Derek Chan New Managing Director at VACT

Derek Chan a Longtime Deviser and Theatre Artis

Derek ChanAfter an extensive search, Derek Chan will be stepping into the position of Managing Artistic Director at vAct in January 2022!
An award-winning playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and artistry to his new role with the company.
👉A Statement from Derek Chan
Back in the 2016/17 season, I had the pleasure to work as the associate artistic producer at vAct under the tutelage of Donna Yamamoto, thanks to a BCAC early career development grant. Since then, Donna has remained a great mentor, friend, and champion of mine. When I first heard about the news that Donna is retiring and the job posting, I was overcome by a sense of responsibility. vAct is a company that has given me so much.

It is time for me to give back. I have dreamt of the day when I am ready to make the leap and continue to build on the fantastic foundation that Donna has so tirelessly crafted for vAct over the past handful of years – and that day is today.
Coming from a new work/devising background with a multilingual and intercultural sensibility, I look forward to facilitating Asian Canadian theatre, addressing all the intersecting identities that reside within us: settlers on unceded and stolen lands, looking to tell stories close to our hearts and amplify the voices of the marginalized and forgotten. I am an artist and creator first and foremost.

Crafting and facilitating new work is where my passion lies. Nothing makes me happier than being a part of the ever-growing body of new, independent Asian Canadian work, telling stories that need to be told; stories that would otherwise be forgotten; stories that nobody else can tell but us; stories that nobody can take away from us.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped me along the way – especially Pedro and everybody at rice & beans theatre – on my journey so far. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better decade spent.
It is a huge honour to follow Donna’s footsteps in facilitating and presenting new work that is invigorating, captivating, and representative of the Vancouver Asian community as the incoming Managing Artistic Director. I look forward to guiding the company towards a bright, innovative future, while respecting vAct’s roots and the immense, hard work of those who have come before me.
To everyone in the community: I will be reaching out in the New Year to get (re)acquainted with what you all are up to these days. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch ( if you ever want to chat about anything – I will always make time for us.

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