, preferably with knowledge of practice-as-research.
  • Strong track record of teaching, service and scholarly achievement.
  • Demonstrated record of successful academic, artistic and administrative accomplishment.
  • A successful track record of leadership within an educational institution or similar performing arts based organisation.
  • Solid knowledge of trends and developments in performing arts education, as well as an in-depth understanding of the Academy’s role and future development in the region.
  • High-level interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Evidence of successful outcomes in building productive partnerships with tertiary institutions, industry, and community groups.
  • A willingness and enthusiasm to embrace, lead and manage change.
  • Preferably fluent in written and spoken Chinese/Cantonese.


Appointment will be made on a four-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%.


To apply, please complete an Application Form (click here) and submit together with a covering letter, curriculum vitae and copies of academic qualifications, to TT Ho of Korn Ferry (HK) Limited, 15/F St George’s Building, 2 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong or by email to  (Fax: (852) 2810 1632).  The closing date for application is 13 November 2021.  Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation about four to six weeks from submission of application.  For enquiries, please call TT Ho on (852) 2971 2700.

The Academy reserves the right not to fill the position.  The information provided will be used for consideration of an application.

HKAPA is an equal opportunity employer.

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