rice & beans theatre was founded in 2010 by Pedro Chamale and Derek Chan. Besides Vancouver, rice & beans theatre has also produced original work for audiences in Toronto, Richmond, Nanaimo, and Victoria. In 2018, rice & beans theatre was nominated for a Dora Award for its production of Sik Zeon Tin Haa with Cahoots Theatre in Toronto.

The company dedicates itself to defining the nature and function of a contemporary theatre. rice & beans theatre tells stories of where we come from and where we are going, by ways of experimentation with languages and the theatrical form. rice & beans theatre focuses on the creation, incubation and production of original performances. Through rigorous experimentation, with intimate passion and delicate violence, rice & beans write, adapt, and devise work that is relevant and artistically responsible.

We value theatre that is 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 grew up in colonial Hong Kong, lived in Norway, and is now based in Vancouver. He received his BFA in theatre performance from Simon Fraser University. A playwright, director, performer, translator, and producer, Derek has been co-artistic director of rice & beans theatre since 2010.

In 2015, Derek was awarded the Vancouver Fringe New Play Prize. He was a cohort at the 2016 Glassco Translation Residency in Tadoussac, Quebec hosted by Playwrights' Workshop Montréal. Derek has also worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and Upintheair Theatre's rEvolver Festival (guest curator). Derek’s Cantonese solo show in 2018, Sik Zeon Tin Haa/A Taste of Empire, was the first non-English production to be nominated for a Dora Award for best touring production.

Derek is currently working on his next play, Chicken Girl, for rice & beans' residency at the Annex Theatre in May & June 2019.

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


board of directors

Stevie Benisch, President
Bev Chung, Director
Douglas Ennenberg, Director
Blossom Goh, Director
Drew Redman, Director
Gareth Reeves, Director