rice & beans theatre

Vancouver independent theatre

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. 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.

We acknowledge that our work takes place on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 

Pedro Chamale

PEDRO CHAMALE | co-artistic director

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. Selected Credits: Selfie, Bull (Rumble Theatre), Broken Tailbone (Nightswimming), Mis Papás (rice & beans), Are We There Yet? (Neworld Theatre),  and The Show Must Go On (Push Festival).

Pedro was the Artistic Resident at Neworld Theatre in 2014, the guest curator of the 2018 rEvolver Festival and currently through a company collaboration with rice & beans theatre and Playwrights Theatre Centre, Pedro is working on his new play Made In Canada which will premiere in July 2020 at the Annex Theatre.

Pedro 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.

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 previously worked with Playwrights Theatre Centre (artistic director apprentice), Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (associate artistic producer), and the 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. You can also catch his performance in Yoga Play at Gateway Theatre in early 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
Tess Conrad, Director