ABOUT HOLLIS NGAI
Hollis is a bilingual actor, director, Drama educator and a Meisner Technique Teacher. Professionally trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (B.F.A in Acting), Hollis also holds a B.A . in English and M.A in cultural Management from CUHK.
As an interdisciplinary artist, He has performed, taught and collaborated with international organizations. In 2013, Hollis was selected by KSF foundation to perform a devised performance in New York based on the ‘Richards Rampage Program’. In 2016, he was invited by Back to Back Theatre company (Geelong, Australia) as a visiting artist for an international artist visiting week after a positive collaboration on the project <Small Metal Objects> organized by West Kowloon Cultural District, HK. He was later the workshop leader for the annual CAMP (Come and make performance) Festival. His latest collaboration includes a site-specific performance with 'Faultline Ensemble' where he participates as a movement coach for the production 'This Place Is a Message'.
Growing up in the U.K, Hollis is fond of developing cross-cultural education experiences for students. As an English Drama teacher in Hong Kong for more than ten years, he writes and designs educational curriculums for primary, and secondary schools and community centres. He has also studied at the Impulse Company (London), William Esper Studio (New York) and L’Ecole Phillippe Gaulier (Paris) before establishing his own theatre company to experiment with devising theatre in relation to physical movement, multimedia, clowning and acting. He is now certified as a Meisner Technique Teacher (DMT) from the Meisner Institute (www.https://www.meisnerinstitute.com/). In 2021, He was awarded the Arts Impact Fellowship from West Kowloon Cultural District for his researched-focus project on creating a Drama-based induction program for newly immigrated children in Hong Kong.
Hollis is also the recipient of the Yale-China Arts Fellowship(Arts Activator) in which he carries a Podcast project that explores Asian American Identity and History through theatrical storytelling methods. He attended courses including Dramaturgy, Curating Performance, Auditory Cultures, Camera Acting and Sound Design. His latest involvement includes being selected as a top ten finalist for the FACP annual conference for the Pitch and Catch Project and a presenter for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, USA