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 countless hours of vigorous 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 a theatre maker and translator. Born and raised in colonial Hong Kong, Derek witnessed the handover of his old home from one owner to another. As a teenager, Derek lived in Norway for two years 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. They have been creating and producing for the company as co-artistic directors since.

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 is also the Associate Artistic Producer of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.


board of directors

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