Christoph Lepschy, Dramaturg and Professor for dramaturgy, born in 1967, graduated in literature and theatre at University of Munich (Germany) and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). He worked as puppeteer and since 1989 as Artistic Director of international puppet theatre festivals in Augsburg, Munich and Magdeburg. Since 1996 he is Dramaturg at several municipal and state theatres, f.e. Schauburg München, Theater Freiburg, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart, Theater Basel, Münchner Kammerspiele and at the Salzburg Festival. He worked together with many renowned directors from different countries. In 2009 he was curator (together with Beijing director Cao Kefei) of a Chinese/German festival for contemporary playwriting in Düsseldorf and Beijing. Since 2012, he is working with Paper Tiger Theatre Studio Beijing.
In 2004, he started teaching as reader for contemporary drama at University Freiburg. In 2009, he has been appointed professor for Dramaturgy at University Mozarteum Salzburg (Thomas-Bernhard-Institut). He gave lectures at theatre academies in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, at Universities in Düsseldorf, Freiburg, Trier, Munich, Berlin, Beijing, Taipei and Tel Aviv. He has released several articles and books on puppet theatre, German literature and Chinese theatre.
Established in 1998, On & On Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Focusing on contemporary theatre and cultural development, On & On has endeavored to explore independent space for innovative creations.
Having built a strong volume of work since its establishment, On & On, since 2012, has focused on a three-year holistic theatre project - Contemporary Writing for Theatre. As a sustainable theatre exploration platform, it is a project that combines annual theatre festival, script translation and research, online archive, and international conference. It endeavours to introduce contemporary European writing to Hong Kong, and to encourage local new works. From 2015 onwards, the campaign enters its second phase, focusing on grooming local contemporary new works.
On & On is also keen on international exchange. Over the years, oversea art groups were invited to Hong Kong to embark on more international exchange projects. Visiting theatre groups included M.O.V.E Theatre, Shakespeare's Wild Sisters Group, and Möbius strip Theatre from Taiwan; Liminal Theatre from Australia, Gardzienice from Poland, Pappa TARAHUMARA from Japan, etc. Apart from productions staged at Cattle Depot Theatre, the Company has been presented by arts festivals and other public venues both locally and internationally, such as International Arts Carnival, Hong Kong Art Festival, Tribute to the 10th Anniversary of Handover, New Vision Arts Festival, Taipei Innovation Series, etc.
Vee Leong is a writer-director in Hong Kong, and actively engages herself in cross-media and cross-cultural collaboration. Active in the wider Chinese theatre network spanning Beijing to Taipei, her work has also been seen in the UK. Dedicated to the research and practice of contemporary theatre making and new European writing, she is known for investigating socially loaded topics in an independent spirit.
Twice nominated for Best Director, Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards (Caryl Churchill’s “Far Away”; Martin Crimp’s “The City”), she won the accolade for the latter in 2014. Her original play, “Who Killed the Elephant” (2012) toured Hong Kong, Taipei, mainland China (awarded "Best Performance 2012" by Guling St. Theatre, Taipei). It was invited for an English and also a Mandarin remount in Cardiff and Taipei respectively.
Vee has been commissioned by Taipei Huashan Living Arts Festival and HK Arts Festival, in collaboration with Mobius Strip Theatre (Taipei) and Paper Tiger Theatre Studio (Beijing) respectively. “Zoo as Metaphor” (2014) is her latest attempt of cross-disciplinary making in the white-cube environment at the pristine heritage site, Oil Street Arts Space.