the frank staff

Fay Nass | Artistic Director
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Fay Nass is a queer theatre-maker, director, writer, curator, producer, educator, scholar, innovator and tireless advocate for diversity and inclusion. Her practice is dedicated to creating artful, truthful interpretations of gender, race, diaspora and cultural identity.  

Fay’s work has been presented locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2017 Fay worked with The Frank Theatre as a consultant and curated the intersecting conference in Toronto with the POC artists who were involved with the 2016 Q2Q symposium. She also directed and presented Kill Your Lovers at Rhubarb Festival in Toronto as well as Fresh Fruit Festival in New York, and her play Unveiled was presented at Shift Festival in Vancouver and SummerWorks Festival in Toronto. She is currently the artist in residence at Neworld theatre.

Fay’s theatre journey began as a child in Iran, at age ten to be exact. Having grown up in a family involved in Persian and French art and theatre, her introduction to performance came early, as did her love for it. After moving to Vancouver in 2000, she started her academic theatre training at University of Victoria, obtaining a degree in theatre directing as well as film studies.

After a few years of directing text-based, established plays, she began to see the lack of published plays written by marginalized voices. This is when she decided to focus on creating spaces for liminal stories, by working to change both the content of stories and the forms of storytelling we use to tell them.

During her Masters studies at SFU, Fay focused on the devised process, combining her passion for dance and cinema with theories of phenomenology. Her Masters thesis project, Aphotic Dream, and her final thesis “The Visibility of the Invisible:Toward a Phenomenology of Darkness in the Theatre”, represents untold experiences of danger and extreme vulnerability contained in transculturalism and immigration by using synesthetic effects. Spoiler alert: much of the play takes place in darkness.

Fay Nass is thrilled to be the Artistic Director of The Frank Company and to continue creating exciting, thought-provoking work. Fay Nass is also the founder and Artistic Director of Aphotic Theatre, a company focused on innovating ways of telling women’s stories, written by women, through performance.

Anais West | Operations Manager/Associate Producer
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Anais is a queer actor, playwright and theatre producer. She was Pi Theatre’s 2017-2018 Associate Artistic Producer, and is a co-producer for Killjoy Theatre, a company that develops and produces plays work by female and non-binary artists.  Anais’ work as a playwright includes Kill Your Lovers, which was presented at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival in Toronto and the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City and Poly Queer Love Ballad, a slam poetry musical co-written with Sara Vickruck. Poly Queer Love Ballad was nominated for two Jessie Awards and was the winner of PTC’s Fringe New Play Prize, the Georgia Straight Critics Choice Award, the Volunteer Choice Award and Pick of the Fringe. It received its professional premiere in March 2019, co-produced by Queer Arts Festival, co-presented by Zee Zee Theatre and the Frank Theatre, and since then has toured to Edmonton’s SkirtsAfire Festival and to Theatre Passe Muraille as part of their 2019/2020 season. As an actor, Anais has worked with the Only Animal, Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, Carousel Theatre for Young People, PuSh Festival and the Arts Club. Next up,  Anais will be performing in Le NoShow Vancouver with Théâtre La Seizième

Patricia Trinh | Producing Intern
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Patricia Trinh is a queer, multidisciplinary, Chinese – Vietnamese – Canadian, artist; with a background in writing, directing, performing and producing. A graduate of the University of Victoria’s Phoenix Theatre Department. Trinh’s creative highlights include the premiere of her first One Act, “What Define Us” on The Arts Club stage in 2007 [LEAP Playwriting Program]. November of 2010 Trinh wrote, directed and produced her second play, “The Ethical Sixsome” [UVic SATCo.]. November of 2012, “The Ethical Sixsome” went on to have its international premiere at South Oregon University. June of 2018 Trinh directed and produced the premiere of her play, “Probability” at rEvolver Theatre Festival; launching Dusty Foot Productions: an emerging, female (identifying) / non-binary centric, multidisciplinary theatre company. DFP’s mandate is creating strong, colour conscious, female (identifying) / non-binary leading role opportunities by shining light on new work with such roles at the forefront. May of 2019 Trinh had the honour of sharing the playing field with the feminist collective, Killjoy Theatre; directing “Fireflies”at rEvolver Theatre Festival. Trinh’s most recent creative venture with Dusty Foot Productions involved directing and producing her latest play “Red Glimmer,” at the 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. Trinh is ecstatic to be joining The Frank Theatre as an Producing Intern for their 2019/2020 season!