The world is a stage for Hong Kong students visiting Texas Tech

The world is a stage for Hong Kong students visiting Texas Tech

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A partnership between Texas Tech's School of Theater Arts and Dance and the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is unifying ideas from East and West. Seven students, along with a play writer and a faculty member, are visiting Texas Tech for a month attending the WildWind performance lab. They're learning new forms of acting from tech professors.

"We have a wide range of work shops combined with kind of like rehearsals, and play reading," said Hon Cheung Yuen, a student of the School of Drama at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. "It's like a new place so that we can explore and discuss how to make an established play better."

Janice Poon, a drama lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, said the educational style they have back home is different.

"We are based on a weekly curriculum and so we don't have such an intensive like a one month training for our students," said Poon. "So I think it is a very good idea for them to experience such kind of training and I am very curious to see how they will change." 

This month-long journey has not only taught these students new techniques, but it has also shown them a perspective of a different culture.

"I love this culture here, cause I haven't experienced it in eastern," said Cerruti Derrick Ownn, a Hong Kong student visiting Texas Tech. "It's because of our schedule we are tight, we are two, and then two hours, one hour lunch and then two hours, and then two hours and then dinner and then rehearsal and then go to sleep and it's another day." 

This is the first year a program of this sort has been set up between Texas Tech and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong. Instructors from both institutions are hopeful that this program can continue.

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