Overseas Speakers

Tanya Palmer    Director of New Play Development of Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Tanya Palmer

Goodman Theatre was named in 2003 by Time Magazine as the number one theater in the U.S. The Goodman has a distinguished history as a leader in the development of new work for the American theater. New works development at Goodman composed of a variety of in-house and public programs including the annual New Stages Festival and Playwright Unit.

Tanya Palmer is the director of new play development at Goodman Theatre, where she coordinates the theater’s commissioning and development program and has served as the production dramaturg for the world premieres of a number of new plays by leading American playwrights including Quiara Hudes, Sarah Ruhl, David Henry Hwang and Lynn Nottage. Prior to her arrival in Chicago, she served as the director of new play development at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she led the reading and selection process for the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Tay Tong, Managing Director of TheatreWorks and Arts Network Asia

Tay Tong

Photo credit: Wesley Loh

Established in 1985, TheatreWorks is one of the leading performance companies in Singapore. It supports Singapore artists, and articulates the arts through its various productions and developmental programmes. Using the converted rice warehouse 72-13 as an incubator and laboratory to encourage new works, TheatreWorks has launched numerous research and development programmes such as the Flying Circus Project, Writer’s Lab, Residencies Programmes and 24-Hour Playwriting Competition.

Tay Tong is the Managing Director of TheatreWorks (Singapore), and Director of Arts Network Asia.

As a producer for TheatreWorks since 1989, TAY is dedicated to the development of contemporary arts in Singapore and to the evolution of an Asian identity and aesthetics of the 21st Century through a culture of differences. TAY manages 72-13, TheatreWorks’ centre and home which is committed to the R&D processes for the development of the arts across disciplines, cultures and languages, and he also produces The Flying Circus, a process-based programme by Artistic Director Ong Keng Sen since 1996.

TAY is also Director of Arts Network Asia which enables collaborative processes in Asia through microgrants.



Bernice Kwok-wai Chan   Manager of International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)

Bernice Kwok

Ms Bernice Kwok-wai Chan is currently the manager of International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong) and examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council (Drama Committee). She is also invited to be the Art Form Panel Member (Festivals) of Leisure and Cultural Services Department. She obtained her Master of Arts degree from the Division of Humanities of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2004. She then received the Hong Kong Arts Development Council-University of Leeds-Chevening Scholarships in 2005 and studied her Master of Arts degree in Theatre Studies at University of Leeds (UK). Her research articles have been published in Hong Kong Drama Review, A Decade of Arts Development in Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Drama Yearbook. Collaborating with Dr. Damian Cheng as writer and editor, she published Aesthetic of Synthesis - Theatre Art of Tang Shu Wing in 2004, Ten Years and Beyond: On and On Theatre Workshop in 2010 and Theatre Writings and Plays of Chan Ping Chiu in 2011. She was also the editor of Hong Kong Drama Yearbook (2007 to 2012), Hong Kong Xiqu Yearbook (2009 to 2011), and Willy Tsao on Contemporary Dance Vol. 1 & 2.


Chan Ping Chiu    Artistic Director of On and On Theatre Workshop

Chan Ping Chiu

Director, playwright and curator. Chan co-founded the renowned experimental theatre group “Sand & Bricks” in the early 90s. He joined On & On Theatre Workshop in 1998 and is currently the Artistic Director of the company. Chan’s latest theatre works include Fly! Fly! Fly! Archaeology Bird!, No Significant Abnormality Detected, Tian Gong Kai Wu: A Practical Guide to Imaginary Inventions, hamlet b, and The Golden Dragon.


Fung Wai Hang    Resident Director of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Curator of the HKREP International Black Box Festival 2014

Fung Wai Hang

Fung obtained an MFA in Theatre Practice at the University of Exeter and was a graduate of the inaugural class of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts’ School of Drama. She has taken on various positions in HKREP, including principal actress and project coordinator. She is currently the Resident Director of HKREP, responsible for coordinating and planning for the company’s Black Box production.


Poon Wai Sum    Resident Playwright and Discipline Leader in Dramatic Writing of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Poon Wai Sum

Former artistic director of Prospects Theatre. Poon’s recent dramatic writings include Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s The Emperor, His Mom, a Eunuch and A Man, Hong Kong Arts Festival’s Show Flat and Prospects Theatre Company’s To Those Who Deserve To Die.