Tang Shu-wing studied law in Hong Kong in early years; then he studied Theatre Studies in the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. He was strongly influenced by physical theatre, dance as well as visual arts and used to go to India to experience spiritual formation. His works contain both tradition and contemporary features because of his multi-cultural background. He is dubbed “one of the most talented theatre directors of Hong Kong” by the media.
Tang found No Man’s Land in 1997 which aimed to explore different theatre expression. He directed “Three Women in Pearl River Delta”(1997), “Millennium Autopsy”(1999), “The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other”(2000) and “Deathwatch”(2002).
Between 2004 and 2011, Tang Shu-wing worked in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and got promoted from lecturer to Dean of the School of Drama within 5 years. Meanwhile, he directed “Phaedra”(2005), “Hamlet”(2006) and “Princess Chang Ping”(2007) and trained lots of new performers for the institution.
In 2011, Tang found Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio which aims to create diverse works. “Detention” (2011), a non-verbal drama, staged 127 sessions in total and reached 25000 audiences. His work “Thunderstorm”(2012) was dubbed “the perfect combination of dance and drama”. He presented “Titus Andronicus”(2012) and “Macbeth”(2015) (renamed into “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in 2019) and became the first Hong Kong director who presented Shakespeare’s plays in Cantonese in the Shakespeare’s Globe. “Macbeth” toured 6 European cities in 2017 and was presented in The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Culture and Arts Festival, Festival Hong Kong 2019 – A Cultural Extravaganza@Shanghai as well as “Hong Kong Week” in Taipei. “Titus Andronicus 2.0”(2009), a well embodiment of physical theatre and minimalist aesthetics, has continued touring.
Tang also directed opera. His works include “King Arthur” (2009), “Les contes d'Hoffmann”(2018) in HKAPA and “Datong”(2015) in Hong Kong Arts Festival which was showed at the 20th Anniversary of HK's Return to Motherland ceremony in London.
His publication “Analysis and Reflections on the Theories of Acting of Meyerhold”, “ Titus Andronicus — Approach in Minimalistic Aesthetics & Physical Theatre” and “Detention — Out of Curiosity” show that he is good at share his experience through writing.
He has participated in numerous public platforms, including Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Consultation Panel under the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC), Hong Kong Dance Company and Hong Kong-Taiwan Cultural Co-operation Committee.
Tang’s major professional awards include Jebsen Fellowship of the Asian Cultural Council (1997), Best Actor in a Leading Role in the Hong Kong Drama Awards (2003), Three times Best Director (2006, 2007 and 2011) in the Hong Kong Drama Awards, l’Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2007), Certificate of Commendation by the Secretary of the Home Affairs Bureau (2007), Award for Arts Achievement (Drama) by the HKADC (2008), the Chief Executive’s Commendation for Community Service Award (2012), the Outstanding Achievement in Direction for Dance Award of the Hong Kong Dance Awards (2013), the Best Artist of the Year Award (Drama) of the HKADC (2013) and Hong Kong Arts Centre’s Honorary Fellowships(2019). He was also awarded Honorary Fellow of Lingnan University of Hong Kong and HKAPA in 2013 and 2017 respectively.