Artist of the Month-January-Minna Cheung

This month's artist of the month is Minna Cheung. Minna is a well known performer and designer on the Hong Kong stage. You may have seen her work with the Shadow Players, Shakespeare in the Port and the Murder Mystery shows. She has been Heckler nominated for her work as a costume and scenery designer the past two years. Yea for multi-skilled ladies!


1. Name, Birthplace, Age:
Minna Cheung, Hong Kong, 27


2. How does where you were raised affect your work?
Having a very traditional and local upbringing means I don't get to be involved in English Drama till very late. However, it doesn't mean I am less passionate about it. If anything, it made me even more curious to know all about the art of theatre and I believe all the years of build up turned me into an actress who readily absorbs new knowledge. It also reminded me to never take any chance to perform for granted. 3. Where did you train? I did not receive any formal training but I would say that the few years in university really opened my eyes to a whole new world of English Theatre. I learned a lot from different drama courses and had many opportunities to experiment on stage.


4. What is your favorite style of theatre? Why?
Physical theatre is my favourite style because it really makes you realize how you can act from your head to your toes. You get to explore all kinds of posture and facial expressions that you may not normally do. Also, it is incredibly entertaining for the audience to was 1001 by Jason Grote. It's a play that spins themes and variations from the classic 'A Thousand and One Arabian Nights' to explore the incarnations of love, sex, religion, cruelty and war.


6. What was the best show in HK you EVER saw?
Butterfly Effect by DanceArt. The beautiful story-telling through dance and stage effects have left a very lasting impression on me.


7.What piece of work are you the most proud of?
The Learned Ladies of Mid-Levels by the Shadow Players. I felt extremely honored to be a part of this. The show itself was excellent, especially with the genius incorporation of live music into the monologes. I was also lucky enough to be given the chance to design the costume and set for the show, which I was very happy with.



8. What is your process like?
I usually spend a long period of time getting to know my character by trying out different voices and different ways to break down the character's thought process in her speech. Then I would choose the one that feels most comfortable both for me and the character.


9. What is your dream project?
I really don't have any particular dream project in mind. To be involved in any theatre project would be something I am grateful for.


10. If you could change one thing about the art scene in HK, what would it be?
I really hope more local Hong Kong people can get to explore the wonder of English Theatre, both as audience or as performers.

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