Emerging Directors Programme

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC)

AFTEC is a charity and a bilingual theatre in Hong Kong with local and overseas partners. In the seven years as the LCSD’s Venue Partner at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre, AFTEC has produced theatre productions and Learning & Participation programmes that are innovative and unusual. In its 2015-16 season, AFTEC is offering one suitable theatre director resident in Hong Kong the fantastic opportunity to work with us and the internationally-renowned London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in London.

After a 3-phase training programme including a 5-week internship at LAMDA, the successful candidate will return to run workshops and direct one theatre production in 2016 with young actors under 25.


Male or female aged 45 years or below

Hong Kong ID card holder

Must have directed at least one public production per year in the last two years

Proficient in English and/or Cantonese#

Looking to develop a full time career in theatre directing in Hong Kong

#Cantonese stream candidates must have an acceptable standard of English and be able to comprehend modern plays in English and reference materials.

Qualities required:

Serious about the training

Committed to completing  all programmes and to directing theatre

Persevering with an open mindset

The successful candidate will be offered and be committed to:    


A.       Non-remunerated Training&

Phase 1: An English production* for the public with professional theatre practitioners and young actors to be staged in March 2016. The Emerging Director shall be in rehearsals and some performances as the assistant to the Director.

Phase 2: English school tour production for secondary schools* from March to May 2016. The Emerging Director shall be in rehearsals and some performances as the assistant to the Director.

Phase 3: A 5-week MA level directing internship at LAMDA in London from 6 June – 9 July 2016 under the guidance of the Associate Principal. This includes being in the MA Director’s tutorial forum plus some additional sessions one-on-one.

B.        Remunerated Directing Opportunities: one 2-day workshop and one AFTEC production (Cantonese or English) in August 2016.

*For Cantonese and English language stream candidate.

&Please refer to Appendix A for the draft timetable.

To apply: (submission deadline is extended to 19 October 2015)

Applicants must complete the application form (download here) and submit the following:


House programmes, production shots and video clips where available of productions directed over the last two years.

Letters from two referees (all applicants) and testimonials (fresh graduates).

Please email the form and all necessary materials to Project Manager Samantha Szeto [email protected] on or before 19 October 2015.

Shortlisted candidates will need to attend a face-to-face interview for AFTEC’s final selection.

All enquiries please contact Samantha Szeto via email or phone at 2520 1716.

You are welcomed to attend the introductory session for further details:

Date & Time    

1st session: 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. 19/9/2015 (Saturday)

2nd session: 6.00 – 7.00 p.m. 2/10/2015 (Friday) 


The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection Co. Ltd.

Room C, 9/F, Wah Ha Factory Building,

1069-1073 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

(Taikoo MTR Station Exit A1)

Interested parties please email Samantha [email protected] for reservations.

Appendix A

Draft Timetable for Successful Candidate

Training:  Phase 1

Les Misérables (《孤星淚》[經典話劇版])

English production

4/1 – 1/3/2016


2 – 13/3/2016

some of the performances

Training: Phase 2

A Secondary School Touring English Production

14/3– 6/4/2016


7/4– 13/5/2016

some of the performances


Open Audition Part 1 for an AFTEC Production in Cantonese or English

young people as actors (25 or under)

Training: Phase 3


5-week Internship at LAMDA, London


Teaching at a 2-day workshop in Hong Kong



Open Audition Part 2

young people as actors (25 or under)

Directing an AFTEC production in Cantonese or English



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