Kwong Loke

Kwong Loke

Position: Lecturer
Email: lokek@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Drama, Film and Media
Programme/s: BA (Hons) Acting & World Theatre with Integrated Foundation

Professional Biography

Kwong was trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and worked as an actor at the Royal Court, Almeida and Bristol Old Vic amongst many other theatre venues. He co-founded Yellow Earth Theatre, devoted to East Asian theatre works, and now leads StoneCrabs, focussing on international new and lesser known writing.

After obtaining an MA researching into classical Asian and Greek theatre forms at London University, Kwong studied Balinese mask movements in Bali supported by a bursary from the Fox Foundation (New York). He also held a grant from the Arts Council England to work as a director with the Birmingham Rep and Hampstead Theatre. Directing credits include Aeschylus' The Oresteia, Chekov's Uncle Vanya and The Three Sisters, Gogol’s A Government Inspector, Edgar Allan Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart & other Stories, Mishima’s Hell Screen, Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money (in Hong Kong), Nelson Rodrigues’ All Nudity Shall be Punished and Our Lady of the Drowned (TimeOut Critic’s Choice), East Asian plays Festival for Fish, Rashomon, DOGS, Darkness in the Wooden Bell, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, and several playreadings at SOHO, Hampstead, Oval House theatres, and the Birmingham Rep.

Kwong regularly runs directing and acting workshops in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, as well as directing at drama conservatories. Besides teaching at Regents University, he also runs a training programme for young directors. His approach to acting training embraces a holistic approach of mind, body and spirit: a complete engagement of the actor’s creative imagination through his/her physicality and the inner life.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Acting, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 1990
  • MA in Drama and Theatre Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, 1995

Relevant Past Employment

Regents University London 2010 – Present:

  •  Movement for Actors
  • Ensemble Technique: Acting
  • Acting – Actor as Instrument
  • Acting – Creating a Character
  • Acting – Creating a Performance
  • Acting  - Shakespeare in Performance

Rose Bruford

  • Directing actors in productions

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

  • Directing actors in productions

Young Directors Training Programme:

  • 2006 – 2016 - StoneCrabs Theatre

Hong Kong - Academy for Performing Arts

  • 2014 - Chekhov - Acting Chekhov
  • 2013 - Chekhov - Acting Chekhov
  • 2009 - Brecht: Caucasian Chalk Circle - Text and Physicality
  • 2008 - Acting - Objectives/Obstacles - Building a Character
  • 2007 - Chekhov: Uncle Vanya - Text - Acting Chekov
  • 2006 - Lorca : Blood Wedding - Text and Character
  • 2005 - Greek Tragedy: Trojan Women - Chorus Work
  • 2001 - Balinese Masks and Movement - Story Telling

Professional Actors workshops:

Tokyo - Caramel Box Theatre

  • 2016 – Romeo and Juliet – an exploration in Voice, Language and Acting Shakespeare
  • 2015 - The Tempest - an exploration in Voice, Language and Acting Shakespeare
  • 2014 - Midsummer NIght's Dream - an exploration in Voice, Language and Acting Shakespeare
  • 2010 - The Actor Speaks - Voice and Text
  • 2008 - The Actor Speaks - Voice and Text
  • 2006 - The Actor Speaks - Voice and Text

Kuala Lumpur - KL Performing Arts Centre

  • 2014 - Directing for the Stage - Chekhov, Brecht and Contemporary text
  • 2012 - Adapting Shakespeare - Shakespeare Essentials
  • 2009 - Acting Chekhov: Three Sisters - Text and Character work
  • 2007 - British Council @KLPAC - Voice and the Actor - Voice and Text Shakespeare,Pinter)

International Schools

  • 2007 - 2012 Hong Kong - Balinese Masks and Theatre -  Universal Theatre
  • 2006 – Bangkok - Brecht – Staging a Play - What a director does!

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

Stage Directors UK

Teaching & Course Development

Regents University London:

2010 – present

  • Movement for Actors
  • Acting fundamentals
  • Acting – Actor as Instrument
  • Acting – Creating a Character
  • Acting – Creating a Performance
  • Acting  - in Global contexts
  • Acting - Shakespeare in International Performance

Rose Bruford

  • Directing actors in production

Academy of Live and Recorded Arts

  • Directing actors in production

Young Directors Training Programme:

  • 2006 – 2014 - StoneCrabs Theatre

Hong Kong - Academy for Performing Arts

  • 2014 - Chekhov - Acting Chekhov
  • 2013 - Chekhov - Acting Chekhov
  • 2009 - Brecht: Caucasian Chalk Circle - Text and Physicality
  • 2008 - Acting - Objectives/Obstacles - Building a Character
  • 2007 - Chekhov: Uncle Vanya - Text - Acting Chekov
  • 2006 - Lorca : Blood Wedding - Text and Character
  • 2005 - Greek Tragedy: Trojan Women - Chorus Work
  • 2001 - Balinese Masks and Movement - Story Telling

Professional Actors workshops:

Tokyo - Caramel Box Theatre

  • 2015 - The Tempest - an exploration in Voice, Language and Acting Shakespeare
  • 2014 - Midsummer NIght's Dream - an exploration in Voice, Language and Acting Shakespeare
  • 2010 - The Actor Speaks - Voiceand Text
  • 2008 - The Actor Speaks - Voice and Text
  • 2006 - The Actor Speaks - Voice and Text

Kuala Lumpur - KL Performing Arts Centre

  • 2014 - Directing for the Stage - Chekhov, Brecht and Contemporary text
  • 2012 - Adapting Shakespeare - Shakespeare Essentials
  • 2009 - Acting Chekhov: Three Sisters - Text and Character work
  • 2007 - British Council @KLPAC - Voice and the Actor - Voice and Text Shakespeare,Pinter)

International Schools

  • 2007 - 2012 Hong Kong - Balinese Masks and Theatre -  Universal Theatre
  • 2006 – Bangkok - Brecht – Staging a Play - What a director does!

Other Outputs

Directing: 2001 to Present -  various productions in the professional theatre include

  • 2016 – You for Me for You (Royal Court Theatre)
  • 2015 - The Orestreia (E15)
  • 2014 - Caucausain Chalk Circle (E15)
  • 2013 - An Inspector Calls (ALRA Wandsworth)
  • 2011 - Edgar Allan Poe stories (ALRA, Wandsworth)
  • 2010 - Electronic City (Soho Theatre)
  • 2009 - Mishima (Oval House)
  • 2008 - All Nudity Shall be Punished (Union Theatre)
  • 2007 - DOGS  (Oval House)
  • 2006 - Our Lady of the Drowned (Southwark Playhouse)
  • 2005 - O chang Gun's Toenail  (Soho Theatre)
  • 2004 - Festival for the Fish  (Wimbledon Studio)
  • 2003 - Darkness in a Wooden Bell (Rose Bruford)
  • 2001 - The Soldier's Tale (Purcell Room, Southbank)
  • Running a professional theatre company: StoneCrabs Theatre
  • 3Co-founder: Yellow Earth Theatre

Grants Awarded

  • Balinese Mask training - $12,000 - Fox Foundation New York
  • Directing training - £10,000 - Arts Council England
  • Stanislavski/Chekhov training programme with Moscow Art -  £3,500 - Regent's University London    

Last updated: 08 December 2017