HKAPA names its drama theatre after Dr Rita Liu in appreciation of her support

(From left) Professor Gillian Choa; Ms Jennifer Liu; Professor Stephen Chow; Dr Sophia Kao

The Drama Theatre of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) has been named after Dr Rita Liu as “Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre”, in appreciation of the long-term support by Dr Liu.

To recognise Dr Liu’s support, the Academy organised a naming ceremony of Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre on October 20, 2021. The ceremony was officiated by Ms Jennifer Liu and Mr Jeffrey Liu on behalf of Dr Liu; Academy Council Chairman, Professor Stephen Chow and Academy Director, Professor Gillian Choa.

Academy Council Chairman Professor Stephen Chow expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Dr Liu and her family for their long-term support to the Academy. “Dr Liu is a long-time supporter of the Academy. She has not only supported the Academy with donations but also led and taken part in many fundraising activities of The Society of APA to raise funds for scholarships for Academy students. We are truly grateful for her selfless devotion and contribution.”

Ms Jennifer Liu remarked, “We are very thankful to the Academy for naming the Drama Theatre “Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre”. The naming is particularly meaningful to us and my mother. We hope all the students can enjoy performances on stage and put their skills and knowledge into practice at the Rita Tong Liu Drama Theatre. And we sincerely wish that the Academy will scale new heights in the future.”

Academy Director Professor Gillian Choa added, “The generous donation of Dr Liu has not only provided important support to the ongoing development of the Academy but also enabled the Academy to further benefit from the Government’s Eighth Matching Grant Scheme. Her generosity will go a long way in helping the Academy face the challenges ahead and break new grounds for further development.”