the frank staff

Fay Nass | Artistic Director
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Fay Nass is a Vancouver based theatre director, curator, dramaturg, producer and multi-disciplinary artist. She is Artistic Director of the frank theatre company and the founder/AD of Aphotic Theatre. Their work often examines questions of race, sex, and culture, and the challenges these pose to notions of identity. Being an Iranian-Canadian immigrant and a non-binary queer artist, in their work they shine light on liminal spaces in order to shift meanings and create space for cultural exchanges. Fay has been working as a director, dramaturg, writer, producer, curator, educator and consultant for the past 15 years in Vancouver. Her most recent credits include: co-directing Trans Script Part I: The Women (The Frank Theatre and Zee Theatre at Firehall Arts Centre) directing She Mami Wata & the Pussy WitchHunt (the Frank Theatre at PuSh Festival 2020), co-directing Straight White Men (ITSAZOO productions at Gateway Theatre), dramaturgy of Camera Obscura (Hungry Ghosts) (The Frank Theatre & QAF), directing and devising Diaspora: Queer immigrant and refugee stories (The Frank Theatre at QAF). Fay holds a MFA from Simon Fraser University. Currently, they are doing the Artistic Leadership Residency at the National Theatre School of Canada.

Anais West | Operations Manager/Associate Producer
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Anais is a queer genderfluid writer, actor and producer. They are also a settler of Polish descent, based on occupied Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh territories (colonially called Vancouver). Anais’ work merges theatre with other art forms to examine the multiplicitous natures of desire, identity, and culture. Their projects include the video-play hybrid Kill Your Lovers, (Buddies In Bad Times Theatre’s Rhubarb Festival, Toronto, and the Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC) and the slam poetry musical Poly Queer Love Ballad, co-written with Sara Vickruck. Poly Queer Love Ballad won PTC’s Fringe in Play Prize and the Georgia Straight Critics’ Choice Award, then went on to be nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Original Script and Outstanding Production in Musical Theatre. The show toured Turtle Island (Canada) in 2019, with presentations at the Queer Arts Festival in Vancouver, the SkirtsAfire Festival in Edmonton, and Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. Anais is currently writing Underground Absolute Fiction (UAF), a docu-fantasy film about a queer punk band, set during the Polish Stonewall and Women’s Strike protests of 2020. UAF was presented as a reading at the Queer Arts Festival and as a short film at Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival in 2020. As an actor, Anais has worked with Theatre la Seizieme, the Only Animal, Rumble Theatre’s Tremors Festival, Savage Society and more.

Patricia Trinh | Producing Intern
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Patricia Trinh is a queer, multidisciplinary, Chinese – Vietnamese – Canadian, artist; with a background in playwriting, directing, performing and producing. A graduate of UVic’s Phoenix Theatre Department. As Artistic Producing Intern for frank Theatre, Trinh was lead producer for Telling It Bent [a writing workshop for queer, trans, Two Spirit and questioning youth] presented in partnership with IGNITE! Youth-Driven Arts Festival. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, Trinh spearheaded frank Theatres’ “The Quarantine Series”. Trinh’s creative highlights include: writing, directing and producing her play “The Ethical Sixsome” in November 2010 [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: a female (identifying) / non-binary centric, multidisciplinary, independent theatre collective. DFP’s mandate: creating impactful female/non-binary, queer, BIPOC leading role opportunities by shining light on new work that amplifies the voices of the marginalized outcast. May of 2019 Trinh shared the playing field with feminist collective, Killjoy Theatre; directing “Fireflies”at rEvolver Festival. September of 2019 Trinh directed and produced [with DFP] her play “Red Glimmer” at 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival. With the dramaturgical support of frank Theatres’ Fay Nass, Trinh is currently revising her play (originally titled) “The Ethical Sixsome”; an excerpt of the re-envisioned play has been selected for a workshop presentation at Rumble Theatres’ Tremors Festival October 2020. Trinh can be spotted as Directing Apprentice for Bard On The Beach’s “Henry V” in 2021