rEvolver Guest Curator Program
Each year, Upintheair invites one or more emerging artists to participate in the creation of the rEvolver Festival as a Guest Curator. Guest Curators are mentored in Upintheair’s values and selection process, have an equal voice in programming decisions , and are supported to develop a unique outreach event or initiative.
Rice and beans theatre
was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. We dedicate ourselves to defining the nature and function of a contemporary theatre, while telling stories of where we come from and where we are going. rice & beans theatre focuses on the creation, incubation and production of original performances. Through rigorous experimentation, with intimate passion and delicate violence, we write, adapt, and devise work that is relevant and artistically responsible. We believe that theatre should be accessible, honest, uncompromising and personal.
Derek Chan - Guest Curator 2018
Derek Chan is a theatre-maker born and raised in colonial Hong Kong. He is a playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer. As a teenager, Derek lived and studied in Norway before relocating to Vancouver to study theatre. After receiving his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University, he founded rice & beans theatre with Pedro Chamale.
Derek was the winner of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was the Artistic Director Apprentice at Playwrights Theatre Centre during their 2015/16 season. Derek was part of the 2016 cohort at the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal. He has also worked with Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre as the Associate Artistic Producer.
Pedro Chamale - Guest Curator 2018
Pedro is a first-generation Latinx-Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Northern British Columbia, Canada. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts. He then went on to form rice & beans theatre with Derek Chan. Pedro is a performer, director, playwright and theatre jack-of-all-trades.
Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014 and has also worked behind the scenes with local Vancouver theatre companies such as: Full Circle First Nations Performance, Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, Neworld Theatre, and The Only Animal.