the frank staff

C.E. Gatchalian | Artistic Producer
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C.E. Gatchalian is a playwright, fiction writer, poet, editor, and teacher based in Vancouver. An alumnus of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing program (BFA, 1996; MFA, 2002), he is the author of three books: Motifs & Repetitions & Other Plays (2003), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; a chapbook of poetry, tor/sion (2005); and Broken, a suite of one-act plays. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre, Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia, and resident writer at the Berton House Writers’ Retreat in Dawson City, YT. His work has been produced on stages in Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg and New Zealand, as well as radio (CBC) and television (the Bravo! Channel). In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to a Canadian LGBT writer of merit.

Katie Sly | Artist-in-Residence
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Katie Sly is a playwright, performer, visual artist, columnist, curator, and producer. Their work asks questions about gender, beauty, art, kink, memory, class, trauma, sex, fear, and human connection in a way that is essentially queer, and that resonate with audiences on a deep and visceral level.

Katie’s video art has been exhibited in Toronto and Berlin. Their Daily Xtra column Rougher with Feeling explores public sex, BDSM, and questions of identity that relate to the queer community. Their performance work has been been curated across the country and internationally, including at Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival, Vancouver’s rEvolver Festival, Calgary’s IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists, and New York City’s HOT! Festival. They have been in playwriting units at Nightwood and Buddies in Bad Times Theatres, and in 2016 they were the winner of Canada’s Wildfire National Playwriting Competition.

Katie founded and runs Too Queer: A Bi Visibility Cabaret, which combats biphobia and bi erasure through performance events that explore the culture of bisexual, pansexual, and polysexual communities. For pursuing their artistic practice while creating vital intersectional spaces and opportunities for others, Katie is the recipient of Buddies’ 2016 Queer Emerging Artist Award.

Adam Beauchesne | Associate Producer
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Adam Beauchesne was born and raised in Lethbridge Alberta, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and a diploma in Speech Arts. After graduating in 2009, he had the opportunity to work with Alberta­ based companies Northern Light Theatre (Urban Tales), Concrete Theatre (Are We There Yet?), New West Theatre (Confessions of a Paperboy), and in Lunchbox Theatre’s world premiere of Second Chance, First Love. Last year he completed a tour with Theatre Outré’s production of Unsex’d, travelling to Toronto, Dublin, Calgary and Halifax – where it won Best of the Fest at the Atlantic Fringe. Most recently he was a member of The Ensemble Theatre Company, where he participated in their 2014 productions of The Normal Heart and Duchess of Malfi. He now resides in Vancouver where he is pursuing a career in performance. Recent credits include FOX’s Fringe, USA Network’s Psych, as well as Tucker & Dale vs Evil ­ a horror­comedy shot in Calgary which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2010, and earned the audience award at SXSW.

Christopher MacDonald | Telephone Campaign Manager
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christopher-m-picFor the last 20 years, Christopher MacDonald has worked in the marketing and sales departments of various Vancouver arts organizations, including the Vancouver Symphony, the Vancouver Opera, the Arts Club, the Vancouver Playhouse and The Cultch. He joins the frank this season to help us with our annual giving campaign.

Jan Derbyshire | Artistic Associate
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Jan Derbyshire is a performer, playwright, theatre maker, director, teacher, and comedian. Her work involves solo performance, community and artist collaboration, traditional playwriting, experimental storytelling, video, words on paper, event creation, and stand-up comedy. A prolific writer, Jan’s other plays include Dog of My Understanding, Audition of The Embarrassed Woman, The Opposite of Everything is True, Under The Big Top and A Modern Woman’s Guide to Female Impersonation, just to name a few. She has been Artist in Residence with The National Film Board of Canada, the Firehall Arts Centre and Montreal’s Playwright’s Centre. Currently she is an Artistic Associate with PTC (Playwright’s Theatre Centre) in Vancouver. She has performed stand-up comedy on A&E, CBC, CTV. Creation companies include Loco Motion, Squid Theatre, Myth Universe and Human Writes. Recent recipient of Remarkable Women Award 2012- The City of Vancouver.

Michael Dobbin | Artistic Associate
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Michael Dobbin has been a leading professional theatre artist in Canada for more than four decades. During his nearly two decades as Producing Artistic Director at Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, he is perhaps best known for his founding of the playRites Annual Festival of New Canadian Plays (now called Enbridge PlayRites), the preeminent showcase of full-length plays for the Canadian stage for more then 25 years. He was also the Managing Director of the Vancouver Playhouse during the time that Christopher Newton was Artistic Director and he was a co-founder of the now-legendary Playhouse Acting School with the late Powys Thomas. Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops and Opera Lyra in Ottawa have also been under his management for shorter terms. He directs regularly in Hong Kong and occasionally in Singapore. He is also a teacher of voice, acting, and directing at the college/university level. Often he is seen as a live event host/compere and motivational speaker. Most recently, he directed the Jessie-nominated Unstuck for the frank.

James Fagan Tait | Artistic Associate
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James Fagan TaitActor, Writer and Director James Fagan Tait is a native of Cornwall, Ontario. He trained at Ryerson Theatre School and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he worked as an actor and director for several years. He also studied theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he worked as an actor and director for four years. He is one of Vancouver’s busiest actors / writers / directors, creating, directing, and/or performing in shows for numerous professional and community-based companies, including Neworld Theatre, Boca del Lupo, Western Gold, the Vancouver Playhouse, Caravan Farm Theatre, Vancouver Moving Theatre, the Electric Company, Runaway Moon, Bard on the Beach and many others. As the frank‘s Playwright-in-Residence he is developing a new play called The Explanation.

Fay Nass | Artistic Associate
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Fay Nass photoFay Nass is a Vancouver based playwright, director and multi-disciplinary artist. Fay holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and has been professionally active in Vancouver for over a decade. Her work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. She is very excited to work with the frank theatre as an associate artist, where she can further explore topics and questions that are very relevant to her practice. Besides working with the frank, Fay is working on a new piece which focuses on female alienation through a political and personal lens, bridging Iran’s history from the ’30s to Canada today.