Hello! I’m Kevin, a Hakka-Chinese Canadian theatre creator, performer, dramaturg, facilitator, producer and environmentalist. I’m the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company that works to merge climate justice considerations and theatre. In 2016 I graduated from the University of Toronto studying Drama and International Relations and was a graduate of Generator‘s inaugural Artist Producer Training Program. I’m currently a Producer at Why Not Theatre leading our MAKE stream of projects, such as 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.
Recently, I’ve been working to co-direct and produce my first film project What You Won’t Do For Love, written by Tara Cullis, Miriam Fernandes, Ravi Jain, and David Suzuki. The film premieres digitally at doforlove.film from December 3 – 19, 2021.
I’m also creating a new work based on the Hakka-Chinese experience in Canada, which is tentatively called Benevolence.
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.
Directing / Producing: Kevin is the Co-Director and Producer for What You Won’t Do For Love written by David Suzuki, Tara Cullis, Miriam Fernandes and Ravi Jain, produced by Why Not Theatre. The film premieres digitally from December 3 – 19, 2021 at doforlove.film.
Creating : Kevin is one of the Asian-diasporic artists responding to Cahoots Theatre’s Supermodel – a musing on the insidiousness of the model minority myth. The project premieres digitally on August 19, 2021.
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.
Producing: Kevin is a Producer at Why Not Theatre leading the MAKE stream of projects. 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.