Received M.A. from the University of Colorado Denver. Chan is the former Head of Directing and Playwriting at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and a member of the China Theatre Association, juror of the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies and assessor of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council
Among the few distinguished theatre professionals with expertise in not only playwriting and directing but also set design, theatre education and stage management. His scripts (including translations and adaptations) number more than 90. Chan directed over 68 productions and designed sets for 13 shows
Received the Artists of the Year from the Hong Kong Artists’ Guild(1991), Outstanding Achievements of the Decade (1994) and Outstanding Translator-Silver Jubilee Commemorative Award (2009) from the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the HKAPA in 2013
Field of Dreams – A Musical
Written and directed by Artistic Director Anthony Chan, the 2008 world premiere production of Field of Dreams – A Musical was awarded Best Production, Best Original Music, Best Actor (Tragedy/Drama) and Top Ten Most Popular Productions at the Hong Kong Drama Awards 2009. The musical was created by the celebrated music-and-lyrics team of Leon Ko and Chris Shum, along with choreography by Hong Kong Dance Company Artist Director Yang Yuntao, recreating on stage a segment of Hong Kong history of 1936 with a story filled with love and passion. It chronicles 1936 Hong Kong, a colony then under British rule, where eight amateur football players from a small fishing village in Tai Hang teamed up with Chinese athletes to participate in the Berlin Olympics, marking the first-ever Chinese soccer team competing in the Olympics. This real-life story—a part of Hong Kong’s glorious history – is recast in song and dance penned by playwright Anthony Chan. The audience travels through time to 1930s Hong Kong, bearing witness to the “go all out” spirit that distinguishes Hong Kong.
Field of Dreams was revived for the second time in Hong Kong with live accompaniment in January 2017 and made its China premiere in Beijing in April 2017.