K. Y. Stanley Lin

K. Y. Stanley Lin

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

K. Y. Stanley Lin is a theatre director and photographer, based in London and trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to Central, he received training from a number of directing programmes, including Harvard University and The Juilliard School. He is most known for a blend of collaborative devising approaches and idiosyncratic aesthetics through an attention to implication, detail and vision in realising theatrical endeavours. As a theatre director, he is fascinated by the power of live performance to penetrate the hearts of both the performers and the audience, and believes theatre would be a perfect platform to celebrate humanity and human being if our artists could take more risks and challenge ourselves and the audience to think and discuss and––from the discussion––to learn who we really are.

He has a particular passion for, and expertise with tackling classical and contemporary texts in a creative form. By creating a conversation with them, he hopes the audience not to interpret the productions by their prior knowledge, but to have a sense of déjà vu, that is, to re-experience the stories and interrogate them from another angle, which might inspire them to go beyond to see how a whole area of living experience that seems close to their own concerns is also close to the concerns of the people in the world around them. 

Stanley is currently touring A Night at 64 Emptiness Lane, an ensemble devised comedy about modern dating, and collaborating as a dramaturge and photographer in Walking Variations with HyeJeong Yoon. From 2012 to 2015, he was Artistic Director of the Theatre Department at Tainan Holiness Church, where he led on 11 original cabarets and directed 8 productions. 

Work History

Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder - Across the River Theatre Company

Nov 2015 - Present

Integration Engineer - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Oct 2012 - Oct 2015

Artistic Director of the Theatre Department - Tainan Holiness Church

Sep 2012 - Oct 2015


Advanced Theatre Practice (Directing) - MA - The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Oct 2015 - Sep 2016

Directing - Short Course - The Juilliard School

Jul 2014 - Jul 2014

Stage Directing and Film Directing - Short Course - Harvard University

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

Photonics - MSc - National Cheng Kung University

Feb 2011 - Jun 2012

Mechanical Engineering - BSc - National Chung Cheng University

Sep 2008 - Jan 2011


  • Devising
  • Directing
  • Photography
  • Theatre