DIRECTOR BIOS

DEREK CHAN 

Derek Chan is a theatre maker and translator.  Born and raised in colonial Hong Kong, Derek witnessed the handover of his old home from one owner to another.  In his teenage years, Derek lived in Norway for two years before relocating to Vancouver to study theatre.  After receiving his BFA from Simon Fraser University, he founded rice & beans theatre with Pedro Chamale, and has been creating and producing for the company as co-artistic director since. 
 
In 2015, Derek won the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize.  He was the Artistic Director Apprentice at Playwrights Theatre Centre during their 2015/16 season.  Derek has recently received a Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.  He is also currently the Associate Artistic Producer of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.

MAYUMI YOSHIDA

Actress Mayumi Yoshida is from Tokyo, Japan. Her father being a journalist, she had an international childhood living in Washington D.C.,Brussels, and Tokyo. In Tokyo, from 2005-2009 she starred in 25 theatre productions. She moved to Vancouver in 2010 to pursue her dream to be an actor in North America.
 
Past Theatre credits include “Marriage of Figaro” for United players of Vancouver, Directed by Adam Henderson, Pull festival 2016 directed by Caitlin McCarthy, “Caps Lock The Musical” 2012 Pick of the Fringe Musical by Adam Warren. In 2015 she made her Theatre Directing debut "This is A Play" by Daniel MacIvor which she starred in as well (Ode. Movements).  Her known TV and Film credits are Evangeline (Opiate Pictures), Cult(CW), Gourmet Detective - A Healthy Place to Die(Hallmark), Stop the Wedding (Hallmark), and The Man in The High Castle(Amazon Studios) which got her the nomination for BEST EMERGING ACTOR at the UBCP/ACTRA AWARDS(2016). She just finished producing her fringe festival show "NeOn-ね音-"which she directed, acted in and also made her playwriting debut. She is now working on a short film called "Akashi-あかし-" which she wrote and will be directing and acting in it as well.

JAMIE KING

Previously, Jamie has directed: Bull at the Tremors Festival with Rumble Theatre,  Wild in Wild/Society touring to multiple Canadian Fringes with Star Star Theatre, The Particulars with The EASTWALL/Railtown Cultural Eclective, and In The Movies and Drifting with Brave New Play Rites.
 
Assistant directing credits include: Cock (Rumble Theatre), The Night’s Mare (Caravan Farm Theatre), Wide Awake Hearts (Hardline Productions & Twenty-Something Theatre), and Speech and Debate (Twenty-Something Theatre). She is a board member of Wet Ink Collective and a Graduate of UBC.

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