Hello! I’m Kevin, a Hakka-Chinese Canadian theatre creator, performer, dramaturg, facilitator, producer and environmentalist. I’m also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Creative, a company that works to merge social justice considerations and theatre. I’m currently Senior Producer and Artistic Associate at Why Not Theatre leading a diverse portfolio of projects including the world premieres of Mahabharata and What You Won’t Do For Love.
In the past few years I’ve been fortunate to work with Cahoots Theatre, the Toronto Fringe, as the Associate Producer of Macau-Toronto music theatre company Music Picnic, as a devised creator with fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre’s Interdisciplinary Kitchen XV, and as a resident company at Theatre Passe Muraille, among other collaborations. I’m also the co-founder and Creative Producer of rePLAY: Rapid Response Art and, was a youth arts facilitator with Cahoots Theatre, Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Theatre, and the Koffler Centre. As a performer I’ve worked with companies like Carousel Players, Theatre Direct, Canadian Rep Youth Ensemble, and Mixed Company Theatre, and performed intermittently with the Yonge Guns Barbershop Quartet.
I’m currently creating a new work based on the Hakka-Chinese experience in Canada, which is tentatively called Benevolence, which is being developed in residence at the Tarragon Theatre and is on stage now as part of the Greenhouse Residency Program.
My ongoing show The Chemical Valley Project is co-created with Julia Howman with dramaturgy by Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray, and has been performed across Ontario, British Columbia and in Germany. Its Toronto premiere took place at Theatre Passe Muraille in April 2019 and the show has been adapted into a live-stream experience and into a museum installation.
Support Vanessa and Beze Gray’s vital activism at landandrefinery.org and aamjiwnaangsolidarity.org.
You can find my contact info below if you want to connect about my work, or if I might be able to help with yours! I’m always excited to chat about performance, environmentalism, activism and the convergence of any and all of those things.
What Kevin’s working on:
Creating: Benevolence, a new work exploring the Hakka-Chinese experience in Canada. The work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, and will be developed in 2022/23 at Tarragon Theatre’s inaugural Greenhouse Residency. Performances left on January 13 and 14th, 2023 at 7pm at Tarragon Theatre.
Creating / Performing: The Chemical Valley Project with Broadleaf Theatre, Julia Howman, and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors and Land Defenders Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray. The show toured to Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company in September 2022.
Directing / Producing: Kevin is the Producer, Dramaturg, and Associate Director of What You Won’t Do For Love written by David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Miriam Fernandes and Ravi Jain, produced by Why Not Theatre, which premiered at the 2022 Luminato Festival. He also Co-Directed the show’s 2021 film adaptation.
Creating : Kevin was one of the Asian-diasporic artists responding to Cahoots Theatre’s Supermodel – a musing on the insidiousness of the model minority myth.
Producing: Kevin is Senior Producer and Artistic Associate at Why Not Theatre. Among his projects with Why Not, Kevin produced and company managed the 2019 national tour of Prince Hamlet and is currently producing the World Premiere of Mahabharata at the Shaw Festival and What You Won’t Do For Love.