Contemporary Legend Theatre>About>About Wu Hsing-Kwo
Wu Hsing-kuo studied at the Fu-Hsing Chinese Opera School and the Chinese Culture University, Taipei, and with Master Zhou Zheng-rong. In 1992 he received a Fulbright Scholarship to study with Richard Schechner in New York and won the Hong Kong Film Award as the best new actor. He was the leading dancer of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, winning three Military Golden Awards as best actor. 

In 1986 he co-founded the Contemporary Legend Theatre, revitalizing traditional Chinese theatre by adapting Western classical plays to the styles and techniques of Peking Opera. He directed and performed leading roles in Shakespearean plays, Greek tragedies, traditional Chinese pieces and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. He has appeared at many international festivals (including the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival, in King Lear) and has performed in traditional opera, dance, modern theatre, films and television. His notable engagement include Hui-neng in August Snow in 2002, also performed at the Opéra de Marseille; and Yin-Yang Master in The First Emperor, directed by Zhang Yi-mou for the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Currently a professor at the National Taiwan University of Arts, he won Taiwan’s National Literary and Art Award in 2011 and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.