A Statement From Artistic Producer Chris Gatchalian

Today it’s with a mix of sadness but also excitement and hope that I announce that I am stepping down as Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company effective December 15.

I love this job and the people I’ve worked with, even when things have been crazy (which is a lot of the time in non-profits!). What has carried me through, day after day after day, has been the zeal and passion I and my colleagues at the frank have for the company’s mission: to actualize a vision of a world where sexual and gender diversity is accepted and embraced everywhere in every society, by everyone, by presenting and producing queer stories for live theatre. Vancouver deserves an explicitly mandated queer theatre company it can be proud of, and, building on the great work of my predecessors Ilena Lee Cramer and Seán Cummings, I think I helped make that happen.

So sadness, yeah – but also eager to being primarily a writer again. And grateful. And super-stoked! It’s time.

And stoked about the future of the frank under its new executive leadership, which will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Shouts-out to the artists, companies, community members, community organizations and donors I have worked and formed partnerships with in various capacities, and whom I will not specifically mention here at the risk of forgetting anyone – I just can’t risk that! I look forward to continue working with all of you in the years to come.

This isn’t a goodbye: I’m happy to report that, while someone else will be running the ship, I will remain involved with the frank as an artist. (They’ve given me the title of “Senior Associate Artist.” I’ll take it, even if it does make me sound old.) And I’ll remain vocal about inclusion and representation in theatre, both locally and nationally.

Dynamism and change are healthy for both myself and this very special theatre company I’ve had the privilege of helming the last six years.

Huy chexw, xie xie, m goi, salamat, thank you. Full of gratitude and pride and hope. In solidarity, as always and forever. Namaste. xoxo

Chris Gatchalian
Outgoing Artistic Producer