Mr YUEN, Cheuk Wa
Associate Dean of the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts and Head of Media Design & Technology
Before joining the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2018 as Head of Media Design & Technology, Yuen Cheuk-wa was the Manager in Technical & Production (Performing Arts) at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
He earned a BFA degree (1st Class Honours in Theatre Technical Arts) at the HKAPA; an MFA degree (sound design) at the California Institute of The Arts, supported by the prestigious Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Fellowship; an MS degree in architectural acoustics at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He was awarded the Best Sound Design by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies for his sound score in Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s “Secret of Resurrection”. He was also one of the five winning theatre designers to represent Hong Kong in Prague Quadrennial 2011.
He has extensively sound-designed at home and abroad for 20 years. Among the celebrated artists he has worked with, he was honored to have sound-designed for the late world-renowned British artistic director/ architect/ designer Mark Fisher in the acrobatic spectacular called AQUA in China.
He produced and directed the highly-acclaimed multi-media concert Primary Shapes: an Eternal Golden Braid, a commissioned work for the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Specialized in 3D audio, he created a 52-channel surround soundscape for the panoramic multimedia spectacular Bubble Show: Year of Dragon for City Of Dreams Macau and also an original multi-channel musical-soundscape for Swire Properties’ Pacific Place Mall. Other notable multimedia works include Blending Worlds - Primary Shapes x DJ Tommy, and 5_(5) The Interviews in Sync.
Wa has presented at international conferences such as Audio Engineering Society, Acoustical Society of America and International Symposium of Practice-as-Research.