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All or Nothing: the journey from page to stage
Theatre is one of the most impactful forms of art. The direct exchange between artist and audience requires risk for the chance that if we do right, we will all connect through a story told by a skillful storyteller. Sometimes these stories and their storytellers dare to perform new diasporic representations. But when parts of you pull in different directions of this diasporic identity, what does it mean to go “all or nothing” with your craft? Join us for this virtual event as we hear from three young talented Asian Canadian playwrights: Carolyn Nakagawa, Davey Calderon, and Derek Chan – who are working in the cross-intersections of genres, identities, and communities – about their own creative process of going from page to stage.

May 28, 2022 01:00 PM in Vancouver

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Davey Calderon
Davey is an emerging director, curator, writer, producer, drag artist, and dramaturg. He has his BFA in Theatre Performance and Communication from Simon Fraser University and is Co-Founder of New(to)Town Collective, an emerging theatre collective aspiring to provide accessible, experimental training workshops and creating new interdisciplinary works together. Davey’s first written solo show, Big Queer Filipino Karaoke Night!, premiered at the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival (Produced by Tender Container and associate producers New(to)Town Collective and Neworld Theatre) and was read at the 2020 Tales of the Flipside Festival (Carlos Bulosan Theatre, Toronto). He also wrote the short film RUN, that premiered at the 2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival. He is the co-creator and assistant director for the award-winning My Name Is Sumiko that premiered at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
Carolyn Nakagawa
Carolyn Nakagawa is a fourth-generation Anglo-Japanese Canadian poet, playwright, and cultural organizer who makes her home in the territory colonized as Vancouver, BC. Her work addresses themes such as the nuances of identity in collective contexts, and history’s continuing impact on the present. Nakagawa’s poems have appeared in publications such as The Malahat Review, CV2, and The New Quarterly, and she has read her work at Powell Street Festival and Heart of the City Festival. Her plays have been presented by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre and Ruby Slippers Theatre. She holds an honours degree in English Literature and Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies from the University of British Columbia.
Derek Chan
Derek Chan (陳嘉昊) grew up in colonial Hong Kong, studied in Norway, and currently lives and works on the stolen and ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, colonially known as Vancouver. Derek received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010. He has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek has been a National Arts Centre English Theatre Artist in Residence (19/20) with yellow objects, a new installation-exhibition in support of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. His play, Chicken Girl (2019/20), won the Sydney Risk Award for Outstanding Original Play by an Emerging Playwright, and was nominated for Outstanding Original Script at the Jessies.