rice & 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.

Pedro Chamale

Pedro Chamale - Co-Artistic Director

Pedro Chamale is a first-generation Canadian theatre artist who was born and raised in Northern BC. After 18 years Pedro relocated to Vancouver and received his BFA in Theatre Performance from SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts.

Pedro has been a director, performer, playwright and more for the company since its inception.

Pedro is drawn to theatre because of its uniqueness as a shared experience and ritualistic contract between audience and performers.Pedro drives the theatre he creates to expand audience’s perspectives and values, all while telling interesting and evocative stories. Pedro has been a performer/collaborator on such projects as The Walking Projects: Vancouver, Crawling, Weeping, Betting (Battery Opera), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre), The Show Must Go On and Poetics: a ballet brute (Push Festival).

Pedro has worked behind the scenes with local theatre companies such as: Leaky Heaven, Boca del Lupo, and The Only Animal.

Derek Chan

Derek Chan - Co-Artistic Director

Derek Chan is is a theatre-maker born and raised in colonial Hong Kong. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been creating and producing for rice & beans theatre as co-artistic director since 2010.

Derek was the winner of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was a part of the 2016 cohort at the Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal. Derek has also worked with companies such as Playwrights Theatre Centre (as artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (as associate artistic producer), and will be the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Theatre Festival (Upintheair Theatre).

Select creative credits include: No Foreigners (Hong Kong Exile/fu-GEN), Pick a Number (Boca del Lupo/FUSE), Loomings; or The Whale, Mis Papás, Last Train In (rice & beans), The Revolutions (SpiderWebShow), and Sik Zeon Tin Haa/A Taste of Empire (rice & beans/Gateway Theatre’s Pacific Festival).


board of directors

Stevie Benisch, President
Gina Allen, Director
Douglas Ennenberg, Director
Blossom Goh, Director
Drew Redman, Director
Gareth Reeves, Director