Harnessing a 21st Century approach to Performing Arts:
Technology, Practice, Education and Research

Date: 20 - 22 January, 2022

The past two years have been filled with an unprecedented scope of complexities. Universities and Conservatories in Performing Arts had to take a more proactive and agile role in shifting into newer learning modes and teaching under the pandemic. These paradigm shifts required new ways of encounters and approaches as universities and conservatories (re)think how the new normal in living, performance, learning and teaching under the pandemic required a (re)invention of existence, values, and ways of doing. As we approach a new era of (re)thinking, universities and conservatories must now reflect on their practices and generate innovative strategies and insights to overcome the new challenges, and ask how technologies and 21st Century competencies are reshaping performing arts in performance, curriculum design, teaching and learning and research.

This International Conference aims to:

  • Bring together global thought leaders and academics to explore creative innovations in performing artsand share pedagogical practices.
  • Provide a multidisciplinary platform for local and international performing artists, educators,practitioners, technologists, academics, researchers, and students to present and share good practicesand discuss the way forward to enrich performing arts education.
  • Provide an international community of practice for local and international stakeholders to showcasetheir works and exchange ideas.
  • Facilitate learning, networking, research and publishing opportunities for academics and students.


We invite students, educators, researchers, and practitioners to submit a 250 to 300 word abstract for a paper presentation, roundtable discussion, lecture-demonstration /workshop, or performance lecture. The abstract should clearly state the aim/objective, the issues/questions addressed, the research design and methodology, the findings and the implications addressing these topics broadly within these themes.


  • Digital pedagogies and educational technology
  • Online, mobile, flexible, and blended learning
  • 21st Century competencies and curriculum in performing arts pedagogy
  • Digital performance and live streaming
  • Telematic performance
  • Experimental theatre
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Innovation in Practice as Research (PaR)/Applied practice/Community of practice


What are the various creative innovations and technologies emerging in performing arts, practice, performance, and art pedagogy in this new normal?

What are the ways in which both academics, practitioners and arts educators articulate and evolve these (re)new approaches within the field of performing arts?

What are the philosophical underpinnings?

What are the issues and challenges (re)emerging that need confronting as artists, performers, academics, educators, researchers, performers, and spectators?


  • Standard paper presentation
  • Roundtable discussion
  • Lecture-demonstration and workshop
  • Performance lecture

Proposals are due on 18 October, 2021. Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words here. Written papers from the conference would be considered for being published in the APA second issues of PA: PER.
Day 1
20 January, 2022
Opening Address and Keynote Speaker
  • Plenary Round #1 with respondent
  • Workshops
  • Paper presentations
Day 2
21 January, 2022
Keynote Speaker and Plenary Round #2
  • Workshops
  • Lecture demonstrations
  • Student poster presentation/ performances
Day 3
22 January, 2022
Keynote Speaker
  • Student presentations
  • Plenary round #3
  • Closing remarks



Dr Joshua Abrams
Deputy Director (Academic)


Professor Anna CY Chan
Dr Monica Chen
Dr Florence Cheung
Professor Joseph Gonzales
Dr Michael Li
Mr James McGowan
Mr Chris Ng
Dr Ricky Ng
Professor Chris Pak
Ms Janice Poon
Ms Elissa Rosati
Dr Elizabeth de Roza
Dr Priscilla Tse
Ms Angela Wong
(In Alphabetical Order)


20 - 22 January, 2022
Online Conference

18 October, 2021
Deadline for proposal submission

1 November, 2021
Notification to speakers that papers are accepted/rejected.

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts