Playwright

Candace Chong

Candace Chong (Playwright) graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a MA in playwriting. She also holds a BA in psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an Advanced Diploma in playwriting from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Besides writing, Candace also translates plays from English to Chinese; her recent translation works include Skylight, The Shape of Things, Betrayal, and Titus. Candace is a recipient of the Best Artist Award (Drama) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2010). She was selected as one of Hong Kong’s 25 most inspirational and influential women, and she is the winner of five Hong Kong Drama Awards (Best Script) for Alive in the Mortuary (2003), Shall We Go to Mars (2004), The French Kiss (2006), Murder in San Jose (2009), and The Professor (2014). In 2003 she was also awarded Outstanding Young Playwright by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies. In 2004 she was awarded the Lee Hysan Foundation Fellowship by the Asian Cultural Council, which allowed her to spend 12 months in the United States. Candace’s plays have been translated and presented in Seoul, Tokyo, Macau, Singapore, Shanghai, and Milan. Her latest works include Dr. Sun Yat-sen, on which she worked as librettist and which was presented in the Santa Fe Opera House, and the Broadway Production Chinglish, on which she worked as translator.